I had a summer screen time post all written and ready to post on the website. Then our family dog got very sick and eventually passed away earlier this week. In an instant work, emails, newsletters, and to-do lists flew off the priority list and grief took its place. Jasper, our thirteen year old husky dog, lived an incredible life and was running river trails until just weeks before his...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • July 24
Posted by Erin Walsh • June 24
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...More...
Written by Erin Walsh • June 10
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...More...
Written by Erin Walsh • May 14
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.
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • May 13
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...
Posted by Erin Walsh • May 1
“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...More...
Written by Erin Walsh • April 10
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...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • April 1
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.More...
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • March 15
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...
Posted by Erin Walsh • March 5
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
“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...
An Invitation to White Parents - Black History Month Is an Opportunity to Talk With Our Kids About Race
Posted by Erin Walsh • February 13
“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
“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...
Erin Walsh • December 21, 2018
"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...More...
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • June 22, 2017
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
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 3, 2017
“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
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
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
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
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 Erin Walsh • April 29, 2016
“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
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
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
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...