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Christine Elgersma
Senior Editor, Parent Education | Mom of one
Ultimate Clean-Slate Handbook
We tell our kids that everyone makes mistakes -- and we mean it -- but if the last year was a rough one, it can be hard to bounce back. Past struggles with grades, organization, and friends are easy... read more
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Parents' Ultimate Guide to Esports
Forget the image of a sulky video-gamer alone in his bedroom with a computer and three days' worth of pizza boxes. Now that esports -- live video game competitions -- is an officially sanctioned high... read more
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School-Year Screen-Time Rules from a Teacher
This article is part of Common Sense Media's Parent Voices series, which provides a platform for opinions about parenting in the digital age. All ideas expressed are the writer's own. Last year... read more
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Christine Elgersma
Senior Editor, Parent Education | Mom of one
6 Research-Backed Sites and Apps That Can Boost Your Kid's Report Card
For many parents and kids grading season isn't the slam-dunk, high-five, fist-bumping celebration you were hoping for. But you don't need to hire an expensive tutor or run off to the after-school... read more
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What to Ask When Your Kid Brings Home a School-Issued Laptop
Good news, folks: You can cross off pencils and paper from your back-to-school shopping list. School-issued laptops and tablets are steadily replacing workbooks and practice packets. Yes, it's... read more
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6 Skills Every Kid Should Know Before Kindergarten
Stressed out about your kid's entry into kindergarten? Scouring the app store for resources to help your little one learn letters, numbers, shapes, and colors before school even starts? That's normal... read more
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Caroline Knorr
Senior Parenting Editor | Mom of one
10 Questions About EdTech to Ask Your Kid's Teacher
Edtech, or Learning with technology, incorporates everything from Common Core standards and STEM initiatives to coding classes -- and it's finally becoming part of many K–12 classrooms. When a school... read more
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Regan McMahon
Deputy Editor, Books | Mom of two
How to Motivate a Middle School Reader
In the early grades, parents and teachers focus on teaching kids how to read. As kids get older, we hope they'll want to read. Reading for pleasure has lots of benefits. It builds vocabulary and... read more
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