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After announcing that she "was miserable" living life online, one social media star changed her profile saying "social media is not real life" and is encouraging teens to unplug.



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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.



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Kristen Chase of Cool Mom Picks is a mother of four, so she knows plenty about the challenges of parenting. She shows Willie Geist and Tamron Hall some hacks to make the job a little easier.



Guiding Our Children: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

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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.



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3 Smartphone Apps That Can Help Keep Your Kids Safe

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Last year, University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was murdered. Now three new smartphone apps are available for free download to help prevent such tragedies.



Creating Harmony: How Music Can Support Social Emotional Development

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Target Recalling Thousands of Water Bottles

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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.



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.



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.



Never Ice A Burn: What You Need To Know For Summer Skin Woes

Jul 22, 2015

Summer is an amazing time to enjoy the warm weather, grilling up burgers, swimming in the pool or simply enjoying carefree days outside. But our skin sure can take a bit of a beating.



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.



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.



10 Strategies to Apply (And Keep) Sunscreen On Your Kids

Jul 07, 2015

Parents know the power of sunscreen and remember to slather on and repeat. Kids? Not so much.



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.



Some Tips And Tricks For Summer Safety

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Jimmy Minardi, founder of Minardi Training, joins Kathie Lee and Hoda to present tips on how to stay safe this summer.



Keep Kids' Toys Tidy With These Organizing Solutions

Jul 01, 2015

If you're tired of stepping on your kids' games and toys, Leslie Segrete of "The Money Pit" radio show on Sirius XM has you covered. She shows Willie Geist and Ellie Kemper cunning solutions to organize those playthings.



Paying for College: What You Need to do Now Before Your Teen Starts College in the Fall

Jun 22, 2015

While dealing with sadness of sending a child off to college, parents may find it hard to help their student focus on the tasks they need to complete before they leave for campus in the fall. We've compiled a list of important items to talk about with your child about before they start college.



How to Keep Kids Busy and Comfortable on Summer Road Trips

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Zulily.com'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.



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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.



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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.



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Advocacy groups have filed a complaint with the FTC for what they call "inappropriate content" on some videos available on Google's "YouTube Kids" app.



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From making goopy, sticky flubber to engineering a giant bubble snake, getting crafty is all about rolling up your sleeves and having fun. The key to a successful day indoors is all about planning, knowing your audience, and preparing to get messy, messy, messy.



'Slow Parenting' on the Rise

May 12, 2015

The Boston Globe has people talking with its story about an increasing number of parents taking it easy when it comes to their kids' activities, focusing on quality versus quantity.



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.



'Goldilocks Syndrome'? Parents Often in Denial About Overweight Kids

May 11, 2015

Most parents incorrectly identified their overweight preschool-age children as being at about the right weight, even as childhood obesity rates rose, according to alarming new research which tracked two sets of kids over separate multi-year periods.



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.



How to Turn Test Stress into Studying Success

May 04, 2015

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



A Win for Everyone: Collaborative Games

Apr 27, 2015

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



4 Ways to Upcycle Old Items for the Kids Room and Garden

Apr 24, 2015

Art director, decorator and budget design specialist Stacy Nelson shows Kathie Lee and Hoda some simple ways to turn items that you'd normally throw away into creative objects and crafts your family will love.



4 Ways to Upcycle Old Items for the Kids Room and Garden

Apr 24, 2015

Art director, decorator and budget design specialist Stacy Nelson shows Kathie Lee and Hoda some simple ways to turn items that you'd normally throw away into creative objects and crafts your family will love.



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.



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.



Dinner Conversations Can Help Kids Grasp Math

Apr 20, 2015

A study reveals that moms who talk about basic math with preschoolers at the dinner table were able to improve their children's grasp of the subject a year later.



Should There be Parental Leave for Kids' Teen Years?

Apr 15, 2015

A New York magazine writer says parents need to take maternity and paternity leave when their kids are adolescents.



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."



Kids Sipping Alcohol Can Lead to Problem Drinking

Mar 31, 2015

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



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

Mar 30, 2015

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



Study: Quality Parenting Trumps Quantity

Mar 30, 2015

A new study finds no connection between the amount of time a mother spends with their children from the ages three to 11 and their future success in life. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.



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.



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.



NBC News Launches TODAY's Parenting Team

Mar 03, 2015

Our colleagues at the TODAY Show have created a new forum for parents to share their best advice, toughest questions and cutest photos.



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.



Most Doctors Agree to 'Spread Out' Kids' Shots, Survey Finds

Mar 02, 2015

Nearly all pediatricians and family doctors have been asked at least once by parents if they could "space out" the vaccines their children get and most have agreed to do so at some point, a new study finds



Parents Fight Back Against ‘Digital Kidnapping’

Feb 27, 2015

Posting pictures of your kids on social media might seem innocent, but an unsettling new trend has developed: strangers appropriating the images and pretending the children are their own.



