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“Life 360” Is More Like “Prison Life 360”

New technology brings new norms. The telegraph allowed us instant communication across long distances. The TV allowed us to sit at home and be entertained. And Life 360 allows — normalizes — us to believe that our kids must be supervised remotely all the time, or they’re in danger and we’re not doing our job. […]

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“Be Careful!” Is Worse than Useless Advice from Parents

What’s wrong with saying, “Be careful!” a couple million times? Well, this: The message kids hear is pointless (Be careful HOW?), at the same time it is also dis-empowering (You think I can’t figure out how to do this safely?). Let Grow ponders the rise of this phrase and things to say instead it, in […]

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A Chore Chart, So the Chores Actually Get Done

One wonderful year we had both kids doing the dishes thanks to a chart clearly stating whose job it was on which days. Other years we slacked off on the chart and the dish-washing slacked off, too. If you’d like to print out Let Grow’s free, customizable chore chart, click here. And either way: Happy […]

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What If Kids Had Four Recesses a Day?

Kids deserve — and learn better with — MORE recess. The LiiNK program in Texas gives kids four recesses a day — and the results are impressive: Fewer “off task” behaviors, longer attention spans and lower BMI. Read about it over at Let Grow by clicking here! Photo by Hisu Lee at Unsplash.

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Free-Ranging is for Kids with Special Needs, Too

The mom of a son with autism who didn’t speak till age 5 started letting him walk to the library by himself at age 9. Her story is over at Let Grow. Click here to read it. And meantime: Happy holidays, one and all! L     Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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