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Moments That Matter the Most

Posted by Bette-Jane Raphael on March 16, 2017

My son was a sophomore in college when he brought his first serious girlfriend home for his birthday dinner. She was pretty and petite and well-spoken, and my instinctual wariness (What does this girl want from my precious son?) ebbed as the...

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Here's the Secret to Raising a Safe, Smart Kid

Posted by Common Sense Media on March 09, 2017

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media

When it comes to parenting frustrations, nothing beats the challenges of setting screen limits, picking appropriate media, and figuring out Snapchat. We're raising "digital natives" but we're supposed...

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6 Simple Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s Accomplishments

Posted by Janine Boldrin on February 23, 2017

Adults appreciate words of praise from their boss or a celebratory dinner that acknowledges a well-executed project. Kids also like to celebrate their accomplishments. As parents, our challenge is how to celebrate children’s successes without...

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Why Device-Free Dinners Are a Healthy Choice

Posted by Common Sense Media on February 16, 2017

By Michael Robb, Common Sense Media, Director of Research

It may seem obvious that eating dinner with your family is a good thing. Research provides plenty of support for the importance of family dinner for kids: Learning vocabulary, ...

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Ideas that Matter

How Jamie Learned to Whistle (or Why I Quit Being an Overly Involved Parent)

Posted by Pam Abrams on February 09, 2017

My son Jamie was five when we moved into a new house. The first morning we were there, before the cable was hooked up, before the boxes were unpacked, before anyone else was awake, he sat on the couch and taught himself to whistle. Never in a...

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Sure, You Got It Wrong—Now, Forgive Yourself

Posted by Jill Smolowe on February 02, 2017

I recently had back-to-back conversations with two distressed mothers. One, the parent of a preschooler, described how a tantrum her four-year-old son had thrown at a public playground had left her feeling helpless and more than a shade...

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How Parents Can Help Kinesthetic Learners Do Better in Elementary School

Posted by Lisa Low on January 23, 2017

Kinesthetic learners typically learn best by using their bodies to help them take in information. You may have noticed that your child has an aptitude for physical activities, often fidgets, and/or likes to act things out—thankfully, such...

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6 Ways to Keep Your Child Learning Over the Holiday Break

Posted by Lisa Low on December 08, 2016

During the upcoming holiday break, learning can easily slump. But it doesn’t have to! Here are six ways to incorporate learning into the holidays so your child goes back to school refreshed and ready to study.

1. Read for fun

Reading, as...

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8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

Posted by Common Sense Media on December 01, 2016

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media, Parenting Editor

What's topping your kids' holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access, and games. With a little planning -- and kids' assistance -- you can balance...

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5 Simple Steps to a Healthy Family Media Diet

Posted by Common Sense Media on November 17, 2016

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media, Parenting Editor

Many parents struggle with exactly how much screen time is OK for their kids. Is a half-hour show OK but a full-length movie "bad"? How much gaming should you allow when your kid...

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