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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?

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Dec 08, 2016

One mom is sharing a way to break the news about Santa to your children.

After 11-year-old boy's sudden death, mom warns about food allergies

Dec 06, 2016

The recent death of an 11-year-old boy is a tragic reminder that with food allergies, severe, life-threatening reactions don't always follow the familiar script: sometimes they take time to develop.

Injuries can put teen athletes on path to addiction

Dec 06, 2016

Teen athletes tell how injuries put them on the path to addiction.

Parents spend just as much time on their phones as teens, study says

Dec 06, 2016

Parents may tell their teens they use their phones too much, but a new study indicates that Mom and Dad are just as guilty.

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.

5 ways to digitally detox without too much stress

Dec 05, 2016

While some recommend digital detoxes that last a week or month, that's just not realistic.

These 3 apps can help you monitor your teens' activities online

Dec 01, 2016

TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen and mom Fabiana Totoli look at apps designed to monitor teens' activities and keep them safe online.

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.

#ShareKindness: How Gold Star Christmas helps children of fallen soldiers

Nov 29, 2016

The American Gold Star Christmas is a generous program that helps provide holiday gifts to children whose parents lost their lives serving our country.

#ShareKindness: Twin brothers, 14, start charity site to break the age barrier

Nov 29, 2016

After being turned down as charity volunteers because they were only 14, twin brothers Max and Jake Klein decided to start a website to break the age barrier.

Week of Giving

Nov 27, 2016

It’s been a week that keeps on giving.

Why Volunteering on Thanksgiving Isn’t Enough for Your Tweens

Nov 22, 2016

There is something about the one-time visit at the holidays that feels like we’re using other people’s bad circumstances as an analgesic to our gluttony before we feast on decadent meals.

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.

How to make sure your kid doesn't act like a sullen jerk at family Thanksgiving

Nov 17, 2016

Think your reluctant tween can't be a happy camper when your family celebrates Thanksgiving? These expert tips might help.

Millennials at this company are bringing mom and dad to work. Here's why

Nov 14, 2016

Only 1 in 3 parents of young working men and women get what their kids do to earn their paychecks. Major companies want to change that.

Easy, stress-free Thanksgiving crafts to keep the kids busy

Nov 02, 2016

Need something to keep your kid's hands busy while you're preparing the turkey? These will do the trick.

One Week Away: Why You Should Talk to Your Kid About the Election

Oct 31, 2016

Even if you’re sick of it by now.

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.

Baby popcorn bucket and other last-minute DIY Halloween costumes for kids

Oct 27, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner, but if you haven’t come up with costumes for your kids yet, don’t worry: TODAY Parenting’s Abby Larson has do-it –yourself ideas that are quick and easy, including a walking Instagram post and an umbrella adorned with plush animals to show that it’s raining cats and dogs.

Spooky Science: How to Make This Haunted Holiday Educational

Oct 24, 2016

It doesn’t all have to be about candy and costumes.

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.

How To Be Better Role Models for Your Children

Oct 12, 2016

When children are displaying good behavior, parents are quick to take credit. But the same cannot be said for bad behavior.

Nasty Campaign Rhetoric Puts Parents and Teachers in a Tough Spot

Oct 11, 2016

The 2016 election is putting millions of parents and teachers in a tough situation — balancing just how much to let their children see and hear while also teaching them about civics and the world around them.

Should Both Parents Agree Before Getting Their Child's Hair Cut?

Oct 11, 2016

One divorced couple found themselves in a parenting dilemma when the father took their son to get his long hair cut just before picture day without consulting the boy’s mother.

Why Parents Should Stop Paying Kids to Get Good Grades in School

Oct 11, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Kids are back in school, their first report cards will be arriving soon and their parents are eager to see A’s. In fact, some are so eager that they’re offering cash incentives. What can it hurt — right?

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.

Want to Empower Kids? Here’s the One Powerful Question to Ask

Oct 05, 2016

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans’ David Johns and Andrene Jones-Castro share their experience and recommendations for caring and concerned adults everywhere.

How Much Do Your Kids Know About Civics?

Oct 03, 2016

Get your kids up-to-speed on civics just in time for the election!

5-year-old Entrepreneur Gives Back to Veterans and His Community

Sep 30, 2016

Who says young kids can’t be business leaders and social change-makers?

5-year-old Entrepreneur Gives Back to Veterans and His Community

Sep 30, 2016

Who says young kids can’t be business leaders and social change-makers?

How to Spread Kindness in Your Child’s School This Year

Sep 16, 2016

Hint: it starts with you. And a smile.

How to Spread Kindness in Your Child’s School This Year

Sep 16, 2016

Hint: it starts with you. And a smile.

When My Granddaughter Asked for a Donation to Charity Instead of a Birthday Present

Sep 12, 2016

It got me thinking, is she naturally service-minded? Or was she taught? And what does that mean for other parents? Here’s what I found.

We Want to Hear from You! How Will You Make a Difference This Year?

Sep 06, 2016

Whatever you pledge to do, we know that supporting students, empowering our community and making a difference in the world is greater than just one person. #GoalToBeGreater

We Want to Hear from You! How Will You Make a Difference This Year?

Sep 06, 2016

Whatever you pledge to do, we know that supporting students, empowering our community and making a difference in the world is greater than just one person. #GoalToBeGreater

The Most Important Relationship to Build This School Year

Aug 29, 2016

It just could be the single most important step you take this year in helping your child learn at school.

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.

How Kids Really Use Social Media

Aug 26, 2016

How to prepare your tweens for the transition from playdates to smartphones while still building their social skills.

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.

My Baby is Going to Middle School and I’m in Tears

Aug 24, 2016

NBC News anchor Kate Snow shares her hopes -- and fears -- as her youngest heads to middle school.

