June 2011

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  • Media and Obesity: 10 Ways to Raise Healthy, Active Kids

    I just wrote a post about the latest policy statement on media and obesity from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Screen media isn't inherently a health risk - it just needs to be kept in balance with healthy activities and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Check out these tips:

    • Take screens out of your children's... 
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  • Media and Obesity: Plug Your Kids In To Good Health

    What do you think of the most recent report from pediatricians saying that screen time is part of the obesity epidemic in kids? 

    Javier, California

    Javier, 

    The policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics on media... 

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  • Tips for Parents: Managing the Multitasking Generation

    I just wrote a post about the brains of the multitasking generation and the cognitive costs of juggling too much at the same time. Here are some tips for parents to make sure your children have multitasking under control. Their brains will thank you!

    • Explain to your child that his or her brain is like a spotlight. It can... 
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  • The Multitasking Generation: Are Kids Juggling Too Much?

    My daughter is constantly juggling homework, facebook, texting, and TV - all at the same time. She claims that she is really good at multitasking and can't study without it. I can't imagine trying to work like that. Do I just not get it? 

    Justin, Vermont

    Justin, It sounds like you are having the same conversation with... 

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  • Dr. Dave's new book - Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids

    How do you avoid power struggles with a two year old? Communicate with your 16 year old? Do sleep and nutrition matter? Dr. Dave talks about his new book and how brain science can help us raise bright, healthy kids.

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  • Parenting Tips on Sexting

    With Representative Anthony Weiner's texting escapades all over the news it is a good time to revisit the issue of sexting with your kids. I just wrote a post on teenage sexting to help us better understand the issues. Here are some additional tips on sexting to get you started:

    • Ask your child if they have ever... 
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  • Teenage Sexting: How to Respond?

    With Rep. Weiner's texting incidents all over the news, how should I talk to my kids about it?

    Susan, Washington

    Susan, Great question. With politicians and teens alike making headline news for inappropriate and crude texting, the word "sexting" is fast becoming a critical part of the 21st century parenting lexicon.... 

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  • New Parenting Book - Raising Brighter, Healthier, and Happier Kids

    I just got back from Columbia, South Carolina where I had the privilege of spending the entire day as a guest of the United Way of the Midlands speaking to community leaders, professionals, and parents. I had the opportunity to share some of the highlights of my new parenting book, Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids, and had great conversations about how we can use brain science to raise... 

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  • How to Nurture Resilience in Children

    ImageErin just wrote a post on stress and children and I answered a question a while back about busy kids. But what does it look... 

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  • Stress and children: What's the right balance?

    I watch my daughter spend so much time and energy protecting her kids from disappointment. My mom always said challenge was good for me! Should we really shield our kids so much?

    Miranda, A concerned grandma from Oklahoma

    Miranda,

    It's not easy to watch our kids experience stress and... 

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  • Teaching Empathy

    Dr. Dave just wrote a post about mirror neurons, exploring our built-in capacity to grasp the minds and experiences of others by simulating them in our brains. While he focused on the relationship between media violence and mirror neurons in... 

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  • Born to Copy? Media Violence and Mirror Neurons

    Dear Dr. Dave, 

    There was recently a bomb threat at my son's high school. It seemed like the plot was right out of a video game. I can't help but think that there is a relationship - are kids just copying what they see in their... 

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