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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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Be a Role Model: Find a Healthy Balance with Media and Technology

Posted by Common Sense Media on March 03, 2016

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media parenting editor

We've all seen that dad yakking away on his cell phone at the playground while his 3-year-old resorts to increasingly desperate measures to get his attention. We've also been that...

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My Dinner with a Muslim Changed Me Forever

Posted by Christine French Cully on December 14, 2015

In 2002, Highlights magazine published an article that explained the Muslim observance of Ramadan. It happened to be the year after 9/11, but we’d been looking for a good article about Ramadan long before those tragic events. Highlights has a...

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5 Ways Parents of Preschoolers Can Raise a Body-Positive Kid

Posted by Common Sense Media on December 11, 2015

By Sierra Filucci,Executive Editor, Parenting Content, Common Sense Media| | Mom of two

How's this for a scary statistic: Studies show that kids as young as 5 say they don’t like their bodies.

Common Sense Media's survey of body-...

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