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Updated: February 12, 2020

What Do Your Top 3 Emojis Say About You?

Diverse people holding emoji masks over face

What goes around comes around and that’s true for ancient hieroglyphics because let’s face it, emojis are the modern-day hieroglyph, right? They’re perfect to get a message across quickly plus they save you from those epic microphone speech-to-text fails, peppered with unintended words that may make you blush. Emojis are usually safe, cute, and can pack more meaning in their little images than words often can.

Updated: January 10, 2022

The Newest Teen Slang Trends of 2021

A parents guide to the latest teen slang

Even though you’re a parent, it probably still feels like you were a teen just a few years ago in some ways. The emotions and themes of teen experience may not change much, but the one thing that certainly does change year over year is the slang that teens use. If you are a parent of teens or if you work with them, it’s helpful to have an idea of what their secret code words and phrases mean every now and then.

Updated: January 23, 2020

Teaching Math for Homeschoolers

Teaching Math for Homeschoolers

Isabel Shaw

One Step Ahead
How can you teach math to your children if you struggle with it yourself? Yes, there are those among us who truly love math— people who grasp math concepts quickly, remember the laws and formulas easily, and retain this information over theyears. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them. And, judging from my contact with families around the country, most parents are in the same boat.

Updated: June 21, 2021

A Complete Guide to Potentially Dangerous Apps for Kids

young girl using potentially dangerous apps on ipad

Pop quiz: What is Voxer? If you're scratching your head, it's time to read up on the trendy new social media apps kids are using. Friending your child on Facebook is now just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online safety. Click through to see some of the sites and new apps tweens and teens are flocking to these days, and get useful tips for protecting your child from cyberbullying and other online safety hazards.

Updated: March 20, 2022

When Should Kids Get a Cellphone? 6 Questions to Ask

Kids and Cellphones

It seems like everywhere you look, there’s a child with a cell phone. Even if they’re young, there’s a good chance that the phone belongs to them. If your child doesn’t have one, they’re probably asking you when they’re going to get their first smartphone. Studies show that more than half of children have their first smartphone by the time they’re 11 years old with that number jumping to 69% for 12-year-olds.

Updated: June 26, 2019

Discipline for Teens: 5 Teachable Moments for Tweens and Teens

Discipline for Teens: 5 Teachable Moments for Tweens and Teens

Discipline for teens can sound daunting. There are no longer stints in the time-out chair when your child is now probably taller than you are! Battles over eating mashed peas have morphed into more adult issues. So how do you handle these topics while helping your kid learn a valuable lesson and keep communication lines open all at once?

Here's the lowdown.

Teen Driving Car

by: Marvin Maldonado

6 Tips for Parents to Improve and Troubleshoot Remote Learning


If you’re managing school-age kids in the house while also juggling working from home, then you’ve likely experienced some tech-related meltdowns. Maybe the Wi-Fi went out and everyone’s meetings froze. Or your child’s outdated laptop is buggy and can’t open their online classroom tools until the platform update is complete. Here are some basic tips for improving and troubleshooting the remote learning experience – for everyone!

Updated: April 20, 2020

Homeschooling Parents: This is What a Teacher Needs You to Know

A teacher's advice for parents about homeschooling

One day you find yourself making breakfast, getting dressed for work, packing lunches, and sending your child off to school. The next moment you find yourself working from home (if at all) and becoming your child’s teacher for an indefinite amount of time. Talk about a shock to the system! As a teacher, please know that you can do this! While this abrupt transition has rocked everyone’s world, here are some things that teachers want parents to know about online learning.

Updated: July 21, 2022

15 Parental Control Apps to Track Kids' Phone Use and Screen Time

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Gone are the days when cell phones and tablets were for grown-ups. Now preschool-aged kiddos have access to mom and dad’s devices and elementary school-aged children have smartphones of their own. This makes the use of a parental control app, screen time management solutions, and apps to track kids’ phone use an absolute for 21st century parents.

