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Help Preschoolers Handle Strong Emotions

Posted by Common Sense Media on May 26, 2016

By Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media Senior Editor, Apps

When you're little, things aren't all fun and games. Big feelings can sweep in without warning -- and the resulting tantrums can be brutal for kids and parents. No one can ...

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How to Set Screen Rules That Stick

Posted by Common Sense Media on May 18, 2016

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media Senior Parenting Editor

In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or shut down Snapchat can incite a revolt. And if your kids say they need to be online...

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Who Wins When Everyone Gets a Trophy?

Posted by Jill Smolowe on May 11, 2016

Perhaps you’re a soccer or softball mom. Me, I was a crew mom. Weekend after weekend, I drove to rivers hours away to watch my daughter race. Usually, I scouted out points along the bank that maximized the seconds I’d get to see Becky row by in...

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Screen-Time Limits for Parents?

Posted by Common Sense Media on April 27, 2016

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Executive Editor, Parenting Content

Distracted parenting has been a hot topic recently. Some experts link the rise in smartphone ownership to a spike in emergency room visits for kids under 5. Others...

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How to Raise a Green Kid

Posted by Andy Boyles on April 21, 2016

Today, I have a measured sense of how much trouble our environment is in. We have many challenges ahead of us, I realize. I also know that the wildlife in my backyard is not likely to drop dead today or even tomorrow.

I have arrived at...

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Why I Love Messy Play

Posted by Asia Citro on April 18, 2016

I love messy play. You might think I’m crazy — but simply put, messy play is how small children learn.

Though children learn something from any form of play, messy play is particularly suited for teaching creativity, encouraging...

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One Easy Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Relationship with Your Kid

Posted by Common Sense Media on April 13, 2016

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Executive Editor, Parenting Content

If you own a smartphone, chances are, you love it. You take pictures of your kids, stay in touch with friends and family, keep up with the news, and text your...

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Social-Emotional Learning Tips

Posted by Common Sense Media on March 31, 2016

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media parenting editor

Every parent wants to raise kids with strong character. Grateful, humble, compassionate, brave: We know these strengths lead to improved well-being, better relationships, and sound...

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The Power of Parenting “In the Moment”

Posted by Christine French Cully on March 29, 2016

It was date night. My husband and I were enjoying a quiet, relaxing dinner on the veranda of a nice restaurant when a young couple with a toddler was seated at the table next to us.

Now I’m not one to get irritated when children cry or...

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10 Ways to Help Your Kid Get a Good Night's Sleep

Posted by Common Sense Media on March 17, 2016

By Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media Executive Editor, Education

Parents know firsthand the impact a poor night's sleep has on kids. Lack of sleep can contribute to crankiness, problems with attention and learning, behavior issues, and...

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