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Ages 5-11

Unplug: How Device-Free Time Fosters Better Connection

Free time spent unplugged can make a big difference in how our families feel emotionally and physically, and when it comes to nurturing our most important relationships. Here’s why.

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Talking to Our Kids About Suicide

How we talk about suicide with our kids is fraught with misconceptions. But as difficult as these conversations might be, our willingness to listen and be direct with our children can mean the difference between life and death. 

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Helping a Quiet Child Bloom

When your kid shirks social interaction, hiding behind your legs at the playground, or hugging the wall at a birthday party, it’s easy to assign a label: shy. But a socially withdrawn child might not be ‘shy’ at all - they may simply be an introvert, they may be in the throes of normal separation anxiety, or, in rare cases, they might have a social phobia.

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Camp Confessions: She Was Ready for Camp, but Was I?

It was a beautiful summer day. My daughter Chelsea was 10 and after a week of hectic activity, we were finally ready for summer camp. I read out the items from the camp list: “Shorts? Check. T-shirts? Check. Rain gear? Check.” Everything she needed was stacked on her bed. Each piece of clothing now bore a label with her name. All of her clothing for camp was clean and folded. All Chelsea had to do now was put it in her duffel bag laid out exactly for that purpose.

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