Monthly Archives: August 2013

Essential life skills to teach your kids before they leave home

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Essential life skills to teach your kids before they leave homeTransitioning into a university environment involves a lot of change, including not having your parents around to help you with the small stuff. Calls home for mom or dad’s help are inevitable, but parents can prepare their kids before they get immersed in university life by teaching them these essential life skills.

  1. Laundry – Although this might seem obvious, you’d be surprised by the number of first-year students who have never even done their own laundry! Help your teen to understand the basics of separating colours, choosing the right settings, portions of soap and what should and shouldn’t be thrown in the dryer. Otherwise you might find your grown kid is wearing pink T-shirts two sizes too small.
  2. Cooking
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Digital parenting – making sure our kids get the best, not the worst, out of today’s digital world

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Digital parenting dos and don'tsYoung people are immersed in technology in ways we and past generations could never have conceived. The Internet, cell phones, social media sites, and all manner of online tools are at our kids’ beck and call. Even kindergarten children these days are coming home with links to online learning sites, and most have at least one computer in the classroom.

Many young kids in elementary school have sweet-talked their parents into getting them cellphones and tablets. So no matter how diligently you may control and monitor your own child’s online behaviour, the fact is, it’s not possible to monitor them every second of every day. Digital technology is changing the way our kids think, learn, and interact with each other, …

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