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    Teens and smartphones seem to be attached by some invisible cord. We've all seen teens all hunched over, not really there with us, totally absorbed by whatever is going on in their virtual worlds. The nagging voice in our (parental) heads may say, "This is what addiction looks like." We're not wrong. A recent study by Common Sense Media found that 50 percent of teenagers feel they are addicted to their smartphones. The same study found that 77 perc […]  more>

    Many children have imaginary friends. Imaginary friend can be invisible to others, or take the form of an inanimate object. When the imaginary friend is a real object, the child imagines the inanimate object as having personality and abilities. Just how many children have pretend companions varies according to the sources you read and sometimes according to the type of imaginary friend. An Australian study says some 65 percent of all children have imaginary friends. Author Lau […]  more>

    National Education Support Professionals Day honors secretaries, classroom aides, maintenance workers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and others who make a positive difference for children in public schools. These people are in many ways, the unsung heroes of our educational system. They are working behind the scenes to make school a safe and amazing place of growth and learning for every child. We honor our education support professionals on the Wednesday that falls during American Education Week . As it happens, this is the 29th annual celebration of National Education Support Profession […]  more>

    FIRST North Carolina is all about getting kids to like science. Could there be anything better than that? Kars4Kids doesn't think so. Which is why we were happy to have a chance to partner in a small way with the work of FIRST North Carolina, in the form of a small grant. Think about it: cure for cancer? That's only going to come from today's budding scientists. But if they think science is a bore, kids will run in the opposite direction. Enter FIRS […]  more>

    FOMO, or fear of missing out, is the reason you rarely see a child without a phone in hand during daylight hours. Most of us feel a bit sad about that. We'd rather our children communicate with their friends in the flesh. What's even worse, however, is that FOMO extends deep into the night. Tiptoe into a child's bedroom at night, and you'll likely still see that blinking, chirping phone in your child's hand, or on a pillow next to his head. Is that any way for a child to get a good night's sleep? […]  more>

    Think back to your favorite teen hangout space, back in the day. What made that place the ultimate teen hangout? What was it that drew the teens of your time to that particular location as if it were a magnet? Was it the food? Comfortable, beat-up furniture? The fact that music could be played very loud and no one complained? Are these the things that made one house the "it" spot for all the teens in your crowd? Or was it your friend's parents that turned your friend's house i […]  more>

    ReadBoston knows that one of the main obstacles to academic success is arriving at that first day in school without the necessary pre-reading skills.  So does Kars4Kids. Which is why ReadBoston is one of Kars4Kids' newest small grant recipients. A nonprofit organization, ReadBoston is dedicated to improving early literacy skills in very young, inner-city Bostonians. It's a mission we support because at Kars4Kids we know that the problem of underdeveloped early literacy skills is especially stark in low-in […]  more>

    The adolescent brain fascinates scientists and scares the living daylights out of parents of teens, everywhere. The scientists are excited because they can now actually see what is happening inside the brain, thanks to better imaging techniques. Parents are terrified because they suspect that the difference between a teenager's brain and an adult's brain can be deadly. Parents don't need statistics to understand that teenagers are prone to rash and extreme behavior. But if you really want to know, the more>

    Wildflowers are often the first sign that nature has rebounded after a devastating forest fire. This idea: that beauty can come in the face of devastation,  is the inspiration behind the creation of the Wildflower Camp Foundation, which sends bereaved children from the Greater Boston area to summer camp. Why summer camp? Losing a husband and parent hurts and while you're hurting, you must still take stock and rebuild the family unit and the psyche, too. This is not a small task, but one which can reveal inner strength and resilience. So […]  more>

    Thumb sucking is a problem in the older child. Parents know that their children need to stop once they get to a certain age. But parents may not know an effective way to make help their children break the habit. After all, it isn't easy to stop thumb sucking when a child has been doing it for years, ever since he or she was a baby. You may well wonder: why do babies suck their thumbs, anyway? And why is thumb sucking so addictive?