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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Kids' technology usability study - $100-150

This post is written and sponsored by the organization conducting the study.

We have a special opportunity for teens ages 9-14 to be a part of a fun in-person session for a popular technology company. Please read the description of the project below carefully so that you can determine if this is a good fit for your child. We are looking for kids (ages 9-14) to participate in paired sessions with their friends in the same age range (and same gender) OR with their parents for one 60 minute session!

How can I sign my child up? Complete the survey to determine eligibility, which may be followed up with a telephone interview (about 5-10 minutes).

Here are the details for the in-person session: 
When: July 16th-20th - 60 minute paired sessions between 9:00 AM and  8:00 PM
Kids: Ages 9-14 years with their friend in the same age range and gender OR with their parent
Where: In Bay Area
Pay: We will pay $100.00-$150.00 per child!

Simply click on the link below and fill out a brief online survey to see if you qualify. 

Important: Please keep in mind your child’s ability to participate and enjoy the sessions. We want this to be a positive experience for the children. If your child is especially shy, uncomfortable around others, or might have difficulty sitting and actively participating it might not be a good fit for him/her. Also, it is important that language not be an issue. Please be sure to answer all questions as honestly as possible. There are only a very limited number of slots available so be sure to fill out this survey as soon as possible. We will close this survey when we get the number of participants we need for these sessions.

Kids really love these sessions, so if your child is available on July 16th through July 20th , take this survey and see if they qualify—DON’T MISS OUT!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Review: The Good News About Bad Behavior

I often look to my friends for parenting advice, and I don’t think I’m unique there. So good thing that several of my friends and colleagues not only teach parenting classes, but write books on the subject. One of the most interesting ones I read lately was The Good News About Bad Behavior by Katherine Reynolds Lewis. It’s a book I was anticipating for a few years, as it stemmed from a Mother Jones article, What if Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids was Wrong? How is that for a provocative title? The premise of the article (and hence, the book) is that bad behavior simply gets worse from the disciplinary techniques that many of us use with our children, including time outs, negative consequences and other punishments. Even positive rewards like gold stars can cause kids to lose their intrinsic motivation, focusing instead on the teacher’s motivation.

What if we paid attention to the reason that kids were not behaving well. Perhaps they’re hungry or bored. Or maybe they have behavioral issues they can’t control, like ADHD. Of course, for each child it’s different, and this can be hard in a school situation when there’s a room full of kids and one or two disruptive kids (or more).