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New Peanut Allergy Guidance: Most Kids Should Try Peanuts

Jan 05, 2017 / NBC News

New peanut allergy guidelines: Even high-risk kids high risk should try them, experts say.

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Busting the Myth That We Have to Bubble Wrap Our Kids

Mar 13, 2017 / Rae Pica, Education Consultant

Children raised in a culture of fear? Well, that’s just asking for trouble.

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5 Ways to Help Kids Build Healthy Relationships

Feb 13, 2017

How focusing on being themselves may be the most important part.



4 Big Things NBC’s “This Is Us” Got Right About Parenting

Dec 05, 2016

It’s an emotional, valuable show to binge watch with the entire family during winter break.



Secret Life of Teens: 8 strategies to be the parent teens will actually talk to

Nov 30, 2016

NBC’s Stephanie Gosk sits down with eight Colorado teenagers for a raw, unfiltered conversation about their lives.



3 Ways to Help High Schoolers Find Meaning in Service

Nov 26, 2016

Service looks good on a college application, but this Harvard educator explains why quality is the key.



How to Hear “Me, Me, Me” Less and Teach Young Kids to Give

Nov 24, 2016

Often little kids know one word well: "mine."





Veteran who stutters reads to his daughter every day

Nov 21, 2016

Lance Lambert, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, is facing one of his biggest fears every night: fighting through his stutter to read bedtime stories to his 6-year-old daughter, Avery.



'I wanted to help': Girl collects thousands of crayons for pediatric hospital

Nov 08, 2016

She's collected more than 13,000 boxes of crayons for children in pediatric hospitals, but Ella Tryon isn't stopping there.



5 signs your child is being bullied at school

Nov 04, 2016

Because kids can be reluctant to talk about bullying, a pediatrician shares signs parents can look for, and the best ways to help kids cope.



Beyond turkey hands: How to make 'grateful trees' with your family

Nov 02, 2016

Meredith Sinclair of meredithplays.com demonstrates a new way to create holiday art using your hands and paint.



Mom dresses in costume every day to teach son a lesson about being different

Oct 31, 2016

A mom’s attempt to help her son to have fun and accept himself has turned into a tradition that the entire neighborhood anticipates every year.



Tannenbaums Win Goal To Be Greater Challenge, Donate $5,000 to World Food Program USA

Oct 24, 2016

“I can make a difference, one kid at a time.”



Mentoring as Student Empowerment

Oct 13, 2016

How two inspiring students mentored other students and learned more than they could have imagined.



New Survey: Kids Feeling Effects of Volatile Election

Oct 10, 2016

65% of children said they would not want to be president when they grew up, and 41% of children responded the job would be too demanding or stressful.



Want Your Kids to Be Good Citizens? Start with Sports

Sep 26, 2016

You might be surprised how similar the soccer field is to democracy.



Middle School Mania

Aug 28, 2016

A parent’s middle school survival guide.



Two Questions Your Middle Schooler Has About Puberty and Love (and How to Answer Them)

Aug 27, 2016

As much as we parents may want to wish it away, sexual desire is living large in middle school.



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.



6 Do’s and Don’ts to Prepare Kids for Middle School Frenemies

Aug 22, 2016

The middle school “social blind side” happens to all kids. How you react, and how you don’t, can make all the difference during this difficult social time.



Who's the Parent Here?

Jul 11, 2016

How to keep your kids from turning into pint-size terrors and in turn, help them become capable adults.



Debunking the Belief That Earlier Is Better

Jun 27, 2016

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



Here's How to Help Kids Adjust to a New Sibling

Jun 08, 2016

Not everyone is always happy with the news of new sibling. But there are ways to properly introduce a new member of the family without upset cries from their future big brothers and sisters.



If You Can't Say Anything Nice...Here's What To Say To Your Kids

May 30, 2016

It’s difficult to hear the phrase “Say something nice” without finishing the sentence, “or don’t say anything at all.”



Having “The Talk”: What We Say Matters

Apr 25, 2016

Spring is a perfect time for parents to talk with teens about the cycle of life. Buds are popping, trees are blooming, and parents can take their cue from nature to talk with their teens about human nature.



Pediatricians Turn to Meditation for Kids in Poor Neighborhoods

Apr 04, 2016

Doctors in Baltimore, Maryland are studying whether a form of meditation could help the city's children cope better with stress, which they say has taken a toll on these kids, who are living in a city filled with violence, poverty and unrest. The hope is to mend minds and hearts in a city that's still healing.



Impress Your College Admissions With An UnSelfie Digital Presence

Mar 28, 2016

In our hyper-connected, social media saturated society, many of us are so obsessed with snapping "selfies" and living a virtual life online that we're forgetting how to care for people who are right in front of us or in our community.



