Croll: Your Child’s Friend-Making Skills May Matter More Than You Think

We all know a good friend can lift our spirits when we are down, but did you know that strong social connections can also help you live longer? Studies show that feeling isolated from others not only elevates blood pressure, increases depression and disrupts sleep but new research suggests that a lack of social connections can be deadlier than smoking cigarettes. Don’t believe me? Ask Dr. Google.

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McNerney: How to Avoid Being the Detective

We, as parents, are often put in the role of being the detective. For instance, you head into your child’s room and find the evidence of candy wrappers in the sock drawer. It might be that you have a family rule that all electronic devices be left in the kitchen after nine in the evening and you notice one missing. Or possibly, while going through your teens pockets during laundry, you pull out a vape pen.

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