The details of the Florida 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 emotions....More...
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • October 2, 2017 • 1 Comment
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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 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
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 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...
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...
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...