Feb

25

2019
Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood

Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood

Research suggests the more of your childhood that is spent surrounded by green spaces, the lower your risk of developing mental illness in adulthood, whether in the city or the country. (Image credit: MADS CLAUS RASMUSSEN/AFP/Getty Images)


Feb

24

2019
A Democratic Case For Universal Child Care

A Democratic Case For Universal Child Care

Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently announced her plan for affordable, universal childcare. Columnist Katha Pollit tells NPR’s Michel Martin why universal childcare should top the Democratic agenda.


Feb

22

2019
What Does It Take to Teach #MeToo to Boys?

What Does It Take to Teach #MeToo to Boys?

Source: PhillipNeho/Pixabay My first boss after graduating college made extremely aggressive and inappropriate gestures and comments, as men frequently did a few decades ago. In that time—20 or 30 years ago and before—men’s harassment and violation of women was largely overlooked. If a woman complained, it was likely she would not be believed. We live in a new reality. It’s a grim reality that, thanks to…

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Feb

06

2019
13 Parent Assists to Help Children Become Tech-Savvy Users

13 Parent Assists to Help Children Become Tech-Savvy Users

Source: Rawpixel/Unsplash Like many lately, my friend Alice’s son is addicted to Fortnite, the video game of the moment. Unsure of what to do, Alice offered her 12-year-old several hundred dollars to abandon Fortnite for a month. He refused without hesitation. So a few weeks later, when I asked a young man in his 20s to explain the sensation to me, he instantly likened Fortnite to…

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Jan

08

2019
9 Strategies to Avoid Passing Your Fears to Your Kids

9 Strategies to Avoid Passing Your Fears to Your Kids

Source: Annie Spratt/Unsplash Parents who have specific fears or who are generally predisposed to anxiety often worry about passing their issues onto their children. I, for instance, become anxious at the mere thought of any type of needle, like the flu shot or a blood test. My anxiety over shots is almost as old as I am, and I was deeply concerned about my children picking up…

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Jan

02

2019
Tough Decision: Should You Let Your Child Play Football?

Tough Decision: Should You Let Your Child Play Football?

Source: John Torcasio/Pixabay It’s hard to dispute that football is America’s most popular sport, but for how long? Heeding warnings of the dangers that have been confirmed in many studies over the past few months, parents increasingly keep their children off the football field and high schools have difficulty filling their rosters. For decades, New Jersey high schools have sent their players to top college football…

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Nov

29

2018
Is Being an Only Child a Problem?

Is Being an Only Child a Problem?

Source: RawPixel/Unsplash Strong opinions abound about how many children you believe you should have . . . and how many children others think you should have. Those “others” are often quick to tell you. In writing about her personal journey, journalist Joanna Pocock noted, “At a playground in London, one mother told me she thought having an only child was tantamount to child abuse as…

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Oct

30

2018
Are You Persuasive Enough to Change Someone’s Mind?

Are You Persuasive Enough to Change Someone’s Mind?

Source: Engin Akyurt/Pixabay Think about your own beliefs concerning just about anything—your political preference in the next election, childhood vaccinations, religion, cars, diet or exercise programs, or how to celebrate the holidays. Some of your opinions are long-standing and steadfast. Where do your beliefs come from? How can you change someone’s view? Is change even possible? Or, is it simply not worth expending the energy…

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Oct

01

2018
The Book that Understands Teens Better than You Do

The Book that Understands Teens Better than You Do

Source: Brooke-Cagle/Unsplash I saw “Dear Evan Hansen,” the hit Broadway musical, with my 15-year-old niece. She was enthralled months before we ever entered the theatre, knowing the words to every song. The messages resonated with everyone in the audience—whether in their teens or, like myself, long passed those tumultuous and difficult adolescent years. To explore their important messages more deeply and reach more parents and…

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