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5 Ways Social Media Can Be a Force For Good in the Lives of Kids and Teens

March 15, 2018
From sexting to cyberbullying to FOMO , social media sure has its share of negatives. But, if it's all bad, how did 2,000 students protest their school system's budget cuts ? How are teens leading the charge against cyberbullying? How did they organize a national school walkout day to protest gun...
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A 50 Year Plea Persists

March 2, 2018
“In 1968, the Kerner Commission concluded that America was heading toward ‘two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.’ Today, America’s communities are experiencing increasing racial tensions and inequality, working-class resentment over the unfulfilled American Dream, white...
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5 Things to Know About Handing Over Your Heart and Pre-K Drop-Offs!

March 12, 2018
A first time drop off to childcare or pre-k can be rough for everyone involved, from kids and parents, to caregivers and educators. Last month, we sat down with Lina Acosta Sandaal, mom and Stop Parenting Alone early childhood mental health specialist , to talk about why this is a struggle, how...
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Attention DC: RSVP NOW for our early learning delivery!

February 28, 2018
Those of us who live in the DC area know what a struggle it can be to find high-quality yet affordable early learning options, like childcare and pre-k, for our little learners. That’s why we were so thrilled this past fall when Senator Patty Murray (WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (VA)...
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How to Talk to Kids of All Ages About Difficult Subjects

February 23, 2018
One of the toughest jobs of parenting is talking to your kids about difficult subjects. It's hard enough to explain when Mr. Teddy Bear gets eaten by the washing machine. Or how their bike got stolen at school. It feels impossible to put into words the really big issues, such as violence, racism,...
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More Than Support. How We Can Strengthen Families In Times of Distress

February 19, 2018
There is a lot of lip service paid to the concept of family friendly policies. Other times the word family is avoided all together, in favor of terms like two-generation programming, so as to avoid the nuances of what family means. However, whether you say it or don't say it, according to data...
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Why Kevin and Avonte Should Matter to You

February 7, 2018
The names Kevin and Avonte may not mean anything to you, but the name Kevin and Avonte should. Kevin Curtis Wills was nine when he drowned in Iowa’s Raccoon River in 2008. Avonte Oquendo loved to run. He was 14 years old when he left his school one afternoon and drowned in the East River. Both boys...
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2018 Super Bowl Controversies to Watch Out For

February 1, 2018
For a fun family-and-friends event, the Super Bowl sure generates a lot of controversy: the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" of 2004, Tom Brady's deflate-gate, and that scary, depressing Nationwide Insurance "dead kid" ad that had parents all over the country covering their kids' eyes. This year,...
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Charles Merrill: The Crucial Importance of Lanterns in Young Lives

January 19, 2018
I have been so blessed with an abundance of lanterns in my life who have been indispensable guides and supports over many decades. I shared many of them in my book Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors. It has been very painful to lose so many in recent years but they are still very alive with me. Charles...
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How to Raise a Kid With a Conscience

January 18, 2018
Every parent wants to raise a kid with a conscience -- someone who'll do the right thing even when no one is watching. But when the road to online integrity is riddled with cyberbullying , cell phone cheating , sexting , and other risks, trusting your kid to be conscientious feels like a leap of...
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