Jaci Conry | Writer & Editor



Why we should tell girls they’re ‘beautiful’ less often

July 27th, 2017

Some findings from a variety of research studies on young children and their perceptions of their body image.

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Writing letters may improve kids’ writing skills — and that’s not the only benefit

June 23rd, 2017

Almost twice as many children and teenagers who write letters at least once a month write above the expected level for their age compared with those who don’t.

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Getting past my fear of turning 40

June 4th, 2017

I’m struck by the notion that I should take more risks, which feels both terrifying and invigorating.

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The Small Town Life

February 26th, 2017

If you told me as a teenager that I would live as an adult in the same town where I grew up, I would never have believed it. Back then I couldn’t wait to leave Cape Cod.

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How to teach your children that the world doesn’t revolve around them

November 4th, 2016

In recent decades, the cultural emphasis on material goods, consumption, appearance, and personal achievement has pushed traits like empathy, kindness, and generosity to a low-priority position

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In praise of ‘slow’ summers for kids

August 16th, 2016

Many parents feel pressure to have kids constantly engaged in activities — not only throughout the school year but during the summer. Finding the right balance isn’t easy, but whenever possible, parents shouldn’t be afraid to let kids have ample unscheduled time.

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Forget helicopter parenting. It’s all about submarine parenting.

May 13th, 2016

Submarine parenting allows children to manage situations as they come up, without mom or dad hovering like a helicopter.

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The Benefits of Slow Parenting

May 11th, 2016

Between work schedules, multiple children, nonstop e-mails, and afterschool activities, some families are carving out unhurried time just for themselves.

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Study Finds that Daughters Benefit When Moms Work

October 5th, 2015

Harvard professor Kathleen McGinn believes that many working mothers feel more guilt than necessary.

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Lessons In Letting Go

September 13th, 2015

My son, Max, is off to kindergarten this month. He has mastered his letters, is sounding out words, and has suddenly started telling time. He is ready for a longer day, eager to learn and make new friends.

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Joys of Slow Parenting

May 11th, 2015

Between work schedules, multiple children, nonstop e-mails and after school activities, some families are carving out unhurried time just for themselves.

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Through the Eyes of a Child

May 1st, 2015

When it’s time for a different activity, pleasures and attractions for the young abound. My family and I are year-round Cape Codders and we don’t often get the chance to appreciate all of the family-focused activities the Cape has to offer. Last summer, however, I made sure we indulged.

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Sibling Cameraderie

March 13th, 2013

Growing up, I loved riding in my friend Jennie’s family station wagon, along with her three siblings. I relished every minute in the back seat: the laughing and raised voices, the teasing, the bickering — it was all so unusual for me, an only child.

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