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6 Simple Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s Accomplishments

Adults appreciate words of praise from their boss or a celebratory dinner that acknowledges a well-executed project. Kids also like to celebrate their accomplishments. As parents, our challenge is how to celebrate children’s successes without...

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Why Device-Free Dinners Are a Healthy Choice

By Michael Robb, Common Sense Media, Director of Research

It may seem obvious that eating dinner with your family is a good thing. Research provides plenty of support for the importance of family dinner for kids: Learning vocabulary, fewer...

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How Jamie Learned to Whistle (or Why I Quit Being an Overly Involved Parent)

My son Jamie was five when we moved into a new house. The first morning we were there, before the cable was hooked up, before the boxes were unpacked, before anyone else was awake, he sat on the couch and taught himself to whistle. Never in a...

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Sure, You Got It Wrong—Now, Forgive Yourself

I recently had back-to-back conversations with two distressed mothers. One, the parent of a preschooler, described how a tantrum her four-year-old son had thrown at a public playground had left her feeling helpless and more than a shade...

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How Parents Can Help Kinesthetic Learners Do Better in Elementary School

Kinesthetic learners typically learn best by using their bodies to help them take in information. You may have noticed that your child has an aptitude for physical activities, often fidgets, and/or likes to act things out—thankfully, such...

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6 Ways to Keep Your Child Learning Over the Holiday Break

During the upcoming holiday break, learning can easily slump. But it doesn’t have to! Here are six ways to incorporate learning into the holidays so your child goes back to school refreshed and ready to study.

1. Read for fun

Reading, as...

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8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

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 your...

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5 Simple Steps to a Healthy Family Media Diet

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 also...

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Welcoming the New Kid on the Block

“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

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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