Motivating Middle Schoolers: A Parent’s Guide to Navigating Academics

Aug 23, 2016

Be your child’s guide…not the puppeteer.

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.

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.

'Success Kid' Saving Lives 7 Years Later

Aug 05, 2016

Everyone knows the "Success Kid" meme that went viral. Seven years later, the boy from the popular meme used his fame to help save his father's life.

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!

How to Teach Kids to Manage Money

Jul 25, 2016

Hint: just handing over allowance isn’t the answer.

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.

14 Ways to Make This The Best Summer Ever

Jul 04, 2016

Don’t let the endless amount of time get you down. Here’s how to make the most of the summer months.

Parents Banish Teen to Backyard Tent for Theft

Jun 30, 2016

Are a New Mexico mom and dad being too strict in punishing their teen son for theft by banishing him to a tent in the backyard?

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.

First African American LGBTQ Youth Summit Advances the Inclusion Conversation

Jun 10, 2016

African American LGBTQ youth are gathering today in Washington DC to share their experiences at the intersection of black and queer identity.

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.

How to Make Sure Your Kid Goes to the Right College

Jun 06, 2016

Harvard educator says don't get caught up in prestigious universities.

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.”

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.

Watch TODAY Anchors Share Motherhood Stories and Get a Big Surprise

May 06, 2016

Behold the power of moms. There were so many happy tears, hugs, kisses and spontaneous exclamations of delight in the TODAY studio, that the joyous surprise reunions between the TODAY anchors and their moms temporarily took over the show.

FDA: No More E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

May 05, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration released its long-awaited plan Thursday for regulating e-cigarettes and other tobacco products — and says it will ban their sale to anyone under 18.

Sweet Advice on Raising Successful Kids, from Kathie Lee and Hoda's Moms

May 05, 2016

Kathie Lee and Hoda's mothers, Joan Epstein and Sami Kotb, obviously know plenty about raising successful kids! Joan and Sami surprise their daughters with video where they share advice for others moms on how to raise kids who will grow up to be tremendous adults.

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.

'My Dogs Became Dogs': 7 Ways Life Changes When You Have Kids

Apr 25, 2016

As we count down to Mother's Day and Father's Day, we're asking parents to share how life changes when you become a parent... all the ways, big and small.

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 This 11-Year-Old Turned Something Scary Into Something Sweet

Mar 28, 2016

She's a social entrepreneur, public speaker, philanthropist and a savvy 6th-grader from Austin, Texas whose signature venture, "Me & The Bees" lemonade — developed from her great-grandmother's 1940 recipe — is now a thriving national business.

How to Deal with Pushy Parents

Mar 25, 2016

Some parents (you know who you are) get a little too competitive on the sidelines of their kids' sporting events. How can you encourage your children to do their best on the playing field without putting too much pressure on them? Amy McCready, author of "The, 'Me, Me, Me,' Epidemic," and psychologist Jennifer Hartstein have suggestions.

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.

Hilarious Little League Sign Reminds Overbearing Parents: Relax!

Mar 21, 2016

In case any parents are under the impression that their 12-year-old son's chances of playing for the Yankees are hanging in the balance at a Little League game, a Texas league is offering a reality check.

Warning to Parents: You Need to be Involved in Your Teens' Driving

Mar 21, 2016

While many experts says that too much involvement in your teenager's life can be counterproductive, statistics show that advice doesn't apply to driving. NBC's Tom Costello reports for TODAY from a driver's ed program in Potomac, Maryland.

See What Happens When Real Moms Try the TODAY Show's Advice for Raising Healthy Kids

Mar 16, 2016

Parents are bombarded with advice on how to raise healthy, happy kids, but which tips actually work in the real world of temper tantrums, sugar highs and picky eaters?

How to Raise a Successful Kid

Mar 11, 2016

It is hard work raising good responsible kids. But you also want them to be well rounded and successful. With all of the activities now a days, the pressure to be good at everything can be overwhelming. How do you strike the right balance?

Study: Parents Aren't Reading to Their Kids Enough

Mar 09, 2016

A new survey finds many parents are not reading enough to their young children. According to the group "Read Aloud 15 Minutes," fewer than half of all parents read out loud to their children each day, and only 34 percent read aloud for at least 15 minutes a day.

Father Bonds With Autistic Son Through Running

Mar 05, 2016

A father has found a simple way to bond with his autistic son by sharing some common ground.

Three Brilliant Ways to Organize All Those Legos

Mar 02, 2016

Is there anything more painful than stepping on a Lego? No. No there is not. Save yourself with these clever ideas for organizing your child's vast Lego collection from the TODAY Parenting Team.

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.

Natalie Morales Owns Up to Her 'Worst Moment' with Her Kids

Feb 25, 2016

TODAY anchor Natalie Morales is no more perfect a parent than any of us: Getting lost can make her lose it. On TODAY's Take, Natalie made a highly public confession about a stressful car trip with her kids that turned into what she called "an expletive-ridden ride."

Leveling Up on Video Games: How Parents Can Cross the Digital Divide

Feb 22, 2016

In reality, video games are much like other forms of media—books, movies, music—in that there’s varying quality in the games themselves. It’s important for parents to be in on the decision making about the games that are in their homes.

Should Kids Get Trophies Just for Participating?

Feb 16, 2016

If you saw a father right in front of you getting upset because his boys were given participation trophies, would you step in — or step off?

Why Gifted Children Fail and How to Prevent It

Feb 15, 2016

While a great deal of emphasis is placed on helping students with low grades improve their academic performances, those who are considered gifted are often overlooked.

Healthy Ways to Keep the Sweet in Valentine’s Day

Feb 08, 2016

Valentine’s Day is coming up and parents all know what that means: sugar, sugar and more sugar. But can you keep the sweet in Valentine’s Day without excessive amounts of sugar?

