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5 Strategies for Getting Kids Off Devices

By Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media

"Just a sec," say nine out of 10 parents answering an email when their kid asks them for something. If it's hard for us to jump out of the digital world, just imagine you're 3 and the lines between...

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3 Reasons to Encourage Your Child to Learn a Foreign Language

Many of the items that we interact with and use in our everyday lives come from all across the globe. As a result, today’s young people are very likely to work with non-native English speakers whether at home or in a foreign setting. Plus...

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Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Encouraging Your Child to See the Bright Side

Tough situations can create opportunities to learn and grow into better people. The trick is seeing the good through the bad. As parents, teaching our kids to see the positive is key to helping them become adults who can work through difficult...

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5 Ideas to Keep Math Skills Alive Over the Summer

When we learn a new skill and then go several months without performing it, the skill tends to atrophy. To prevent what’s referred to as the “summer slide,” it’s important to help your child practice newly acquired math skills over the long...

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5 Myths and Truths About Kids' Internet Safety

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media, Parenting Editor

If you believe everything you hear about kids online, you might think pedophiles and cyberbullies are around every cyber-corner. Yes, there is bad stuff out there. But the truth is,...

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Screen Time: Think What, When & Why, Not How Much

Isn’t it odd that a child can read a magazine, color in an activity book, write a letter to Grandma, devour a chapter book, laugh at a comic strip, snuggle through a favorite picture book for the umpteenth time, or do homework … and we never say...

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Tricks to Help Your Student Master Vocabulary Words

Learning vocabulary is a milestone of reading and writing skills, as well as something kids do daily—sometimes without noticing. Whether your child needs to learn a specific set of vocabulary words or you’re looking to simply expand his...

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News Literacy 101

By Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media

If it's tough for us grown-ups to figure out what's real news and what's fake these days, imagine how difficult it is for kids. Among hearing opinions at home, talking with friends, learning from...

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3 Simple Rules for a Healthy Media Diet

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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How to Explain Standardized Testing to Your Young Student

Taking a standardized test is an entirely different beast from the regular day in and day out of your child’s school day. It can feel intimidating to some students, causing worry and anxiety. However, the great thing about standardized testing is...

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