Technology Overload + The Great Outdoors + College Applications + Good Teens

[amazon asin=1620876361&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Max Strom, author of There is No App for Happiness.
How to avoid a near-life experience.
Issues: Technology has expanded at such a rate that nearly every aspect of our world has been affected–but there has been no expansion of personal happiness. Instead, the wealthiest societies have become depressed, anxious, sleep-deprived, and overmedicated.

[amazon asin=0399161082&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Peter Brown Hoffmeister, author of Let Them Be Eaten by Bears.
A fearless guide to taking our kids into the great outdoors.
Issues: A simple, practical introduction to hiking, camping, and exploring that will help parents and kids alike feel empowered and capable. So turn off the video games and rediscover the powerful of going out to play.

[amazon asin=0345498925&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Michelle Hernandez, author of Acing the College Application.
Maximizing your child’s chances for admission to the college of his or her choice.
Issues: Understanding the Common Application; how the answer to the “Why” question can make or break your application; the truth about what colleges are really looking for in essays; myths and misconceptions about the on-campus interview.

[amazon asin=0307347575&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Richard Lerner, author of The Good Teen.
Debunking the negative myths about adolescents.
Issues: Teens have an undeserved bad rap in the media and elsewhere; redefining adolescence; all teens have the potential to develop in healthy ways; the characteristics of a good teen and what parents and others can do to encourage them.

Unleashing the Power of Children’s Play

[amazon asin=0465025994&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn
Topic: Unleashing kids’ instinct to play
Issues: How play makes kids happier, more self-reliant, and better students for life; play’s crucial role in children’s intellectual, social, and emotional development; how play has changed in today’s tech-filled world.

Will you just get out of here? Really–go outside!

How much outdoor time are kids really getting? Well a new survey (sponsored by Clif bars) of more than 1,000 parents of kids ages 6-12 found some disturbing things.

  • On average, kids today have eight hours less per week of outdoor playtime than their parents did.
  • While 96 percent of parents report their kids have experience playing video games, far fewer say their children have visited a national or state park (74%) or gone hiking (61%).
  • On average, most parents say 13 hours is the ideal amount of outdoor play per week. However, according to the survey, parents admit their kids spend about 14 hours in front of a screen, while they spend on average nine hours engaged in outdoor play each week.

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