• AAA: Distracted driving a huge factor in teen driver crashes

    AAA: Distracted driving a huge factor in teen driver crashes

    Texting while driving is downright dangerous. But that doesn’t stop countless adults and teens alike from doing it. Parents may want to keep this in mind the next time they’re tempted to reach for their phone while behind the wheel. Your children may very well follow your example with potentially deadly consequences.

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  • Alabama mom uses Facebook to apologize for rude daughters

    Alabama mom uses Facebook to apologize for rude daughters

    What would you do if you found out that your teenagers had been rude to an adult who asked them to stop talking during a movie at a local theater?

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  • Tot Therapy: Psychiatrists Join Up With Pediatricians

    Tot Therapy: Psychiatrists Join Up With Pediatricians

    Parents may wait for the next appointment with the pediatrician to discuss symptoms of anxiety or mental health problems they’ve observed with their child. It’s likely that a busy pediatrician will only spend a short time with the child before recommending a child psychiatrist or psychologist.

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  • Fake texting, sleeping with phones: ‘Hyper-connected’ students try to get real in class

    Fake texting, sleeping with phones: ‘Hyper-connected’ students try to get real in class

    Staying connected through texting and social media has become an integral part of everyday life for many college students. But just how well would they function if their smartphones were suddenly shut off and they had to avoid all social media?

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  • Better ways to learn

    Better ways to learn

    Do you remember cramming for a big test–possibly pulling an all-nighter. And yes, you may have passed with flying colors, and what a relief that was! But did you really learn the material–meaning did it stay with you in the long run? And did getting a better grade than one of your classmates indicate you had a better understanding of the subject matter?

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  • Not Having Luck Asking the Kids ‘So How Was School Today?’

    Not Having Luck Asking the Kids ‘So How Was School Today?’

    Do you have trouble getting your children to tell you about their day at school? Just asking “how was your day” may not illicit much of a response. Mommy blogger and former teacher Liz Evans has some good suggestions on the kinds of questions that will get children to open up and share their true feelings about what they experienced.

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  • Family Dinners Protect Against The Effects of Cyberbullying

    No parent wants their child to be the victim of cyberbullying. But could something as simple as having regular family dinners together help reduce the potential negative effects on a child’s psyche? A new study reported in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that this may very well be the case.

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  • Digital Devices Like Smartphones, TVs, And Tablets Are Destroying Children’s Face-To-Face Social Skills

    Digital Devices Like Smartphones, TVs, And Tablets Are Destroying Children’s Face-To-Face Social Skills

    Are you concerned that your children are spending too much time using digital devices, like smartphones and tablets? Is it at the expense of quality time interacting with friends and family? You may be interested in the findings of a new UCLA Department of Psychology study about the affects of technology on children’s social skills.

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  • Teens Need Later Start to School Day, Doctors Group Says

    Teens Need Later Start to School Day, Doctors Group Says

    Is your teenager sleep deprived during the school year, because classes start too early? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now weighing in on the issue of school start times for teens. The AAP believes 8:30 a.m. or later is best for middle and high school students.

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  • Life Lessons From Dad: Caring for an Elderly Parent

    Life Lessons From Dad: Caring for an Elderly Parent

    Taking care of an elderly parent in declining health can certainly be challenging. It can also be one of the most memorable and life enriching experiences you can have. Writer Dave Shiflett knows all too well how saddening and difficult it is. But the time he spent caring for his father, who struggled with dementia, helped him learn valuable lessons that shaped him into the person he is today.

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  • What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

    What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

    Teaching children handwriting has been an accepted and integral part of early childhood education. But the Common Core Standards that many schools have now adopted no longer require that cursive handwriting be taught past kindergarten and first grade. Is that a good idea? Do we take a practice that has proved tried and true for many generations of students and dismiss it for 2nd graders? Would children benefit more in the long run by continuing to learn cursive handwriting as they’re being introduced to typing at a keyboard?

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  • Voices: Talk to Dad on video for Father’s Day

    Voices: Talk to Dad on video for Father’s Day

    USA Today columnist Jefferson Graham sat down with his dad one day and asked him to share details about his life, which he recorded on video. It was something that Graham says he had only attempted briefly one other time. But he is so grateful for what he learned that day. It turned out to be his last conversation with his dad who 36 hours later died of a heart attack.

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  • Little Children and Already Acting Mean

    Little Children and Already Acting Mean

    It may be hard to imagine young children in pre-school or kindergarten already forming cliques and making other children feel badly by excluding them. But as Laura Landro writes in The Wall Street Journal, educators and parents are becoming more aware that it’s going on, especially among girls.

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  • A Final Lesson on Character

    A Final Lesson on Character

    Tom Minion’s son, Travis, chose a military career. This is what he wrote about his son in the NY Daily News: “A top student and athlete in high school, Travis could have gone to almost any college in the country, but he chose the Naval Academy to serve his country.” It was during his 2nd tour of duty in Iraq that Travis was killed by a sniper’s bullet.

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  • Tell Mom you love her

    Tell Mom you love her

    Every year at this time New York Post columnist Cindy Adams writes a heartfelt column to honor her late Mother, who meant the world to her, and remind those of us who still have our Moms around to be sure to let them know just how much we love them.

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