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Social-Emotional Learning Tips

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”

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 get...

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

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

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

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

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

“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 about...

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The Surprising Way My Son Earned His Smartphone

“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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Open Your Ears and You'll Open Your Eyes

Yep. On occasion, I yelled at my kids. Sometimes I let them talk me into buying them things that they really didn't need because in the moment, it was simpler than any other kind of negotiation. (Hey, I was a tired, working, single mom!) I doled...

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Excuse Me, But It’s Time to Role Model Good Manners for Our Kids

A friend remembers her mother trying to teach her and her sibling good manners at the breakfast table when they were young. “What’s the magic word?” their mother asked before sliding pancakes on their plates. The younger sister thought and then...

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