ZemZen: February 23rd, 2018

Welcome to ZemZen, a collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads. To see past ZemZen articles click here.

 

 

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Putting mass shooting tragedies in perspective for kids

From events at the White House to televised town halls, survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida have been willing to share their stories in a way we haven’t seen in the wake of other tragedies. With all this attention, it’s natural that your child might be feeling some school or safety based anxiety. This Chicago Tribune article has some tips for putting the Parkland shooting in perspective for your kids.

 

 

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The Promise of Self-Compassion for Stressed-Out Teens

In this article for The New York Times, author and co-founder of Girls Leadership Rachel Simmons shares with us the importance of teaching our teens about self-compassion. She argues that while self-criticism can provide short-term motivation, in the long term it can elevate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

 

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Why Activism Is Good For Teens — And The Country

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida tragedy, and with other contentious topics dominating the news day after day, some teens might feel compelled to join a protest or dawn a button in support of a cause they feel strongly about. This article by Dr. Gene Beresin, executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, explains why activism might be good for your teen’s health.

 

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The 10 biggest differences between Australian and American parenting

Ever wonder what parenting is like in other countries? Well Insider has just the article for you. Check out this piece to learn the 10 biggest difference between Australian and American parenting.

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ZemZen: February 16th, 2018

Welcome to ZemZen, a collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads. To see past ZemZen articles click here.

 

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8 Ways Parents Can Actually Go Out And Enjoy Valentine’s Day

Something all parents struggle with, not this this time of year, is spending a little time on themselves. This Valentine’s Day weekend, take a few tips from Nevin Martell at Washingtonian and treat yourself to a little R&R or even a romantic night out! Read the article here.

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Learning to roll with being ‘good enough’ at work and parenting

Parenting is, naturally, an all encompassing affair. It consumes almost every free moment you have – and even time that you should spend with work or on other important projects. So how do you just roll with it? Freelance writer Michelle Hainer, in the Washington Post, shares her experience with work-life balance and the struggle of wanting to be successful and a good parent. Read the article here.

 

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The flu epidemic is wreaking havoc on parenting

We’re in the midst of one of the worst flu seasons in recent history and there’s a chance you’ve probably changed your family’s routines to avoid you or your child getting sick. New York Post writer Anna Davies shares with her readers stories from parents across New York on the things they are doing to help mitigate their chances of getting a visit from the flu bug in their home. Read the story here.

 

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Pot and parenting: How to talk to kids about legal marijuana

No matter how close you and your kids are, there will always be some topics that are hard to talk about. While experts have differing opinions on legal marijuana, it’s clear on both sides of the debate that parents should talk to their kids about it. Reporter Caroline Sweeney of KCTV5 News shares some advice from around the web on how you can approach the topic with your children. Read the article here.

ZemZen: February 9th, 2018 ❤️ 💝 💕

Welcome to ZemZen, a collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads. To see past ZemZen articles click here.

 

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Dr. Randy Cale’s Terrific Parenting: The lazy and unmotivated. What to do?

I don’t think it’s a secret that our kids would rather be doing things other than homework or chores – but how are we suppose to handle kids who just don’t do them? Dr. Randy Cale – a parenting expert, author, speaker and licensed psychologist, shares his thoughts on how you can motive your child. Read the article here.

 

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Avoid Parenting Burnout by Limiting Your Options

Parenting, as rewarding as it can be, can be stressful and led parents to burnout. So how do we avoid overdoing it? Lifehacker’s Parenting Editor Michelle Woo shares her experience with decision fatigue and how parents everywhere can avoid its perils. Read the article here.

 

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My Mom Is Burying My Children in Toys

At some point, enough if enough! If your struggling to keep your head above water in a sea of your children’s toys, don’t worry you’re not alone. Slate’s Care and Feeding column tackles how you can stop your relatives from making the problem worse. Read the article here.

 

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19 Awesome Parenting Quotes From Ashton Kutcher

Celebrities, they’re just like us – right? With actor Ashton Kutcher turning 40 this week, the Huffington Post took a look at some of his quotes on parenting. You might find that you have more in common with Ashton than you think. Read the article here.

 

ZemZen: February 2nd, 2018

Welcome to ZemZen, a collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads. To see past ZemZen articles click here.

 

 

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Facebook Rolls Out New Local Update; Child Experts Urge Company to Shut Down Messenger Kids

Late last year, social media giant Facebook announced that it would be launching a kid friendly version of its popular “Messenger” app. After receiving mixed reviews when it was announced, some child experts are now sounding the alarm about the potential unintended consequences of Facebook’s latest endeavor. Read more here.

 

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Why Read Aloud Day matters: In a world of screens and busyness, we find the time for magic

Freelance writer Kristin O’Keefe shares with the Washington Post her experience of reading aloud to her children every night, and the lasting impacts it had as they outgrew the family’s nightly tradition.  Read more here.

