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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.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in Raising Secure Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Your actions, and those of your children, can really make the difference between insecurity and security.

Privacy

Lisa Gornick, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Gornick, Ph.D.

For the past decade, experts have been absorbed in a debate about the impact of digital technology on the brain, child development, education, commerc...

What Parents Can Say to Raise Secure Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

The next time we were out for a walk with Catie, she, as usual, fell down. But instead of rushing to her, we just waited a few seconds. And in those brief moments, our catchphrase was born.

Risk-Taking for Your Children: How Much Is Enough?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

We look to strike the right balance that will enable our children to experience life fully -- which means taking some risks -- and protecting them from experiences in which the potential costs outweigh the potential benefits.

The Feeding Mistake Parents Don't Even Know They're Making

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

The whole dynamic of feeding changes when parents learn to see things through their child's perspective. It not only helps them become more confident feeders, it ends the blame game.

10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns

David Kleeman | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kleeman

First and foremost, why jump straight to banning? Handheld devices are the "Swiss Army Knife" of modern life: a safety device to keep in contact with family and friends, a camera for documenting the world, a window to connect with grandparents across miles.

Parent-Teacher Conferences... What Should I Ask the Teacher?

Diana Grycan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Leave your anxiety about your child's issues at home. The teacher is a person who knows your child very well, given the number of hours each week spent with him or her.

Allow Your Children to Create a Secure World

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Early experiences in which your children feel safe to discover the world beyond you enables them to develop the sense of a secure world and gain comfort and confidence in being "out there" on their own.

Instill a Secure Self in Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

A secure self emerges initially from the appropriate love you give your children. Your love provides them with the knowledge that there are people in their lives who can and will protect them when necessary. The secure self also evolves from the sense of competence they gain from skills.

I Was Raised By My Teenage Son

Cate Pane | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Cate Pane

Honestly, the day we brought our newborn across the threshold of our home, the angst began. I feared that I wouldn't be able to be the mother he deserved. I'm not just talking about the typical trepidation of a new mom. I'm talking terror. I knew nothing about being a mother.

Little Authoritarians: The Closing of Young Minds

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

The scientists predicted that children of parents high in authoritarianism would be more sensitive to cues of conventionality -- that is, that they would be more trusting of unfamiliar adults who appeared to respect conventions. And that's just what they found.

The Importance of Everyday Interactions for Early Brain Development

Dr. Ann Mastergeorge | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
Dr. Ann Mastergeorge

Can you remember the last time you played peek-a-boo with a young child? You may think it is just a fun child's game, but actually it is helping brains of very young children develop.

6 Qualities Kids Need To Succeed -- And One They Don't

Hilary Wilce | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

I've come to believe our job as parents is never to seek to develop confidence, but instead to encourage the right climate for it to grow.

5 Lessons About Youth Sports From an Athletic Prodigy

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.29.2014 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Mikaela Shiffrin is, at only 18 years old, the top slalom ski racer in the world, a favorite for Olympic gold in Sochi, and a veritable fount of lessons that athletes, coaches, and parents can learn from to help athletes achieve their competitive goals.

How Politically Correct Culture Influences My Parenting

Toni Nagy | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

I may not abandon my child in the wilderness, but I do want to cultivate in her the desire to challenge herself, and part of that is my challenging her. Pain is an unavoidable part of life, and something my daughter needs to learn to deal with.

When Will We Ever Learn: Dissecting the Common Core State Standards With Dr. Louisa Moats

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Dr. Louisa Moats, the nationally-renowned teacher, psychologist, researcher and author, was one of the contributing writers of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS initiative is an attempt to deal with inconsistent academic expectations.

3 Ways to Raise Secure Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Secure attachment develops in children who learn that they can rely their parents to meet their physical and emotional needs.