Parenting new year’s resolutions

What should parents resolve to do in the new year? “Put down the smartphone/tablet, even for just a couple hours a day, and talk to your kids. Studies show that the greatest predictor of kids’ school success is their having a rich vocabulary; that the greatest predictor of a child obtaining a rich vocabulary is parent/child interaction and immersion with ample and varied language; that parents provide this key developmental support less when watching TV than when engaged in almost any other activity; and that parents provide this key developmental support even less when attending to their mobile devices.” Says Brett Berk (pictured), early childhood expert and author of The Gay Uncle’s Guide to Parenting (Three Rivers Press).

[via Chicago Tribune]

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