Fall is when many moms are busy making a list of all the things every teacher should know about their child. And not only do moms spend days on this list, they honestly believe that a teacher who averages six classes a day with sometimes 30 kids each actually remembers every child's name, quirk, allergies, sleeping schedule, or has time to remember Heather's dad was a math genius so she only may appear to be numerically challenged.
The fact is teachers don't need to know how special, needy, wonderful, talkative, sweet, quiet, smart or moody our kids are. They They don't need to know what motivates them or scares them or excites them. They don't need to know their dad is president of a bank or their mom is a VIP at a tech start-up. They just need your kids to show up to class on time happy, well fed, awake and if necessary, properly medicated.
But that doesn't stop moms from scheduling times with overworked teachers to impress upon them that their child requires special attention,
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- Harry Harrison | Parenting – Mon, Dec 3, 2012 2:08 PM EST
Fall is when many moms are busy making a list of all the things every teacher should know about their child. And not only do moms spend days on this list, they honestly believe that a teacher who averages six classes a day with sometimes 30 kids each actually remembers every child's name, quirk, allergies, sleeping schedule, or has time to remember Heather's dad was a math genius so she only may appear to be numerically challenged.Read More »from 20 Things Teachers Don’t Need to Know About Your Kids
- Harry Harrison | Parenting – Tue, Apr 24, 2012 3:32 PM EDT
What do parents fight more about than sex or money? Ask any parent: It's how to raise their children. The dilemma is that while both parents love their children, while they may even have agreed before hand how to raise their children, while they may have read every parenting book ever published since 1950, nobody really knows what kind of parent they're going to be until they are actually confronted with a smiling, gurgling baby. Or a thirteen year old daughter who is demanding a $1700 Burberry purse. Or a fifteen year old son who at 2 a.m. is standing intoxicated at the front door. With a policeman.
Then all agreements are off the table. The couple suddenly sees each other as they really are:
The father is no longer the gentle caring new age male she fell in love with, but a caveman who believes his kids are sucking him dry and would toss them to the wolves at the first opportunity.
And the mother is no longer the sexy thing he married, but a delusional, gullible,Read More »from Moms and Dads…Don’t See Eye to Eye on Raising Your Kids?
- Let's start with the flashcard and Beethoven. Lord knows where this idea originated, but every NPR listening, PBS watching, back-to-earth organic eating parent believes it. Yet there is not one shred of scientific data supporting the theory that flashcards and Beethoven do anything more than bore both the parent and child to death. Time is better much spent simply hugging and reading to your child. And listening to maybe Twisted Sister or ColdPlay.
- While the first three years are important to brain development, the next sixteen are critical. Many parents believe that if they read to their kids six hours a day while they are very young (good but rather excessive) then their job is done. They forget that the childhood brain is still under development and it's important to keep developing and nourishing it through high school. And those things like drugs, alcohol and environment can undo all the good work.
- The first five years are important, but they do not write your