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How to Get a Teen to Read a Non-Fiction Book

How to Get a Teen to Read a Non-Fiction Book

In a world where kids seem perpetually tied to their phones, how can you get a teen to read a non-fiction book? In some homes, families are starting up a revolutionary new family tradition. They’re giving each family member an actual, physical book as a gift, and then...

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Should You Pay Your Teen to Do Things?

Should You Pay Your Teen to Do Things?

You're parenting a teen, and you've just had a fantastic idea for him or her. Something that could pay off in huge ways down the line. But your kid isn't interested. "Nah," he says, scrunching up his nose and shaking his head. "Not gonna do that." Meanwhile, he's...

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Why and How to Stop Multitasking

Why and How to Stop Multitasking

On the surface, it seems as though multitasking would make a great productivity tool. After all, if you can book a plane ticket and quickly shoot off an email while you're on a phone meeting at work, why not? Haven't you just masterfully killed two birds with one...

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The “Screenagers” Movie is a Must-See

The “Screenagers” Movie is a Must-See

Have you spent even one minute worrying about your kids' use of screens? Physician and documentary filmmaker Delany Ruston sure has. She made the Screenagers movie after she found herself "constantly struggling with her own two kids about screen time." According to...

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1-Minute Trick Helps Overcome Laziness

1-Minute Trick Helps Overcome Laziness

You've got a mountain of work in front of you, but no energy to tackle it. You've already slept well and eaten energy-producing food, so exhaustion's not the problem. You're just feeling lethargic, avoidant, and lazy. We've all been there. Some of our kids seem...

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Fewer Screens * More Cheerful Chores * Happier Summer

Fewer Screens * More Cheerful Chores * Happier Summer

This article was originally written in 2017. It was updated on May 8th, 2019. I plan to update it every May, right when parents need it most. Carol kicked off her work shoes and put them away in the front hall closet. "Hi, kids; I'm home!" She called out. It'd been an...

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