Joanna Nesbit, Freelance Writer

Joanna Nesbit

Parenting

  • How to Help Your College Student with Loneliness, Without HoveringSeptember 2016

    Students head off to college expecting it to be great and aren't prepared for homesickness, academic difficulties, and friendship woes. Here's how to help.

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  • Why Kids Should Work (and 10 Ideas for Jobs)September 2016

    Kids learn all kinds of skills from working, and they don't need to wait until they're 16 to start. Tips here for younger kids.

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  • When it Comes to Paying for College, Be Realistic and Do Your HomeworkJuly 2016

    College is expensive. That's why parents need to research costs and financial aid early so they're not blindsided during their child's senior year.

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  • For a Happier Family, Stop Overspending on KidsJuly 2016

    It's so very easy to get caught up in keeping up with the Joneses, but our efforts can tank our bank account and don't necessarily benefit our kids. Here's how to drown out the cultural noise.

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  • 4 Things Teens Really Need from Their ParentsJune 2016

    Connecting with your teens isn't easy when they ignore you, shut you out, or head off with friends all the time. But they need us as much now as when they were little. Here's what to know.

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  • 7 Life Skills Your Teen Should Learn Before Moving OutFebruary 2016

    Sometimes parents are guilty of doing too much for their kids, and it can backfire when students go off to college. Read on for some life skills all young adults need.

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  • Surprise! Video Games Offer Real BenefitsDecember 2015

    Video games get a bad rap, and played excessively they can indeed be problematic. But gaming offers benefits too. Read on for what your kid is gaining, and what to do about limits.

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  • The Lowdown on the New SATMarch 2016

    The new-format SAT is looming. Some experts say students should skip it this year and not be guinea pigs. Here's what is different from the old format and things to consider about taking it.

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  • How To Help Your Child Establish CreditNovember 2015

    Young adults don't understand the benefits of credit or how to use it. Here's what to teach them.

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  • What Your Teen Can Do if Someone's Texting While Driving ThemJanuary 2016

    What can a teen passenger do if their friend is texting while driving? Three tips for how to handle the situation. Plus some important statistics on teen driver crash risks.

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  • How to Talk to Your Child About a Disaster or CrisisDecember 2015

    The world can seem like a scary place when attacks like those of Paris or San Bernadino occur. Here's how to talk about it with your child.

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  • Is My Child Old Enough to Babysit?October 2015

    A few key questions to consider to determine if babysitting is the next step for your tween or young teen.

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  • Playborhoods: How to Create a Safe, Unstructured Play SpaceNovember 2015

    Mike Lanza didn't want his kids growing up without free play and unstructured outdoor time. So he created a playborhood. Here's why he says they're an important antidote to today's overscheduled childhoods.

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  • Why I've Stopped Nagging My Son About HomeworkApril 2015

    By the time kids are in high school, they need to start owning the homework process, in my opinion. Here's why I think we need to pull back (without letting them drown).

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  • A Letter to My Daughter on the Cusp of CollegeAugust 2015

    We think of college as a carefree time, but it's not an easy transition. A few thoughts for new college students as they navigate this new phase.

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  • Why Our Kids Need a Cultural ShiftOctober 2015

    College anxiety has reached unprecedented levels. What is going on? My reflections and questions on the role of overparenting, social media, and why we need to keep talking about this issue. No easy answers on this one.

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  • Are Video Games Good for Kids?July 2015

    Do you sometimes wish video games would dry up and disappear? Turns out there are surprising benefits that contribute to kids' learning. But the key is moderation.

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  • How Peer Pressure Affects Your ChildApril 2015

    We think other kids pressure our kids into doing things they shouldn't do. But that's not quite how it works.

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  • Paying Attention: With Diagnoses on the Rise, Teens and Families Find New Ways to Manage ADHDOctober 2014

    ADHD used to be a younger child's issue, but these days more kids are being diagnosed in their teen years. Here's what the condition looks like and why it's complicated.

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  • Slow Down School NightsOctober 2014

    Families are busy with homework and activities, sometimes too busy. Here's why downtime and connecting with Mom and Dad are key to a child's wellbeing.

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  • The Silent Treatment: Helping Kids Overcome Selective MutismApril 2014

    A young child's silence may be more than temperament. Here's what selective mutism looks like and what you can do about it.

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  • Globetrotting Teens: Finding the Right Summer Abroad ProgramFebruary 2014

    Does your teen want to travel abroad with a summer program? Here's what parents should be asking about.

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  • A Balanced DayJanuary 2014

    Kids need balance in their day, including good nutrition, exercise, and limits on screen time. Simple steps for getting there.

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  • Cliques and Conflicts: Helping Young Girls Manage the Social SceneAugust 2013

    Wondering if your grade-school girl's drama is normal? It is! Cliques and conflicts start way before middle school these days; read on to find out why.

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  • Getting Ready for Kindergarten July 2013

    Starting kindergarten is a major milestone. A primer for the big change, including getting organized, meeting the teacher, talking through fears (your child's), and keeping tears at bay (yours).

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  • Nude AwakeningJuly 2013

    What do you do if you catch your preschooler and her friend in the buff? Don't freak out, for one thing. Read on for more tips.

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  • Rockin' It: Why Rock Climbing is Great for KidsApril 2011

    While some kids love team sports, others prefer solo ambitions. Climbing experts weigh in here on why kids are naturally good rock climbers and offer tips for getting started.

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  • Boastful BoysNovember 2010

    Worried about how much your tween boy brags? Turns out it's normal. But here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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  • Falling on Deaf EarsOctober 2010

    Fed up with giving your disorganized, slow-moving boy a million reminders? Here's the skinny on why boys tune out their moms and what to do about it.

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  • Expanding VocabulariesSeptember 2010

    You think if you don't swear, your kids won't learn the words. Think again. Read on for why you can't avoid the inevitable.

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  • Boys to MenSeptember 2010

    Girls are hitting puberty, but so is your boy even if he doesn't know it. Tips for getting a conversation started about what's in store for him.

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  • Easy RidersSeptember 2010

    Your child is getting ready for school and feeling anxious about riding the bus. Tips for the transition.

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  • Cures for CussingJune 2010

    Quick tips on what to do when your kid learns to swear (because he will).

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  • Checking the CompetitionDecember 2008

    What happens when you sign your son up for a chess tournament (and then another), and trophies begin to trump his love of the game? Read on to learn about children and competition.

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  • Dreading WaterSummer 2006

    You can take your daughter to swim lessons, but you can’t make her dunk. How I finally came to terms with my own expectations.

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