Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between


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
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
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
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
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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