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What kids want from their parents vs. what parents THINK kids want (+ public school resources)
Parents think kids want more time with parents, but kids just want mom and dad to be less stressed.
In the 90s, Ellen Galinsky asked a thousand parents and kids (ages 9-17) what kids wanted parents to do differently.
56% of parents thought kids wanted more time with parents, or for parents to spend less time at work. But in reality, only 10% of kids wanted more time with mom, and 16% with dad. More than twice that — 34% — wished that mom would be "less stressed and tired", and same for dads at 28%. It's a good reminder to make sure that I'm all together before putting in extra sacrifice for my kids, and that time with kids is really about quality, not quantity.
In other Joyful Parenting news:
Resources for applying to public school
Transitional Kindergarten? Lottery system?? I’m applying for my 4-year-old this year and will use:
Intergenerational Play Cooperative is back! Events happen about once a month at Mission Arts Center on Saturdays, 3-4:30pm. The next one is for music making!
Thursday work and play at Manny’s, 11am-1pm: The café has a kids area. Parents come to read, write, or just to chat while kids play.
Monday evening meetups at The Commons in Hayes Valley! The space has a kids corner with toys and toddler jungle gym. Adults hang while kids play.
Can’t make the event but want to check out the space? The Commons is open to the public every Sunday from 10am-10pm.
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