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How to Raise a Green Kid

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

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

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 spouse...

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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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