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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 | 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.