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Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the …

Education

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

Today's students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers.<p>Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more investment in …

Education

Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things

Give up the bad habits that rob kids of mental strength.<p>Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength doesn't make you immune to hardship and it's not about suppressing your emotions.<p>In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental …

Parenting

How to teach your kids about the NFL protests and the awesome power of dissent

As I listen to the range of insults hurled at our NFL players, I'm disgusted. It's one of many times I'm glad my son is too young to fully understand …

Social Justice

The Rise of Picture-Perfect Motherhood

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being on the baby-wrangling front lines of my friends, it’s that motherhood is excrement-filled, sleep-deprived, heart-crushing, messy work. I’ve fielded enough breakdown phone calls and late night texts to glean this reality, yet the number of stunning women …

Parenting

This Mom's List Of "Don'ts" For Her Daughter Is So Empowering

Recent studies have found that rigid gender stereotypes negatively impact girls as young as six years old, but writer Toni Hammer is doing everything …

Parenting

Why Kids Love Being Scared, According to a Famous Children's Author

Sandra Boynton, the creator of an empire built on whimsical greeting cards (by some estimates she has sold more than 500 million) and board books, …

Samuel L. Jackson

Camping with Kids: A Non-Primer

<i>Reid Doughten | Longreads | September 2017 | 12 minutes (3,073 words)</i><p>It’s dark and I’m sitting beside the smoldering remnants of sausage fat and …

How To Talk To Your Kids About White Privilege

“What side of history will you stand on?” That is the powerful question Jardana Peacock’s teachers asked her as early as grade school, when she began …

How Motherhood Affects Creativity

Cultural messages tell women that making art and having children are incompatible pursuits. But science suggests that women may become more creative after having kids.<p>Her labor begins, and she leans back on her bottom, pulling the first baby out of her body with her own hands and teeth. Within five …

Creativity

How to Talk to Your Child About September 11

What to say, and not say, about this seminal day in American History<p>At one point or another, grade-school age children will learn about the worst …

How to get kids excited about reading: 8 expert, research-backed tips and tactics.

Sadly, studies have shown that toward the end of elementary school, kids start losing their enjoyment of learning. As parents, that really concerns …

Kids

Boys Puberty Book is Pulped After Aging Badly

Parents often turn to books to help them navigate complicated, and sometimes uncomfortable, conversations with their children about puberty. This week one such book, “Growing Up for Boys,” by Alex Frith, became the topic of the type of conversation it is supposed to help people avoid.<p>On Aug. 27, …

Parenting

Why baby food pouches need to go

<b>These non-recyclable plastic food bags are a scourge of modern infancy.</b><p>The world was a better place before baby food pouches came along. Now, in the …

Where’s Yayoi? An Exquisite New Children’s Book Turns Kusama Into a Whimsical Heroine for Kids

Art World<p>The book is penned by MoMA curator Sarah Suzuki.<p>,<p>Japanese superstar Yayoi Kusama has secured a position as one of the most popular artists …

Whitney Port Got Real About Her Struggles With Breastfeeding

<i>Welcome to Mothership: Parenting stories you actually want to read, whether you're thinking about or passing on kids, from egg-freezing to taking</i> …

Pregnancy

The more alcohol ads kids see, the more alcohol they consume

<b>(CNN) —</b> My girls, 8 and 10, really enjoy watching football, but I have to admit I cringe every time they see yet another beer commercial during a live game.<p>They already know the names of several beers, and we don't drink beer, and basically don't drink much at all. Do I need any more proof of the …

Alcohol

Here's What You Can Do With Those Leftover Eclipse Glasses

You bought the appropriate glasses to wear during the solar eclipse, but what are you going to do with them now that the event is over? Here's your answer.<p>If you had plans to view the solar eclipse, you probably shelled out more than you ever imagined paying for a pair of one-use-only cardboard …

Solar Eclipse

I went on vacation with just one child. Here’s why it’s going to become a tradition.

My withdrawal from all things family began swiftly and without warning the summer I turned 13. My parents knew it was happening the moment I decided I’d rather stay with my best friend than go on our beloved trip to the beach. In the ensuing years they trusted that I’d eventually be back and they …

Parenting

How to Foster A Love Of Science In Your Kids

So, your kid loves science. “That’s great!” you might think before wondering what to do next. You’re not a scientist nor a teacher; you just know …

24 Feminist School Supplies For Empowered Girls

So cute mom will want to steal them.<p>It’s that time of year when every once-and-current school-loving nerd starts daydreaming about freshly sharpened pencils, new lined notebooks and all the other accoutrements of the back-to-school season.<p>For all the aspiring girl bosses out there, we’ve put …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

5 Teachers Share Their Favorite On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

Being a teacher isn't all "Best Teacher Ever" mugs and sharing funny stories about the kids' antics during class breaks, you know. In fact, it seems …

7 Cookbooks That Will Inspire Your Kids to Start Cooking

Of course, children who want to start cooking don't necessarily <i>need</i> cookbooks made specifically for kids. They can learn from cooking alongside you, …

Harry Potter

5 Things Every Working Mom Must Remember to Grow in Her Career

We’ve all heard why working moms make great hires: They get things done, they can multitask and they’re team players. But it isn’t just our natural …

How to Tell If Your Child May Be Gifted, Just By Looking at Their Art

Ever wonder if you have a gifted child? You may be able to get an idea just by looking at his/her artwork. According to new research, when it comes …

Black Girl Magic: 33 Picture Books Featuring Black Female Protagonists

There are so many wonderful picture books that feature strong, Black females as the main protagonist. Little girls can read about heroines from the …

Father Builds a $35 Million Theme Park for Daughter With Special Needs

“It’s a park for 100 percent of the people, not one for 90 or 80 percent of them."<p>When Gordon Hartman watched his then-12-year-old daughter, Morgan, …

Moms Of Teens Can Benefit From Social Support, Just Like New Moms

Raising children is a task that requires extensive "on-the-job" training, which is why many women rely on new moms groups for parenting support and guidance. Often, however, as the kids get older, the mothers' friendships fall by the wayside.<p>Now, new research indicates that social support isn't …

Parenting

A Survey of 1,502 College Students Revealed the 1 Skill They Wish Their Parents Taught Them

We invest a lot of time in teaching young people to be academically prepared, but we often overlook the skills they really need to succeed.<p>Parents, teachers, and coaches dedicate their days to preparing kids for the challenges of life after high school. They devote countless hours to ensuring kids …