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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 ...

Children Of Obese Parents May Be Slower To Develop

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.04.2017 | Healthy Living

One in five pregnant women is overweight or obese, a growing public health issue that’s particularly troubling in light of recent findings linking p...

Club Sports Are Hurting Young Athletes

Ken Reed | Posted 01.04.2017 | Sports
Ken Reed

The truth is, in the vast majority of cases, specializing in one sport as a young athlete is the wrong way to go.

How American Babies Behave Differently From Infants In Other Cultures

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.28.2016 | Healthy Living

Polish babies are comfortable expressing negative moods, while American babies are particularly active and social. That’s because the values and nor...

Do Babies Have a Moral Code?

Quora | Posted 12.21.2016 | Parents

What exactly is the moral life of a baby? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by peop...

The Racial Achievement Gap Can't Close Without Prison Reform, Report Shows

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.19.2016 | Black Voices

Mass incarceration is taking a huge toll on black students in this country. A new report by the Economic Policy Institution (EPI) found that the “di...

Always Missing Deadlines? Your Childhood Could Be To Blame.

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.01.2016 | Healthy Living

Do you struggle with time management? Have a tough time getting things done? You may have Mom and Dad to thank for that. Having a freewheeling, unpred...

An Overview Of ADHD Care

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 10.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Of course, no one plan works for everyone or even for the same child over time. Plans must be consistently monitored, evaluated and revised. While ADHD may seem like a lot to handle, with persistence and compassion children will thrive.

The One Thing We All Should Do To Become Better Parents

Lisa Firestone | Posted 09.13.2016 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

Nothing feels more like a fresh start more than becoming a parent. When a child is born, the future is one vast, clean slate riding on a sea of our finest hopes, dreams, and intentions. Yet, pretty much every parent quickly learns that the sea is much rockier than anticipated.

5 Ways To Help Misbehaving Kids

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 09.14.2016 | Parents
Greater Good Science Center

Rather than needing more self-control, our children need better self-regulation -- a way to understand and manage their stress and energy -- to succeed in life.

Windows Of Opportunity, Part 2

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 09.07.2016 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

In my recent post, I discussed how children are born with specific windows of opportunity for learning and language. And, how your presence as the par...

Exploring Play And Creativity in Children's Tablet Use

David Kleeman | Posted 08.31.2016 | Media
David Kleeman

We often get mired in questions of whether media use is OK for children, long after family patterns and habits have been established. At some point, it makes sense to shift focus and resources to how to make media beneficial for young people.

The Power of Environment

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.25.2016 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

As your child’s most important teacher, it is your job to create an environment that is not only secure, but rich with printed letters and numbers a...

Hardwired To Learn

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.19.2016 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

As discussed in my previous blog post, parents are a powerful influence over child development; YOU can help your child become the best that he can un...

The Power of Parental Influence in Child Development

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.15.2016 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Years ago, I saw an interview with a rockstar where he confessed that all of his songs were about what happened in his life from birth until age twelv...

Guide Your Child's Intellectual Development, Part 4

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.08.2016 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

In my last blog post, I provided a brief overview of the preschool years, which we call The Smart Explorer stage. In this post, we’ll explore some i...

We must close the knowledge-gap on breastfeeding and show its transformative value

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 08.04.2016 | Women
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

This week, World Breastfeeding Week presents an opportunity to promote the widespread benefits of breastfeeding on an international scale, in the hope...

The Mortality Games: U.S. Is Disqualified In Trials For Health Olympics

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 08.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary Anne Mercer

How should we train for the Health Olympics in future generations? It took us over sixty years to go from being one of the world's healthiest nations to today's dismal showing. There is no quick fix.

Guide Your Child's Intellectual Development, Part 3

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 07.27.2016 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

In the first two blog posts in this series, I discussed how children learn and reviewed Piaget’s four basic units of knowledge that serve as the bui...

Guide Your Child's Intellectual Development, Part 2

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 07.25.2016 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

In my previous blog post, I shared how children learn and the four basic units of knowledge that serve as the building blocks for understanding. Each...

Guide To Your Child's Intellectual Development, Part 1

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 07.20.2016 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Your child’s understanding of the world changes and builds with age and experience. With intellectual development, just as with social and emotional...

The First 1,000 days

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 07.18.2016 | Women
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Last Thursday the World Bank Group hosted a panel to discuss global efforts to combat early childhood malnutrition, the link to ending extreme poverty...