Helping Kids Benefit From Their Love of Music

I once heard someone say that a singing child is a happy child. When children throw tantrums, they don’t sing. They sing when they’re playing with toys or splashing in the tub. As a father and a researcher, I’ve learned that music and children are inseparable. And this relationship is so powerful that music can […]

5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Kid

Did you know that 25% of public schools report that bullying among kids happens on a daily or weekly basis? And that 1 in 5 high school students report being bullied in the past year? The good news is that because bullying has made national headlines, schools and communities (and even celebrities) are taking a […]

Talking with Kids about Health – Babies & Toddlers Ages 0-2

How You Communicate Babies take their cues from you! Even though they may not understand your words, they will respond to the tone of your voice, your emotions and the tension in your body. Touching, holding and talking will help comfort them when they don’t feel well. It will also create positive associations with going […]

Talking About Weight with Your Daughter

Often, the best way to discuss weight is not to discuss it. Obsessing about weight and body size, whether your own or your daughter’s, can give the subject more importance than it deserves. Labeling food as “good” or “bad” also reinforces an unhealthy guilt-and-reward attitude toward eating. If your daughter needs serious guidance about her […]

Raising a Powerful Girl

How do you raise a powerful girl and what does that mean? Powerful girls grow up feeling secure in themselves. They learn to take action, making positive choices about their own lives and doing positive things for others. They think critically about the world around them. They express their feelings and acknowledge the feelings and […]

6 Ways to Maximize Digital Screen Time

The many claims made by the technology industry may persuade you that there is no limit to the educational value of computers, e-readers and even smart phones. Like other toys and tools within your child’s reach, however, digital screen time is likely to serve your child best when it extends natural play. You’ll want to […]

Approaches to Learning

Research shows that if children start school with a strong set of attitudes and skills that help them “learn how to learn,” they will be better able to take advantage of educational opportunities. While some learning skills come naturally to children, others can be developed through a supportive environment. Tips for building learning skills: Let […]

How to Help Your Child Overcome Self-Doubt

Almost everyone confronts periods of self-doubt. What if the other kids don’t like me? What if I can’t remember the spelling words? What if my teacher thinks I’m not smart? In fact, those three questions were all uttered by self-doubting kids who needed my help. Self-doubt, it seems, is part of growing up. I’ll never […]

Toddler Reading Milestones

At this stage, your toddler learns about reading through everyday experiences with books.Simply through reading with adults, your toddler learns that books contain lots of interesting pictures and words and that stories show her worlds to explore. Toddlers who have been read to will invite others to read to them. When adults stop and talk […]