 

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Got a bratty pre-teen? What parents can do to fix that behaviour

It’s a fact of life, sometimes our pre-teens and teens can be little bratty. Expert Julie Freedman-Smith shares with Global News her tips for parenting kids at this tough age. Read more here.

 

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Ways to Help Your Sick Child Sleep Better

We’re in the midsts of one of the worst flu seasons in recent decades. Getting sleep is important to shaking any sickness, from the flu to a simple head cold. Parents Magazine shares their tips for helping your child sleep better when they’re sick. Read more on how you can help you child be on the way to a speedy recovery.

ZemZen: November 17th, 2017

Welcome to ZemZen, a weekly collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads. For last week’s ZemZen click here.

 

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‘I Like Daddy Better!’: 5 Ways to Cope When a Child Favors a Parent

As parents, we try not to have a favorite child (or at least not to show it!) but the same rules don’t apply to our children, creating an interesting dynamic that could put a strain on your relationship with your child and your partner. In this article, expert Dr. Erica Reischer shares tips for navigating this tricky situation. Read more.

 

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Parenting: Stress-Full Or Stress-Free?

Parenting is stressful, we get that here at Zemcar. While having someone else available to transport your kids can relieve a major stress point in your life, that doesn’t mean there still aren’t stressful moments. HuffPost contributor Roma Khetarpal, author of The “Perfect” Parent, shares her time tested tips for taking your stress levels down few notches. Read more.

 

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How to Get Out of the Parenting Roles You’ve Been Stuck In

Humans are creatures of habits, and as the hectic role of parenting starts to become part of a routine, it’s easy to get into the habit where one parent is stuck doing the same thing repeatedly. Feel like you’re in a rut? This article shares some tips on how to change your parenting role. Read more.

 

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6 ways millennials are raising kids differently than their parents

Different generations have a different way of doing things. Have you ever wondered how your parenting style compares to your parents or the young couple down the street? Business Insider rounds up the six ways millennials are putting their stamp on parenting. Read more

ZemZen: November 3rd, 2017 🍂 🍁

Welcome to ZemZen, a weekly collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads. For last week’s ZemZen click here.

 

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When Children Are Witness to Terror

Located near the bike path where Sayfullo Saipov crashed his rental truck on Halloween were two New York City schools. Something parents don’t always think about is what would happen if something were to happen next to our children’s school? In this article from the New York Times, author Ginia Bellafante tells the story of how these schools handled Tuesday’s terror attack. Read more.

 

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Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

Technology, with all of its conveniences, can sometimes be invasive. With news that Mattel has scrapped its plans for it’s interactive device for children, Aristotle, over privacy concerns, NPR’s Morning Edition asks if it’s safe to have other AI devices in the home around children. Read more.

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The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017

From one teen idol to another, it can be difficult to keep track of all the stars your teen is talking about. Lucky for you, TIME Magazine has got you covered. Check out their list of the 30 Most Influential Teens in 2017, you’ll probably find a few names you recognize. Read more.

 

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Why Halloween is especially spooky for many teens: College App Anxiety.

Was your Young Frankenstein or Wednesday Adams a little bit more ghoulish than usual this Halloween? It might have had something to do with applying to college. With the Common Application due on Nov. 1st, many teens struggled with App Anxiety. Read more.

 

 

ZemZen: October 20th, 2017

Welcome to ZemZen, a weekly collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads.

 

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Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

Weaved with the personal journey of Jake, a North Carolina high school junior who struggled with acute anxiety and was sent to a secluded New Hampshire residential care facility, Benoit Denizet-Lewis explains why more American teenagers than ever are suffering from severe anxiety. Read More.

 

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How old is too old to go trick-or-treating on Halloween?

We’ve all seen them. Teenagers dressed up on Halloween, on the prowl for candy without even the courtesy of “Trick or Treat”. This entertaining article from Tampa Bay Online tries to answer one of life’s most important questions: how old is too old to go out on Halloween? Read more.            

 

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Screens and teens: survival tips for parents on the technology battlefield

We know, trying to get your child’s attention is a struggle. From cell phones, to laptops, and tablets kids are more connected to each other and the internet then they have ever been. But does your screen time make it hypocritical for you to want to limit your teen’s screen time? This articles tackles some of the tough questions surrounding parenting and monitoring your teen’s use of technology. Read more.    

 

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Amazon is making it easier for teens to use their parents’ credit cards

Yikes! This one of parents worst nightmares. We’ve seen these horror stories before, a child racks up thousands of dollars in purchases leaving the parents stuck with the bill and a bunch of things they don’t want. But don’t worry, these changes are beneficial to parents and their wallet. Read more

 

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In her latest book, “The Most Important Year,” education researcher and author Suzanne Bouffard argues that preschool is way more than just finger-painting and playing with blocks. Read more.