Why Parents Should Rethink Allowances

Feb 25, 2015

Slate magazine has issued new advice on allowances, advising that you should give kids an allowance as soon as they start asking about money. Slate’s rule of thumb: Start them at $1 a week and give them a $1 raise for each year they age.



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.



5 Tips to Throw a Super Sleepover for Kids

Feb 17, 2015

Mary Giles from FamilyFun magazine shows some fun activities for your child’s next sleepover including playing musical sleeping bags and setting up easy crafts and tasty food that kids can help prepare.



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?



Parental Guidance: You Can Soothe Your Throat with Marshmallows?

Feb 05, 2015

In the latest episode of 'Parental Guidance,' Willie and Megan share a few tricks to staying healthy using items found around your dorm room or kitchen.



How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

Feb 03, 2015

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



Play Brain Games to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Feb 02, 2015

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



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.



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.



‘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.



3 Tips to Help Your Kids Use Their Manners This Holiday

Dec 22, 2014

Psychotherapist M. Gary Neuman and etiquette author Faye de Muyshondt give advice on how you can teach your kids good manners over the holidays, including how to gratefully receive presents, greet family and sit at the dinner table.



Five Ways to Tame Bratty Behavior for the Holidays

Dec 15, 2014

Parents have a lot on their plate, with buying gifts, cooking, cleaning, making lists and checking everything twice, and it can be a challenge to get children to behave appropriately during the festivities. However, the holidays can also be a great opportunity to help improve your child’s social skills and teach the importance of being gracious.



Parental Guidance: Teenage Relationships

Dec 09, 2014

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



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.



Why the YouTube CEO Always Tries to Eat Dinner with Her Kids, and 3 More Things to Know

Dec 05, 2014

Susan Wojcicki is a YouTube star without ever appearing in any crazy, viral online clips. She’s the CEO of the popular video-sharing site and she’s also an expectant mom, preparing to give birth to her fifth child while running the multi-billion dollar tech company.



Why Parents Should Apologize When They Lose Their Cool

Dec 01, 2014

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



6 Ways Parents Can Show Gratitude for the Kids They Have

Nov 26, 2014

While we’re so grateful for our kids deep-down, sometimes actually acting thankful for all the moments — even when your first-grader spills the entire box of cereal right before it’s time to leave for school — can be challenging, to say the least.



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

Nov 26, 2014

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



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.



#ToolkitTalk: Attitude of Gratitude: How to Raise Thankful Kids

Nov 19, 2014

@EducationNation teamed up with Parent Toolkit experts Amy McCready, Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, and Jennifer Miller, Family & Educational Consultant for a #ToolkitTalk on gratitude. Take a look at what happened during the conversation below and join us next month!



Get Grateful! 20 Ways to Teach Kids Gratitude, from Tots to Teens

Nov 19, 2014

Of all the gifts your kids could get their hands on this season, there’s probably only one that will ensure their happiness will outlast a pack of batteries. I’ll give you a clue: It’s nothing you can put a bow on. I’m talking about the gift of a grateful heart.



Soft Drink Firms Still Target Kids, Report Finds

Nov 19, 2014

Soft drink makers have kept some of their promises to cut back marketing to kids, but they’re still spending enormous amounts of money selling sugary drinks, a new study finds.



Perseverance and Grit Can Be Taught

Nov 17, 2014

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



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.



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.



Should Kids Call Parents by their First Names?

Oct 30, 2014

The Wall Street Journal says a growing number of kids are ditching the words "mom" and "dad," and are calling their parents by their first names. Some people say it’s a sign of closeness; others call it disrespectful.



Build Your Child’s Social Skills this Halloween

Oct 27, 2014

Halloween is right around the corner and pretty soon, your child will be out in her best superhero or princess costume, knocking on doors and getting lots of tasty treats. This festive occasion is not all about dressing up, trick or treating or the sugar rushes that will follow, however. The spookiest night of the season can be a good time to build your child’s social graces, as she will be able to practice her skills through several interactions with others. Stellar social skills are just as important on this holiday as they are on any other day, but Halloween can be the perfect opportunity to teach your child about being gracious and about the rewards (candy!) that come from being respectful.



Build Your Child’s Social Skills this Halloween

Oct 27, 2014

Halloween is right around the corner and pretty soon, your child will be out in her best superhero or princess costume, knocking on doors and getting lots of tasty treats. This festive occasion is not all about dressing up, trick or treating or the sugar rushes that will follow, however. The spookiest night of the season can be a good time to build your child’s social graces, as she will be able to practice her skills through several interactions with others. Stellar social skills are just as important on this holiday as they are on any other day, but Halloween can be the perfect opportunity to teach your child about being gracious and about the rewards (candy!) that come from being respectful.



