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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.

Pin-Dropping Profundity With a Pixie Face

Lisa Guest | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Guest

I didn't want to have children. I knew it from a young age. I've written about this many times. In September 2012 I met a 1-month-old preemie. When I ...

Read/Talk/Sing -- To Build Strong Brains in Very Young Children

George Halvorson | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

Thirty minutes a day of reading can determine whether or not a child can read or not read -- and that interaction can determine whether a child will stay in school or not stay in school.

What Nonverbal Kids Can Gain From Technology

Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP

Technology is truly a beautiful thing. It gives voice, words and expression to an inner world that may otherwise lay dormant without the tools to access and express it.

The Problem with Overpraising Children

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

The problem with many parents hoping to boost their child's self-esteem isn't that they're praising; it's that they're overpraising.

I'm a Mom Who Loves the iPad Bouncy Seat. Let's Make It Even Better!

Andrea Bonior | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Let's face it-- we live in a technological world, and babies need to be prepared for this from Day One. What happens if your child starts preschool and he or she is behind because they have not yet developed crucial electronic life skills, like touching a screen at exactly the right angle?

Why Messy Kids May Be Better Learners

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

The next time your child leaves a big ol' mess while eating on his or her high chair, don't despair. According to a new study out of the Universit...

Don't Tell Your Children They're Competent

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

When parents try to convince their children of how competent they are, they often have the exact opposite effect. There is this little thing called reality that children have to confront on a daily basis; life has a way of sending messages about competence that can be in sharp contrast to the outsized messages of competence that parents send their children.

Where the Wild Things Are Turns 50: The Child's Journey, the Memory of JFK and What Sendak Taught Us

Pam Allyn | Posted 02.01.2014 | Books
Pam Allyn

Let the power of this book continue to resonate, even as we face all sorts of new wild things in our own lives, in the American landscape, and around the world. Let us make the hot suppers for each other.

Why Do Giraffes Have Long Necks?

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Clearly the giraffe evolved this uncommon and helpful trait in order to reach those nourishing leaves. That's how natural selection works. If you're a 6-year-old.

What If You Don't Have a Long-term Goal?

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Yalda T. Uhls

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLong-term goals, while eminently admirable, feel too challenging when some are just trying to live day to day. 16 million kids lived in food insecure houses in 2012. 20 percent of urban kids feel unsafe in their schools.

Why Do We Push Our Babies?

Cate Pane | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Cate Pane

Rather than pushing them, we need to be interacting naturally with them. They need our undivided attention rather than the latest educational toy to stimulate their development.

Bullying in the NFL? Why We Need To Differentiate Between Youth and Adult Bullying

Deborah Temkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

In order to effectively respond to and prevent bullying among youth and similar behaviors among adults we must not lump them all in the same pot.