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8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

Posted by Common Sense Media on December 01, 2016

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media, Parenting Editor

What's topping your kids' holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access, and games. With a little planning -- and kids' assistance -- you can balance...

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5 Simple Steps to a Healthy Family Media Diet

Posted by Common Sense Media on November 17, 2016

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media, Parenting Editor

Many parents struggle with exactly how much screen time is OK for their kids. Is a half-hour show OK but a full-length movie "bad"? How much gaming should you allow when your kid...

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Welcoming the New Kid on the Block

Posted by Janine Boldrin on November 10, 2016

“We have a new student in our class!”

You’ve probably heard these words before if you have a school-age child. A new child has arrived in the classroom and the kids are excited. Teachers may have told them something about the student or,...

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The Piano Lesson

Posted by Jill Smolowe on November 09, 2016

Around age six, my daughter began to show interest in the upright piano pushed against a wall in our living room. Whenever I would sit down to play, she’d come stand by my side and listen. “Do another one, Mommy,” she’d say. “I like it when you...

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Why It’s So Important to Talk to Your Kids About the Election

Posted by Christine French Cully on October 27, 2016

Some have described this year’s presidential election as a roller-coaster ride. In that it’s leaving a lot of us feeling out of control and wanting to scream, the metaphor is apt. The mudslinging, name-calling, and truth stretching is at an all-...

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How to Raise a Good Human in a Digital World

Posted by Common Sense Media on October 21, 2016

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

As parents, we have many hopes for our kids. We want them to grow up to live happy, successful lives. We hope they'll find love, maybe have kids of their own, and...

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What Kind of Learner Is Your Child?

Posted by Lisa Low on October 13, 2016

In today’s world, gone is the image of the child quietly studying at a desk, not making a peep at home or in the classroom. Both settings have become increasingly more interactive, with a variety of activities designed for students to learn in...

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Why Some Kids Can't Do the Right Thing

Posted by Jill Smolowe on October 06, 2016

This present-day scene may well be a scene from your future: My friend had made plans to meet up with her 20-year-old son to tour an art exhibit in Manhattan. Come the agreed-upon day, she texted her son to remind him that she would see him at...

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What's Going On in There? A Sneak Peek into Your Baby's Brain

Posted by ZERO TO THREE on September 22, 2016

By Claire Lerner and Rebecca Parlakian

A group of us were sitting around with our babies, bleary and silly with sleep deprivation, and started doing that thing where you say what you imagine the baby is thinking. My friend Andrew looked...

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What I Know Now: Kids Are Who They Are, And That’s Okay

Posted by Bette-Jane Raphael on September 15, 2016

The leafy New England campus, with its august buildings arranged around a grassy quad, looked straight out of a college catalog on the Sunday morning in late May when my daughter received her B.A. I sat, one of a large crowd of proud parents...

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