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Is Your Kid Hooked on Smartphones? 5 Tips for Parents

There is growing concern among parents, educators and mental health experts that excessive smartphone use may be contributing to the recent surge in …

Social Media

‘Best friends’ parenting yields kids who never grow up

Attention parents: The magic number is 28. That’s the age when millennials finally say they’d be embarrassed to be living at home, according to a new …

Why, as a progressive parent, I think gender-neutral parenting is a load of old tosh

<b>Toddlers today shouldn’t adhere to archaic gender stereotypes, right?</b><p>You’re dead wrong. And anyway, pipe down – it’s not up to you.<p>While attempting, …

This is How to Stop Dreaming and Start Doing

You’ve heard the same message from an early age.<p><i>“Think positive. Be optimistic. Look at the bright side of things.”</i><p>It’s repeated over and over again …

The Worst Foods and Drinks for Kids' Teeth

We asked a dentist to weigh in on what foods and drinks are most likely to cause tooth decay in kids.<p>I confess: I've got a mouthful of cavities. I blame it on my lifelong sweet tooth, less-than-stellar dental habits as a kid, and bad luck in the genes department (my mom's got a mouthful of metal …

Parenting

How slime can save kids from becoming digital zombies

If you’ve recently tried to buy Elmer’s Glue in your local store, you may have found that it is, unexpectedly, sold out. It turns out there’s an …

Want happy kids? Give them more experiences and less stuff

Family outings are more meaningful than the latest toy.<p>Research shows that if you want to be happy, you should spend your money on experiences …

Kids

Are You Expecting Too Much from Your Toddler?

A national survey shows most parents believe their toddlers have the capacity for more control of their emotions than is developmentally possible at their age.<p>Sometimes when my 3-year-old melts down, and just. Won't. Stop. Crying. And screaming, and making a spectacle, and rolling around on the …

Parenting

Studies Show a 'Tough Love' Parenting Style Creates More Harm Than Strength

Studies suggest comforting a crying child is better for their long term development than telling them to be strong or get over it<p>One of the hardest …

Your Brain Has A “Delete” Button–Here’s How To Use It

This is the fascinating way that your brain makes space to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more.<p>There’s an old saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. This is …

The Brain

5 Ways To Increase Sales Using The Psychology Of Pricing

Understanding <i>how</i> and <i>why</i> people buy something matters. Many business owners focus exclusively on how they can make the biggest margins on a product, while still remaining competitive. What they fail to consider, however, are the very real factors that influence consumers during their purchase …

eCommerce

Smithsonian

The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered you were up loading the dishwasher or engrossed in the Wikipedia entry about Chernobyl? Or perhaps you suddenly realize that the dog needs to be fed, emails need to be answered, your ceiling fan needs dusting — or …

Procrastination

If You Were To Judge My Parenting Based On 5-Minute Snippets

I push my almost-full cart through the grocery store, distracted by the high-pitched squeal of my 2-year-old. “We’re almost done,” I repeat for the …

Parenting

8 small signs people use to judge your personality

The human brain is hardwired to judge. This survival mechanism makes it very hard to meet someone without evaluating and interpreting their behavior.<p>While we tend to think that our judgments are based on the content of conversations and other obvious behaviors, the research says otherwise.<p>In fact, …

Psychology

10 silly things you're doing that make you less likable

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few — the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented.<p>It's easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likeable is under your …

Body Language

Babies' ability to learn 2 languages at once reveals something fascinating about the brain

So when a three-year-old growing up in a bilingual household inserts Spanish words into his English sentences, conventional wisdom assumes that he is confusing the two languages.<p>Research shows that this is not the case.<p>In fact, early childhood is the best possible time to learn a second language. …

Language Learning

18 choices millionaires make that the rest of us don't

Getting rich isn't reserved for a lucky, select few.<p>"Like most things in life, becoming good at attracting money is no different than becoming good at anything else, be it being a sub-par golfer, losing weight, or mastering a second language," writes self-made millionaire Steve Siebold, author of …

Self-improvement

Research Finds Music Training Increases Brain Power And Language Skills

Ever wondered what impact music has on the brain?<p>Consider this: Albert Einstein was a master violinist. His mother, also a talented musician, made …

7 Ways Media and Tech Can Help You Raise Bilingual Kids

<i>Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual event that celebrates and spreads awareness of Hispanic and Latino culture. Common Sense Media is joining the celebration by highlighting advice, role models, and great media choices that can help you and your family enjoy and incorporate more of these cultural</i> …

10 Unconventional Ways to Raise Bilingual Kids

Raising bilingual kids is no walk in the park, but for me, it’s totally worth the effort. As they grow up, it’s a challenge to keep them engaged so …

Kids

Bilingual Babies: Teaching Your child Another Language

My four-year-old son is brought up in a bilingual household and it never ceases to amaze me how swiftly he switches from one language to another. I …

Language Learning

How Bilingual Babies Keep Languages Separate

Babies in bilingual environments can learn to distinguish the grammatical structures of two different languages at a young age, a new study finds.<p>The …

Language Learning

Am I a Terrible Parent If I Let My Kid Play With My Phone?

As a new mom, I’m constantly bombarded with warnings of hidden dangers that lurk around every corner: <i>Careful where you plug in that baby monitor, the cord is a potential strangulation hazard! Stay away from blankets; they can lead to suffocation during sleep! Don’t even think about blinking while</i> …

25 Honest Selfies That Sum Up What It's Like To Be A Mom

Last month, actress Olivia Wilde shared a frazzled selfie that resonated with parents everywhere. "I call this hairstyle, 'keep the kid alive,'" she wrote in the caption. "Products you'll need: sweat, string cheese, diaper rash cream, chewed up crayon, snot, and an enthusiastic spritz of panic."<p>We …

Olivia Wilde

UNPOPULAR OPINION: We Chose Attachment and Gentle Parenting

I have always been interested in parenting, and raising children gently. I was a nanny and preschool teacher before having children of my own, and I always naturally used attachment parenting techniques. It’s what always felt right to me, and what I thought was best for the children.<p>When my husband …

Parenting

Grandparents Break All Our Parenting Rules!

<i>We are going to be spending the holidays at my parents and I am dreading it. They don't have any respect for our rules about sugar or bedtime or clearing up from the table. It takes days for us to get our kids back on track after we have visited them. Help!</i><p>Many grandparents feel it is their right …

Parenting

Science says parents of successful kids have these 11 things in common

And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents. Here's what parents of successful kids have in common:

Harvard Business School

The hidden dangers of ‘shake it off’ parenting

Recently, my son took an unexpected ball to the face during his soccer game. This is frequent in U7 (under 7) soccer, but it hurts just the same. He walked off the field with his head in his hands, fighting back tears that poured from his blue eyes the moment his head found my shoulder. At 6, he …

Parenting