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Teens and Smartphones: Should They Be Separated?

Teens and smartphones seem to be attached by some invisible cord. We’ve all seen teens all hunched over, not really there with us, totally absorbed by whatever is going on in their virtual worlds. The nagging voice in our (parental) heads may say, “This is what addiction looks like.” We’re not wrong. A recent study …

Why Do Kids Have Imaginary Friends?

Many children have imaginary friends. Imaginary friend can be invisible to others, or take the form of an inanimate object. When the imaginary friend is a real object, the child imagines the inanimate object as having personality and abilities. Just how many children have pretend companions varies according to the sources you read and sometimes …

National Education Support Professionals Day: Who Helped YOU in School?

National Education Support Professionals Day honors secretaries, classroom aides, maintenance workers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and others who make a positive difference for children in public schools. These people are in many ways, the unsung heroes of our educational system. They are working behind the scenes to make school a safe and amazing place of …

FIRST North Carolina: Getting Kids to Like Science

FIRST North Carolina is all about getting kids to like science. Could there be anything better than that? Kars4Kids doesn’t think so. Which is why we were happy to have a chance to partner in a small way with the work of FIRST North Carolina, in the form of a small grant. Think about it: …

FOMO Is Messing With Our Children’s Sleep

FOMO, or fear of missing out, is the reason you rarely see a child without a phone in hand during daylight hours. Most of us feel a bit sad about that. We’d rather our children communicate with their friends in the flesh. What’s even worse, however, is that FOMO extends deep into the night. Tiptoe …

10 Ways to Make Your Home the Local Teen Hangout Space

Think back to your favorite teen hangout space, back in the day. What made that place the ultimate teen hangout? What was it that drew the teens of your time to that particular location as if it were a magnet? Was it the food? Comfortable, beat-up furniture? The fact that music could be played very …