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Middle School Mania

Aug 28, 2016

A parent’s middle school survival guide.



The Neurological Reason Why Your Middle Schooler Acts Like a Toddler

Aug 25, 2016

What is really going on in your tween’s brain (yes they do still have one) -- and what to do about it.



Help Your Middle Schooler Go from Survive to Thrive

Aug 21, 2016

It may sound obvious, but upon entering middle school, your kids really need to start using their brain.



How to Get Kids to Focus

Aug 08, 2016

Neurologist Judy Willis shares her tips for giving your kids an attention brain boost – without spending a dime or taking a lot of time.



From Athletics to Academics: How to Use the Olympic Games to Boost Your Kid’s Vocabulary

Aug 01, 2016

Parents: you may even be unfamiliar with some of these words!



Stop Summer Brain Drain: Keep Your Kids Active With Butterfly Gardens, More

Jul 25, 2016

From butterfly gardens to educational playing cards to high-tech pianos, toy insider mom Laurie Schacht has some fun ideas to keep your kids sharp during summer.



How to Use Summer to Build Your Kid’s Vocabulary

Jul 18, 2016

School’s out but your kid’s learning doesn’t have to stop. Here are fun ways to build their vocabulary this summer.



Debunking the Belief That Earlier Is Better

Jun 27, 2016

Childhood is not a dress rehearsal for adulthood, nor is it a race.



The Power of Play: Children’s Museums Offer Unique Opportunities

May 23, 2016

Children’s museums are great resources for both nurturing children’s playful learning experiences and parents’ understanding of how to support their child’s learning through play.



How to Talk So Your Children Will THINK

May 16, 2016

Talking so your children will think involves patience, persistence, creativity, and good humor. But it’s worth it all in the long run, because you will have more confidence in their ability to make hard choices and decisions when you are not on the scene.



Half of All Teenagers Are Addicted to Their Smartphones, Survey Finds

May 03, 2016

Half of all teens admit they are addicted to their smartphones and other mobile devices, and nearly 60 percent of parents say they think their teens are too tech-addled, according to a new survey.



7 Ways to Help Your Child Find Meaning While Reading

Feb 29, 2016

For children to develop true reading comprehension skills, they need to practice these skills over and over again. In honor of Read Across America Week, we reached out to University of Michigan Professor and Parent Toolkit expert Nell Duke to learn more about what parents can do to support their children’s reading comprehension skills.



7 Ways to Help Your Child Find Meaning While Reading

Feb 29, 2016

For children to develop true reading comprehension skills, they need to practice these skills over and over again. In honor of Read Across America Week, we reached out to University of Michigan Professor and Parent Toolkit expert Nell Duke to learn more about what parents can do to support their children’s reading comprehension skills.



What Every Parent Needs to Know About Potentially Dangerous Mobile Apps

Feb 04, 2016

TODAY's Erica Hill talks with Matt Lauer about five apps that are potentially dangerous for kids, and what parents need to know about them.



E-Cigarette Ads Target Millions of Kids, CDC Says

Jan 05, 2016

E-cigarette makers are pouring tens of millions of dollars into advertising their wares — and teenagers are getting the message loud and clear, federal health officials reported Tuesday.



Q&A with José Díaz Balart: Fostering a Bilingual Household

Nov 16, 2015

We recently caught up with José Díaz Balart to see why he chose the #SchoolYrResolution he did, the challenges he faces and what advice he offers to other parents trying to raise their own bilingual children.



No More Heading: US Soccer Out with New Guidelines for Youth Soccer

Nov 10, 2015

The days of kids 10 years old or younger heading the ball in a soccer game or practice are over. The U.S. Soccer Federation has issued new guidelines either banning or limiting players heading the ball depending on their age.



Educating the Whole Child: Physical Activity and Academic Performance

Nov 02, 2015

Promoting physical activity can be a daunting task for some parents. But research suggests that getting your child moving at an early age is extremely important, not only for preventing childhood obesity, but for academic performance.



Screen Time for Kids: New Guidelines Issued

Oct 07, 2015

New advice for parents about how much screen time kids should be allowed to have has been issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The new guidelines reflect the realities of the digital age, reports TODAY's Sheinelle Jones.



