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6 Steps to Wean Your Children (and You) from Digital Toys after the Summer

Over summer your family probably spent more time connected than they usually spend during the school year. But there is no reason to panic or to feel guilty. You can transition back to school and back to work in a painless manner with a digital detox!

Minecraft: An Epic Cheat Sheet for Parents

If you are the parent of a child aged 5-17, you have undoubtedly heard of Minecraft. The phrase ‘heard of,’ in most cases being a euphemism for ‘struggled with.’ If left unmonitored, your child would pretty much play this video game non-stop and would use seemingly nonsensical phrases that you may have trouble decrypting.
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Teen Coach: Stupid is as Stupid Does

Dear readers, how many of you have a vision of how you would like your teen to be? If your teen is lucky, you ditched that vision somewhere in primary school.
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How I Protect My Child With Food Allergies at School

Any mom who has a an allergic picky eater knows just how sensitive a proper diet is for the little one’s well being. For those of you with allergic children in Paris, here are some steps you can take to help protect your child in school and generate awareness of food allergies.
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Parenting in a Digital World: The Best Internet Safety Resources

Digital parenting is no different than ‘regular’ parenting and one of the first things that a parent does is memorize the contact information for emergency services. Well my Digital Parenting friends, this post contains all the contact information that you need in the event of a digital emergency in France, the UK and Belgium. And I hope that you NEVER EVER need them.

Child Bullying: How to Help Your Child Stand Up for Himself

Your emotions run high: you’ve just discovered that your child is bullied, anger or fear are rising and you want to take action right now! Not so fast....First, find out why & how YOU can empower your child to fight back the bully.
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Motherhood Diaries: When Letting Go of Your Child is Hard to Do

Recently, my daughter had her first ever rentrée –an initiation to a ritual every mom faces. My 14-month-old simply started going to a childminder, and while Alice is taking the rentrée in her stride it doesn’t mean that I am. I’m experiencing a host of classic feelings.
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Mr. Picky Eater And His Food Allergies

Having a child with food allergies means you probably have a picky eater. As babies, they have a natural defense/instinct to reject foods that could harm them. Nature is well made. As they grow older, they become a bit fearful of food and trying new things, which makes feeding an allergic child more challenging.
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Man in the Kitchen: Are Smartphones Killing Conversation?

The presidential election. Mom’s new boyfriend. Summer camp. Can we go to France this summer? Can I please have some more pasta??? These are snippets from last night’s dinner conversation with my two children. Human interaction delivered in person. Not an electronic device in sight! Why?
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Adventures in Allergies: Where It All Began

Like many allergic kids, my three year old has the trilogy of allergies, eczema and asthma. Just three weeks after his birth, he began having red rashes on his cheeks... The pediatrician told me he had eczema. What? I didn’t even know what eczema was!!!