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How about a New Year’s resolution you can actually get excited about – like having fun with your kids every day?
It’s an emotional, valuable show to binge watch with the entire family during winter break.
Service looks good on a college application, but this Harvard educator explains why quality is the key.
Meredith Sinclair of meredithplays.com demonstrates a new way to create holiday art using your hands and paint.
Tough conversations are never easy to have, but creating a space for healthy communication can strengthen relationships between parents and children.
Together we can all give back by setting a Goal to be Greater.
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.
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.
A parent’s middle school survival guide.
What is really going on in your tween’s brain (yes they do still have one) -- and what to do about it.
Childhood is not a dress rehearsal for adulthood, nor is it a race.
Now, more than ever, parents are faced with conversations surrounding LGBTQ acceptance.
“It shouldn’t be at the point of tragedy that we acknowledge that people are people,” said David Johns.
It’s difficult to hear the phrase “Say something nice” without finishing the sentence, “or don’t say anything at all.”
Getting kids to sleep consistently and soundly can turn into a nightmare for parents.
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.
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.
Forgiveness and rebirth are a shared theme this time of year across many cultures. Use the holiday season to teach your child forgiveness.
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.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is releasing new recommendations urging preventative testing for everything from HIV to cholesterol, depression to drug and alcohol abuse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A personal trainer in the Detroit area is making it his mission to give kids tools to combat bullies with something besides their fists.
The age at which boys start playing tackle football may have a big impact on brain health later in life, a new study suggests.
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.
That untouched plate and look of disgust on your child's face at mealtime might be a sign of much bigger issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mika Brzezinski talks to Dr. Frances Jensen, the author of "The Teenage Brain" which focuses on raising adolescents and young adults.
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.
Teaching children to be more mindful can help them to better understand their emotions and manage their reactions.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Benedict Carey, author of “How We Learn,” joins to discuss a number of new ways to learn, enhance motor skills, and retain valuable facts.
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.
A homecoming queen offers her crown to a girl who'd been tricked into thinking she was on the court.
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.
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 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.