WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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recommended that limited or no homework be given over vacation breaks. "We wanted kids to get a break," said Anthony Parker, principal at Weston High School. To support that policy, teachers are not permit- ted to have tests, quizzes, or assignments due on the first class meeting after a no-homework weekend. When kids are young, it's important to establish some structure around homework so the workload is manageable later. In elementary school, consider sitting down with your child when the homework packet comes home and map out the week together. "As adults, we need to help create planning strategies for our kids, especially if they have Executive Functioning Disorder or ADHD. The idea is to create good habits early on to minimize stress so your child doesn't end up leaving everything to the last minute," said Goodman. 24/7 Culture Many households have two working parents, and most jobs don't end at 5 p.m. the way they used to. Technology has fueled our "instantaneous culture" and people are under pressure to respond right away to their boss or co-workers, even after hours or when they're on vacation. "That means most of us don't ever get a chance to really decompress," Goodman said. "Likewise, kids feel that pressure. In the old days no one answered the phone during dinner. But now there are very few work/home boundaries, unless you create them yourself." Establishing family rules early on like no phones at dinnertime can help reinforce the fact that downtime is important for everyone, even if exceptions sometimes need to be made. "Technology has its pros and cons, but it's our reality," said Dr. Lussier. "It enhances learning, but we have to be vigilant about setting boundaries." Safety Threats Because kids are constantly plugged in, there's no sheltering them from bad news — another source of angst. Tragic events like school shootings can really spike stress levels. "Parents need to monitor what they say that can be stress inducing," Goodman said, because kids are always listening. However, sometimes informing kids, instead of keeping them in the dark, can help them feel calmer. Last spring, Wellesley Public Schools S T O C K B R O K E R X ( S B X ) 148 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8 fitness & health "establish some structure around homework"

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