A Brain-Owner’s Manual: How To Boost Your Child’s Brain Power

Jul 27, 2015

The human brain is incredible! As the control center for your brain it is in charge of how you respond to your feelings and experiences. Explaining how the brain works is important for children who believe that they are "not smart" and that nothing they do can change that. The realization that they can literally change their brains and build their intelligence, skills, and emotional self-management is extremely powerful.



Texas Boy Genius Jaxon Cota Just Trying to Be a Kid

Jul 22, 2015

Jaxon Cota, of McKinney, Texas, has an IQ score of 148, was admitted to MENSA at age 9, and does high school level math for entertainment when he gets bored during the long days of summer.



What Is All This STEM Stuff?

Jul 20, 2015

These days, you can’t turn around without hearing something about STEM. Schools are adding STEM courses and STEM summer camps are popping up across the country. But what is all this STEM stuff anyway?



Are Firstborns Smarter? New Study Debunks Beliefs About Birth Order

Jul 20, 2015

New research is debunking the popular belief that birth order is major factor in personality development, showing that while firstborns do have higher IQs, the margin is extremely slight.



Improving Decision-Making Can Serve as a Child’s First Lesson in Goal Setting

Jun 01, 2015

Properly setting goals adds tremendous value to an individual’s life, and research has found that those who set overarching objectives for what they want to achieve tend to have a greater sense of purpose, maintain better relationships, and may even live longer. When getting your child started with goal setting, there are three tips to keep in mind.



How to Get Your Teen to Listen

May 08, 2015

Mika Brzezinski talks to Dr. Frances Jensen, the author of "The Teenage Brain" which focuses on raising adolescents and young adults.



How to Turn Test Stress into Studying Success

May 04, 2015

The end of the school year is fast approaching, which means students across the country will be busy taking exams and wrapping up their studies and final projects. While this may be a stressful time, it can also serve as a great opportunity to help children develop useful studying and test preparation strategies.



A Win for Everyone: Collaborative Games

Apr 27, 2015

Collaboration skills are essential for lifelong success, and engaging children in enjoyable collaborative activities from an early age can help improve their self-awareness, problem-solving, empathy and nonverbal and verbal communication. Here are some engaging collaborative activities your entire family can enjoy.



From Newborns to Teens: How to Get Your Kids to Sleep

Apr 15, 2015

Are you a tired parent? TODAY's Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi have some helpful tips on getting your kids to bed so you can get sleep too.



Eight Ways to Bring Mindfulness into Your Family

Apr 06, 2015

Teaching children to be more mindful can help them to better understand their emotions and manage their reactions.



Kids Sipping Alcohol Can Lead to Problem Drinking

Mar 31, 2015

Researchers found that kids who taste alcohol before middle school are five times more likely to have a full drink by ninth grade, and four times more likely to get drunk or binge drunk the first semester of high school.



“I Hate Math” – Ways to Instill a Love of Math in Kids

Mar 30, 2015

All children have the potential to achieve success in math if they believe that their perseverance can make them better. Here is some advice on how you can help your children feel confident about their mathematical abilities and develop their appreciation for learning.



Being Poor Affects Kids' Brains, Study Finds

Mar 30, 2015

Children raised in poor households have clear differences in the physical structures of their brains compared to wealthier children, a new study finds.



Teenage Tutor Writes Her Own Workbooks

Mar 25, 2015

In order to help her young cousins with their home, Stephanie Pang created and published her own series of workbooks.



A+ Nutrition and Its Effect on An A+ Education

Mar 23, 2015

Research shows that without proper nourishment, children perform poorly in school and have lower academic achievement. So what can you do to improve your child's eating habits and prepare her for learning? You may want to try the following strategies.



Take Back Dinnertime: How to Revamp Your Family’s Favorite Meal

Mar 16, 2015

A new NBC News study reveals that 79% of parents surveyed eat dinner together most nights, more than in past decades. Family dinner is worth the trouble, especially when you’re equipped with these tips and strategies.



Mother Tongue: Toddlers Take Immersion Class for Family Language

Feb 09, 2015

Go inside a New York Mandarin immersion class, part of a growing trend as parents try to deepen their children’s connection to the family’s culture.



How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

Feb 03, 2015

Dr. Natalie Azar joins TODAY to discuss new recommendations by the National Sleep Foundation that say toddlers should have between 11 to 14 hours of sleep, while adults should have 7 to 9 hours.



