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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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What Would Madeline Do? Talking to Children about the Paris Attacks

Posted by Christine French Cully on November 24, 2015

“They smiled at the good. They frowned at the bad. And sometimes they were very sad.” – from Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Millions of people have viewed the poignant video, showing a grief-stricken father in France talking to his son...

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3 Simple Rules for a Healthy Media Diet

Posted by Common Sense Media on November 11, 2015

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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The Surprising Way My Son Earned His Smartphone

Posted by Sylvia Barsotti on November 05, 2015

“But Mom, everybody else has one!“ What parent hasn’t heard that line a trillion times? But no mind, even after much begging and pleading, I stuck to my guns and said no.

The item in question was a smartphone—and my 10-year-old son wanted...

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Open Your Ears and You'll Open Your Eyes

Posted by Christine French Cully on October 26, 2015

Yep. On occasion, I yelled at my kids. Sometimes I let them talk me into buying them things that they really didn't need because in the moment, it was simpler than any other kind of negotiation. (Hey, I was a tired, working, single mom!) I doled...

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Excuse Me, But It’s Time to Role Model Good Manners for Our Kids

Posted by Christine French Cully on September 17, 2015

A friend remembers her mother trying to teach her and her sibling good manners at the breakfast table when they were young. “What’s the magic word?” their mother asked before sliding pancakes on their plates. The younger sister thought and then...

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Family Camping—A Breath of Fresh Air for Kids

Posted by Christine French Cully on August 06, 2015

It’s late afternoon. I’m writing this sitting in a lawn chair in front of a campfire, part of a tidy arrangement of tents and RVs. Above me is a canopy of trees. “Next door,” a mother and her small child are curled up in a chaise reading...

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What I Learned Today about Monsters, Recess and Waiting

Posted by Mitch Mortimer on July 29, 2015

I had some fun drawing and making art with a classroom full of enthusiastic 2nd Graders today. I showed some of my art and they showed me some of theirs and then I even got the chance to sniff some of their "smelly markers." It was a good...

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The Hidden Benefits of Hidden Pictures

Posted by Mary-Alice Moore on June 22, 2015

There is something universally appealing about puzzles, no matter what our age or particular passion: jigsaw puzzles, word searches, mazes, Sudoku, or any of the puzzle-type games we have stored on our phones. The best puzzles are challenging...

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