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"Teen Suicide Prevention" (Teen Line)

This is a must watch for every parent!  I stumbled into a talk by this organization and initially thought, "My kids are so not suicidal.  What a waste of my time this will be."  BUT how wrong I was!  Stress in our childrens' lives is real and the biggest issue is that our children need someone to whom they can talk.  If it isn't the parent (or a teacher or a friend), they'll need a professional.  Heed the warnings.  Be aware.  This video is tough to watch.  And yes, I did cry.  For more information, check out https://teenlineonline.org/

"What's the Right Age For A Child To Get A Smart Phone?" (NYTimes)

The Age of Parenting Kids In Tech is daunting.  A must-read.  The most daunting part?   "Ms. Weinberger, who wrote the smartphone and internet safety book “The Boogeyman Exists: And He’s in Your Child’s Back Pocket,” said she had surveyed 70,000 children in the last 18 months and found that, on average, sexting began in the fifth grade, pornography consumption began when children turned 8, and pornography addiction began around age 11."  

"In Defense of Absurdly Early Bedtimes" (Melinda Moyer/Slate)

Kids need more sleep.  Don't believe me?  Check out the science that has been so neatly presented in this well-written article. The best parenting practice we can all do?  Put our kids to be early!

"Inspiring Concern for Others" (Harvard School of Education)

A concise, practical guide for what parents can do to raise thoughtful citizens of society

"Don't Make Your Children the Exception To Every Rule" (NYTimes/Motherlode)

An article about teaching consequences and the childhood-adult connection to adult happiness.

"The Non-Joie of Parenthood" (NY Times)

An article about American vs. French parenting.

"Top 100 Children's Books of All Time"

Whether you invest in purchasing them OR check them out at the library, these are must-reads.  I'm the world's biggest believer in reading earlier, reading often.  

Best Children's Books 2011 (Kirkus Review)

Every year brings a new crop of great kids' books. 

Best Children's Books 2012 (Kirkus Review)

Self-Explanatory

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