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Four Powerful Ways to Raise Courageous Children in 2017- CourageWorks
After a divisive 2016, connecting and communicating with our young children is more important than ever. This article offers four powerful practices that help raise courageous and confident children who can navigate the challenges and beauties of life.

5 No-Phone Zones for Parents and Kids Alike- NYTimes
A 2016 survey by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit children’s advocacy and media ratings organization, asked almost 1,800 parents of children aged 8 to 18 about screen time and electronic media use by the parents. The average amount of time that parents spent with screen media of all kinds (computers, TVs, smartphones, e-readers) every day: 9 hours and 22 minutes. And on average, only an hour and 39 minutes of that was work-related; 7 hours and 43 minutes were personal.

How can we regulate our own use of devices and put them aside for screen-free periods and ensure moments of connection with our children? This article suggests creating “sacred spaces” that families can commit to being screen free, such as in the bed, at the table, when reading a book, in the outdoors, and in the car.

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