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5 Important Ways Moms Influence Kids

By Sierra Filucci, Editor, Common Sense Media

Media has a huge influence on kids -- and as kids get older, the online world has an even tighter grip on them. You can see it in the way they imitate their favorite TV characters,...

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4 Ways to Help Your Elementary-School Student with Homework

When helping your elementary-school student with homework, it’s important to be prepared. Keep reading to learn four ways you can help your child get the most out of this educational experience.

1. Show—don’t tell

It can be tempting,...

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How to Raise an Optimistic Human in a Pessimistic World

By Caroline Knorr, Parenting Editor, Common Sense Media

If you're raising kids today, it can be easy to focus on the negative. And it's no wonder: Thanks to the 24-hour news cycle, social media, cell phone notifications -- and even sources...

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5 Tips for Tackling the Back-to-School Transition

As summer comes to a close, both you and your child are sure to experience a range of feelings about the start of school—a possible mixture of anxiety, excitement, relief, and stress. So how do you go about handling this change? Here are five...

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Apologies Accepted

My daughter shares her millennial generation’s intolerance for all non-instantaneous forms of communication. That includes voice mail. If she calls and I don’t answer, she simply hangs up, leaving me to speculate whether she’d merely wanted to...

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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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