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July 21, 2006

Great minds -Stanford University and Guy Kawasaki – discuss kids today

Cover_feature_homepage When it comes to putting great minds to work, pondering the issues of kids today, Stanford University comes through for us once again. And so does our new blogger friend Guy Kawasaki for sending the SV Moms Blog an email linking to his post on the Stanford Magazine “Kids Today” issue. I like the way “blogger friend” sounds but really he is a friend to all mommy bloggers after creating the “ultimate mommy blog list” on his blog, Signum sine tinnitu.

The “Kids Today” articles discuss some of the greatest challenges parents face today:

We also received an email from an unnamed public relations firm asking us to pass on a link. At first I was suspicious and felt protective of just passing links to moms from someone that was not "my friend". Then I saw it was from the The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics and hoped that it was putting our hard working tax dollars to good work. The Forum fosters coordination and integration among 20 Federal agencies that produce or use statistical data on children and families. I found the information interesting, but got lost in the stats.

Any thoughts on the articles and (gulp) stats?

Here are some of my points of interest:

From the Stanford Magazine article on “Growing Concerns”:

-Parents that are engaged with their kids can help them deal with the negative influences of society. That takes the guilt away from the short amount of time I do let my kids watch TV or choose their own music, which may have some strong lyrics. But it does puts the challenge on us, as parents, to discuss and engage our kids with what they are watching or listening to. At least now I can feel comfortable allowing my 8 year old son listen to one of his favorite songs (“Taxi Driver” by Lenny Kravitz) that has one curse word in it.

-“Social mechanisms that nurture and respect children’s friendships are very important” (Children learn a lot through friendships). So casual playdates are as important to kids as afterschool activities .

From the Stanford Magazine article on “Good Sports”:

“Under all the blather about sports building character and discipline is the truth that sports does help kids immensely in remarkable ways”. “As we have always known, sports and physical activity are essential for kids health and well being.”

From the Stanford Magazine article on public education “Put to the Test”:

Budgetary restraints make it hard for some kids in public education to get all the resources they need to develop. Resources like occupational therapy, instructional aid, counseling, and sometimes even nursing.

From the Stanford Magazine article on “What Noah Teaches us”:

We should all focus on the special gifts in our children, no matter what their special needs are.