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To spank or not to spank? That is the question.

To spank or not to spank? That is the question.

About 20% of parents admit to using physical punishment such as spanking or swatting as part of disciplining their children. Yet, most also report not feeling very good about doing it. Not surprisingly, nearly all parents report that parenting is their greatest joy while nearly three-quarters also describe parenting as their greatest challenge.

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One easy trick to boost your child’s brainpower and be smarter

One easy trick to boost your child’s brainpower and be smarter

Have you ever wondered if there is an easy way to boost your child’s brainpower and make him or her smarter? New research shows that one simple, practically free activity can help your child use his or her brain more effectively.

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Is sexting really harmful to teens?

Is sexting really harmful to teens?

In recent years, adolescents have been more and more involved in the sending and receiving of sexually explicit information via the Internet. This is commonly called “sexting”. Some adolescents do not understand the risks associated with these behaviors. Other teens are aware of the risks but feel tremendous social pressure to conform to group behaviors. Other teens just want to try sexting for the emotional thrill of sending or receiving sexually explicit content, but may not understand the long-term consequences.

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Social media – The good, the bad and the ugly: A parent’s guide (Part I)

Social media – The good, the bad and the ugly: A parent’s guide (Part I)

This is a three part series to help families better understand what social media is, the benefits and drawbacks as well as specific actions parents can take to help children and teens navigate it safely.

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