Don’t Stress The Homework: We Bust 3 Myths to Show You How

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By Barbara Dianis Homework is an integral part of the journey to be educated for students everywhere. But it can cause tremendous arguments when three misunderstandings and misconceptions are prevalent between parents and their children. To clear them up, here are suggestions for making homework more productive and peaceful in your home! Myth #1: I can’t […]

News You Can Use: Lighten Up! Humor Helps Kids Learn

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By Dawn Van Osdell A team of French scientists has reported in the journal Cognition and Emotion that laughter doesn’t just make us feel good. It also helps us learn. The researchers, led by Rana Esseily, who studies emotion, developmental psychology, and cognitive psychology at Paris West University Nanterre La Défense, studied a group of 18-month-olds—roughly the age […]

Making Sense of Screen Time: Is It Really So Bad for Our Kids?

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By Dawn Van Osdell There’s a lot of contradictory and downright erroneous parenting info floating around out there. We’re not afraid to tackle it head-on! It’s been drilled into our heads that allowing our kids to watch too much television or play apps and games will rot their growing brains. Over and over we’ve heard […]

Meet the Hanlin-Coopers of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

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By Lela Nargi What do two architects want in a NYC apartment? “We were looking for a big loft in downtown Manhattan,” recalls Jennifer Hanlin of the move she and husband Chris Cooper made in the late ‘90s after graduating from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. “It turned out, that’s only for people on Friends.” What […]

Carina Tannenberg Wants to Demystify Poop for American Kids and Parents

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By Lela Nargi Carina Tannenberg is the owner of online shop Sweden Toys, which brings a whole host of adorable, educational Scandinavian playthings to American tots.  But perhaps none of the shop’s offerings is quite as…unexpected as its duo of plushies called Pee & Poo. You read that right: Pee & Poo plushies, meant to lift […]

How to Have Difficult Conversations with your Babysitter

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What do you do if your babysitter repeatedly ignores your instructions or worse, contradicts your disciplinary style? Which rules is it okay for her to bend a little, and which ones should you dig your heels in about? Tackling tough topics with your children’s caregiver doesn’t need to leave you feeling uneasy or apprehensive. You […]

Five Pins to Check Out This Week

We’re featuring 5 must-see Pins of the Week for parents. For more great pins, follow UrbanSitter on Pinterest! 1. 25 One-Dish Chicken Dinners are just what you need to shake up your repertoire, and are just in time for the busy, Spring sports season that leaves little time for dinner prep or clean-up. 2. A whopping […]