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Do You Want To Go Jail? Let Your Kids Play Outside

Of course we need to protect our children, but that also means helping them learn how to protect themselves. A generation of kids who has never once felt the autonomy of making their own decisions will potentially grow up to be a generation of very insecure adults.<p>I don't know about you, but I had …

Foreign Policy

Why You Should Get Your Kids Outside

you don't have to take your kids hundreds of miles away to a national park or wait for your next vacation in order to enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors.<p>"For a new generation, nature is more abstraction than reality."<p>- Richard Louv, <i>Last Child in the Woods</i><p>What are you doing with your kids this …

National Parks

Talking to My White Child About Race

"Mommy," he piped up from the back seat in his sweet little voice, "I don't like people who have different skin color than mine." My brain sort of froze, but I stayed on the road as I gulped in discomfort.<p>I still haven't figured out how to speak with my 6-year-old son about the violent, racial …

Race & Ethnicity

Dear Toddler, Screw Your Tantrums

There was no consoling you. You battled through bites of grilled cheese. Slapped my hand when I tried to feed you tomato soup. In the end, I resembled a walking contemporary painting. Some might call you artistic -- a free soul with a strong spirit. I had other words in mind.<p>Dear Toddler,<p>I woke up …

grilled cheese

Parents Home

Have you ever wondered what your child's preschool teacher isn't telling you? It's not that she's keeping big secrets, but there may be certain issues that she doesn't feel comfortable sharing because of school policies or because she's afraid of offending you. We spoke with several preschool …

Pre-school

That's Enough! Four Ways to Discipline Ungrateful Children

Stop your kid's seemingly endless requests and ungrateful attitude with our expert plan.<p>"Just once more, Mom! <i>Pleeeease?</i>" My daughter, Stella, 6, was begging me to let her go down the slide again before we left the playground. By itself, the request was no biggie. But the previous slide was supposed …

Review: Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatch

We reviewed Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch when it launched in April, but we skipped its sibling, the Gear 2 Neo. With only minor differences between …