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What All Parents (Even Happily Married Ones) Should Tell Their Kids About Divorce

Christina Pesoli | Posted 08.01.2014 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

Whether you're happily married or filing for divorce (or somewhere in between), it's always a good time to review how you present the topic of divorce to your own kids.

5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

As your children expand their social world, the messages from others become increasingly influential. You can actively create a critical mass of people and institutions that will support and reinforce your messages of compassion.

35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches

Anne Josephson | Posted 07.24.2014 | Sports
Anne Josephson

While superior knowledge of the sport is a cornerstone of a brilliant coach, it takes so much more than content and procedural knowledge to be a brilliant coach or teacher.

Shaping an Empathic Tomorrow

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

It was a usual evening. After finishing with the homework, I was ushering the kids out the door for their playtime when I suddenly felt a sharp, debilitating pain in my abdomen. I staggered to the couch and slumped into it.

Play for Children: Form and Freedom

Megan Rosker | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Megan Rosker

We need to strive for a more balanced parenting approach in which kids are receiving several hours of free play, devoid of screen time, and also receiving a lot of form and structure in their day that will help them to plan their next great invention and feel confident that they can create a great life for themselves.

Moral Combat: Do Violent Video Games Make Us Reflect On Morality?

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Scholars have long debated whether playing violent video games can produce antisocial behaviors in players. Evidence has been mixed, at best, and often controversial.

Is Compassion Children's Most Admirable Quality?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

We are assured by experts that compassion is hardwired into all human beings because such qualities help us to become functioning members of society. But, if you're like me, you would swear that children are born without an ounce of compassion in them.

4 Skills Our Children Learn When They Eat Healthier

Katherine Eskovitz | Posted 06.27.2014 | Parents
Katherine Eskovitz

Nutrition is such a great area for children to practice planning. It not only helps children become healthy eaters beyond the childhood years, but it strengthens these high-level cognitive skills as they are developing.

Time for the Straight Talk on Time Outs

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2014 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Time outs are a proven parenting tool when implemented correctly. They are one of the few disciplinary strategies recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to reduce problem behaviors including non-compliance, oppositional actions and verbal and physical aggression.

Tools in Crafting our Best Muslim Selves: Some Reflections on Islamic Education in a Global Age

Claire Alkouatli | Posted 06.13.2014 | Religion
Claire Alkouatli

Recent sensational headlines involving Muslim extremists--and the actions of the extremists themselves--have contributed to challenges facing Muslim educators, as well as obscured the important work that these educators are doing the world over.

6 Guaranteed Ways to Screw Up Your Child's Education

Hilary Wilce | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Want your child to get as little out of school as possible? Here's how.

Can Work Ethic Be Learned?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Is work ethic always instilled -- by parents, in young children? Can it be learned later on or, in fact, even be inherent?

What to Do When My Child Lies? 13 Ways to Respond, Prevent, and Strengthen Honest Communication

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Miriam Mason Martineau

When parents discover their children are lying to them, they are usually filled with keen dismay, sometimes incredulity, puzzlement or anger, and underneath it all, always, in my experience, with sadness.

How a No-Homework Curriculum Changed My Parenting

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

We were ready. We were ready to let our children be children, while committing to knowing enough about their current curriculum that we'd be able to supplement their lessons with real life assignments at home.

Schools in Slums: A Surprising Number of the Poorest Kids Are Enrolled in Private Preschools

Maya Ziswiler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Maya Ziswiler

There are many things a person expects to see when walking through Mukuru, a vast expanse of sheet metal and mud located just to the southeast of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and home to an estimated 270,000 people.

What Can Help a 19-Month Old Reduce Troubling Behaviors?

Quora | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora: What are specific exercises or trainings, that help a 19-month old baby with reducing troubling behaviors,...

My Kids Don't Fear Me (But Is That a Good Thing?)

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

My wife and I take the long view in raising our daughters. We're willing to suffer the stubbornness, power struggles and occasional tantrums that are an inevitable part of family life so our girls can reap the benefits in the future.

Is Your Technology Use Hurting Your Kids?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

The usage of smart phones has overwhelmed the population, with people barely able to make it through dinner without texting, tweeting or surfing online. The problem is that checking in on Facebook often means checking out of whatever interaction you might have with the person sitting right across the table.

Parenting to Boost Executive Function

Katherine Eskovitz | Posted 07.05.2014 | Parents
Katherine Eskovitz

We can't control all of the good and bad things that will happen to our children, but we can give them the tools they need to make their experiences, whether joyous or painful, opportunities for growth.

Chopping the Cherry Tree: How Kids Learn Honesty

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.30.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In the '90s, in the midst of the so-called culture wars, dueling miscellanies represented a fundamental and acrimonious division over how to raise the next generation of American citizens. Lost in the bickering was a much more basic question: Can we really transmit a moral code to our children through the use of stories?

Will Praising Character Help Us Raise Moral Children?

Marjorie Rhodes, Ph.D. | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Marjorie Rhodes, Ph.D.

In recommending character-praise, Grant overlooks a key piece of the previous literature --the form of praise matters most when children make mistakes or encounter setbacks.

Game of Thrones: Toddler Edition

Christopher Byrne | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Christopher Byrne

Call me old fashioned. Toilet training is a rite of passage. It is something children need to master before entering school. Toilet training is not an epic drama, a game of thrones for the preschool set, if you will.

Youth Help Little Victims of Plight

Suna Senman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Suna Senman

As little victims of plight, the children miss out on natural development through play and education. These children need the same care and security as any child in the world.

Are We Too Focused on Our Kids' Happiness?

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Richard Weissbourd

Let us be clear -- we don't advocate suffering. And we're all in favor of happiness (and success and achievement). But we need to be wiser about how children truly become not only moral, but happier and high-achieving.

Fathers, Daughters and the Second Shift

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.12.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Wives still report doing about twice as much housework and childcare as their husbands. One difference is that today's couples, even if they unconsciously embrace traditional gender stereotypes and live less-than-egalitarian lives, may publicly proclaim more egalitarian values.