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Posted by Bette-Jane Raphael on July 20, 2017

My daughter shares her millennial generation’s intolerance for all non-instantaneous forms of communication. That includes voice mail. If she calls and I don’t answer, she simply hangs up, leaving me to speculate whether she’d merely wanted to...

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5 Strategies for Getting Kids Off Devices

Posted by Common Sense Media on July 13, 2017

By Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media

"Just a sec," say nine out of 10 parents answering an email when their kid asks them for something. If it's hard for us to jump out of the digital world, just imagine you're 3 and the lines between...

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3 Reasons to Encourage Your Child to Learn a Foreign Language

Posted by Samhitha Krishnan on July 06, 2017

Many of the items that we interact with and use in our everyday lives come from all across the globe. As a result, today’s young people are very likely to work with non-native English speakers whether at home or in a foreign setting. Plus...

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Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Encouraging Your Child to See the Bright Side

Posted by Janine Boldrin on June 01, 2017

Tough situations can create opportunities to learn and grow into better people. The trick is seeing the good through the bad. As parents, teaching our kids to see the positive is key to helping them become adults who can work through difficult...

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5 Ideas to Keep Math Skills Alive Over the Summer

Posted by Heather Hamilton on May 18, 2017

When we learn a new skill and then go several months without performing it, the skill tends to atrophy. To prevent what’s referred to as the “summer slide,” it’s important to help your child practice newly acquired math skills over the long...

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5 Myths and Truths About Kids' Internet Safety

Posted by Common Sense Media on May 11, 2017

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media, Parenting Editor

If you believe everything you hear about kids online, you might think pedophiles and cyberbullies are around every cyber-corner. Yes, there is bad stuff out there. But the truth is,...

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Screen Time: Think What, When & Why, Not How Much

Posted by David W. Kleeman on May 05, 2017

Isn’t it odd that a child can read a magazine, color in an activity book, write a letter to Grandma, devour a chapter book, laugh at a comic strip, snuggle through a favorite picture book for the umpteenth time, or do homework … and we never say...

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Tricks to Help Your Student Master Vocabulary Words

Posted by Lisa Low on April 12, 2017

Learning vocabulary is a milestone of reading and writing skills, as well as something kids do daily—sometimes without noticing. Whether your child needs to learn a specific set of vocabulary words or you’re looking to simply expand his...

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News Literacy 101

Posted by Common Sense Media on April 06, 2017

By Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media

If it's tough for us grown-ups to figure out what's real news and what's fake these days, imagine how difficult it is for kids. Among hearing opinions at home, talking with friends, learning from...

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3 Simple Rules for a Healthy Media Diet

Posted by Common Sense Media on April 04, 2017

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media parenting editor

You balance their meals, so why not their media? Learn the secrets to a well-balanced media diet.

Many parents struggle with exactly how much screen time is OK for their kids....

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