Play Brain Games to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Feb 02, 2015

Reading is not a natural process for the human brain. We are born with the brain architecture ready for development of successful verbal communication, but without any blueprint guiding recognition of the printed word.



Football Fun: How to Turn the Super Bowl into a Learning Experience

Jan 26, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when the nation’s top two football teams battle it out on the gridiron in pursuit of the shiny Super Bowl trophy. And while this Sunday may be all about lounging and snacking for many families, there is a way you can help your child find out more about the game by taking inspiration from the field and turning it into a fun educational experience.



Football Fun: How to Turn the Super Bowl into a Learning Experience

Jan 26, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when the nation’s top two football teams battle it out on the gridiron in pursuit of the shiny Super Bowl trophy. And while this Sunday may be all about lounging and snacking for many families, there is a way you can help your child find out more about the game by taking inspiration from the field and turning it into a fun educational experience.



Easy Ways Dads Can Get Involved in Their Child’s Education

Jan 12, 2015

Parents hear a lot these days about the importance of being involved in their children’s education. Unfortunately, dads often view “parent” as a code word for “mom.” Education, they say, is mom’s domain. So when mom steps up to the plate, dad often stays in the dugout. However, research indicates that a father’s involvement is crucial, and that it plays a key role in a child’s success in school and beyond.



Easy Ways Dads Can Get Involved in Their Child’s Education

Jan 12, 2015

Parents hear a lot these days about the importance of being involved in their children’s education. Unfortunately, dads often view “parent” as a code word for “mom.” Education, they say, is mom’s domain. So when mom steps up to the plate, dad often stays in the dugout. However, research indicates that a father’s involvement is crucial, and that it plays a key role in a child’s success in school and beyond.



Vision Council to Digital Users: Beware Eyestrain

Jan 08, 2015

The trade association says that more than 90 percent of Americans are at risk for digital eyestrain. Symptoms include watery and irritated eyes.



Perseverance and Grit Can Be Taught

Nov 17, 2014

The ability to persevere is necessary to develop a mind-set for success because no one, no matter how talented, achieves everything every time. Perseverance is a skill that can be taught. Although most of us learn it through trial and error, it can and should be taught, just like any other key skill or competency.



New Book Reveals How to Sharpen Your Mind

Nov 12, 2014

Benedict Carey, author of “How We Learn,” joins to discuss a number of new ways to learn, enhance motor skills, and retain valuable facts.



Risk-taking and the Teen Brain

Nov 03, 2014

During adolescence, your child’s body matures and she becomes more self-sufficient and independent. These years also bring dramatic hormonal fluctuations, greater peer pressure, increased access to drugs, alcohol, sex, and the risk of unsafe driving practices.



Exercise Shown to Improve Kids’ Brain Function

Sep 29, 2014

Researchers at the University of Illinois found that children they studied who exercised regularly were more fit, had better attention skills and scored twice as high on intellectual tasks as a non-exercise group.



Being Bullied by a Sibling May Impact Mental Health

Sep 11, 2014

Researchers found that 18-year-olds who were teased or bullied by a sibling were twice as likely as their peers to report depression or attempt self-harm.



Tips for Helping Kids Avoid Summer Brain Drain

Jun 26, 2014

Katherine Cohen from IvyWise.com offers advice for keeping your kids’ minds in learning mode throughout the summer.



A Gift Parents Can Give Children that Money Can’t Buy

Jun 09, 2014

Across the country, many children are being raised bilingually, and research shows that being bilingual can be beneficial for children. It leads to increased activity in the area of the brain that controls impulses, decision making, and self-awareness.



How Motherhood Affects our Brains

May 05, 2014

Being a mom may have a significant effect on a woman’s brain. It’s just one fascinating fact researchers are uncovering about how motherhood changes us.



Good Praise, Bad Praise

Jan 06, 2014

Parents often fall into pitfalls when praising their children for their performance. Check out this post from Dr. Judy Willis about some best practices for offering sincere praise.



Parenting for Brain Development and Prosperity

Oct 14, 2013

Dr. Philip Fisher's cutting-edge research reveals the power of positive interactions between children and caregivers to improve brain development.





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