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The Totally Doable New Year’s Promise—to Your Kids

Dec 26, 2016

How about a New Year’s resolution you can actually get excited about – like having fun with your kids every day?



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.



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.



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.



Family T.A.L.K: Creating a Safe Space for Family Communication

Oct 17, 2016

Tough conversations are never easy to have, but creating a space for healthy communication can strengthen relationships between parents and children.



NBC News Anchors and Correspondents Pledge to Make a Difference

Oct 10, 2016

Together we can all give back by setting a Goal to be Greater.



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.



‘Academic doping’ on the rise: Number of students abusing ADHD drugs increasing

Oct 10, 2016

NBC’s Ronan Farrow digs into a growing problem on campuses nationwide: In the high-pressure world of academic achievement, there is one "fix" students are turning to at an alarming rate to get ahead that some call "academic doping," and experts say it has a very real - and largely ignored - dark side.



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.



Debunking the Belief That Earlier Is Better

Jun 27, 2016

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



From Orlando to Public Bathrooms: How Parents of LGBTQ Kids Can Support Them in Today’s World

Jun 20, 2016

Now, more than ever, parents are faced with conversations surrounding LGBTQ acceptance.



Orlando Massacre Reminds Us Why LGBTQ Youth Advocacy is So Important

Jun 17, 2016

“It shouldn’t be at the point of tragedy that we acknowledge that people are people,” said David Johns.



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.”



8 Things We Learned From a Sleep Expert About Putting Kids To Bed

Apr 05, 2016

Getting kids to sleep consistently and soundly can turn into a nightmare for parents.



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.



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.



Reality Gap Redux

Dec 16, 2015

When it comes to behabior, there is a significatn gap between reality and what parents think their teenagers are doing. Does this “reality gap” have consequences? It sure does.



American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Medical Guidelines for Kids

Dec 07, 2015

The American Academy of Pediatrics is releasing new recommendations urging preventative testing for everything from HIV to cholesterol, depression to drug and alcohol abuse.



How to Talk to Your Kids About Shootings and Terror

Dec 04, 2015

In the wake of mass shootings and other highly-publicized incidents of violence many schools have lockdown drills regularly, and now parents face a dilemma: how to talk to children about what's going on.



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.



Baton Rouge Man Makes Awesome Bikes For Special Needs Kids

Nov 04, 2015

For kids with special needs riding a bike isn't always an option, but one man has found a way in his spare time to help them enjoy this rite of passage, too.



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.



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.



'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.



'No Head Trauma Is Good Head Trauma': The Impact Of Tackle Sports On Young Kids

Aug 13, 2015

The age at which boys start playing tackle football may have a big impact on brain health later in life, a new study suggests.



School Start Times Are Too Early And It's Harmful To Kids, CDC Warns

Aug 07, 2015

America's teenagers are starting school too early, in spite of a flurry of studies showing they need more sleep and national recommendations that school days start later, government health experts said Thursday.



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.



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.



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.



Thinking Outside of the Crayon Box, Adults Use Coloring Books as Stress-Reducer

May 11, 2015

Busy parents and harried business people will go to great lengths to find the newest and best relaxation method, but the stress-reducer that is soaring in popularity is something that most people haven't done since elementary school — coloring.



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.



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.



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.



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?



Raising the Next Generation of Good Men

Jan 19, 2015

There exists a gap in the number of mentors that are available and the need that exists in communities across the country, especially for young men. To address this issue, our friends at Esquire Magazine recently launched their own mentoring project as a way to encourage men to get more involved.



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.



Have a Resolution to Lose Weight? How Your Actions Affect Your Child’s Body Image

Jan 05, 2015

Adults often try to lose weight in the New Year, but this common resolution could impact your child much longer than most of us stick with our diets.



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.



Tough Talks: How to Talk to Your Child About Mental Health

Oct 23, 2014

Mental health is one of those topics that is so broad and so complicated that many parents don’t know where to start when talking to kids. Some parents have family histories and therefore a reference point and example to draw upon when talking, while others must rely on news reports of tragedies. We spoke with a panel of our experts to get their advice on how to talk to kids about mental health, and how to know when to have those discussions. We’ve compiled their advice as part of our ongoing series on tough talks — making difficult conversations a bit easier.



Tough Talks: How to Talk to Your Child About Mental Health

Oct 23, 2014

Mental health is one of those topics that is so broad and so complicated that many parents don’t know where to start when talking to kids. Some parents have family histories and therefore a reference point and example to draw upon when talking, while others must rely on news reports of tragedies. We spoke with a panel of our experts to get their advice on how to talk to kids about mental health, and how to know when to have those discussions. We’ve compiled their advice as part of our ongoing series on tough talks — making difficult conversations a bit easier.



Bullies' Homecoming Prank Backfires

Sep 21, 2014

A homecoming queen offers her crown to a girl who'd been tricked into thinking she was on the court.



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.



Childhood Anxiety Disorders on the Rise

Sep 30, 2013

New data from the National Institutes of Mental Health shows that up to a quarter of U.S. kids may meet the criteria for a diagnosable anxiety disorder.





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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