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  • Brain science for the hardest parenting moments from screen time to emotional outbursts.

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The urge to protect your kids is strong. But when is this impulse helpful and when does it get in the way of your kids practicing skills they need for life?

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Parenting babies, toddlers, and big kids

As parents we often have two major goals, one is pragmatic and one a bit more lofty: Get through the day and raise a good human. We usually have no choice but to attend to the short term goal. The challenges of parenting little people are real. It’s not always easy getting pants on your two year old or handling screen time struggles with your third grader.

It turns out though that these daily struggles are connected to the end game. Everyday your child’s brain is running mini-experiments and practicing critical skills  – What do I do with my big feelings? How do I navigate conflict? How do I problem solve challenges? As your child makes those gigantic leaps from baby to toddler to kid, we are here for you with science-made-simple information and tips related to:

 

  • Child experiencing anxiety and worry

    Stress in Children

    I was recently asked to try to go back to my own childhood and try to remember the things that I worried most about when I was young. Closing my eyes, it didn’t take me long to channel my inner…

    Stress in Children
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    Children in Grief: Crying is Brave

    I had a summer screen time post all written and ready to post on the website. Then our family dog got very sick and eventually passed away earlier this week. In an instant work, emails, newsletters, and to-do lists flew…

    Children in Grief: Crying is Brave
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    These Books and Podcasts Will Boost Empathy

    We can't just hand kids a book or download a podcast titled, “Get Empathy.” Nope. But well crafted stories do allow kids to get lost in characters whose lives both mirror and diverge from their own.

    These Books and Podcasts Will Boost Empathy
  • Teenager laying on bed looking at cell phone with parental controls on it.

    10 Tips for Building Trust With Parental Controls

    It doesn't work well to install parental controls, close our eyes, cross our fingers, and hope for digital greatness. How we use parental controls has a huge impact on whether or not they are effective in helping our kids build…

    10 Tips for Building Trust With Parental Controls
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    Anger Management is a Big Part of Parenting, So How Do We Do It?

    From Calm to Chaos The sun rises, your alarm rings, you roll out of bed and find your way to your first mug of coffee (Not a coffee person? Imagine tea instead). The birds are singing. The world feels full of…

    Anger Management is a Big Part of Parenting, So How Do We Do It?
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    When Are Video Games Good for Kids?

    “Yeeessss! There’s going to be another Fortnite Day!” I heard a child exclaim in the hallway of my kids’ school last month. Confused, I turned to a teacher for an explanation. He responded “I think they mean snow day...” The…

    When Are Video Games Good for Kids?

“The experiences we have during the growth spurts of our brain have a greater impact than at any other time in our life.”

– Dr. Dave Walsh