Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between

  • Betsy Bozdech
    Executive Editor, Ratings & Reviews | Mom of two
    Ever since that first menacing star destroyer loomed across movie screens in 1977, kids of all ages have been enamored with the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and all their... read more
  • Betsy Bozdech
    Executive Editor, Ratings & Reviews | Mom of two
    During a recent visit with old friends, they decided the time was right to watch one of their longtime favorite movies, Roxanne (the 1987 Steve Martin romcom based on Cyrano de Bergerac), with their... read more
  • Caroline Knorr
    Parenting Editor | Mom of one
    Kids naturally develop social skills in the preschool years, so it's a perfect time to teach and reinforce social lessons. The books below serve as modern-day primers on courtesy, graciousness, and... read more
  • Regan McMahon
    Senior Editor, Books | Mom of two
    Whether you're on vacation or sticking close to home, there's always room for reading in the summer schedule. Check out our July selections for picture books, middle-grade fiction, and teen reads.... read more
  • Sierra Filucci
    Executive Editor, Parenting Content | Mom of two
    With summer in full swing, lots of kids (and parents) are going online for ideas to keep busy. At Common Sense, we're partial to activities that are a little, well, different. We've rounded up 30... read more

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It's a great big digital world out there filled with texts, chats, apps, tweets, blogs, likes, videos, photos, games, memes, links to this, links to that, and links to who knows what. As a parent,... read more
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Betsy Bozdech
Executive Editor, Ratings & Reviews | Mom of two
Families are flocking to Disney Pixar's latest animated adventure, Inside Out, and many of them are leaving with a lot to think -- and talk -- about. The movie raises many big issues related to... read more
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Sandie Angulo Chen
Guest Blogger | Movie/DVD/Book Reviewer | Mom of three
School's out for summer! That means swimsuits, beach trips, summer camp, and loads of summer reading. We've rounded up 10 new books for book-hungry middle schoolers. Five picks are nonfiction and... read more
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Betsy Bozdech
Executive Editor, Ratings & Reviews | Mom of two
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
We're excited to exclusively debut the brand new trailer for Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas -- a kid-friendly, stop motion-animated take on Will Ferrell's popular holiday movie Elf. We rated Buddy's... read more
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Liza Fowler
Marketing Specialist
A recent recipient of the Common Sense Seal, Belle and Sebastian is one of this summer's best movie picks for families. Based on the Cecile Aubry novel Belle et Sebastien, the film follows a young... read more
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Betsy Bozdech
Executive Editor, Ratings & Reviews | Mom of two
I understand why my 5-year-old daughter loves princess stories, but I still cringe every time her pretend play involves falling in love with a prince, getting married, and living happily ever after.... read more
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Caroline Knorr
Parenting Editor | Mom of one
Even if you've talked to your kids about screen-time limits and responsible online behavior it's still really tough to manage what they do when you're not there (and even when you are). Parental... read more
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Regan McMahon
Senior Editor, Books | Mom of two
Grab a book for the road, tuck one in your kid's backpack for camp, pop a beach read in with the sunscreen, or curl up with your kid and a picture book in a cozy corner at home. Wherever you go,... read more
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