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Here are the top ten articles for the Sons Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. What the Common Core Standards Mean
The term Common Core Standards is all over the news and, most likely, your child's school. What are these standards? What do they mean for your son and his education?

2. Using Board Games for Educational Fun
You might ask why you need any of those dusty old games when your phone and iPad have all of the apps you need for teaching and playing with your son, but if you think back to your own childhood, you'll remember that nothing can take the place of a board game with good, solid pieces.

3. Learning and Intelligence Diagnostic Tests
Knowing that your son does not think in quite the same way as other boys, but not being able to pinpoint the difference can be very frustrating, but there are diagnostic tests that, when administered by qualified professionals, can help you figure out his individual needs.

4. Reestablishing a Routine
When you fall off the wagon, you have two choices: you can sit on the ground and look around, bewildered, wondering what went wrong. That can take a long time. For some people, it can take the rest of their lives. Or, you can get back up and resume the journey.

5. When Little Boys Dress Like Girls
Recent events in the news have made some parents wonder if it is normal for their sons to dress up in girls' clothes. Psychologists agree that such behavior is completely normal, and is even complimentary of your parenting style.

6. The Five Things Every Mom Needs In Her Purse
Ditching the diaper bag is one of the first signs that your son is growing up, and as long as you keep your purse stocked with these key essentials, you can enjoy this phase of his life as much as you loved the baby phase.

7. Learn Anything on YouTube
Over the past couple of years I have realized that one can learn anything on YouTube. From piano lessons, to art ideas, to car and appliances fixes, if it can be taught, someone is teaching it for free on YouTube!

8. Why a Boy Needs a Dog
A boy and his dog is a cliche, but there are many reasons why boys and dogs go together like peanut butter and jelly!

9. Review of Send by Patty Blount
Parents can talk until the cows come home but too often the words go in one ear and out the other. Stories, however, stay with teens. A book like Send will stay with your son and, maybe, will come back to him at a propitious time.

10. Unabridged vs.Abridged Books
If there is one subject on which librarians (and many parents) feel strongly, it is abridged classics: some love them and some hate them. What few seem willing to admit is that each side has some good points. Without further ado, then, here are the benefits of each:



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