Best of the Web

Asking your children the same three questions every night, de-stressing teens, exercise and academic results, and protests over uniforms – selection of thought-provoking and useful articles from around the web on educating and raising children.

We Ask our Kids the Same Three Questions Every Night

(Meg Conley, Huffington Post)

How does a family stay connected? For the first time, both of the author’s daughters are in school, in different grades and different schools. Grateful for the new ideas and people they encounter, their mother is also concerned about family bonds weakening. The solution is to ask the same three questions every night. How were you brave today? How were you kind today? How did you fail today?

How Self-Compassion can Help Teens De-Stress

(Jessica Morey, Greater Good Science Centre,  University of California Berkeley)

How do teenagers cope with stress? There are external sources, such as friends, family and hobbies. But what about finding support from within as well? The author relates the experiences of 132 teens who took part in a five-day mindfulness retreat. They were less stressed and depressed, happier and more self-compassionate. Three months later, they still reported feeling better.

Children Need Three Hours Exercise a Day


Finland is often cited as the shining example of education achievement, producing the highest academic results among children in the developed world. It also produces the most physically fit children in Europe. The Finnish Government believes the two are linked. This report looks at the recommendation that Finnish schoolchildren spend at least three hours a day performing physical activities.

Police Called After School Sends Dozens of Pupils Home for Wearing Wrong Uniform

(Sally Weale, The Guardian)

The debate about uniforms regularly divides opinion. In the United Kingdom, it has led to emotional scenes and protests. On the first day of term, about 50 pupils were sent home from a school in the Kent seaside resort of Margate for wearing the wrong clothes. The school’s new head defended the crackdown as part of the effort to turnaround under-performance.