9 Ways to Teach Kids About Nutrition, Fitness, Money, Organization

Feb 04, 2016

We all want to teach our kids healthy habits — but what are the best ways to accomplish that when we're busy or exhausted?

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.

Snowed In? 10 Ways to Have the Perfect Snow Day With Kids

Feb 01, 2016

While a day off from school is sometimes a much needed break for busy students and overworked teachers, parents can often be at a loss with what to do with this newly found free time.

Indoor Tennis, Anyone? Family Fun When You're Snowbound

Jan 26, 2016

The snows of winter may have your kids stuck indoors and climbing up the walls. Fortunately, Amy Brightfield of Better Homes and Gardens in on TODAY with fun ideas for when the family's cooped up.

Snow Day Activities to Help Your Kids Battle Boredom as They Chill

Jan 26, 2016

In the wake of the East Coast blizzard, schools were closed Tuesday in such places as Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Meaghan Murphy of Good Housekeeping joins TODAY with strategies to help keep the kids from climbing the walls when snow keeps them at home.

A Critical Teen Relationship: Mentor

Jan 25, 2016

January is National Mentoring Month and the perfect opportunity for you to encourage a teen to become a better friend, listener and ultimately, better person.

Is Your School Doing Enough? Experts Weigh in on the Role of Schools in Parent Engagement

Jan 18, 2016

Are you satisfied with your level of involvement in your child’s education? It’s important for schools to acknowledge that every parent, no matter their background or life circumstances, brings unique strengths and perspectives to the table.

Why We’re Playing More This Year (and Why It’s So Hard To Do)

Jan 11, 2016

In her own words, Weekend TODAY Show anchor Erica Hill shares the reason she resolved to play more with her two sons and why it’s harder than she thought it would be.

Process Over Outcome: Goal-Setting with Your Children

Jan 04, 2016

Regardless of their age, it’s important for children to realize that good things don’t happen by accident. We do better and we get better through intention and effort.

Why is Dad Grumpy? Survey Finds the Top Things that Lead to Cranky Fathers

Jan 04, 2016

According to a survey, the top things that make dads grumpy include being treated like an ATM and always getting socks for presents. But No. 1 is… people leaving the lights on.

TODAY Parenting Team Shares Parenting Resolutions for 2016

Dec 30, 2015

Savannah Guthrie speaks to parent educator Betsy Brown who shares tips that will help you stick to your resolutions once the new year begins.

Host a Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve with a Popcorn Bar, Crafts & More

Dec 29, 2015

New Year's Eve fun can be a family affair. Kimberly Schlegel Whitman of Southern Living magazine and some young helpers demonstrate fun activities, child-appropriate treats and "mocktails" to ring in 2016.

“We Learn So Much About Our Kids”: Q&A with NBC News’ Kate Snow

Dec 28, 2015

As we head into 2016 and the season of New Year’s resolutions, we caught up with NBC News and MSNBC anchor Kate Snow for an update on her progress on her #SchoolYrResolution, and the advice that she’d share with you.

How to Host a Fun Sleepover Party for Your Kids

Dec 28, 2015

TODAY Parenting Team contributor Amanda Mushro and some adorable young assistants are throwing a slumber party in the TODAY studio, offering fun ways to keep the kids busy (if not sleeping) during sleepover dates while they're off from school for the holidays.

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.

4 Ways to Keep Bored Kids Busy During the Holidays

Dec 21, 2015

Angie Goff, contributor for the TODAY Parenting team as well as an anchor at NBC Washington, has creative ways parents can keep their kids from climbing the walls during the holiday break from school.

Why You Shouldn't Let Your Kids Win at Games

Dec 21, 2015

Experts say that when you play games with kids who are at least 4 years old, you should not let them win, because losing helps them learn the importance of recovering after failure. But you shouldn't clobber them, because you do want them to feel success is possible.

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.

Social Skills for the Holidays

Dec 14, 2015

Instead of simply assuming that kids will just pick up the ability to converse along the way, parents need to be intentional and teach children this vital skill.

Keeping the HAPPY in the Holidays

Dec 07, 2015

It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” – right? It can be. But in between the “ho, ho, ho’s” and the “happy new year’s” there can be a whole lot of stress for adults and kiddos. How can we make the most of the time we have with family and friends and keep things more ‘merry’ than ‘miserable’?

Keeping the HAPPY in the Holidays

Dec 07, 2015

It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” – right? It can be. But in between the “ho, ho, ho’s” and the “happy new year’s” there can be a whole lot of stress for adults and kiddos. How can we make the most of the time we have with family and friends and keep things more ‘merry’ than ‘miserable’?

How to Teach Kids the Gift of Giving During the Holidays

Dec 01, 2015

Janice Kaplan, author of "The Gratitude Diaries," talks to Savannah Guthrie about ways you can encourage your children to embrace the spirit of giving during the holiday season.

Which Toys Should Make Your Holiday Shopping List?

Nov 24, 2015

Continuing TODAY's month-long Hassle-Free Holiday series, Stephanie Oppenheim of joins Savannah Guthrie to review more of the top toys on retail shelves this holiday season, as voted by families across the country.

Promoting a Spirit of Gratefulness in Kids - A Tale of Two Letters

Nov 23, 2015

Gratitude is a way of both thinking and feeling. It can be cultivated if we simply spend time talking about what we appreciate in our lives and why we appreciate it.

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.

New Research: To Stay Alive in a Deadly Fire, Close Your Door

Nov 11, 2015

In a new installment of NBC Investigates, Scott Friedman of NBC affiliate KXAS in Dallas-Fort Worth reports that more than half of all fire deaths in U.S. homes happen at night. Now, he says, new research shows that simply closing your door can dramatically increase your chances of survival.

How Teens are Hiding Photos, More with 'Ghost Apps' — and What To Do About It

Nov 09, 2015

The sexting scandal that hit a Colorado high school has many wondering how parents could not have known what was going on, and how to keep their own kids from getting involved in sending explicit photos by text.

