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My 10 Commandments of Screen Time and Technology Use

Since it's Lent and all, I decided it was an appropriate time to examine my screen time conscience. In doing so, I evaluated the use of my iPhone and laptop.<p>To conduct a proper self-assessment, I pulled out our family guidelines, also known as our:<p><b>Ten Commandments of Screen Time and Technology …

The Worst Question to Ask Your Teenage Son

Talking is not a favorite activity for my teenage son. I've tried a thousand different questions in an effort to encourage conversation, including the worst one ever: "What happened today?" The answer, of course, is "Nothing." So, I ask a few more questions. Within a minute or two, I get the eye …

Teens

A Simple Way to Get Rid of Clutter (OK, They're Treasures, Not Clutter)

What is the situation at your house? Do you have crates, boxes, baskets, bags and shelves stuffed with school assignments and even projects like clay ashtrays (though no one in your family has smoked for over a decade)? How old is the most senior crayon drawing stuck on the bottom layer of pages …

Talking Back to the Test: A Third Grader Speaks Up

Over family dinner one recent night, as we all talked about our days, my daughter, not yet 9, casually mentioned that she had told her entire class something about the MCAS -- our state's version of the standardized tests that public school students are required to take. This is what she announced: …

Education

10 Movies This Child of the '80s Wants Her Kids to Learn From

Somehow, I am 39. I am 39, even though I still feel like I am maybe 17 and I still look around for the <i>real</i> "grown-ups." As I stare down 40 and gear up for another phase of life, I find myself going back to the things that comforted me when I really was a teenager, and TV and movies were both very …

Did My Young Child Tell Me a Lie?

When I was raising my children, the thought of them telling me a lie was one of my greatest fears. I was determined to teach them values early on, so that they would realize the virtue of telling the truth. I knew the time would come eventually, and I tried to prepare for what I would do. I told …