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Teens/Tweens

Manners, Secrets & Sex Ed — Keeping Kids Safer

We are thoughtful parents, friends and relatives, but sometimes we say things that inadvertently contribute to a child’s vulnerability. Here are some everyday examples – and suggestions for how to strengthen communication with children with regard to secrets, consent, manners, sex ed and more. Secrets – “Let’s not tell Mom about the ice cream.” Sometimes […]

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7 Tips for talking about drugs and alcohol with kids

It can be intimidating to talk with our kids about smoking, vaping, drinking or misusing prescription medications. Here are some ways to establish trust (and make it less awkward). It’s hard enough to get a response from our kids when we ask how their day went, so the prospect of starting a conversation with them […]

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20+ Podcasts for Family Summer Car Trips

I have been an avid podcast listener for the past 15 years. I primarily listen when I exercise or on car rides with the family. Long ago when I was in medical school, I would listen to audio tapes on medicine topics while running. Summer is here and podcasts are perfect for road trips with […]

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Awkward is good when it comes to talking and trust

Parenting means having unexpected, uncomfortable, or awkward conversation that begin when kids are young. We think we have years before we have to talk about sex or drugs and we envision bringing it up at just the right time, acting as their sage advisors. Then you’re out running errands with grandma and your 4-year-old shows […]

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Summer RESET: Tons of technology management tips

Youth will have more time to breathe and explore their interests beyond school, but so often downtime becomes screen time. Summer’s wide open time spans can heighten battles over technology use. This is the perfect time to revisit your family rules and see what’s working and what’s not and come up with summer guidelines. So often […]

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Fortnite and the Downside of Loot Boxes

Prince Harry recently shared his major concern with video gaming and Fortnite in particular. At an event at the YMCA in London, he said game companies are working “to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible.” He spoke about having friends who are struggling with their children over the game. […]

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Middle School: The hardest years for screen time

There is no question in my mind that, on average, the most challenging years to parent around screen time is in middle school. It can take a caregiver on a brutal emotional rollercoaster ride. Three years ago, researchers at Arizona State University published a study in Developmental Psychology where they surveyed more than 2,200 mothers […]

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