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.

Researchers: Added Benefits When Dads Read Bedtime Stories to Kids

Nov 06, 2015

Harvard researchers found that kids who are read to by their dads have better-developed language skills than those who are read to only by moms. They say fathers use more abstract and complex language.

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.

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.

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.

Girl's Halloween Costumes Promoting Gender Bias

Oct 28, 2015

Gender stereotypes are perpetuated early and often, even in seemingly-innocent Halloween costume aisles. Whether it is sexualizing young girl’s costumes or strictly defining what boys should wear and what girls should wear, experts agree that this early labeling can be limiting.

Why Forcing Kids to Say 'I'm Sorry' May be Sending the Wrong Message

Oct 28, 2015

We've all been there: The little one makes a mess or causes a problem, and it's up to you as the parent to remind them to apologize for their wrongdoing. But sorry to be the bearer of bad news: It's not the right way to go, according to one expert.

Want to Prevent Bullying? Start with Kindness

Oct 26, 2015

If we want to prevent bullying, we must do more than teach our kids to be upstanders and not to be bullies. We must start by teaching them to be kind, especially to those different from them in background and character, and to help build caring, inclusive communities.

Quality vs. Quantity: Talking to Promote Your Child’s Language Development

Oct 19, 2015

Talking with our children (rather than at our children) and keeping the conversations going and growing will ensure that children enter kindergarten with the strong oral language skills they need to succeed in school.

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.

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.

Teens Flirt Online But Find Romance Offline: Pew

Oct 01, 2015

Teenagers are savvy Internet and social media users, and regularly chat and flirt online, but very few make romantic connections that way, according to a survey by Pew Internet.

'It's the Perfect Storm': Toppling TV Sets are Injuring More Kids, Study Finds

Sep 29, 2015

More children are being severely injured by toppling TV sets and most of those accidents could have been prevented, a new study suggests.

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.

Mom Takes Party City to Task Over 'Sexualized' Costumes for Little Girls

Sep 28, 2015

Halloween is just a month away, and parents are already searching for the perfect costumes for their little ones. But when Lin Kramer recently browsed a selection of toddler costumes for her 3-year-old daughter, the problem wasn't which one to choose — it was the choices themselves.

Washington School Tries, Fails to Ban Playing Tag at Recess

Sep 28, 2015

In recent years, schools have been on the banning bandwagon. Outlawed in various places around the country: dodgeball, hugging and makeup. But when one Washington state school tried laying down the law on the game of tag on the playground, parents drew a line in the sand.

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.

Cool or Creepy? New High-Tech Barbie Can Have Conversations with Kids

Sep 17, 2015

A new version of Barbie that is Wi-fi connected has the ability to talk with children.

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.

Family-Friendly Apps for a Busy Household

Sep 11, 2015

Digital lifestyle expert Randi Zuckerberg shares her favorite mobile apps that everyone in the family will enjoy, including a to-do list app that makes collaboration easy and an app that tracks after-school appointments and activities.

Get Organized for Back-to-School with Ease!

Sep 11, 2015

TODAY Parenting contributor Angie Goff joins Carson and Hoda to chat about tips for helping the kids stay organized at home. From creating a homework station to a supply turntable to an art drop box, Goff's tricks are so easy they'll make staying organized a breeze plus the kids will love them.

Rossen Reports: 'Dangerous Drivers' Flying Past Kids in School Zones

Sep 09, 2015

Every day an average of 44 kids are hit while walking, many while on their way to school. NBC's national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen takes a look at drivers blowing past the speed limit and putting kids at risk.

Make Your Kids Life Easier with Latest Back-to-School Gear

Sep 07, 2015

Author Steve Greenberg shows Kathie Lee and Hoda nine great gadgets that will simplify your children's school day and your morning routine.

School Dress Codes Spark Wardrobe Wars: How to Handle It with Your Kids

Sep 01, 2015

With school back in session for much of the country, the end of summer brings the beginning of dress codes and disagreements.

Back-to-School Hacks to Keep Your Kids Organized

Aug 26, 2015

TODAY's Hack to School series continues with some help from Evette Rios of Latina magazine, who demonstrates some clever ideas to maximize locker storage and turn a shower caddy into a school supply organizer.

Right Foot Forward: Equipping Kids with Social Confidence This School Year

Aug 24, 2015

It’s back-to-school time and you’re likely in full swing ensuring your child’s reading list has been completed, a new outfit or uniform is laid out and the first day book bag is packed. But, are your children prepared with the vital social skills to kick the year off on the right foot?

Hack to School: Getting Your Kids Back into a Routine

Aug 24, 2015

As children head back to school, TODAY is here to smooth the way with a new series called Hack to School. Kicking it off is Meredith Sinclair of, who shows TODAY's Willie Geist and guest cohost Jane Krakowski some fun ways to get your kids back into a school routine.

Bigger Families are Better, Researchers Find

Aug 18, 2015

Children from families with four or more kids scored higher in self-esteem, resilience and social support in a five-year study in Australia.

The Undeniable Link between Rescuing and Responsibility – What Parents Need to Know This School Year

Aug 17, 2015

As parents we really want to help. But too often we’re the ones getting in the way of all of those things by “helping” too much.

Social Experiment: If A Child Went Wild In Public, Would You Step In Or Step Off?

Aug 10, 2015

If you were in a restaurant and a similar scene was happening next to your table, would you step in — or step off? Rossen Reports hired actors and set up hidden cameras at the Fine Grind in Little Falls, New Jersey, to conduct an intriguing social experiment.

How Cell Phones Are Affecting Families — And What To Do About It

Aug 06, 2015

There's often a focus on how to get our kids off their phones and back into the great outdoors. But what about parents?

