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Do Second Screens Add or Distract? | By Ann Oldenburg
Remember when it was easy to know exactly what our kids were watching on TV? He’s watching “Blue’s Clues.” She’s watching “The Wonder Years.” But now our world isn’t just one TV screen, easily checked and monitored. From the computer to the tablet to the smartphone, “second screens” are making it increasingly difficult to know [...]
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World’s Worst Mom | By Ann Oldenburg
It’s a harsh title – “World’s Worst Mom.” But that’s the nickname that was slapped on Lenore Skenazy in 2008, when she was given a public flogging in the press for allowing her then 9-year-old son, Izzie, to the ride the New York City subway on his own. She left him in Bloomingdale’s, gave [...]
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Putting Smartphones to Bed – in Another Room | By Ann Oldenburg
When I was in middle school, I remember being in my bed, sneaking a late-night phone call to my boyfriend, long after the rest of my family had turned in. My mom, who obviously had heard me talking, came in and told me to wrap it up and go to sleep. That was back in [...]
School, Bored | By Laura Fries
“I’m Bored;” the phrase that causes parents to tremble. The statement comes with the implication that kids need to be entertained, and that we the parents are the entertainers. That’s a notion we need to dispel. Sometimes it’s good for our kids to be bored. It’s a simple problem solving exercise and gives them [...]
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Free Range | By Laura Fries
In the news recently is the story of parents in trouble for letting their young kids, ages ten and six, walk to school and to the park, unsupervised. The parents subscribe to a parenting style called Free Range Kids. These particular parents, however, were cited by local authorities as neglectful and may face charges. It [...]
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