Should Parents Limit Kids’ Exposure to Virtual Reality?

How do you know which rides your kids should go on at Universal Studios? This is the question I confronted last week. The map of the park lists no fewer than 14 symbols by which to judge the rides, including whether there are sign language interpreters available. Obviously, there are the height requirements, which meant … Continued

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Coding Isn’t Reading

Ivanka Trump recently announced that she will be attending a coding class this summer with her five-year-old daughter. “We’re excited to learn this incredibly important new language together,” Trump said, speaking at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. “Coding truly is the language of the future.” Like Ivanka, many tech gurus … Continued

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Stop Going Down the Playground Slide with Your Kids!

Playgrounds are for children. I know this seems obvious, but apparently no one mentioned it to Anne Hathaway. The Oscar-winning actress recently told Jimmy Fallon about how she “almost killed” her one-year-old son by going down a slide with him. “I [pulled my] skirt around me, and I put Johnny there, and we are going … Continued

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The Accidental Benedicts

One of the toughest parts of parenting is guiding our kids through the minefield of a culture that wants them to grow up much more quickly than they should. Do we let them wear the same clothes other kids are wearing even if we think the necklines dip too low and the skirts cover too … Continued

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Stop Using Technology to Babysit Your Kids

In a stunning blow for people who use technology as a babysitter for their kids, research is revealing (not surprisingly) that toddlers who are allowed to play with devices and stare at tiny screens are getting less sleep. Researchers at Birkbeck, University of London, concluded that for every four hours a toddler uses a touchscreen … Continued

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Box Baby

A baby in a box? That’s what some states in the U.S. are starting to encourage, following the success of a campaign in Finland that gives new moms a literal box for their newborns. The primary goal of the baby box campaign both here and abroad is health-related. In Finland, the box program is designed … Continued

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How Much Screen Time is Too Much for Kids?

How important is it to separate kids from electronic devices? The Oklahoma state Senate and House recently passed a bill that would prevent licensed day care centers in the state from giving kids under the age of two any screen time. Critics will no doubt say that this measure seems draconian. What’s the harm in … Continued

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How Reality TV Turns Kids into Hyper-Consumers

The first time I went to look up a show on the website for Common Sense Media, I remember giggling to myself at the categories the website used to rate entertainment for kids. I was happy to see that the folks at Common Sense would tell me about the sexual content of the shows, not … Continued

Parenting, Television

Should We Celebrate the Dad Who Publicly Shamed His Son on ESPN?

Dads keep supercharging our social media feeds. First, Professor Robert E. Kelly’s video chat with the BBC got interrupted by his young children. The dumbstruck dad found himself Internet famous for 15 minutes. Why? What parent couldn’t relate to being interrupted by an irrepressible child? Now, a basketball-loving father publicly shamed his child into hitting … Continued

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The Challenges of Being a Role Model

I had one of those parenting win/fail moments recently. I got up early to do my morning DVD workout in our basement. My eight-year-old son stumbled downstairs after his obligatory cereal fix and settled down on the couch to watch me go through my paces. Good, I thought between sets. He’s getting a lesson in … Continued

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