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Back to School, Back to Reading

Posted by Christine French Cully on August 25, 2016

“Some of the best memories are made in flip-flops,” says writer Kellie Elmore. But, sadly, all good things—even summer--must end. Fall is hinting at its arrival, and already it’s back to school.

As your kids swap their flip-flops for new...

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Tips for Introducing Your Child to the Arts at a Young Age

Posted by Lisa Low on August 11, 2016

Not only are the arts an enjoyable way to pass time, they provide important opportunities for children to expand their creative thinking, express themselves, and learn more about the world. The arts provide children with skills they can use in...

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The Thoughtful Parent

A Birthday Party, a Meltdown, a Crisis Averted

Posted by Jill Smolowe on August 03, 2016

It was the kind of small moment that usually slips by unnoticed. But something about this fleeting incident—longer in the telling than the event itself—has stuck with me.

When my daughter, Becky, was 3, we attended a backyard birthday...

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Ideas that Matter

Even Toddlers Know When Moms Are Too Controlling

Posted by Nancy Josephson Liff on July 22, 2016

Want to boost your chances of having a great rapport with your kid now and for years to come?

Give your toddler a shot at independence.

Let her play (safely) on her own terms, with her own toys, the way she wants to play with them...

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How to Keep Learning Alive Over the Summer

Posted by Lisa Low on July 14, 2016

Summer is a great time for rest and relaxation, both for your child and the school community! However, you don’t want all your child’s valuable knowledge to shrink or disappear over the course of these months. Here are five ways to keep learning...

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The Thoughtful Parent

The Strength to Say No

Posted by Jill Smolowe on July 07, 2016

My mother used to tell a story I thought was about me. Later, when I was a parent myself, I realized that the story was actually about my mother and her style of parenting.

The story goes like this: I was about four years old and we had...

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Four (Simple and Fun!) Ways to Stave off the Summer Slide

Posted by Bibb Hubbard on June 29, 2016

Summer is here! And with the hot weather and longer days can come the “summer slide” – when children can lose months of hard-earned learning while they’re playing in the sprinklers and chasing the ice cream truck.

But, not to worry! A few...

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How Comics Helped My Kid Love Reading

Posted by Common Sense Media on June 23, 2016

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

When I was a kid my dad read to me every night. By age 5, I was traveling nightly through the worlds of The Hobbit or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Even...

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Ideas that Matter

7 Things Every Kid Should Master

Posted by Catherine Holecko on June 16, 2016

What do you really want for your children? What do you dream about for their future? It’s probably not fame or even fortune. Instead, parents simply want their children to be happy. “I think that, deep in their hearts, every parent would agree...

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3 Places Families Should Make Phone-Free

Posted by Common Sense Media on June 16, 2016

By Caroline Knorr, Senior Parenting Editor

You're sitting down to dinner and -- buzz, buzz! -- your phone starts vibrating. You're driving your kid to practice and -- beep, beep! -- a call comes in. You're tucking your kid into bed and...

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