Updated: May 29, 2022

Common Core Math: How to Help When Your Child's Homework Gives You Anxiety

Common Core Math: How to Help When Your Child's Homework Gives You Anxiety

Number bonding? Skip counting? Does your child's Common Core math homework make your head spin? You're not alone.

Plenty of parents who grew up learning how to add and subtract with older teaching methods now look at their children's Common Core homework with a sense of panic, or at least mild bewilderment. Rest assured, you have not forgotten how to do first-grade math.

Updated: April 22, 2022

How to Get Started with Homeschooling

You've decided to homeschool - what's next?

You’ve decided to homeschool. Now what? First of all, know that you are not alone. As families face unprecedented challenges regarding health, safety, changing schedules, and new school models during this time of global pandemic, more families than ever are deciding to give homeschooling a try. The good news is that even the least experienced of families can have a wonderful start to the homeschool adventure thanks to the plethora of easily accessible resources available online.

Updated: April 22, 2022

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Upcoming School Year

How to talk to your kids about going back to school in Fall 2020

This summer parents have been waiting anxiously for their school districts to release reopening plans. Afterall, until we know what school will look like, we can’t help our children get ready! It’s hard to plan when you don’t know what you are planning for. Some schools opened their doors last week, and over the next few weeks more schools will begin (whether online, in person, or a combination of both).

More: At-Home Learning Resources for the COVID-19 Outbreak

Updated: January 12, 2022

The Newest Teen Slang Trends of 2022

Teen Slang 2022

It often seems like teenagers' sole mission is to reject the way their parents do things, from fashion to music to how they use the English language. Teen slang words are a constantly evolving dictionary that makes anyone above age 22 feel like they woke up in a foreign land.

But this stage too shall pass, and in the meantime parents of teens don't need to feel clueless each time their adolescent starts to speak. (Yeet? Fleek? Help!)

Updated: November 19, 2020

Developing Emotional Literacy in Kids and How to Foster It Over Time

mom talking to crying daughter about emotional literacy

What is the biggest challenge your family faces? Financial challenges? Getting time together? The distraction of social media? Quarreling?

However, you answer that question, there is one root and one path to creating something different. Surprisingly, for many people, the root is our lack of emotional learning, our emotional ignorance. And the solution is developing our understanding of emotions or emotional literacy.

More: How to Determine Your Child's Love Language

Updated: November 11, 2020

How to Deal With Your Teen's YouTube Addiction

is your teen addicted to youtube

If your teen is spending time on her phone, there’s a very good chance that she’s watching YouTube. As a source of entertainment and information, YouTube offers enticing reasons to visit and stay visiting for endless amounts of time. If you have a child with a phone or access to the internet, here is what you need to know about YouTube.

More: 5 Warning Signs of Screen Addiction

Updated: February 12, 2020

Snapchat 101: A Helpful Guide for Parents of Teens

Girl's hand holding smartphone with Snapchat on display

Snapchat is a great example of the evolution of social media, and it gives teens practically everything they’re looking for in an app: a way to creatively share chosen moments with friends while simultaneously making themselves look awesome. 

Just like every other social media app, video game, and mainstream teenage interest, Snapchat has gotten some bad press. But this article isn’t providing you with recycled warnings and statistics. In fact, it’s doing just the opposite.

Updated: April 2, 2020

Teachers, Here's What Parents Want You to Know Right Now

teachers, this is what parents need you to know about at-home learning

No one is prepared for the transition to homeschooling and remote learners. Both teachers and parents have been thrown into this without warning. Let’s work together to do what is best for our kids. Let’s tell each other what we need, and help each other however we can. Here is what parents need teachers to know:

More: At-Home Learning Resources for the COVID-19 Outbreak

by: Kayla Brennan

A Study on School Subjects and Parental Involvement

How involved should parents be in a kid's education?

We all want our children to perform well in school, but with COVID-19 closing schools across the country, many parents have become the teachers. Still, in a typical scenario, what role should parents play in their children’s education? Which subjects do parents think their child should learn?

More: At-Home Learning Resources for the COVID-19 Outbreak