Prime-Time Parenting: The Two-Hour-a-Day Secret to Raising Great Kids
Prime-Time Parenting: The Two-Hour-a-Day Secret to Raising Great Kids

Prime-Time Parenting: The Two-Hour-a-Day Secret to Raising Great Kids

by Heather Miller

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A two-hour school-night routine that helps parents support their children's social, emotional and intellectual development

School nights are a real challenge for most parents. Just as your energy flags, a slew of parenting duties looms ahead. Learn how to create a two-hour school night routine that works for both parent and child. By following this two-hour ritual, you'll be able to:

  • Bond with your children
  • Prepare and enjoy a nutritious dinner
  • Support your child's organization and academic success
  • Read with your child
  • Follow a book-bath-bed routine to an early bedtime
  • Enjoy some "me" time once the kids are in bed
The benefits of Prime-Time Parenting include better nutrition, better school performance, a more organized home, and well-rested parents and children.

The hours between 6 and 8pm will never be the same!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738284613
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 749,913
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Heather Miller is the Director of LePage-Miller, Inc, an education firm based in New York City. A graduate of MIT, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Miller has developed and delivered educational programs for over twenty years.

Table of Contents

Preface: Parenting in the Digital Age xi

Introduction: Prime-Time Parenting at a Glance 1

Screen Time Interferes with Dreamtime 4

Sleep and School Performance 4

Lessons from Long Ago 6

1 6:00 to 6:30 PM: Prime-Time Parenting Begins 11

Divide and Conquer 14

Getting Kids Set Up with Homework 14

Silent Sprints 18

Get Cooking 24

Special Situations 34

2 6:30 to 7:00 pm: The Power of the Dinner (Half) Hour 39

Giving Thanks 46

Transactional Versus Decontextualized Talk 54

Eye Contact and Active Listening 57

Bringing the Meal to a Close 58

Special Situations 61

3 7:00 to 7:30 pm: The Homework Hustle 67

What Is the Parent's Role in Homework, Anyway? 67

Homework Tools Every Child Should Have 72

Monitor, Motivate, Organize, and Praise 77

Common Questions About Homework 82

Communicating with Your Child's School 87

Preventing Morning Madness 91

Special Situations 98

4 7:30 to 8:00 pm: Bed, Bath, and Beyond 101

Creating a Bedtime Routine 102

The Soporific Effects of a Warm Bath 104

Bedtime Reading 108

Reading to Your Child with Flair 111

A Proper Tucking In 125

Special Situations 131

5 8:00 pm: You Time 135

Tidying Up 135

Preparing for the Day Ahead 138

Connecting with Others 143

Rest and Relaxation 147

A Good Night's Sleep 150

6 The Paradox of Structure 157

Routines Save Energy 160

Rituals Help Us Live Our Values 161

Reclaiming Adulthood for Parents 162

Reclaiming Childhood for Children 164

What Children Want Most from Parents 167

Conclusion: The Benefits of Prime-Time Parenting 171

Physical Health 175

Emotional Health 177

Creating Family Rituals 181

Protecting One-on-One Time 181

Resources to Support Prime-Time Parenting 183

Acknowledgments 217

Notes 219

Index 229

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