Toy guns and pretending

July 02, 2015  |   For parents of children   |   Click on title to comment!

Research suggests that  it is perfectly normal for kids to pretend to play with toy guns from time to time, and it might even help kids self-regulate better in real life. On a more concerning note, trying to educate kids about real guns and gun safety can be difficult, as other research shows that kids do not retain or employ […]

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A new app to help with motivating kids to do chores

July 01, 2015  |   For parents of children,For parents of teenagers   |   Click on title to comment!

ChoreMonster is a new web and mobile app, that offers a timely list of seasonal chores you may not have considered, and funny little sounds and animated monster rewards for kids. Through a tie-in with Disney, ChoreMonster parents were able to reward kids with exclusive pre-release clips of the Pixar movie Inside Out in May and June. The company […]

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Thoughts on perspective

June 30, 2015  |   For parents of children,For parents of teenagers,metaphors to help facilitate communication   |   Click on title to comment!

“Just because you feel it, doesn’t mean it’s there.” ­-Radiohead [i]   * * * *   “No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary.” Occam’s Razor   * * * *   “The problem is not what you look at, but what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau   * * […]

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Same sex parents

June 25, 2015  |   For parents of children,For parents of teenagers   |   Click on title to comment!

Scientists agree that children raised by same-sex couples are in no way significantly different than children raised by parents of the opposite sex, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Oregon professor. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/06/25/no-difference-in-kids-with-same-sex-opposite-sex-parents-study-finds/

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The value of one friend

June 25, 2015  |   For parents of teenagers,For teens   |   Click on title to comment!

According to a new study out of Sussex University, having just one good friend can be enough to help teenagers from tough backgrounds overcome their problems: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3138496/One-BFF-need-Study-finds-teenagers-benefit-having-one-close-friend-big-gang.html  

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