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...
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Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • April 12 • No Comments
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • February 26 • 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...
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...
By Dr. Dave Walsh and 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...
Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • June 23, 2015 • No Comments
Posted by Erin Walsh • June 12, 2015 • 1 Comment
“My 3-year-old doesn’t seem very empathetic – does this mean something is wrong?”
“Someone told me that kids can’t “do” empathy until age 9. Is that true?”
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • June 10, 2015 • No Comments
"I wouldn't smoke, it's just nasty. Vaping isn't as big of a deal though."
This seems to sum up the trend among adolescents today. Fewer teens are lighting up traditional cigarettes while e-cigarettes are exploding onto the scene. This is refocusing our attention on the impact of nicotine on the teenage brain.
Let's start with a history lesson. We’ve known since the...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • April 1, 2015 • No Comments
I had just finished an iBrain presentation for parents when a couple approached me. “Do you have a minute for a question?” the gentleman asked.
“Sure,” I responded. “How can I help...More...
Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • March 31, 2015 • No Comments
It is impossible to walk through a grocery store these days and not feel conflicted by the images plastered over magazine covers. Headlines like “Lose Your Belly Fat in Just 10 Days!” or “Best and Worst Beach Bodies”...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • January 30, 2015 • No Comments
When it comes to media and technology, naming the things that we do not want our children to do comes naturally to many of us parents. The urge to protect our children is strong, and as we...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • November 19, 2014 • 2 Comments
"What do you say to Grandpa for making us this big dinner?" we asked the kids, perched precariously on booster seats at the far end of the table.
"Thank you!" they cheered enthusiastically.
We parents looked at one another, pleased as punch with our children, especially because moments earlier my niece threw a fork and my son exclaimed, "I don't like meat!" The anti-meat...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • November 7, 2014 • 2 Comments
"Don't eat the book Emmett!" my 3-year-old son Miles exclaimed as his baby brother brought "Peek-a-Who?" towards his open mouth.
I reminded Miles that babies explore the world with their mouths. With an exasperated but knowing look at...More...
Your Kids ARE Listening: Why You Should Talk to Them About Love, Sex, and Relationships (Lessons from South Carolina)
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • October 8, 2014 • No Comments
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • September 24, 2014 • 4 Comments
"I'm not going to basketball practice next week," Troy announced to his dad just before leaving for school. "The coach is stupid and I don't like the other guys that much anyway."
"But you've been excited to play on the high school...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • August 27, 2014 • No Comments
Students will enter school this year with all sorts of supplies and feelings. The pens, notebooks, books and class schedules will fit neatly inside their backpacks. The feelings - including excitement, fear,...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • August 19, 2014 • 2 Comments
My family spent this past Sunday afternoon playing in the street. The best part? We didn't have to use the "game off!" and "game on!" codes to avoid cars. Instead, a main thoroughfare running through the heart of our city was transformed - all 22 blocks of it. As part of "Open Streets MPLS," the cars and busses normally crowding the street were replaced by strollers, bikes, wheelchairs,...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • June 27, 2014 • No Comments
School is out for the summer and kids are finding themselves with a lot more time on their hands. So far my grandchildren are having no trouble filling that time up. Last week I watched them jump in and out of the kiddy pool in our backyard, covered in watermelon and grass, before racing off to finish building a "pig pen"...More...
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • May 28, 2014 • 1 Comment
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...More...
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • May 26, 2014 • 2 Comments
We are so excited that the tenth anniversary edition of Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen is hitting the shelves next week. The new version is packed full of new information and practical strategies for raising thriving young people. Revising it has been a labor of love so we threw a little homemade video together this weekend to...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • March 28, 2014 • 4 Comments
Getting my kids out of bed in the morning when they were teenagers felt like an epic battle of wills. I remember my son Brian begging for just five more minutes of sleep as if his life depended on it. Convinced that his fatigue was caused by going to bed too late, we tried to convince him to close his eyes earlier than eleven o'clock.
"I'm just not tired!" he would protest....More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • March 27, 2014 • No Comments
“The intervention came one night during dinner,” a friend recently told me, “when my four-year-old son pleaded, ‘Dad, would you please put that away? I’m trying to talk to you.’” He hesitated before adding, “I knew my cell phone use was out of control because the next night I snuck into the bathroom during dinner to check my messages so he...More...