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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 | TED Weekends
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.

What Messages are Your Expectations Sending to Your Children?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.28.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Setting expectations for your children is an essential responsibility of parenting. Expectations communicate messages to your children about what's im...

America's Kids Start Learning Way Before Kindergarten

Jim Steyer | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Jim Steyer

Much of my work during the past decade has involved helping parents better understand the problems of unfettered media and technology access to their kids.

When Parenting Is Overwhelming: Find Your Village

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

The role of parent shifts as our children grow, but we always remain parents and all children crave the love and acceptance of their parents, no matter what they've experienced growing up.

How to Be A Smarter Mom (Not A Martyr Mom!) Post-Divorce

Christina Pesoli | Posted 11.27.2013 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

So, you got a divorce and now you have a raging case of parental guilt. You want to make up for the hell your kids have endured, but you're smart enough to know that buying them things is not the right way to go about it.

Low Regard For High Ropes: Why I Don't Want My Kid Roped Into This Common Camp Activity

Christina Pesoli | Posted 11.24.2013 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

Why do we put kids through these exercises? If we want them to develop the courage to push past fear, can't we do that in a way that doesn't require them to override other instincts we need them to respect in order to keep them safe until their brains fully develop?

The Unmentionable Problem

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Why don't more outlets make poverty a beat, especially considering that one in five American children is growing up in poverty? Don't those 20 percent of our children deserve even a little of the attention that goes to Miley Cyrus?

The Brain-Boosting Product You Already Have in Your Home

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

As parents, we're under constant pressure to do whatever we can to give our children a leg up. Millions of dollars are spent marketing to us, most of it without a whole lot of grounding in reality.

6 Big Questions About Babies Answered

GalTime | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
GalTime

Sometimes, parenting feels like one big worry. You ask yourself, "Am I doing this right?" or you look at your baby and think, Is that normal? You ride a roller coaster of anxiety as your baby approaches and achieves each new milestone.

Mindful Parenting

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

What if we consider our role of parenting as an opportunity to not only raise happy, healthy children, but also to gain knowledge of ourselves and how we interact with the world?

How to Support Your Child's Emotional Intelligence

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 11.13.2013 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

There's so much talk about emotional intelligence these days, in fact, I just read an article in The New York Times about teaching it in schools. It made me wonder how aware we are, as parents, of the everyday interactions with our children that teach emotional awareness.

STUDY: Yelling At Kids Could Be Just As Harmful As Physical Discipline

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 09.06.2013 | Parents

Sticks and stones indeed break bones -- but words can cause real harm to kids, too, a new study says. And bullies in the school yard aren’t the only...

Gender Segregation and Civil Rights

Lise Eliot | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Lise Eliot

The fact is, gender-segregated classrooms, even when freely-chosen, create an institutional sexism that reinforces beliefs about men and women's intellectual inequality in the larger society.

The Effects of Hurrying Children Through Childhood

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Children have a heavy burden to bear when they feel that their performance is connected with the love they receive and they are letting down their parents if they are not successful.

Use Catchphrases to Send Love to Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

It's never too early to start expressing love in the most healthy ways possible. When you send your children messages of healthy love from a very early age, you provide them with a template of what love should be.

Anna Craycroft: On Being Understood

MutualArt | Posted 10.23.2013 | Arts
MutualArt

C'mon Language is a project that was designed to include the public in my private process of play and discovery. I have created an exhibition that is a public meeting place, inviting guests and audiences to explore these inquiries with me.

A Tale of 4 Anti-Heroes: Alex, Lance, Eliot and Anthony

Pam Allyn | Posted 10.21.2013 | Parents
Pam Allyn

These men, lost inside their hubris and narcissism, have stolen these narratives from our children. They leave us to explain what it all means while they continue to make us watch them. It is not fair to our children. I wish these men would go away, disappear from the public stage, and go off to deal with their pathologies in private.

Are Apps For Babies A Bad Idea?

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month against Fisher-Price and Open Solut...

Deck Chairs on the Titanic Failure of American Education

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The shift from the wrong-headed policies of No Child Left Behind to the new Common Core and its tests is nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic failure of education in America.

The Critical Link Between Sleep And A Child's Brain

Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living

By Robert Rosenberg In this month’s British Medical Journal, there's a report on a study demonstrating the relationship of sleep to brain devel...