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You want your kids to live a full life—maybe send them these eight Oprah quotes about seizing the day. “Life should be lived in real time not behind a screen,” according to Laurie Wolk, author of Girls Just Wanna Have Likes: How to Raise Confident Girls in the Face of Social Media Madness. Don’t ignore real life. “We’re raising adults here, so let’s teach them the communication skills to become adults ‘real life’,” suggests Wolk. She says to practice communicating with your children, along with hosting family meetings, talking about your day, and getting your kids used to talking about themselves. Plus, it’s always a good idea to ask questions.
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On social media, everyone is showing off their highlight reels. Wolk reminds parents to explain to kids that no one’s life is perfect. “Nothing—not even money, fame, or oodles of followers on social media—will make our lives run perfectly all the time. Know this. Expect it. Move on,” she advises. While you’re talking to them, let them know about the weird effects social media can have on the brain.