The details of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting are just beginning to unfold and this violent high profile event will likely dominate news headlines for weeks. Though few of us were there during the shooting, the event may cause children to fear that an event like this could happen to them or their parents. All of us, including our children, are dealing with sadness, anger and other strong...More...
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • October 28 • 1 Comment
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 mother had a consistent and clear response to me and my three siblings 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...
Posted by Erin Walsh • August 28, 2015 • 3 Comments
^ Walsh kids circa 1987
Students will enter school this year with all sorts of supplies, habits, skills, and feelings. The pens, notebooks, books and class schedules will fit neatly...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • July 16, 2015 • No Comments
I vividly remember a youth hockey coach once asked me to, “Imagine that there are no obstacles standing in your way. You are fast and powerful and nothing is between you and the net.”
Even with my eyes closed in...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • July 15, 2015 • No Comments
Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • July 7, 2015 • No Comments
I have been cooking with my parents since I was a kid. Usually this involved sitting on the counter tasting the cookie dough batter (yes, with raw egg!), but not always. Sometimes I also helped by licking the brownie mix from the...More...
Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • June 29, 2015 • No Comments
This may come as a surprise, but the goal to “eat a variety of foods” is the hardest one for me to implement in my house. Introducing new foods can be met with skepticism (or outright displeasure or disgust) and personally I find it frustrating to spend time making a meal to have everyone turn their noses up at it. Eating a variety of foods also means that I have to continually...More...