Whether your kid is heading to school toting a brand-new device or is already a cellphone pro, you want everyone on the same page about the dos and don'ts. You can keep an eye on kids at home (kind of), but at school, they're on their own. As with any kind of boundary setting, these conversations can be tense. Fortunately, there are only five rules for them to remember - and one for you, to show that you're all in this together.
If your kids spent this summer learning how to cook, now is the time to really reap the benefits. Having kids pitch in to prepare family meals during the busy back-to-school season not only saves parents time, but it also reinforces math and language arts concepts learned at school.
For the average kid, Universal Studios' The Wizarding World of Harry Potter looks like any other expertly designed part of the theme park. But for true fans of the Harry Potter books - including the play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two" - the snowcapped roofs of Hogsmeade will trigger some major literary excitement. And a visit to the park - either the larger one in Orlando, Fla. or the smaller one in Hollywood, Calif. - can be an awesome way to encourage a kid to read the books or reward the ones who have.
Parents need to know that "Batman ï¿½ The Telltale Series" is a downloadable, episodic adventure game featuring the popular DC Comics superhero in the early days of his career. The game uses a point-and-click style combined with the occasional quick-time event to advance the plot. Players will make choices at key moments, which play out over the course of the entire series. This is a darker story for the Batman franchise and a far cry from the all-ages Caped Crusader that occasionally shows up in cartoons and comic books. Violence in the game is graphic, with plenty of blood and brutal imagery. The game also makes some use of profanity and sexuality, as well as references to drinking and drug use, to ground the story into the grittier side of Gotham City.
It's no wonder that stores are marketing big-ticket items such as electronics and pushing costly new school supplies as must-haves for school. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), today's high school students have more influence over their parents' back-to-school buying decisions than ever before.
It may seem obvious that eating dinner with your family is a good thing. Research provides plenty of support for the importance of family dinner for kids: Learning vocabulary, fewer behavior problems, less substance abuse, and healthier eating are some of the positive outcomes.
But summer definitely isn't over yet, which means that if they hunker down and finish up their homework, there are still plenty of well-lit hours in the day to play outside before bedtime. Here are some of our late-summer outdoor favorites.
With the countless World War II history films that have been produced, it can be hard to tell the similar ones apart. However, "Anthropoid" proved to put a compelling twist on the usual unvaried story.
Sisters Anna, Emily, Grace and Mary Claire Mathias are similar in that they’re all sassy, giggly and sharp, which is in contrast to how they initially gained notoriety. The Lexington girls make up a set of identical quadruplets, one of only about 70 sets in the world and even rarer in the fact that they were conceived naturally. The rising high school juniors turned 16 in February and have the wonders and woes of their late teen years to look forward to, from driving to figuring out career pathways and college.
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