This Is The Most Effective Way To Discipline Kids, According To Science

Aug 06, 2015

Getting small kids to behave can be a delicate science for parents. Some worry about being too harsh; others are left exasperated by children who seem out of control. Many try to avoid yelling or spanking, and even time-outs are seen as too strict in some parenting circles.

You'll Survive Dropping Your Kid Off at College! Tips From Parents

Aug 04, 2015

Dropping your teen off for the first year of college can be the most stressful, emotional and illuminating experience of your life.

Resolve to be Involved: The Benefits of School Year’s Resolutions

Aug 03, 2015

Join our School Year’s Resolution pledge! It's a great start for parents who want to be more actively engaged with their child’s academic and overall success.

Why Children Bully Parents And How To Regain Control

Jul 28, 2015

More parents are finding themselves on the receiving end of aggressive behavior from their own children that goes beyond normal childhood outbursts. TODAY special correspondent Jenna Bush Hager talks to Sean Grover, author of the new book "When Kids Call the Shots," as well as to a mother and daughter who have experienced the problem.

5 Stress-Free Activities For Easy Summer Fun

Jul 24, 2015

It's July: You're all hot, the kids are bored, and all the brilliant summer-fun ideas you stockpiled back in May or June have melted away like the last traces of snow in Boston.

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!

Parental Guidance: How To Battle Sibling Rivalry

Jul 23, 2015

In this episode of Parental Guidance, Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi share tips for dealing with sibling rivalry.

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.

President Obama: Ok To Put Technology Aside When It Comes To Kids

Jul 20, 2015

During a news conference, President Obama revealed that cellphones are banned from the Obama family dinner table, and his comments are striking a chord across the country. NBC's Sheinelle Jones reports, and psychologist Jennifer Hartstein offers tips to help your family strike the right balance.

Consumer Reports: Laundry Pods Shouldn't Be In Homes With Kids

Jul 17, 2015

Consumer Reports is now warning that laundry detergent pods should never be used in homes where young children live or visit. Calls to poison centers about children and laundry pods have increased over the past several years.

When Is It OK To Inspect Your Kids' Social Media?

Jul 16, 2015

Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist and Ellie Kemper talk over topics of the day, including a parent who asked when kids are old enough to have "private" conversations on social media. Al says "as long as I'm paying," his kids' social media should be an open book; Natalie feels minors are entitled to some privacy, within reasonable limits.

Parents May Have A Favorite Child, And Not Even Know It

Jul 15, 2015

A new study looks at whether oldest siblings have elevated status in families, and finds that many parents tend to think that their firstborn is their smartest child.

5 Parenting Styles That Cause Entitlement in Kids — And How to Change Them

Jul 14, 2015

The seeds of entitlement are sown over the years in a million little parenting decisions — all made in the name of love. Sometimes a few tweaks in parenting style can make all the difference

Birds And Bees Talk Got Your Family Buzzing? The 'Puberty Lady' Is Here To Help

Jul 14, 2015

Sitting down to talk to your children about the birds and the bees can be tough. But registered nurse Julie Metzger is helping shape the conversation between preteens and adults, and make that lesson slightly less awkward for everyone.

Cut Back Your Child's Screen Time By Cutting Back Your Own First

Jul 14, 2015

The lure of the screen — TV, computer, phone — is hard to ignore. But if parents are finding it hard to pull their child away from that glowing, often interactive, device, researchers have a way to fix things fast: turn off your own screens first.

At What Age Should A Kid Get Their Own Cellphone?

Jul 13, 2015

The TODAY anchors discuss a survey in which parents weigh in on the appropriate ages for children to join Facebook, get their own cellphone and other grown-up things.

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.

Understanding The Complexity Of A Mother-Daughter Relationship

Jul 08, 2015

Dr. Janet Taylor, along with mother and daughter duo Cordelia and Olivia Bowe, chat with Hoda and guest co-host Jenna Bush Hager about the special bond mothers and daughters share and the reasons that those relationships are often tested during the teenage years.

Do Your Kids Belong To The Boomerang Generation?

Jul 04, 2015

A new study found that a third of Boomers provide financial support to someone, 17 percent are specifically supporting adult children, otherwise known as the "Boomerang generation." TODAY's Erica Hill chats with CNBC's personal finance correspondent Sharon Epperson about how parents can deal with this potentially delicate situation.

How Early Should Toddlers Play with Tablets? Study May Surprise You

Jun 15, 2015

How young is too young for a child to start playing with computer gadgets like the iPad? According to surprising research out of the University of London, the answer is as early as possible.

How to Keep Kids Busy and Comfortable on Summer Road Trips

Jun 12, 2015's Amy Goodman joins TODAY with tips to get your family to their destination peacefully, including having kids play with a reusable sticker pad, and traveling with neck pillows that will actually work for your children.

Striking Photo Shows All the Bacteria on an 8-Year-Old's Hand

Jun 08, 2015

If ever you needed more motivation to wash your hands, this germy, colorful creation ought to do it. Behold some of the bacteria that grew when an 8-year-old boy who had been playing outside pressed his hand onto a large Petri dish.

'My Kid Would Never…' Get in a Stranger's Car?

Jun 07, 2015

As part of Dateline's series "My Kid Would Never," two parents put their son to the test to see if he will fall for a stranger's act that involves luring their son inside a truck. TODAY's Natalie Morales reports.

Would Your Kid Allow a Stranger Into Your Home? One Boy is Put to the Test

Jun 04, 2015

In Thursday's installment of the series "My Kid Would Never Do That" with Natalie Morales, one boy is put to a hidden-camera test to see who he'd permit to enter his home when his parents are out.

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.

Author Warns of the Perils of Overparenting

May 26, 2015

Author Stefanie Wilder-Taylor joins TODAY to unmask the trend of overparenting, and talks about her new book, "Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic."

