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Observations on Sisters From Their Mother, An Only Child

by ParentCo.

For me, based on my experience as an only child and married to an only child we made a decision that we did not want to have an only child.

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A Brutally Honest Holiday Guide to STEM Toy Shopping

by Amy Barnes

As a parent, I have gotten caught in the “it is labeled STEM, it must be good” trap. And all that's gotten me is a dusty basement full of expensive toys.

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Shaping Our Kids' View of Alcohol: What Parents Need to Know

by ParentCo.

As parents, we can help our kids have a balanced view about alcohol from where they can make their own decisions when the time inevitably comes.

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These Rideshare Companies Shuttle Your Most Precious Cargo – Your Kids

by Pam Moore

Sometimes your kid just needs a ride somewhere, not a sitter to watch them. In the age of the smartphone, there’s an app for that.

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Let’s Quit Doing the Work for Our Kids

by ParentCo.

How are children supposed to learn to do their own best work when parents intervene and micromanage?

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What If We Treated Sex Like Driving?

by Emma Taylor

Just as a thought experiment, how would it be if we talked with our children about sex the same way we talk with them about driving?

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Not That You Need A Study to Prove it, But a New One About Spanking Offers a Deeper Case Against it

by ParentCo.

These findings suggest that spanking is not only an ineffective technique, but that it also makes children’s behavior worse.

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Will Your Family History Survive the Digital Dark Age?

by Kathy Sisson

The promise of a “digital dark age” is enough to send this archivist into panic mode. So what’s to be done about it?

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Is Technology Squashing Our Kids’ Critical Thinking Skills?

by ParentCo.

How will kids ever learn to retain information and connect the dots if technology rapidly provides all the answers?

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Sol-Mi and the Little Songs That Are Important for Kids' Development

by ParentCo.

The sol-mi interval is found in many nursery rhymes and singing games. These little songs are important and can foster a lifelong love of music.

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Why Those Baby Snuggles May Be More Important Than You Think

by ParentCo.

Physical contact between infants and their caregivers can even affect children at the molecular level – an impact that’s detectable four years later.

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Take Your Child to a Bookstore, and Build the Future

by ParentCo.

Across the U.S., bookstores set aside the first Saturday in December to celebrate the magic that happens when every kid has a book to read.

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Dear Teacher: Please Just Give My Kid What She Deserves

by ParentCo.

Teachers, please don’t be afraid of raising your standards and expectations. Our kids are capable of more than you are asking for.

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Gratitude's Flip Side: How to Follow Up When a Professional Lets You Down

by ParentCo.

How do people in positions of authority know when their judgments or actions harm others unless the consequences result in litigation?

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Does Conflict in Your Home Really Matter? What the Latest Research Says

by ParentCo.

A recent study of toddlers aged 14 to 36 months focused on the impact of family conflict on parent-child interactions.

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4 Amazing Discoveries Made by Kids Just Like Yours

by ParentCo.

From astronomy to paleontology, kids have been making scientific discoveries for centuries, long before they could drive.

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Hands-On Ways to Practice Math With Kinesthetic Learners

by ParentCo.

One truth stands the test of time: Most children prefer hands-on learning to pencil and paper drills.

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How Your Baby's Sleep Bolsters Language Development

by ParentCo.

A recent study found that six- to eight-month-old babies were able to create a meaning for a word, but only after they’d had a nap.

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Expert Tips for Helping Kids Cope With Nightmares

by ParentCo.

While we can't prevent nightmares from occurring altogether, we can take steps to help our kids through them.

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Baking My Way Into My Son's World

by ParentCo.

This is how I sneak into his world – a world of limited language and foods which has been a slow experiment in itself.

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Boys Perform Better in Schools That Have More Girls

by ParentCo.

When it comes to school performance boys do better when there are more girls around, according to a new study.

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These 5 Words Can Help You Take Control of Technology Before it Controls You

by ParentCo.

We are raising our kids in the next industrial revolution where smart technology will change how they live their lives. These 5 words can help you steer.

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The Other Side of Being "Gifted"

by ParentCo.

For most of us, the word “gifted” conjures images of privilege and automatic success. But that's not the whole picture.

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Christmas Traditions From Around the World That Could Create a New Family Tradition

by ParentCo.

If you are looking for new activities to celebrate the holiday season, consider these fun and unique ideas from countries around the globe.

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