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  • These Books and Podcasts Will Help You Raise an Empathetic Person

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    Summer is here and the days are longer and lighter. Whether it is driving to summer school or programming, heading on a family vacation, or simply hanging out at home kids have... 

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  • Sleepless and Stressed? Why Your Child's Brain Needs to Unplug at Night

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    Your day is finally over. Having juggled work, relationships, kids, and life you’re exhausted and can’t wait to finally get some sleep, You’re hoping to catch up from the sleep deficit from too many late nights. You flop down... 

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  • Use Parental Controls to Build Trust, Not Erode It

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    Our kids are always a couple steps ahead of us when it comes to technology. Though tempting, this means that it doesn't work well to install parental controls, close our eyes, cross our fingers, and hope for digital greatness. Study after... 

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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 possibility. You take a deep breath, committed to starting your parenting day with smooth transitions and calm nerves. You were born for this.

    Twenty... 

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  • Teen Mental Health: 14 Ways to Support Your Child

    I received a phone call this past winter from a parent who had attended one of my workshops a few weeks before.

    "Dr. Walsh, I definitely feel like I know a lot more about what is going on inside my daughter's brain after your workshop. But I have to say that it feels like my daughter is a lot more extreme.

    "What do you mean? Can you give me some examples?" I... 

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  • Raising Gamers: Little Known Ways to Get the Most Out of Playing Video Games

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    “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... 

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  • Here's Why You Should Thank Your School Librarian

    The fire crackles and flickers onto the surrounding birch trees. Hanging lanterns transform the tents in front of me into glowing nests. Two signs point towards the nearest outhouses and children’s voices ring out through the air.

    As I describe this scene, you are likely picturing an adventure deep in the wilderness. But this past February students at Seward Montessori in... 

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  • Three Apps That Will Help You Put Your Phone Down

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    When it comes to digital devices, "proximity is destiny." Of course in an ideal world we would all have the internal impulse control to make good choices about when to scroll and when to look up towards a family member or friend.

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  • Helping Kids Cope With Tragedy

    The details of the shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand are just beginning to unfold and this violent high profile event will likely dominate news headlines for weeks. This latest attack joins a long list of mass shootings that our children hear about from friends and in the news. Though few of us were there during the shooting, the event may cause children to fear that an... 

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  • The Talk 70% of Teens Wish Adults Would Have with Them

    Image"Just guess!"

    I would say to the wall, purposely turned away from my mom perched gingerly on the side of my bed. "Honey," she would respond, "It's hard to just guess what you want to talk about." I usually met this gentle... 

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  • Do You Recognize the Warning Signs of Video Game Addiction?

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    “I feel like he is addicted to video games!”

    This worry is becoming more and more common among parents. For most, it just means that their child loves technology and has a difficult time unplugging. For some, it means that... 

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  • Diversify Your Library: 9 Questions to Ask About Your Child’s Books

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    I just wrote a post about talking to children about race and racism. While these kinds of conversations can emerge from all kinds of experiences, don’t forget that books,... 

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  • An Invitation to White Parents - Black History Month Is an Opportunity to Talk With Our Kids About Race

    “Whoever tells the stories, defines the culture.”

    My oldest son and his friends have been watching a lot of The Who Was? Show on Netflix. The series explores the lives of famous people from history. Before dinner recently he excitedly listed all the people he had learned about. After reciting the names he made this obvious but important... 

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  • The Teenage Brain: Risky or Ready to Learn?

    “What is wrong with me?”

    This was not an infrequent refrain when I was a teenager. I am sure that some of my behavior (e.g. So. Much. Crying.) wasn’t easy to understand. The transition from happiness to complete despair during my adolescence sometimes clocked in at about 2 seconds, abrupt to say the least. No doubt this was disorienting to my parents... 

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  • Teens and Social Media: Depressing, Uplifting or Complicated?

    "I know there is a lot to be excited about, but I can't help but feel depressed about all the time that kids are spending online," a father of a middle schooler said at a workshop recently. Another parent added, "Well, you aren't alone. I am not sure that social media isn't making my daughter depressed too!"

    Parents everywhere are expressing similar concerns about how digital... 

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  • Gift Ideas for Children That Encourage Play

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    I wish I could say that my children made simple gift requests this holiday season reflecting the spirit of the season - perhaps asking for a beautifully illustrated book and some simple wooden toys. My five-year-old punctured this vision last... 

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  • The Brain Benefits of Boredom

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    My mom had a consistent and clear response to me and my two older brothers when we complained of being bored. Her response was always simply, "If you're bored, I'll give you something better to do."

    Keep in mind that her assigned... 

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  • Want to slow the summer learning slide? Read read read.

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    After the graduation caps have been thrown in the air, school picnics held, and final report cards mailed, families greet the summer months with a similar question: what do we do with our kids?

    Many are eager for the unstructured time... 

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  • Summer Activities: Boredom Busters and Resisting the Summer Slide

    Summer is here! This means more hours for fun, more opportunities to hear the word "I'm bored!" and tons of opportunities for learning.

    Rather than recreate the wheel we wanted to share the incredible work of friends and colleagues who've done a great job compiling lists and ideas for summer fun.

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  • Raising Writers in the Early Years

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    Some parents worry that as kids spend time texting, they aren't writing as often as children in past generations. The digital age demands that children be skilled in multiple ways of communicating, from GIF keyboards to writing stories and... 

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  • The Empathetic Teen: Raising Kids Who Care

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    “I’d like you to close your eyes,” I often say at workshops that I facilitate across the country. “Now visualize the kind of adults you hope your children become.”

    I add that I am not... 

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  • Media Literacy Matters

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    Children and youth today have the world at their fingertips. They can access libraries with the click of a button, download thousands of books on smart devices, and read... 

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  • Navigating Post-Election Stress With Young Children

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    There have been many good posts and articles that focus on how to talk to young children about the outcome of the presidential election. These were helpful guides for how to respond, as children rubbed their eyes awake on the morning... 

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  • More Than Just Praise: Practical Tools for Growth Mindset

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    "My daughter is working hard and I am proud of her perseverance, but at the end of the day her performance isn't necessarily improving. Do I just keep praising her? This doesn't seem to be working."

    These are the words of a parent who... 

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  • Dopamine and the Teenage Brain

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    I can still remember the kitchen conversation as my brothers excitedly hatched the plan with their friends. “Yes! Let’s do it!” was the consensus as five teenage boys raced out the front door with their skateboards. Ten... 

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