Lessons in Dirt: Using a Green Thumb for Learning At Home

May 25, 2015

Gardening is a great way to get children to connect with nature and learn more about fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy eating. But that’s not all. These gardens also offer children the opportunity to experience hands-on lessons in science, math and language arts.

Study: Kids Benefit From Having a Working Mom

May 18, 2015

According to a new study, daughters of working mothers completed more years of education, were more likely to be employed and earned higher incomes.

Study: Single Parenting takes a Toll Later in Life

May 15, 2015

Being a single parent comes with a number of hurdles and stresses, and new research says it may also have a major impact on health. NBC's Erica Hill reports.

Dress Code Drama: Students Protest Crackdown on Prom Dresses Days Before Dance

May 13, 2015

It has been a distracting week for students at a Connecticut high school, trying to focus while a "prom gown panel" meets nearby, judging whether dresses are appropriate for the social event of the season.

Summer Camps: Finding the Right Fit

May 11, 2015

Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning for summer break! Is your child interested in going to camp? We talked to Dr. Michele Borba for tips on finding the right summer camp fit for every family.

Do Moms Really Worry More Than Dads?

May 11, 2015

The TODAY Show anchors discuss a New York Times op-ed piece called, "Mom: The Designated Worrier," which argues that women worry more about their children than dads.

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.

Should You Put Being a Mom on Your Resume?

May 08, 2015

The TODAY anchors are divided about whether being a mom should be on your resume. An expert says there's still concern by employers that "parents might be prioritizing family matters over doing their jobs."

5 Easy Mother's Day Crafts for Kids to Make

May 07, 2015

Dads, get the kids involved in these 5 crafty ideas—from Jodi Levine, blogger and author of Candy Aisle Crafts—and you just might salvage mom's special day.

What's the Best (and Worst) Mother's Day Gift? Kids Share Advice

May 06, 2015

In this installment of the TODAY Show's Kidvice series, adorable children offer their tips for how to ace Mother's Day.

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.

What Happens When Parents Collide with School Rules?

Apr 30, 2015

Some schools are trying to teach parents a lesson when it comes to such issues as vacations, lunches and dress codes. So who's in charge when your kid's life and the lesson plan collide? NBC national correspondent Craig Melvin reports.

What Happens When Parents Collide with School Rules?

Apr 30, 2015

Some schools are trying to teach parents a lesson when it comes to such issues as vacations, lunches and dress codes. So who's in charge when your kid's life and the lesson plan collide? NBC national correspondent Craig Melvin reports.

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.

Experts Answer Questions About Transgender Kids

Apr 24, 2015

Dr. Michelle Forcier and transgender model Geena Rocero join TODAY to talk about transgender children, and some of the experiences they go through from a very young age.

Family of Transgender Girl, 8, Share Her Journey

Apr 24, 2015

Rep. Mike Honda is the proud grandpa of little Malisa, who was born in a boy's body. Honda says of his granddaughter, "I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied."

Family of Transgender Girl, 8, Share Her Journey

Apr 24, 2015

Rep. Mike Honda is the proud grandpa of little Malisa, who was born in a boy's body. Honda says of his granddaughter, "I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied."

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.

Waste Not, Want Not: How to Reduce Food Waste in Your Home

Apr 20, 2015

Earth Day is a great time for your family to talk about food waste and start building habits that can make a valuable impact both on the environment and your family’s budget. Below are 5 ways you can celebrate Earth Day and learn to cutback on food waste at home.

Writer in NYT Op-Ed: 'Kids, Look At Me When We're Talking'

Apr 20, 2015

In TODAY's Take, Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall and actor Ryan Eggold discuss an op-ed where New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler writes that when he shakes hands with kids, they often don't look him in the eye. "We've become tech-obsessed," Tamron comments.

E-cig Use Spikes as Traditional Smoking Falls Among U.S. Youth

Apr 16, 2015

Electronic cigarette use among American middle and high school students tripled in 2014 while cigarette use fell to record lows, U.S. health officials reported recently.

School Tells Gay Student: No Dress, No Prom

Apr 08, 2015

A gay honor student is told that her Louisiana high school won't allow her to wear a tuxedo to prom.

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.

How to Make Your Children One with Nature

Apr 02, 2015

Paleontologist Scott Sampson joins Tony Dokoupil to discuss his new book, "Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature."

“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.

Mom Uses Social Media to Correct Daughters’ Bad Behavior

Mar 30, 2015

Kathie Lee and Hoda chat about an Alabama mom who posted on social media to track down a mother and daughter who had a special trip to the movies upset by the disrespectful behavior of her daughters.

Is Raising Boys Different than Raising Girls?

Mar 26, 2015

Psychotherapists Abby Rodman and Robi Ludwig give their advice on how parents may need to adjust their parenting style depending on if they’re raising boys or girls.

Where Are the Costliest Baby Sitters in the US?

Mar 24, 2015

The national average rate for a babysitter is $13.44 per hour. Parents in San Francisco pay the highest rate in the U.S. at $16.65 per hour.

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.

Is Parenting a Career?

Mar 16, 2015

The TODAY show anchors chat about an op-ed titled “Being a Stay-at-Home Mother Is Not a Job,” where writer Liz Pardue-Schultz says that being able to stay home to raise your kids “is a privilege, and calling it anything else is ignorant and condescending.”

New Kind of Report Card: Kids Rate Parents

Mar 16, 2015

Some parents are asking their children to grade them on their parenting, as a way of learning really matters to their kids. Darlene Rodriguez of WNBC in New York City reports.

Would You Want Your Child to Join a Frat or Sorority?

Mar 11, 2015

After University of Oklahoma fraternity members were allegedly captured on video leading a racist chant, people on social media weigh in on fraternity and sorority life. Carson Daly reports from the Orange Room.

