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Media and Information Literacy to Help Prevent Violent Extremism

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.21.2017 | Impact
Magda Abu-Fadil

“Democracy demands media literacy, and this particular moment in time demands a serious investment by newsrooms and by tech giants like Facebook and...

How To Afford Youth Sports On A Budget

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 02.20.2017 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

It’s safe to say sports run in our family. And though I never was an athlete, we do surround ourselves with sports. We work for an NBA team and regi...

9 Parents On How They're Teaching Their Kids To Resist Bigotry

The Huffington Post | Emily McCombs | Posted 02.17.2017 | Parents

For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened now. Tell...

If Trump Really Wants To 'Do Something' About Autism, Here Are 3 Suggestions

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.16.2017 | Healthy Living

It’s clear that President Donald Trump is interested in the subject of autism spectrum disorder, repeatedly expressing an interest in doing “somet...

Doctors May Now Be Able To Predict Autism Before Age One

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.15.2017 | Parents

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs), a team of researchers from across the country just found it may be possible to predict which babies will go o...

Autism And Police: My Plan To Protect My Driving-Age Son (And Yours)

Holly Robinson Peete | Posted 02.16.2017 | OWN
Holly Robinson Peete

The nightmare ends the same way every time: I drive up on my house and see police cars with lights on. Policemen with guns drawn. I see a young man in...

Trans Teachers Network Pens Open Letter In Support Of Teen Headed To SCOTUS

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.14.2017 | Queer Voices

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is slated to hear a case on Mar. 28 that could have profound and long-standing implications for the ri...

Gorgeous Valentine's Day Video Shows A Love Parents Will Recognize Immediately

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.14.2017 | Parents

Love comes in many forms, but one of the purest examples is the love parents feel for their children. In honor of Valentine’s Day, UNICEF released a...

Warren Buffett’s Best Investment

Bill Gates | Posted 02.14.2017 | Politics
Bill Gates

Our 2017 annual letter is addressed to our dear friend Warren Buffett, who in 2006 donated the bulk of his fortune to our foundation to fight disease ...

Firstborn Children May Be More Intelligent Than Their Siblings

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 02.14.2017 | Healthy Living

Oldest children may have more than just age on their younger brothers and sisters. Firstborn kids may have better thinking skills compared with their ...

Highly Sensitive: My Daughter's Undiagnosed ADD

Dana Laquidara | Posted 02.17.2017 | Parents
Dana Laquidara

When my first born was 18 months old, I took her to a Gymboree Play & Learn class. It will be fun, they said. Your child will be engaged, make friends...

Female Genital Mutilation Ranks As One Of The Worst Manifestations Of Gender Inequality

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 02.08.2017 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

On Feb. 6, 2017, the world observed the 14th International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Consider this: Approximately ...

The Four Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Brain Health

Dr. Ali Rezai | Posted 02.03.2017 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Rezai

I don’t watch much TV, and when I do, I rarely pay attention to commercials. But a new ad caught my eye the other day: in it, a middle-aged accounta...

'Family' Groups Blast Boy Scouts' Decision To Allow Trans Kids

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2017 | Queer Voices

Following years of controversy over their stance on LGBTQ members, the Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that they will permit transgender childr...

Researchers Are Studying Fecal Transplant As A Potential Treatment For Autism

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.01.2017 | Healthy Living

To treat brain disorders like autism, scientists increasingly are targeting a different part of the body: the gut. Imbalances in the gut microbiome ...

The Myth Of Bootstraps: An Open Letter To Ben Carson And Parents Everywhere

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
Mark Bertin, M.D.

The iconic image of the rugged individual thriving against all odds makes a great story but in real life is quite uncommon.

4 Ways That Poor Childhood Nourishment Can Affect Lifelong Health

HuffPost Partner Studio | Posted 01.25.2017 | Healthy Living

Nearly 3 million children die each year because of malnutrition, according to UNICEF. Malnutrition, or undernourishment, is a global problem, with n...

Walking Away

Catherine Dietrich | Posted 01.30.2017 | Parents
Catherine Dietrich

The baby will turn one next week, and she is desperate to walk. She watches her older sister running on the beach or in our street with the big kids, ...

5 Ways To Step Outside Our Bubbles And Grow Good Kids

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 01.25.2017 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Among the big lessons the U.S. election of 2016 taught the world, it’s that Americans don’t understand each other. Polls and pundits hadn’t figu...

Why Didn't Her Real Mom Want Her?

Kathleen Dennehy | Posted 01.25.2017 | Parents
Kathleen Dennehy

This Old Mom’s first birthday Party-Where-Things-Got-Awkward featured a handmade trough, maybe 20 feet long and 6 inches wide, narrow and silver- th...

What Your Birth Order Can Tell You About Your Love Life

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 01.23.2017 | Divorce

Does birth order have any bearing on how your love life plays out? A little, experts say. “Early experiences do lay down the foundation for how we ...

6 Facts About Affirming Therapy for Trans And Gender Non-Conforming Youth

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2017 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

BBC2’s recent program about transgender youth featured a lot of scare tactics about what happens if transgender youth are affirmed in their gender i...

Being A Musician Is Good For Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.26.2017 | Healthy Living

Playing music keeps your brain sharp. Science has shown that musical training can change brain structure and function for the better, improve long-te...

An Open Letter to Parents Struggling With Discipline

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 01.19.2017 | Parents
Linda Esposito, LCSW

As a psychotherapist working with surly teens and their frustrated, stressed-out parents, it hurts me to write this. Every week I get calls with the q...

New Peanut Allergy Recommendation Turns 20 Years Of Advice On Its Head

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.06.2017 | Healthy Living

For millions of children who have peanut allergies, mealtimes can be deadly. And for years, doctors have advised parents to keep peanut products away ...