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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 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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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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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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To the Parents at the Minneapolis Airport Bar

Posted by Christine French Cully on June 09, 2016

It is early. 5:30 a.m. Dark o’clock. Bleary-eyed and slouched over my coffee, I am seated in a restaurant near my gate, contemplating breakfast. You are seated at the bar.

While I idly wonder why you are sitting there instead of sitting...

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The Thoughtful Parent

To Make—or Not to Make—Their Lunches (That is the Question)

Posted by Jill Smolowe on June 02, 2016

Her: “I cannot believe you’re still making your kids’ lunches. Let them make their own sandwiches!”

Him: “They don’t know how.”

Her: “Oh, please. Just show them. Slap a piece of bread on the cutting board and slather some peanut...

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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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