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Talking About Race With A Toddler Takes An Unexpected Turn.

Farrah Alexander | Posted 07.27.2016 | Parents
Farrah Alexander

Me: Miss Elaina's skin looks a little different than ours. Some people have brown skin or black skin, some people have pink-y skin like ours. But, we're all the same on the inside. At this point, Daniel's jaw drops and he gasps. Daniel: IS THERE SOMEONE INSIDE OF YOU? ... Is there something inside of me? IS IT A TYRANNOSAURUS?!

Are Gifted Kids More Sensitive To Screen Violence?

The Conversation US | Posted 07.22.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

One commonly held belief is that gifted students don't need help and will do fine on their own. This perception may be due to the empirical evidence showing that many gifted students do end up quite successful later in life.

This Is the Secret to Raising Kids Who Can Cope Without Screens

Quora | Posted 07.14.2016 | Parents

How do I get my 2 year old to stop using phones/computers/TV all the time? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelli...

Tech Distraction and 'Ill Communication'

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Denise Lisi DeRosa

In 1994 the Beastie Boys released their multi-platinum selling hip-hop album Ill Communication. The title, and lyrics throughout, reference the break-...

Do You Know the Secret to Raising a Safe, Smart Kid?

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.01.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

When it comes to parenting frustrations, nothing beats the challenges of setting screen limits, picking appropriate media, and figuring out Snapchat. We're raising "digital natives" but we're supposed to be the experts? Actually, no. It turns out, the most effective way to help your kid have a healthy relationship to media is by being their media mentor.

Sitting Is Like the New Smoking, Screens Are the New Crack

Gabriela Masala | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Gabriela Masala

May we have the discipline in this wild, plugged in world to prioritize face to face intimacy with living, breathing beings and to live playfully in our bodies, not watching "life" through screens.

Connecting With Boys Offline in an Online World

Jennifer Gregory | Posted 04.27.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Gregory

I want to engage my post-millennial "gamer" kids. I want to bond with them, confide in them and inspire their creativity. I want them to trust me. I want to understand their 21st century adolescent angst, and I want to speak their language. Except when they speak in hashtags

What's The Real Reason You Can't Stop Staring At Your Phone?

Emily Hirsh | Posted 03.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Emily Hirsh

Here are some suggested ways to better manage your screen time. All of these are new habits are ones I have struggle with and consciously make an effort to implement in my own life:

Why Netflix And Sleep Don't Mix

Lucy Friedmann | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Lucy Friedmann

Studies have begun to examine the use of Netflix as a procrastination method, even as a form of sleep procrastination.

Are Screens Straining Your Marriage?

Tara Glenn | Posted 02.27.2016 | Technology
Tara Glenn

The more time that the husbands used social networking sites, the more dissatisfied the wives became, and the couples also recorded that they also saw an uptick in conflict within the marriage, as well as increased feelings of instability.

Tech-Savvy Kids Forgetting How to Make Conversation

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Our children learn far more from watching us than from our scoldings or lectures. Is your phone on the table at meal time? Do you carry it with you when you go for a walk? Show your kids what it looks like to disconnect from your devices to make sure all of you is in-the-room when it's family time.

Digital Eye Strain

Annie Negrin MD | Posted 01.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Annie Negrin MD

• Give your peepers a rest! I know electronic readers are convenient, but I recommend reading a real book now and then if you spend time all day on screens. Pick up a newspaper or magazine now and then instead of going to the website.

Managing Media With Your Ex

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.15.2016 | Divorce
Common Sense Media

Trying to find middle ground across two households and between two people who -- shockingly -- might not agree on everything can be twice as difficult. But syncing up media rules with your ex is key to managing your kids' overall screen time and maintaining a measure of quality control.

Find Out How Your Friends And Family Might Be Helping You Live Longer

Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living

It’s a fuller life when we have other people in it. It’s a healthier and longer one, too. Have you ever noticed how much better you feel when you ...

Story Time On Screens Isn't All Bad For Young Children

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living

With even toddlers bent over their iPads, children today are spending more time with screens than ever before. While some experts are concerned that...

Look Up: How an Encounter With the Stars Showed My Kids They Are Not the Center of the Universe

Gina Maier | Posted 11.05.2015 | Parents
Gina Maier

"Am I that small? Is there really so much more out there, beyond my life, my world?" These are liberating thoughts for kids who largely believe the world revolves around them. Particularly this tech-saturated generation, where the world they know best fits in the palm of their hand -- aka their smartphones.

Mom's Viral 'Experiment' Urges Parents To Rethink Screen Time

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.05.2015 | Parents

A California mom's viral "experiment" offers a message for parents about technology. On November 2, mom Brandie Wood shared a Facebook post about som...

An Empathic Parents Guide to Getting Kids Off the F*&$#@! Screens

Dr. Shelley Prevost | Posted 11.04.2015 | Parents
Dr. Shelley Prevost

I'm not raising robots who simply do what I tell them to do. I want them to think for themselves and share their thoughts about the world with me. This is the template for how they will communicate with others long after they leave my house, and I want them to be able to stand their ground.

The 10 Most Violent Video Games of 2015 (And Better Alternatives for Your Kids)

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

If you want to be engaged in your kid's hobbies, you try to understand as much as possible about them. But when the video games your kid wants feature ultra violent content, it's tough to keep an open mind.

Screen Time and the AAP: Wait Just a Minute

Gail Cornwall | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Gail Cornwall

News that TVs and iPads are healthier for our infants and toddlers than previously thought would indeed be cause for celebration as a world of cheap, flexible babysitting opens. But it's a little premature to be ordering cake and filling balloons, for a few reasons.

Is the American Academy of Pediatrics Copping Out on Kids' Screen Time?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.13.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Updating old policies can be a good thing as a way to keep current and consistent with the latest thinking and research. But all indications are that the changes are heading in the wrong direction.

A New Incentive to Put Your Phone Down

Rodale Wellness | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Rodale Wellness

You know you shouldn't be glued to your phone all the time, but even if it's not buzzing, chirping, or ping-ing, it's so easy to absentmindedly sink into the endless feed scroll. Resist!

A Flat-Earth Entertainment Landscape

Gail Becker | Posted 10.08.2015 | Entertainment
Gail Becker

When it comes to entertainment content, consumers now put equal trust in traditional content creators, online streaming platforms AND the brands they buy from. In other words, consumers don't care where content is coming from, as long as it is entertaining.

How Screen Time Is Changing the Way Kids Play: Finding the Right Balance for Your Child

Vikas Gupta | Posted 10.08.2015 | Parents
Vikas Gupta

One interesting development in the recent years has been around the world of connected play -- where physical products connect smart devices, often iPhones or iPads, and give kids a new way to play. How do you look at screen time in that world, where children are interacting with a physical object, while still using a computer with a screen?

Campaign Reminds Families Why It’s Important To Eat Together

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents

A new social advocacy movement is highlighting the importance of family dinner time. The Billion Family Dinners Challenge encourages families to share...