Female Exec: ‘Value the Mothers Around You’

Mar 04, 2015

Katharine Zaleski, president of Internet start-up PowerToFly, talks about a Fortune column she wrote that went viral Tuesday, in which she apologized for how she used to treat working moms. She says the birth of her daughter changed her thinking. Reaction to the piece “has been amazing,” she says.

Making an Affordable College Choice

Mar 02, 2015

Understanding how financial aid works and what your family will be responsible for paying is key to finding an affordable college choice for your teen.

Five Ways to Boost Heart Health

Feb 23, 2015

Eating healthy and exercising can benefit the whole family, and it doesn't have to take all day or break the bank.

NYC Teen Starts Lucrative Baby-Sitting Business

Feb 20, 2015

Noa Mintz joins the TODAY Show to talk about starting “Nannies by Noa,” a business that’s set to make millions. Her personal experience with child care has made the 15-year-old into a bona fide Manhattan mogul.

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?

Proposed Bill Would Fine Parents for Overweight Children

Feb 13, 2015

A controversial proposed bill in Puerto Rico is aimed at tackling childhood obesity by fining parents up to $800 if their overweight child doesn't lose weight.

Parents Do This Sneaky Behavior in Front of Sons, but Not Daughters: Why?

Feb 11, 2015

When it comes to learning honesty, it seems boys may be getting a different lesson than girls. Parents are more willing to lie in front of their sons than their daughters, according to a recent analysis published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Controversial New App Tracks College Students

Feb 09, 2015

Class 120, the brainchild of Jeffrey Whorley, uses GPS signals to track student’s locations, and will send their parents a message if they aren’t in class. Some experts argue that the app could undermine students’ ability to motivate themselves.

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.

The Poster All Overcompetitive Parents Should See

Feb 06, 2015

A hilarious poster at a Kentucky gym reminds parents that “this is a game” and “your child does not play in the NBA.”

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.

Should You Tell Your Children How Much You Make?

Jan 30, 2015

A New York Times essay says that money is mysterious to kids, and suggests that by revealing your finances, you help clear things up for them and teach them a valuable lesson.

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.

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.

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.

Parents Face Backlash for Letting Kids Walk Alone

Jan 19, 2015

A Maryland family is under investigation by Child Protective Services for allowing their 10- and 6-year-old children to walk home unsupervised from a park a mile away.

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.

Should Kids Be Allowed Cellphones in School?

Jan 07, 2015

New York City is about to lift a ban on children bringing phones to school after parents complained about not being connected to their kids during the school day.

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 Year’s Resolutions - The Quality of the Little Things

Dec 29, 2014

I would like to think that the ending of another year and the beginning of a new one fills me with hope, joy and anticipation but if I am being honest, instead, it fills me with anxiety envisioning many unaccomplished goals. The beginning of the year is an optimal time for reflection, as long as it doesn't include self-flagellation. Researchers assert that when trying to make any changes - major or minor - “It is the quality of the little things that makes all the difference.”

‘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.

Mom’s Touching Letter to Daughter’s Stepmom Goes Viral

Dec 16, 2014

The relationship between a birth mom and a stepmom can be rough, but a loving family in Texas is fighting against that stereotype and winning.

High Cost of Day Care is Giving Parents Sticker Shock

Dec 10, 2014

A new report says that in 30 states and the District of Columbia, the average cost for infant care is higher than tuition and fees at a four-year public college.

Make College Costs Manageable for the Entire Family

Dec 08, 2014

Applying to college can be as daunting for parents as it is for 12th graders–only for different reasons. While students focus on finding a place with the programs and activities they like, as parents we worry about whether we can afford college. We don’t want to let our children down, but we also must live within our family’s budget. Not to worry. There are things we can all do to make college costs manageable.

Divorce Rates are Lower, but So Are the Number of People Getting Married

Dec 03, 2014

TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones reports on new findings that suggest the divorce rate, which increased in the 1970s and 1980s, has been dropping for the last 20 years.

Former ‘Tiger Mom’ Says She Was Wrong

Nov 24, 2014

The trend of “tiger parenting,” strict parents who push their children to achieve big goals, has been a topic of debate among parenting experts recently. One mom says we’re in danger of raising a generation of stressed-out kids if “tiger parenting” continues – she knows because she used to be one.

Truly thankful: 5 Tips to Teach Kids Real Gratitude

Nov 06, 2014

Believe it or not, there's a way to cut through the distractions and foster a spirit of gratitude — during the holidays and all year round. Follow these tips, and your kids might actually start counting their blessings instead of just the items on their wish lists.

Why this Couple Won’t Pay for Kids’ College

Nov 05, 2014

In their new book, “Guerrilla Parenting,” California couple David and Jill argue that their children should figure out a way to pay for college on their own.

Experts: How, and When, to Talk About Sex with Your Kids

Nov 03, 2014

Psychologist Jennifer Hartstein and TODAY parents contributor Amy McCready discuss how to talk to your kids of all ages about the birds and the bees.

Why This Mom Won’t ‘Rescue’ Her Kids

Oct 23, 2014

Could it be a cure for helicopter parenting? Writer Jordana Horn and TODAY’s Matt Lauer discuss her recent article about a “no rescue” approach to parenting, which experts say could help build kids’ sense of responsibility.

Are Mom and Dad Responsible for Kids’ Facebook Posts?

Oct 20, 2014

The TODAY Show anchors discuss a court ruling that appears to set a legal precedent about parental responsibility for a child’s online actions after a boy posted a fake Facebook profile to bully a classmate.

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.

Here's the Biggest Culprit in Distracted Parenting (According to Kids)

Oct 08, 2014

Christine French Cully from Highlights magazine and parenting expert Michele Borba discuss a “State of The Kid” survey in which many kids say they are stressed out and feel their parents are distracted when they talk to them.

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 it OK to Discipline Other People’s Kids?

