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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...

It's Time to Leave for Camp/School... How Do We Get Out the Door?

Diana Grycan | Posted 09.08.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

For a young child who is accustomed to separating from mommy or caretaker in the morning, there is the issue of attention. Young children do not care if the attention is negative or positive as long as it takes the caretaker away from everything else around them.

Dance Recitals: Icing on the Cake

Nora Younkin | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Nora Younkin

Dance recital season is in full swing, and the amount of tulle and glitter floating in the ether is enough to suffocate dancers, teachers and parents alike to the point of frenzy.

Reflections on My Son's Graduation

Andrea Barbalich | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Andrea Barbalich

My family constantly makes fun of me for crying at anything remotely sentimental, and I know I will cry at my son's graduation ceremony next week.

PHOTOS: Mean Faces Begin Even Before Birth

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.08.2013 | Science

Even as newborns, babies know exactly how to scrunch up their faces and cry. And no wonder -- new research from England suggests that we practice maki...

The Parental Balancing Act

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 08.04.2013 | Parents
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

By maintaining a balance between love and support with developmentally appropriate boundaries, children will grow up to be successful in navigating the world and accepting the realities that come with adulthood.

Dr. Toy Talks about Superhero Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Superheroes have abilities children only dream of -- they are strong, fast, courageous and can overcome obstacles... sometimes in a single bound. They also do many good deeds. After all, that is an important goal we hope children will internalize -- learning about doing good for others.

The Milestones American Parents Should Prioritize

Christine Gross-Loh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Christine Gross-Loh

Every society values its own skill sets for its own reasons. The problem in America is that, while we excel at raising spectacularly verbal kids, we have lost sight of other values that we need to foster in our children.

Life Lessons Learned From My Toddler

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Toddlerhood is a challenging stage. My daughter has the newfound ability to express her wants, needs and excessively irrational, endless, countless, infinite demands with words, yet lacks the decency to keep it to herself.

How Can We Help Children Bounce Back?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Our task, as parents, is to recognize these common injuries and provide some healing of a child's discouragement and anger. Often, a simple acknowledgment of her disappointment or frustration is all that is necessary.

Feed Your Brain, Feed Your Life: The Science of Everyday Mindfulness

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Research in mindfulness has exploded exponentially over the last decade, suggesting improvements in both physical and mental health.

Do Timeouts Really Work?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 04.25.2013 | Parents

Written by Melinda Wenner Moyer for Slate So there I was last week, perusing a preschool parent handbook, when I stumbled across a curious anti-tim...

The Business of Play

Michael Feigelson | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Michael Feigelson

Today, the day before the World Economic Forum conference in Lima, a group of Peruvian kids and their adult allies will make a case for why a childhood free from violence and filled with playful learning is the key to the kind of innovation that can drive economic prosperity in this century.

The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness

Marianne Kuzujanakis | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis

Contrary to common stereotypes, giftedness is not synonymous with high academic achievement. The gifted student archetype, while expected to be a mature classroom leader, does not fit all gifted students.

What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

Rae Pica | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Rae Pica

When I hear stories about teachers and administrators making decisions that create the impression they don't know children at all, I speculate about how different things might be if everyone understood child development.