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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!
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The Smoking Gun: Parisian Teens and Cigarettes

Nearly every day for seven years now, my morning ritual has included a cloud of smoke hanging over a throng of students, many of whom have a cigarette in hand... No matter which arrondissement teens come from, the clothes they wear and the music they listen to, their main accessory is a cigarette (aka a “clope”).
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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.
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15 Important Things to Know Before Becoming or Hiring a Nanny

Are you thinking of becoming an au pair or nanny as a way of traveling to France or finding work? Or are you an employer seriously looking for that special someone to take care of your most valuable possessions: your children? Here are some things both sides should discuss before the deal is done.
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3 Ways Having a Trans Child Has Inspired Me

A mom in Paris describes how embracing her tween's gender identity brought unexpected rewards to the whole family.
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American College Search Tips for Teens in France

Do you have a teenager in France looking to apply to a North American university? Here are some expert college search tips to help you demystify the process.
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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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Teen Coach: How to Prevent Losing Your Teens Online

A father says that his 12-year old son has entered middle school. He wrinkles his nose and says that he is not working enough, and he isn’t talking much either. Then he laughs, “Oh well.” I laugh back. Then I add, “Whatever you do, don’t get him his own smartphone or tablet.” One look at the father’s face, and I know that it is too late.
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Man in the Kitchen: What Do We Tell Our Kids in the Age of #MeToo?

A father contemplates the best way to educate and protect both boys and girls when out on the dating scene in the age of #MeToo.
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HOPWAYS Provides Innovative Carpooling Solution for Parents in France

When one expat mom got together with two Parisian mothers to start a carpool for their children’s activities, they had no idea it would evolve into a successful community sharing venture called HOPWAYS. Now over 1,000 families in and around Paris use the online service to organize pools by car, foot and public transport to help parents keep up with all their children’s activities.