Screen rules that stick

In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or log off of Facebook can incite a rev…

  • It's important to compliment your daughter on more than her looks.

    It's important to compliment your daughter on more than her looks.

    The title of this post might have you wondering, "What's wrong with telling your daughter she's pretty?" The short answer is: nothing. As parents we all obviously think our children are beautiful and it's OK to let them know that. I also believe that there is something intrinsic in little girls that makes them want to hear that they are pretty. The problem comes in when we don't ever compliment our daughters for anything other than their appearance. Our society already has such a heavy focus on appearance and as parents it is so important for us to learn how to let our little girls know that they really are so much more than just a pretty face.

    Related: 6 ways to nurture the father-daughter bond

    Before I was a stay-at-home mama I was a preschool teacher and through all my education and training one thing I learned that really stuck with me was how to praise children. Even though my daughter is still a baby and won't understand everything that I'm saying, I try to be specific in the c

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  • YUM!

    Fed up with pouts and whines at the dinner table, I knew I had to take action to get my second grader to eat his vegetables. Like lightning, mid-meal, the brainstorm of a lifetime struck. Mommy brilliance is a rare and beautiful thing; and therefore, dear reader, I shall share my epiphany with you.

    Read More: Teach Your Child to Eat (and Like!) Vegetables

    There are two truths about my son. He loves science and hates vegetables. So, thought I, was there a way to use his love of science to turn his hatred of vegetables around? Oh yes, indeed there was.

    I prepped him the next morning.

    "Tonight, at dinner, we're going to do a science experiment," I informed him.

    "What kind?" His interest was piqued.

    "A cool kind," I said coolly. "You'll be the scientist, I'll be your assistant."

    Off to school he went, just dying to know what madness I had in mind.

    Read More: Don't Hide Those Vegetables

    I went to the grocery store and bought one of every vegetable. One cucumbe

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  • Common Sense Media

    Common Sense Media

    By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media editor

    In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or log off of Facebook can incite a revolt. And if your kids say they need to be online for schoolwork, you may not know when the research stops and idle activity begins.

    It may seem counter-intuitive, but getting involved with your kids' media is the first step to cutting the cord. Showing an interest, knowing what they're doing -- even playing along with them -- makes it easier to know how much is too much.

    Every family will have different amounts of time that they think is "enough." What's important is giving it some thought, creating age-appropriate limits (with built-in flexibility for special circumstances), making media choices you're comfortable with, and modeling responsible screen limits for your kids.

    Preschoolers. There are lots of great TV shows, apps, games, and websites geared for this age. But too much time spent in front of a

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  • By Author and Parent Advocate Sue Scheff for GalTime.com

    Don't let your child become another statistic..

    Don't let your child become another statistic..

    Drug use (substance abuse) is a serious cry for help, and making your teen feel ashamed or embarrassed can make the problem worse.

    Some common behavior changes you may notice if your teenager is abusing drugs and alcohol are:

    • Violent outbursts, rage, disrespectful behavior

    • Poor or dropping grades

    • Unexplained weight loss or gain

    • Skin abrasions, track marks

    • Missing curfew, running away, truancy

    • Bloodshot eyes, distinct "skunky" odor on clothing and skin

    • Missing jewelry, money

    Related: Study: Assertive Teens Avoid The Pitfalls of Addiction

    • New friends

    • Depression, apathy, withdrawal, disengaged from the family

    • Reckless behavior

    Tips to help prevent substance abuse:

    1. Communication is the key to prevention. Whenever an opportunity arises about the risks of drinking and driving or the dangers of using drugs, take it to start a

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  • The Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History

    The Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History

    By Debbie Dubrow, Conde Nast Traveler

    With the school year beginning, we're all looking for fun ways to inspire our kids and get them revved up for the learning they'll do in the year ahead. In my book, there's no better way to demonstrate how fun science is than a visit to a planetarium or natural history museum. Here are a few of my favorites.



    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon:
    The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland is one of my favorites. Its open, light-filled spaces are packed with hands-on activities that engage everyone from my three-year-old to me and my husband. Smaller hands-on science labs let older kids run the types of experiments that require goggles, good reading skills, and closer supervision from the museum's staff. A sunlit cafe serves healthy, kid-friendly food choices, many of which are made to order.

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    American Museum of Natural History in New York City:
    It's the largest m

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