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Articles by Dr. Jorgenson

The Common Core debate rages nationwide. Critics and supporters spout conflicting opinions about the new education standards that have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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The point of homework and projects is for students to practice skills, reinforce concepts, conduct research, shape work habits, and so forth. When parents do the work, they nullify skill development for their children.

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Some parents view text messaging, social networking, video gaming and Internet surfing as harmless modern replacements for the distractions and time-wasting behaviors of our own childhoods. But as evidence mounts, this increasingly appears an ignorant and shortsighted perspective.

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While bullying and harassment have always posed troubling and even life-changing trauma in a child's path to adulthood, never before have our children been exposed and vulnerable to the degree of torment, humiliation, threats, and pain as in our interactive Internet and digital age makes possible.

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"Bully." Few words raise a parent's blood pressure faster – whether our child is the victim of bullying, or alleged to be victimizing others. Bullying is a hot topic today and it seems to be more widespread than ever. What is bullying, and what can parents do to prevent it?

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Research shows that during the long, lazy days of summer, children who aren't encouraged to read experience the "Summer Slide," a measurable drop in reading and learning skills that has been documented in several major recent studies.

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There are a number of steps parents can take to minimize the first day jitters, while preserving all the eagerness and anticipation and enabling a successful beginning to the school year.

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The foundation for a happy adulthood is built in childhood. You may be surprised to discover what leads to adult happiness — and what does not.

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"Involved parenting" takes on a new meaning today, as the pressures of middle and upper-middle class society create a hyper-competitive environment for childrearing that has replaced fun and exploration with skill acquisition in a constantly monitored "safe" environment. What happened to the carefree ideal of childhood (that many parents might even remember firsthand)?

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