Tough Talks: How to Talk to Your Child About Drugs and Alcohol

Oct 24, 2014

Deciding when and how to talk to kids about alcohol and drug use can be a big decision. With all the other difficult conversations parents have with kids, this one might not be the most pressing on the agenda. But how your child approaches alcohol and drugs can have a life-long effect and serious consequences. To continue our series on these tough talks, we talked to a panel of our Parent Toolkit experts for their advice.



Tough Talks: How to Talk to Your Child About Drugs and Alcohol

Oct 24, 2014

Deciding when and how to talk to kids about alcohol and drug use can be a big decision. With all the other difficult conversations parents have with kids, this one might not be the most pressing on the agenda. But how your child approaches alcohol and drugs can have a life-long effect and serious consequences. To continue our series on these tough talks, we talked to a panel of our Parent Toolkit experts for their advice.



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 TODAY.com article about a “no rescue” approach to parenting, which experts say could help build kids’ sense of responsibility.



Tough Talks: How to Discuss Divorce with Your Child

Oct 21, 2014

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



Boo! 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Kids

Oct 21, 2014

TODAY contributor Jill Martin shows off a few creative ideas to get your kids into the Halloween spirit, including arts and crafts, DIY treats and fun with bubbles.



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

Oct 20, 2014

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



Al Roker’s Parenting Advice? Here It Is

Oct 17, 2014

From denial to exception-making, Al Roker explains to millennials how they will one day turn into their parents.



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.



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.



How to Get Kids to Open Up About Their School Day

Sep 05, 2014

There are ways to get children to talk about their school day and even give us a clue as to what’s going on in their world. The trick is to use a few different communication strategies.



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.



Martha’s Tips for Getting Kids Organized for Class

Aug 28, 2014

Martha Stewart joins TODAY to offer advice on how parents can help their children stay organized for school, using such items as bins and a label maker.



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.



The Parent Toolkit - Now Available On-The-Go!

Aug 26, 2014

Do you love our Parent Toolkit website? Do you wish it was even more personal for you and your family? We’ve got good news! Everything you love about the Parent Toolkit site - like academic benchmarks and health and wellness tips - is now available for your iOS and Android devices.



Back-to-School Tips for Parents & Kids

Aug 25, 2014

Meredith Sinclair of MeredithPlays.com joins TODAY to offer tips that help children make the transition from carefree summer days to hectic school days.



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.



Parenting: When To Push, When Not To & How To Tell the Difference

Aug 18, 2014

It’s a battle many parents face; when to push and when not to. How do you know when your child is really ready to quit? How do you know when you should make him go to practice or let him sit this season out?



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.



‘Extreme Parenting’ Star: I Want My Son to be Strong

Aug 06, 2014

The stars of Bravo’s new documentary series “Extreme Guide to Parenting” tell Kathie Lee and Hoda about their unconventional styles of raising their children and explain why they chose to reveal their lives to the world.



Play Nice: Ways to Teach Kindness and Raise Kids Who Aren't Jerks

Jul 24, 2014

Every parent has probably said, “play nicely” or “be kind to your sister.” And most of us agree that we want to raise caring children But is kindness something you can really teach?



#ToolkitTalk: Talking to Kids About Drugs

Jul 23, 2014

@EducationNation joined Parent Toolkit expert Dr. Shari Sevier, Chair of the American School Counselors Association, and Stephen Wallace, school psychologist and director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), for a #ToolkitTalk on how parents can talk to their kids about drugs.



Parental Guidance: What To Do When Your Kid Drops The F-Bomb

Jul 17, 2014

In this episode of "Parental Guidance" Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi discuss ways to keep your child and teen's mouths clean.



Helping Your Child Build a Strong Vocabulary

Jul 14, 2014

To succeed in school and beyond, children need to build a robust vocabulary. Kids learn a lot from the adults in their lives and there are many ways you can help your child learn new words. We reached out to Parent Toolkit expert and University of Michigan Education Professor Nell Duke for some tips you can use at home to expand your child's vocabulary.



Accidental Overdose: Parents Are Terrible at Measuring Kids' Meds

Jul 14, 2014

Parents aren’t doing a great job measuring out medications for their little ones — and the problem may be that we’re still using the so-called English system rather than switching to the metric system, a new study shows.



Imagining Career Possibilities

Jun 30, 2014

Imagining a career path can be quite hard for some students. To help us understand things parents can do to support their kids’ career exploration, we talked with Tammy Dodson, a Colorado high school counselor. She has 7 ideas to help teach your son or daughter about the variety of careers available after graduation.



