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The Strength to Say No

My mother used to tell a story I thought was about me. Later, when I was a parent myself, I realized that the story was actually about my mother and her style of parenting.

The story goes like this: I was about four years old and we had...

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Four (Simple and Fun!) Ways to Stave off the Summer Slide

Summer is here! And with the hot weather and longer days can come the “summer slide” – when children can lose months of hard-earned learning while they’re playing in the sprinklers and chasing the ice cream truck.

But, not to worry! A few...

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How Comics Helped My Kid Love Reading

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

When I was a kid my dad read to me every night. By age 5, I was traveling nightly through the worlds of The Hobbit or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Even...

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7 Things Every Kid Should Master

What do you really want for your children? What do you dream about for their future? It’s probably not fame or even fortune. Instead, parents simply want their children to be happy. “I think that, deep in their hearts, every parent would agree,”...

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3 Places Families Should Make Phone-Free

By Caroline Knorr, Senior Parenting Editor

You're sitting down to dinner and -- buzz, buzz! -- your phone starts vibrating. You're driving your kid to practice and -- beep, beep! -- a call comes in. You're tucking your kid into bed and --...

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To the Parents at the Minneapolis Airport Bar

It is early. 5:30 a.m. Dark o’clock. Bleary-eyed and slouched over my coffee, I am seated in a restaurant near my gate, contemplating breakfast. You are seated at the bar.

While I idly wonder why you are sitting there instead of sitting in...

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To Make—or Not to Make—Their Lunches (That is the Question)

Her: “I cannot believe you’re still making your kids’ lunches. Let them make their own sandwiches!”

Him: “They don’t know how.”

Her: “Oh, please. Just show them. Slap a piece of bread on the cutting board and slather some peanut...

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Help Preschoolers Handle Strong Emotions

By Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media Senior Editor, Apps

When you're little, things aren't all fun and games. Big feelings can sweep in without warning -- and the resulting tantrums can be brutal for kids and parents. No one can ...

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How to Set Screen Rules That Stick

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media Senior Parenting Editor

In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or shut down Snapchat can incite a revolt. And if your kids say they need to be online for...

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Who Wins When Everyone Gets a Trophy?

Perhaps you’re a soccer or softball mom. Me, I was a crew mom. Weekend after weekend, I drove to rivers hours away to watch my daughter race. Usually, I scouted out points along the bank that maximized the seconds I’d get to see Becky row by in a...

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