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5 parent tips for picking the right video games

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Armed with new game consoles and mobile devices, plus a pocket full of gift cards, kids everywhere are hoping to add a few new video games to their library with some fun post-holiday shopping. With so many choices, parents can sometimes feel a little overwhelmed trying to decide which games are appropriate for their children to play. Read More »

Bedroom Décor Teen Dreams Are Made Of

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Teenage years are synonymous for everyday emotional rollercoaster rides for both the teen and the whole family, and it’s also a time when your child’s bedroom can easily become a No Access area for adults in the house. Nevertheless, however willful, rebellious, and moody your teenager can be, they will still need a snug nest to withdraw to every night, which means that you - as their parent - need to invest a tad more effort (and nerves) in planning your teen’s bedroom décor. So, how exactly can you put together a teen bedroom that will suit both your child’s and your own design bill? Read More »

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Your teens belong to the generation of Millennials and there is a lot of pressure put on them, mainly in terms of changing the face of economy in an extremely competitive environment and even wider - transforming the world. Technology and economic disruption play a major part of the arena teenagers grow up in. All of this may be hard for parents to comprehend because of the generation gap, but the fact lies in the following: teens are stressed out and it’s no joke. Here’s how you can show your support and help them through it. Read More »

5 back-to-school tips to maximize family time

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As summer comes to a close, the anticipation of the new back-to-school year can be both exciting and stressful. Summer fun will soon give way to after school activities, sports and homework. Mornings will become slightly more hectic and fast-paced as everyone races to get their backpacks and get out the door. Read More »

New Report Finds Teens Feel Addicted to Their Phones, Causing Tension at Home

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A new report issued today by Common Sense Media finds that 50 percent of teens “feel addicted” to mobile devices, and 59 percent of their parents agree that their kids are addicted. Additionally, parents and children are concerned about the effects mobile device use has on their daily lives—from driving to the dinner table—with over one-third of the families in the Common Sense poll arguing about it daily. Read More »

A Family Who Plays Together, Stays Together

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By Lauren Putnam of McCarthy Music (www.mccarthypiano.com) It’s no secret that music enriches lives. In fact, according to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), 85% of people who do not play a musical instrument say they wish they had learned to play one. And, when it comes to kids, learning a musical instrument has numerous benefits. Music not only ... Read More »