When Lice Attack! Willie and Meg Offer Suggestions to Defeat the Little Buggers

Jun 26, 2014

It’s the four letter word that you never want to hear in your house…LICE! Chances are, if you have kids then you will most likely encounter these pesky little buggers at one point or another.



More College Graduates are Moving Back Home

Jun 23, 2014

Matthew Segal, a millennial and co-founder of OurTime.org, 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.”



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.



Eat This, Not That: Healthy Swaps to Fuel Your Student for Success

May 05, 2014

Every parent wants to raise healthy and successful children. But by making informed decisions about what to feed your children, you can support your child’s health and help prevent chronic diseases, like diabetes.



Learn the Secret Word that will get Your Preschooler to Help Clean Up

Apr 29, 2014

Getting kids to put down the toys and help out around the house can feel like a thankless battle. But new research suggests a surprisingly simple solution: just change the way you talk about helping.



How Children's Sleepy Brains Fail Them

Apr 28, 2014

Almost 40 percent of students in kindergarten through fourth grade have trouble sleeping and those poor sleep habits carry over into adolescence. But with a little help, parents can help instill healthy sleeping routines into their kids.



Advice to Parents for Raising Strong Boys

Apr 25, 2014

Meg Meeker, author of “Strong Mothers, Strong Sons” and Leonard Sax, who wrote “Boys Adrift,” discuss how parents can raise strong sons by demonstrating you believe in them.



Is Your Child College Bound? How Do You Pay for it?

Apr 17, 2014

Millions of college-bound high school seniors are receiving acceptance letters and financial aid award packages this month. Now it's decision time—not only for the student, but for Mom and Dad too—forcing families to grapple with how to pay for it all.



10 Moms Tell Why They Choose Home Over Office

Apr 08, 2014

While a new report from the Pew Research Center finds that more moms are staying at home full time with their kids, the revelation was not a surprise to the many SAHMs (stay at home moms) who are part of the TODAY Moms Facebook community. In their stories, they reflect much of what the report found: that the increase in SAHMs is driven by a mix of demographic, economic and societal factors.



Undercover Investigation: 'Stranger Danger' Applies to College Kids, Too

Apr 01, 2014

Last year, 72 young adults aged 18 to 25 were reported abducted by strangers. Surprisingly, it's teenagers, not little kids, who are abducted most often by strangers. And some of those teens are in college.



The Danger of Overprotecting Children

Mar 28, 2014

The Atlantic’s Hanna Rosin joins Morning Joe to discuss the magazine’s latest cover story “The Overprotected Kid,” which looks at how the practice can have a negative impact on children.



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

Mar 19, 2014

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



How to Support Children of Military Families

Feb 24, 2014

There are almost 1.4 million children in the U.S. between the ages of 4 and 18 with a parent serving in the military. That can mean frequent moves and adapting to a new school and new curriculum. Expert Laurie Curtis offers tips to help navigate those changes.



Two Questions You Should Ask Your Teens About Drugs and Alcohol

Feb 18, 2014

Having "The Talk" with your child doesn't necessarily just mean a conversation about sex. As kids get older, many parents wonder what they should say about drugs and alcohol to help them navigate their teen years.



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.



Parents and the Explicit Instruction of Compassion

Feb 03, 2014

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



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.



Could Playing with Knives be Good for Kids?

Jan 14, 2014

If parents eliminate every danger for their kids, how will they learn the right way to handle risks?



Good Praise, Bad Praise

Jan 06, 2014

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



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

Dec 04, 2013

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



What to Know About Migraine Headaches in Children

Dec 02, 2013

A migraine headache is the most common acute and recurring headache syndrome that occurs in kids.



Eating Disorders and Children: the Signs and Prevention

Nov 25, 2013

NBC Latino’s Dr. Joseph Sirven gives parents signs to look for and ways to prevent eating disorders in your children.



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.



Is Your Child Entering Puberty Early? Here Are the Signs and Ways to Manage

Oct 28, 2013

Here’s a startling fact: our kids are entering puberty earlier than previous generations.



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

Oct 21, 2013

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



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

Oct 17, 2013

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



How to Talk to Your Children About Drugs

Oct 14, 2013

According to the recent National Institute on Drug Abuse survey of teen students in the United States, illicit drug use among teenagers has continued at high rates.



Dad Uses Kids' Tantrums as Inspiration for Book

Oct 09, 2013

One father is finding opportunity in his sons' outbursts in a way that parents around the world can appreciate.



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.



Helping or Hovering? When 'Helicopter Parenting' Backfires

May 26, 2013

Helicopter parenting could backfire and leave kids feeling insecure and incapable rather than supported or empowered.





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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