I know what you are thinking: “How in the world is not drinking coffee going to benefit a child?” Well, USA Today discovered Americans consume over 587 million cups of coffee a day, roughly 3 cups of coffee per person per day. Imagine what we could do if our focus and our finances were shifted to something like education!
Many people consume coffee as part of their “morning ritual” but if you are like me, you have that one favorite specialty coffee you indulge in more often than you think. An average customer, grabbing a specialty coffee at their favorite coffeehouse will spend close to $4.00. So if you think about it, we are spending nearly $210 on coffee every year, assuming we only limit ourselves to purchasing one cup a week!
After giving the public school system a try, some parents decide that a private school is a better fit for their child.
To help this transition go as smoothly as possible, here are a few things that you can expect to find when your child switches from a public to a private school:
1. Smaller classroom size.
One of the driving factors that motivates parents to choose a private education for their children is the smaller classroom size private schools typically offer.
After 40 years of Stanford research, it’s conclusive that people with the quality of delayed gratification are more likely to succeed.– James Clear
The Marshmallow Experiment
Published in 1972, the “Marshmallow Experiment” uncovered one of the most important attributes of a life that is on the path to success. Here’s what happened. A researcher would bring a child into a private room and sit them down in a chair. In front of them they would place a marshmallow on the table.
Then, the researcher told the child he was going to leave the room and if the marshmallow was still there when he came back he would reward the child with another marshmallow. If they ate it, they wouldn’t get another one.
Simple, right? Get one treat now or two later.
Today's parents are feeling the pressure to enroll their children in as many extracurricular activities as possible in an effort to develop "the whole child." As a result, some parents actually end up over-scheduling their children, which can have adverse effects.
We frequently use our blog to share useful parenting tips for navigating today's world, and one of our most recent blog posts specifically addresses how to identify if your child is involved with too many extracurricular activities. We encourage you to read this article as it can help you to find a healthy balance for school, extracurricular activities, and downtime for your child.