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Healthy Ways to Enjoy Technology with Your Baby

Babies and toddlers are like little sponges. During this short window of development, your youngster is enthusiastically soaking up your expressions and delighting in the lilting, loving words springing from your lips. No screen could ever hope to compete with the face-to-face connection between you and your baby. But that doesn’t mean that screens have no place …

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Six Ways to Help Kids Use Social Media in a Healthy Way

By age 10, many children already have social media accounts on sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat, even though these sites require that users be 13 or older. If you’ve spent any time on social media, you know that it can have an influence on mental wellbeing–both positive and negative. While many of us …

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14 Ways to Raise a Skilled Communicator from Babyhood and Beyond

A survey conducted by Pew Research found that 90 percent of American parents believe that developing strong communication skills is one of the most important skills kids will need to learn in order to succeed in today’s world. Whether you have an infant or an older child, here’s how to make sure your budding connector …

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Teaching Kids Eye Contact

An old-school communication skill every child needs to master. Eye contact is a critical social skill and a sign of self-confidence. But as we all know, teaching kids to develop good eye contact isn’t always easy. Heck, even many adults struggle with eye contact. And in an era where it is easy to duck behind phones …

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Take Steps to Protect Your Child’s Online Identity

Since February is Data Privacy Month, this is an ideal opportunity to share some ways to protect your child’s online identity even if your kids aren’t online yet. Because they have a squeaky clean credit history, kids are attractive targets for identity thieves who can operate undetected for years. Here are some ways to protect …

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Apps that Work to Prevent Cyberbullying

Over half of adolescents have been bullied online and 43 percent of kids in grades four through eight have been victims of cyberbullying. Check out these two free apps that aim to prevent and address bullying: KnowBullying – Created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this free app provides conversation tips for …

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How Dining Out Builds Communication Skills

Eating out offers a communication skill-building opportunity for kids. Kids acting up in restaurants results in bad press from time to time, but don’t let that deter you. While it won’t necessarily be relaxing for you (that’s what date night is for, right?!), taking your children out to eat periodically is an enriching experience that helps them learn important communication …

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