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...More...
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • March 15 • 1 Comment
Posted by Erin Walsh • March 5 • No Comments
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...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • March 4 • No Comments
“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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • February 21 • No Comments
An Invitation to White Parents - Black History Month Is an Opportunity to Talk With Our Kids About Race
Posted by Erin Walsh • February 13 • No Comments
“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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • January 30 • No Comments
“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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • December 20, 2017 • No Comments
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...More...
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • June 22, 2017 • No Comments
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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • June 20, 2017 • No Comments
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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • February 17, 2017 • No Comments
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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • February 3, 2017 • 2 Comments
“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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • December 1, 2016 • 3 Comments
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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • November 10, 2016 • No Comments
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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • November 1, 2016 • No Comments
"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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • November 1, 2016 • No Comments
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...More...
Erin Walsh • June 14, 2016 • 2 Comments
I was waist deep in muskeg (a fancy name for stinky swamp mud in canoe country), a wood-canvas canoe perched on my barely 16-year-old shoulders, and mosquitoes buzzed hungrily in my ears – a challenging, but not atypical, portage in the...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • June 13, 2016 • 1 Comment
Many parents drag their feet into the dreaded "sex talk" with their children. Maybe it's time we take the pressure off of that single talk. If we want the sex and relationships our children ultimately have to be physically, psychologically, and emotionally healthy then we'd better start talking to them about it early and often.
Some parents don't talk to their kids about sex...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • April 29, 2016 • 4 Comments
“Sometimes I feel like my kids are out of control,” worried one parent. Another quickly added, “My daughter knows just how to push my buttons.” A third chimed in with, “I’m always in a power struggle with...More...
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • April 12, 2016 • No Comments
We’ve been showing a video of the classic “marshmallow experiment” for years at parent education seminars across the country. We re-constructed the experiment with a group of local parents here in the Twin Cities about ten years ago, and it serves as a catalyst for important conversations about the role that self-discipline plays in our children’s success and happiness....More...
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • February 26, 2016 • 1 Comment
Walk down the children's toy aisle in any store these days and you will be greeted with a cacophony of noise. Instead of the excited voices of children that you might expect, however, much of the chatter emanates from the toys...More...
Erin Walsh and Dr. Dave Walsh • February 26, 2016 • No Comments
"My son used to love reading when he was a little guy," a mom recently lamented. "Now I honestly can't remember the last time he read for fun."... More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • December 10, 2015 • 3 Comments
Holiday spirit or holiday madness?
It is December and the holidays are in full swing. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or something else, the break from school and work can be a great opportunity for...More...
Erin Walsh • November 9, 2015 • No Comments
"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 last week. 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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • November 6, 2015 • 3 Comments
“Broken!” Miles exclaimed. “It's broken!” He said again in an increasingly frustrated voice.
It took me a couple of minutes to catch up. My son was positioned directly in front of the TV, trying diligently to move a character on Daniel Tiger with his index finger. I soon realized what he was trying to do and was struck by what a “2015...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • August 28, 2015 • No Comments
If you have ever spent any time with preschoolers, you know that they incessantly ask questions. "Why is that squirrel eating a nut? Where do you think it lives? Why are there nuts on that tree? Where are the other squirrels? Why? Where? How come?"
For us parents, these endless questions can be exasperating. At the end of a long day, "Because I said so!" is about all you can muster in...More...