How to Talk to Your Children About Terrorism and Their Resulting Anxieties

Mar 22, 2016

For young children, most of whom don't yet have the experience, perspective, or self-possession to deal with traumatic news stories, such reports can yield far more extreme emotions, including sheer panic.



Second Chances - Teaching Children About Forgiveness

Dec 21, 2015

Forgiveness and rebirth are a shared theme this time of year across many cultures. Use the holiday season to teach your child forgiveness.



Kids Living with Dogs Less Likely to Suffer Anxiety

Nov 30, 2015

Researchers found that children who grow up with a dog are less likely to suffer from childhood anxiety. They say companionship with a pet can alleviate separation anxiety and strengthen attachment.



Could Delaying Kindergarten Be Good for Children?

Nov 16, 2015

According to a new study from Stanford University, delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73 percent for an average child at age 11. Researchers suggest that children who start school later enter kindergarten with a healthier state of mind.



The Things Your Kids Will Remember About You Are…

Nov 09, 2015

TIME Magazine has compiled a list of the things your kids will always remember about you, including the times you made them feel safe and gave them your undivided attention.



Will and Kate's New Cause: The Battle Against Cyberbullying

Nov 04, 2015

Now that they're the parents of two young children, Prince William and Duchess Kate have decided to take on a new mission: They want to sit down with social media giants like Facebook and Twitter to talk about what can be done to curb cyberbullying.



Parents Giving 'the Talk,' Counting Calories: Do They Really Work?

Nov 03, 2015

The TODAY anchors play a new game called "Does It Work?" where they weigh in on whether giving kids the "birds and bees" talk makes them more responsible, and experts concur that it is an effective tactic.



The Sex Talk Works, Even if it Makes You Cringe

Nov 02, 2015

Parents, have that sex talk with your kids. It works. Researchers who looked at all the studies that have been done on having "that talk" with kids found that it really can influence teen behavior for the better.



Guiding Our Children: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Oct 05, 2015

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness week, we wanted to talk to Parent Toolkit expert and school counselor Dr. Shari Sevier about how parents can support their children on a topic that is often hard to talk about. She shares with us her personal story and words of wisdom.



6 Ways You Can Reduce Your Middle Schooler’s Stress

Sep 28, 2015

Who among us doesn’t still have the occasional back-to-school nightmare? If you, the parent are stressed, just imagine how those anxious feelings affect your child. By modeling and building your own EQ, you’ll be teaching your tween this skills as well.



'Something Needs to be Done': How a Personal Trainer is Helping Bullied Kids

Sep 28, 2015

A personal trainer in the Detroit area is making it his mission to give kids tools to combat bullies with something besides their fists.



Creating Harmony: How Music Can Support Social Emotional Development

Sep 21, 2015

Making music with your child can be so much fun for both of you, whether you’re singing along to the radio in the car, jamming on plastic bowl “drums,” or dancing to songs on your iPod. The simple and enjoyable act of making music with your child naturally fosters important social and emotional skills, such as self-regulation, self-confidence, leadership skills, social skills, and socio-emotional intelligence.



Who’s in Charge: You or Your Child’s Behavior?

Sep 14, 2015

As a parent you’re always on your toes watching, listening and assessing your children’s needs. You anticipate their needs but also their wants, desires, dislikes and happiness.It can be hard to look at your children’s faces and not cave in. However, here are a couple of ways that you and your children can benefit from having a set of rules in place.



Picky Eating Linked With Psychiatric Problems In Kids, Study Finds

Aug 03, 2015

That untouched plate and look of disgust on your child's face at mealtime might be a sign of much bigger issues.



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.



How Parents Embarrass Their Kids: Smooches, Gettin' Jiggy Wit' It

Jul 23, 2015

A theme park in Britain asked 2,000 parents what they did to embarrass their kids. The top offenders: trying to use youthful slang, displaying affection in public, and… dancing!



Miserably Hilarious Letters From Sleepaway Camp

Jul 08, 2015

Camp can be a trying time for kids, but the lost art of letter-writing lets them tell their parents just how much fun they are - or aren't - having.



More Than a Movie: The Parenting Opportunity of “Inside Out”

Jul 06, 2015

If you haven’t heard already, there’s a new Pixar movie out called “Inside Out.” The movie offers ample opportunity to discuss with our kids the role of emotions in our lives.



'My Kid Would Never' Cyberbully - Or Would They?

Jun 25, 2015

Natalie Morales' "My Kid Would Never Do That" series returns with a look at cyberbullying. Hidden cameras show parents how their children react to a simulated cyberbullying scenario.



'My Kid Would Never' Cyberbully - Or Would They?

Jun 25, 2015

Natalie Morales' "My Kid Would Never Do That" series returns with a look at cyberbullying. Hidden cameras show parents how their children react to a simulated cyberbullying scenario.



