A couple of good parenting ideas have come across my desk.
One is an article from Parent Map on how to get your children to do their homework. This mom made a "homework hour" for the entire family. (I assume she got out her bills, etc. to work on while they did schoolwork.)
Any thoughts/tips from you about how you handle homework? Do you feel like your child is getting too much/too little/not effective homework or is it just right?
The other story is from a mom's blog - Janel Burley Hofmann about an iPhone contract with her 13-year old son. It is an 18-point contract full of some good stuff. What I like is that she is blunt - about how he might use it and consequences to doing some of those things, how she expects him to use it, outcomes if it is lost or damaged, school use, etc.
I do disagree a little with her saying she "owns" it if she gave it as a gift. (However, if she and her husband are paying for the service - as I am sure they are - then yes, she has every right to her contract.)
A few of her points:
3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads “Mom” or “Dad”. Not ever.