What Say You, Stepping Stone?

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Five minutes ago, I received a push poll from Stepping Stone about children’s media. I tried to explain that I know way too much about this issue to be unbiased in my responses, but the interviewer, working from computer assisted interview software, insisted that I continue. I was read three questions and asked for a […]

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Challenging the Cinnamon Challenge

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In my book, The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids, I advocate for challenging assertions about our kids, especially when the assertions come from popular media and employ copious amounts of hyperbole. In an effort to practice what I preach, I was skeptical of the recent headlines in the The Atlantic and The New York […]

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Majority Do or Does vs. Majority Do Not or Does Not?

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Yesterday Cecilia Kang reported in the Business section of The Washington Post that, “The majority of American teens own a smartphone.”  The statement raises two questions: Does “majority” take a singular or plural verb form? Is Cecilia correct? I have to admit that the first question perplexes me.  The my ears, “the majority of teens […]

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From SpongeBob to Bosch

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A new article by Angeline Lillard and Jennifer Peterson in Pediatrics indicates that four year-olds have a difficult time focusing immediately after watching nine minutes of a fast-paced cartoon (i.e., SpongeBob SquarePants). You can read it here. A recent article by Costas Karageorghis and David-Lee Pries in the Sport Journal describes ten years of research […]

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Ask Santa

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I recently interviewed two groups of mothers about a variety of issues facing their children, and I was surprised by the fear and mistrust that permeated their responses.  I guess I shouldn’t have been.  I have written extensively about the disconnect between who kids actually are and how they are portrayed in the media.  I […]

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Bullying Our Kids

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Bullying is a real problem.  The best research indicates that about 13% of tweens and young adolescents are involved in moderate or frequent bullying, an additional 11% are bullied, and a troubling 6% both bully and are bullied.  Moreover, the consequences of bullying for both the bullied and the bullies can be dire. It is […]

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Taking the gamble out of Chatroulette.

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“Now he’s waggling his tongue at me and taking off his shirt.”  It’s not what you expect to hear when you tune in to NPR, but today Robin Young, the host of Here & Now, was describing her experience with Chatroulette, a Web site that randomly links users with active webcams, live. Here is how […]

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Promiscuous puberty (part 2 of 3).

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For a girl looking like an adult on the outside while being a child on the inside can have consequences.  At a time in her psychological development when the opinions of her peers and “fitting in” are increasingly important, appearing more physically mature than one’s friends can set her apart and diminish her self-esteem. Diminished […]

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