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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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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 in...

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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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How to Set Screen Rules That Stick

Posted by Common Sense Media on May 18, 2016

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media Senior Parenting Editor

In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or shut down Snapchat can incite a revolt. And if your kids say they need to be online for...

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The Thoughtful Parent

Who Wins When Everyone Gets a Trophy?

Posted by Jill Smolowe on May 11, 2016

Perhaps you’re a soccer or softball mom. Me, I was a crew mom. Weekend after weekend, I drove to rivers hours away to watch my daughter race. Usually, I scouted out points along the bank that maximized the seconds I’d get to see Becky row by in a...

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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 scientific...

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