Cyberbullying and Face-to-Face Harassment a Toxic Combination for Kids

Jun 03, 2015

Not all bullying is equal, according to a new study, with the old-fashioned, real-life variety more damaging than the cyber kind. A combination of both, however, could be the real danger to kids.



Parental Guidance: How to Get Out the Door, Lickety Split (and Tantrum-Free!)

May 20, 2015

The tears, the yelling, the begging, the pleading, and the endless negotiating. It's a battle that can break the spirit of just about any parent. Megan Colarossi and Willie Geist offer tips for getting kids out the door.



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.



Jacob's Journey: Life as a Transgender 5-Year-Old

Apr 21, 2015

When Jacob was born, his name was Mia. But by the time he was two, he was telling his parents, "I'm a boy." Last year, when he was four, they made a decision: to let him live as he has always identified — as a boy.



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.



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.



Basketball Teams Banned for Both Trying to Throw Same Game

Feb 24, 2015

Two Tennessee high school girls basketball teams reached a new low last weekend by trying to lose the same game, officials said.



Reduce Anger in Your Household

Feb 16, 2015

The more stress there is in a family’s life, the greater the chance that angry emotions will spill out. What can families do to reduce angry outbursts?



Is It OK To Discipline Someone Else’s Child?

Feb 12, 2015

A drama called “The Slap” debuts on NBC Thursday, and it already has people talking. The story centers around a scene at a barbecue where a child is slapped by an adult who is not the child’s parent.



Celebrate National Mentoring Month with Acts of Gratitude

Jan 23, 2015

Research has shown that youth who have a mentor growing up are less likely to engage in risky behavior, and more likely to excel in their academics, participate in extracurricular activities and thrive in general. This January, in support of National Mentoring Month, you can help your child show his appreciation to his mentor through simple acts of gratitude.



Music Training Can Improve Child’s Emotional Maturity

Jan 09, 2015

Brain scans of over 200 children showed that those who played an instrument the longest had increased development in areas of the brain linked to attention, anxiety management and emotional control.



‘Tis the Season to Develop Volunteer Habits for Life

Dec 22, 2014

During the holidays, most families look for opportunities to be together. Children are out of school, vacation plans are in place and the road trips, football, food, music and traditions make it a perfect time to connect with others. But does it all need to be relaxing, kicking back, and endless conversation? There is another “tradition” that can add to the magic of the holidays: volunteering.



Parental Guidance: Teenage Relationships

Dec 09, 2014

In this episode of Parental Guidance TODAY's Willie Geist and best bud Megan Colarossi share tips for having the old birds and the bees chat with your kids.



Why Parents Should Apologize When They Lose Their Cool

Dec 01, 2014

We've all been there - your child lets you down or says something that just pushes your buttons. Before you know it, you've said something you regret. How can you make it right? Dr. Maurice Elias explains.



Bickering Benefits: Study Says It’s Good for Kids to See Family Arguments

Nov 26, 2014

A new study says that children who witness heated debates at home are better off later in life, and that it teaches them how to handle conflict.



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.



Are You OK, Mommy? Kate Snow on Covering the Ebola Story as a Mom

Oct 30, 2014

The question comes up every few days, but maybe not as often as you’d think. “Mommy — you’re OK, right?” My answer is always the same. “You know I’m not anywhere near Ebola. Mommy is reporting from outside the hospital. The sick people are far away, inside. Mommy won’t go anywhere near someone who has Ebola.”



Tough Talks: How to Discuss Divorce with Your Child

Oct 21, 2014

We’ve all heard the statistic that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, and while that figure is still not entirely proven to be accurate, the fact remains that many of the children in our country will deal with divorce at some point or another. Divorce can be traumatic for the entire family but there are ways to help children through this difficult time. We asked some of our Parent Toolkit experts for their advice about the best way to help children navigate divorce.



Tough Talks: Having the "Sex Talk" With Your Child

Oct 20, 2014

It’s a question that can pop up innocently at a young age, “Where do babies come from?” but it can turn into an awkward conversation for all involved rather quickly. The birds and the bees talk may be one of the most important conversations you have with your child, but it can also be one of the hardest. It doesn’t have to be. There are ways to weave the conversation into everyday life. Resources are available to help when you can’t find the right words. We spoke to a panel of our Parent Toolkit experts to get their advice on how to make the sex talk a bit easier.



How to Manage Your Child's Emotions

Oct 16, 2014

Experts say a child’s emotional intelligence, or EQ, can be more important than their IQ and parenting expert Michele Borba joins the TODAY Show to offer her advice on how to help kids of all ages keep their emotions in check.



How Parents Can Help Children Deal with Stress

Oct 10, 2014

When asked if any part of school made them feel worried or stressed, nearly half the surveyed kids said yes. Stress, it turns out, is not exclusively the domain of adults. And the idea of a carefree childhood may be magical thinking. Here are tips--gleaned from experts, parents, and kids themselves--for talking to children about stress.



