Middle Children and Power


Katrin Schumann, author of The Secret Power of Middle Children.
Topic: How middleborns can harness their unexpected and remarkable abilities.
Issues: What makes middle children different from their older and/or younger siblings; middle children in the workplace; middle children as parents; parenting a middle child; specific positive and negative traits associated with middle children.

Study Examines Patterns of Smartphone Use By Parents Around Children

Many a parent has turned to a smartphone or tablet during a restaurant outing with children. How does this mobile device use affect parent-child interactions? In a qualitative analysis, researchers sought to describe patterns of how caregivers and children use mobile devices around each other. In the study, “Patterns of Mobile Device Use by Caregivers and Children During Meals in Fast Food Restaurants,” published in the April 2014 Pediatrics (published online March 10), researchers observed 55 caregivers eating with 1 or more young children in fast food restaurants. The researchers wrote detailed field notes, describing how the caregivers used their mobile devices and how they interacted with the children. Researchers described how “absorbed” the caregiver was in the device, how children responded when caregivers used a device and how caregivers managed this behavior, and co-viewing or shared use of devices by caregivers and children.

Caregivers who used devices ranged from having the device on the table to almost constant absorption with the device throughout the meal. Some children accepted the lack of engagement and entertained themselves; others acted out in a bid for attention. The study raises several questions for future research, including what types of activity (eg, work, entertainment) on mobile devices are associated with the highest levels of caregiver absorption, and what are the long-term effects on child development from caregivers who frequently become absorbed with a device while spending time with their children.

From the journal Pediatrics.

Submissions Now Open for “Mr. Dad Seal of Approval”

Mr. Dad Seal of ApprovalWe’ve finally recovered from Toy Fair and are now accepting submissions for the Mr. Dad Seal of Approval‘s Spring 2014 and Father’s Day 2014 seasons. There is no fee to apply. If you have (or someone you know has) a toy, game, app, service, or anything else that gets dads and kids engaging together, we encourage you to visit mrdad.com/seal and fill out the simple application in the sidebar. Submission deadlines and announcement dates are below.

Season Submission Deadline Winners Announced
Spring 2014 March 31, 2014 Week of April 14, 2014
Father’s Day 2014 May 26, 2014 Week of June 2, 2014
Back to School 2014 August 25, 2014 Week of  September 7, 2014
Winter Holidays ’14 November 16, 2014 Week of December 1, 2014

Middle Children + Eldest Children + ID Theft


Katrin Schumann, author of The Secret Power of Middle Children.
Topic: How middleborns can harness their unexpected and remarkable abilities.
Issues: What makes middle children different from their older and/or younger siblings; middle children in the workplace; middle children as parents; parenting a middle child; specific positive and negative traits associated with middle children.



Kevin Leman, author of The First Born Advantage.
Topic: Making your birth order work for you.
Issues: Traits that many firstborns have that other children don’t; how birth order affects marriage and relationships; the amazing number of firstborns in high performance careers.


Guest 3: Scott Mitic, CEO of TrustedID.com
Topic: How identity thieves are stealing our children’s identities.
Issues:

Women Make Less than Men? Better Think Again.

We recently came across this wonderful infographic that does a great job of debunking the whole women-make-less-than-men canard that’s been going around for years. Bravo to the brave people who put it together, flying in the face of political correctness. Here goes:

women DON'T make less than men