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November 28, 2016

This week’s family-re­­lated news coverage included findings on the importance of developing a compassionate school environment, coping strategies for adult stepchildren, information about the effects of screen time on young brains, thoughts from an author on parenting, advice on making a “family plan” for technology, and finally a look at the life long value of the sibling relationship.

How to Develop Mindsets for Compassion and Caring in Students Katrina Schwartz, NPR, November, 14, 2016 Every student should feel like he or she is contributing to the class, and when that type of environment is fostered, motivation flourishes…caring leads to resilience. Resilience in students and teachers is important — it supports proactive ways to improve any situation in life.

I’m Feeling Like an Adult Stepchild Dear Sugar Radio, NPR, November 19, 2016 You are never too old to feel the effects of your parents’ divorce or react to your parents’ re-coupling with another mate. The Sugars explain life goes on and offers tips on coping.

Heavy Screen Time Rewires Young Brains, For Better and Worse Jon Hamilton, NPR, November 19, 2016 Even though there are pros and cons to extended screen exposure in early childhood, “Overall, the results add to the evidence that parents should be very cautious about screen time for young children.”

Moonglow Shines a Light on Hidden Family History NPR Staff, November 19, 2016 The author Michael Chabon talks of his recent novel and gives real life advice: “…the hardest thing to learn how to do as a parent is to get out of their way.”

When Tech Is a Problem Child Bruce Feiler, The New York Times, November 19, 2016 In an effort to develop his own Family Media Use Plan, the author circulated 20 questions covering topics like homework, passwords, bedtime and punishments, to more than 60 families. The article spells out the results.

Give Thanks For Siblings: They Can Make Us Healthier And Happier Robin Marantz Henig, NPR, November 24, 2016 Sibling relationships are the longest-lasting family ties. The literature on sibling relationships shows that during middle age and old age, indicators of well-being — mood, health, morale, stress, depression, loneliness, life satisfaction — are tied to how you feel about your brothers and sisters.

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