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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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Why It’s So Important to Talk to Your Kids About the Election

Some have described this year’s presidential election as a roller-coaster ride. In that it’s leaving a lot of us feeling out of control and wanting to scream, the metaphor is apt. The mudslinging, name-calling, and truth stretching is at an all-...

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How to Raise a Good Human in a Digital World

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

As parents, we have many hopes for our kids. We want them to grow up to live happy, successful lives. We hope they'll find love, maybe have kids of their own, and...

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What Kind of Learner Is Your Child?

In today’s world, gone is the image of the child quietly studying at a desk, not making a peep at home or in the classroom. Both settings have become increasingly more interactive, with a variety of activities designed for students to learn in...

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Why Some Kids Can't Do the Right Thing

This present-day scene may well be a scene from your future: My friend had made plans to meet up with her 20-year-old son to tour an art exhibit in Manhattan. Come the agreed-upon day, she texted her son to remind him that she would see him at...

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What's Going On in There? A Sneak Peek into Your Baby's Brain

By Claire Lerner and Rebecca Parlakian

A group of us were sitting around with our babies, bleary and silly with sleep deprivation, and started doing that thing where you say what you imagine the baby is thinking. My friend Andrew looked at...

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What I Know Now: Kids Are Who They Are, And That’s Okay

The leafy New England campus, with its august buildings arranged around a grassy quad, looked straight out of a college catalog on the Sunday morning in late May when my daughter received her B.A. I sat, one of a large crowd of proud parents...

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The Unexpected Benefits of Organized Sports

There are plenty of reasons to get your kid off the couch and onto the field, according to most experts.

Organized sports gives children a chance to boost activity and develop physical and social skills. And OK, the uniforms can be totally...

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Back to School, Back to Reading

“Some of the best memories are made in flip-flops,” says writer Kellie Elmore. But, sadly, all good things—even summer--must end. Fall is hinting at its arrival, and already it’s back to school.

As your kids swap their flip-flops for new...

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