Oct 02, 2014

Natalie Morales, Willie Geist and Tamron Hall discuss a woman griping about sitting near a 2-year-old who threw a tantrum during a flight, and debated whether it’s OK to say something to the parents of a misbehaving child.

Recent NFL Case Brings Focus to Corporal Punishment Debate

Sep 19, 2014

Following Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson’s indictment on charges of abusing his child, there is a renewed debate over how parents discipline their children. Jonathan Capehart and Dr. Stacy Drury discuss.

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.

Not Having Luck Asking the Kids 'So How Was School Today?'

Sep 05, 2014

The start of the school year brings big fanfare from parents, but once kids say goodbye and get to school, what happens? If yours give you a blank stare when you ask about their day, mommy blogger Liz Evans has some tips you might want to try.

Must-Have Products to Keep Your Students Safe

Aug 28, 2014

“The Safety Chick” Kathleen Baty joins TODAY to show off some great products for your students, including a Master lock and backpacks that light up.

How to Get Your Family’s Bedtime Back on Track

Aug 27, 2014

Dr. Carol Ash joins TODAY to offer tips on how to break free of carefree summer schedules and get back into a regular sleep schedule.

Mom Writes Apology Letter to Second Child

Aug 27, 2014

A mother wrote an endearing, tongue-in-cheek letter telling her second child how differently they’ve been treated by their family than the firstborn.

How Much Sleep Should Your Teen Get?

Aug 25, 2014

Dr. Danielle Laraque joins TODAY to talk about a new study suggesting that bad sleep patterns among adolescents are a serious problem that can impact their health and academic success.

Mom Creates App to Get Teens to Return Calls

Aug 18, 2014

A Houston mom created an app called “Ignore No More,” which shuts down kids’ phones when they ignore their parents’ calls or texts.

Parents, Hang Up! Your Call May be Distracting Your Teen Driver

Aug 08, 2014

Worried your child is using a cell phone behind the wheel? You're probably the one they’re talking to, according to a new study on distracted driving and teens.

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.

Mom Punishes Teen by Selling Her Katy Perry Tickets

Aug 02, 2014

When North Dakota mom Cindy Bjerke felt her 18-year-old daughter had misbehaved, she took to Facebook to sell the girl’s Katy Perry concert tickets as punishment.

Study: Half of Parents Help Foot College Grads' Bills

Jul 07, 2014

TODAY's financial editor Jean Chatzky offers some sound financial advice to the Costabile family, who join TODAY to talk about having two college grads still living at home with financial support from their parents.

Can Working Parents "Have It All"?

Jul 03, 2014

In the wake of recent frank remarks by Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo CEO and working mom, as well as Matt Lauer’s recent interview with GM CEO Mary Barra, the TODAY anchors and Martha Stewart have a lively and candid discussion about juggling work and parenthood.

Parents Value Grades Over Kindness, Kids Say in New Study

Jun 25, 2014

A study reveals 80 percent of kids said their parents value happiness and personal success more than being caring. They believe their parents want them to prioritize good grades over being a good person.

More College Graduates are Moving Back Home

Jun 23, 2014

Matthew Segal, a millennial and co-founder of, and Jen Hartstein, a family psychologist, join TODAY to discuss the growing number of college graduates moving back in with their parents. They’re being called the “boomerang generation.”

The Changing Demographics of Parents

Jun 19, 2014

A new study done at Johns Hopkins shows the changing demographics in parenthood, including more single mothers and the limited amount of time parents have to spend with their children.

Do Dads Really Matter?

Jun 16, 2014

Paul Raeburn, author of the new book, “Do Fathers Matter?: What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked,” joins The Cycle to discuss the evolutionary and psychological impact of fathers.

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.

Some Yogurts Have More Sugar than a Twinkie

May 28, 2014

If you’re not reading yogurt nutritional labels closely, you could end up consuming more than your daily allowance of sugar.

Natalie Morales on the Top 10 Surprises About Being a Mom

May 09, 2014

Today Show anchor Natalie Morales shares the top 10 most surprising things about being a mom.

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.

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.

6 Annoying Things Your Children Do That Are Actually Good for Them

Feb 17, 2014

Your child may yell, scream and work to make themselves the center of attention. But in reality, they are doing exactly what they should be doing to help learn to manage their emotions.

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.

The Highs and Lows of Modern Parenting

Feb 03, 2014

Author Jennifer Senior joins Morning Joe to discuss her new book “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.”

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."

Parental Involvement with Young Kids May Help Later Academic Performance

Jan 29, 2014

Parents who are involved in active play with their children during their toddler and preschool years may have better academic performance to look forward to, according to new research.

"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.

Can You Tease Your Kids Too Much?

Nov 08, 2013

Kathie Lee and Hoda about how pulling pranks on your kids may have lasting effects, and explain when it’s OK to tease your kids a little bit.

Parents Spend Big Bucks with Hopes of Raising Future Stars

Oct 27, 2013

Family invests in child’s future as a star athlete, despite the odds of actually making it to the pros.

'Too Much': Dad Tries to do Daughter's Homework for a Week

Oct 11, 2013

Too much homework! It’s a common complaint heard in nearly every teenage household. But in many homes today, that protest also is coming from parents.

Students Need More Than Parents to Flourish

Oct 08, 2013

Success in school is a team effort between students, parents and instructors. A panel of experts discusses how best to get your children to do their best and flourish.

Parenting Principles: Earn Respect, Stay Consistent

Oct 03, 2013

Talk to any parent or teacher and they’ll tell you that kids these days have gotten way out of hand. They talk back. They’re disrespectful, even extraordinarily rude.

How to Explain the Government Shutdown to Your Kids

Oct 01, 2013

If there’s one good thing to come out of the current mess over Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act) in Washington, it’s the opportunity to give a civics lesson to your kids.

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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