• Studies show that children who are positively reinforced for their effort do better than children who are told they are talented.
  • Students told that higher grades lead to higher pay in future jobs are eight times more likely to work harder.
  • Students who are physically fit get better marks in school.
  • Napping helps memory.
  • In the typical American home with children, the television is on eight and a half hours per day.
  • Media guru James P. Steyer recommends that parents set a limit of two hours a day with exceptions for special agreed-upon events such as election returns, the Super Bowl, and New Year’s Eve specials. “Kids often respond well to limits; once they know what they are, they learn to live with them.”
  • Some parents allow children to “earn” screen time by reading: for every hour of pleasure reading they do, they are allowed half an hour of media time. This sends a clear message that reading is valued more than electronic-media time.

Excerpted from Jump-Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life, by Pam Withers and Cynthia Gill (Viva Editions). All references (footnotes) contained in the book.