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Want to Raise Successful Kids Who Aren't Perfectionists? This 27-Year, 41,000-Person Study Shows How

The study shows the wrong kind of youth movement--one of rising perfectionism. Here's why it's bad, and what to do.<p>I'd hazard a guess that one out of every three interview respondents uses "I'm just too much of a perfectionist" as the weakness to talk about in interviews--as if it were an okay …

Parenting

Does Apple have an obligation to make the iPhone safer for kids?

The average teen spends at least six hours a day looking at a screen, with most of it from using a smartphone.<p>Many parents, naturally, have wondered …

Parenting

Why You Should Let Kids Fight

There’s a lot for kids to fight about—the last dino nugget, who’s taller, who gets to be Juniper’s BFF of the Week. In America, parents tend to …

Parenting

Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing

The plots of dystopian novels can be amazing. A group of teens in Holland, Mich., tells me about some of their favorites:<p>In <i>Delirium</i> by Lauren Oliver, Love is considered a disease. Characters get a vaccine for it. In Marissa Meyer's <i>Renegades,</i> the collapse of society has left only a small group of …

Parents Can Now Rave With Their Kids Thanks to These Family-Friendly Parties

Typically, rave days come to a screeching halt when the time comes to settle down, have children, and focus on family life. The babysitter probably …

Kids

Prevent a toddler power struggle with these key phrases

<b>“Would you prefer this or that?”</b><p>Toddlers very much want to have a say. They’ve just found their little voices and they want to use them. Help …

Parenting

This is what happens to a mother’s brain when her baby cries

When our babies cry, “[as parents, we] don’t know what’s really going to work, we just try a bunch of stuff. Let’s change a diaper, let’s feed the …

No worries, Mama: Saying “Dada” first actually means you + baby are super bonded

When babies start to coo and gurgle, parents listen attentively, waiting for the magical sounds they want to hear—their name. But who comes first, …

Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

Earlier this month, the toy-giant Mattel announced it had pulled the plug on plans to sell an interactive gadget for children.<p>The device, called Aristotle, looked similar to a baby monitor with a camera. Critics called it creepy.<p>Powered by artificial intelligence, Aristotle could get to know your …

Parenting

Why we’re asking for experiences, not toys

I know you love our kids and miss them and want nothing more than to see their eyes light up with love for you.<p>I know you want to do something that …

To see more women in science, deal with test-taking anxiety in girls

In a recent standardized science test given to 15-year-olds in 72 countries, there was almost no gap in the scores between boys and girls. The latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test administered by the OECD every three years to more than half a million students, found …

Gender

Teaching your toddler social skills: 15 steps to success

Any parent of a toddler knows it isn’t easy to teach them social skills. That’s because even though toddlers want to have happy, friendly, …

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 …

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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 …

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> It’s dark and I’m sitting beside the smoldering remnants of sausage fat and …

Parenting

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 …

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How to Talk to Your Child About September 11

Helping children understand what happened<p>September 11 is a date that will remain a significant and important date in American history forever. It's …

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, …

Publishing

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 …

Art

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 …

Parenting