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One Easy Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Relationship with Your Kid

Posted by Common Sense Media on April 13, 2016

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

If you own a smartphone, chances are, you love it. You take pictures of your kids, stay in touch with friends and family, keep up with the news, and text your...

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Social-Emotional Learning Tips

Posted by Common Sense Media on March 31, 2016

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media parenting editor

Every parent wants to raise kids with strong character. Grateful, humble, compassionate, brave: We know these strengths lead to improved well-being, better relationships, and sound...

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The Power of Parenting “In the Moment”

Posted by Christine French Cully on March 29, 2016

It was date night. My husband and I were enjoying a quiet, relaxing dinner on the veranda of a nice restaurant when a young couple with a toddler was seated at the table next to us.

Now I’m not one to get irritated when children cry or...

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10 Ways to Help Your Kid Get a Good Night's Sleep

Posted by Common Sense Media on March 17, 2016

By Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media Executive Editor, Education

Parents know firsthand the impact a poor night's sleep has on kids. Lack of sleep can contribute to crankiness, problems with attention and learning, behavior issues, and...

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Be a Role Model: Find a Healthy Balance with Media and Technology

Posted by Common Sense Media on March 03, 2016

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media parenting editor

We've all seen that dad yakking away on his cell phone at the playground while his 3-year-old resorts to increasingly desperate measures to get his attention. We've also been that...

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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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