A Better Version of Yourself

Oct 06, 2014

As parents, we will all have our share of times when we lose our “cool” and are thoroughly uncertain about what to do next. Handling your most heated emotions can be one of the greatest tests of character. But if we have established a plan in advance to deal with anger or anxiety, we will not only act with emotional intelligence, but also model the ways in which we hope to teach our children to handle their emotions.



Is Family Dinner Worth the Stress?

Sep 08, 2014

A new study looks at the stress (on moms in particular) of coordinating family dinners. Researchers say the expectations may cause more harm than good.



Everybody Stay Calm! Ways to Ease Your Kid's Back-to-School Anxiety

Aug 18, 2014

Whether your child's heading to a brand new school (hello, kindergarten!) or just feeling the jitters about the year ahead, these smart tips will help ease any back-to-school anxiety.



Guiding Our Children Through School Transitions: Elementary School

Aug 11, 2014

Parents and children deal with a number of school transitions throughout life. As parents, we want the best for our kids, and we want them to be happy, successful and fulfilled during their school life. Parents sometimes struggle with how and what to do to make this possibility more of a reality. Here are a few ideas that might keep everyone smiling.



Things I Wish I'd Known Before My Child Started Kindergarten

Aug 08, 2014

You’re feeling anxious about sending your child off to kindergarten, and rightfully so. Kindergarten is, after all, kind of a big deal.



Retire Your Referee Whistle, and More Secrets to Stop Summertime Sibling Squabbles

Jun 25, 2014

While most kids count down the days left until summer vacation, parents are often counting down the days until school starts again. If the closeness of summer vacation has ramped up the sibling squabbles, these tips can help restore some harmony.



How Overwhelmed Moms Can Lessen Stress

Apr 23, 2014

Psychologist Jennifer Hartstein and Jessica Lahey, a mother of two kids, give advice on how moms can add downtime to their schedules and establish guidelines for screen time.



Parents' Aggravation Nearly Doubles In Decade

Apr 09, 2014

That sound of teeth gnashing might be coming from a mom or dad near you as modern parenting takes its toll.The proportion of parents reporting aggravation has “substantially” increased since the late 1990s, according to a new report from Child Trends, a nonprofit that researches the well-being of kids.



Hug More, Scold Less: Strict Parenting Linked to Child Obesity

Mar 19, 2014

Moms and dads whose favorite phrase is, “because I said so,” may want to rethink their parenting style. A new study shows that authoritarian parents are more likely to have obese kids than those who take the time to explain rules.



Jane Fonda to Teens: ‘Trust the Person You’re With’

Mar 04, 2014

Actress Jane Fonda joins Matt Lauer to chat about has a new book for teens on sex and identity, called, “Being a Teen.” She also chats about her own struggles growing up.



Parents and the Explicit Instruction of Compassion

Feb 03, 2014

Parents want their children to create lives that are meaningful, productive, and healthy. Scoring well on state tests, developing critical thinking skills, and controlling impulses all play a part in this grand endeavor. Mastering the skill of compassion may also help set your child up for future success.



Emotional Support Helps Teens Overcome Racial Discrimination

Feb 03, 2014

Racial discrimination isn’t just a civil rights issue — it can also affect teenagers’ health, a new study suggests.



Dr. Phil: Yelling at Kids Causes 'Shutdown'

Jan 30, 2014

As a new study reveals that parents admit to yelling at their kids once a month, Dr. Phil McGraw tells TODAY that yelling “stops communication.” His suggestion? “Whisper."



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.



"It's a Bumpy Ride": Readers Advise On How to Raise Teens

Dec 04, 2013

Parents of teens react to their children talking about their relationships with their mothers and fathers.



Inside the Teenage Mind: Sex, School and Social Media

Dec 03, 2013

Today’s teenagers are facing many issues their parents couldn't imagine, with social media changing the game in dramatic ways.



How to Talk to Kids About the Nevada School Shooting, Age by Age

Oct 21, 2013

Worried about how to explain yet another school shooting to your kids? Our age-by-age guide can help.



Darn Those Drop-Off Tears: Helping Preschoolers with Separation Anxiety

Oct 17, 2013

It’s nearly two months into the school year. So, why are your child's drop-off tears still flowing and how do you get them to stop?





Op Ed: Choosing to Be Guided by “Better Angels”

For teachers some of our most important lessons aren’t those that cover learning standards, but lessons which teach students to become better people.



Transitioning Back to School for Children with Special Needs

Transitioning from one grade to the next may cause anxiety, panic, and meltdowns, especially for students who have difficulty expressing their feelings and emotions. Parents can help prepare their children with these few simple steps to help ease some stress and ensure a positive experience for their child. Remember: each child is an individual and special in their own way.



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