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...
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Posted by Erin Walsh • August 19, 2014 • 2 Comments
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...
Posted by Erin Walsh • February 27, 2014 • 1 Comment
At a recent workshop I asked parents to share something about their children that they were really proud of - not in terms of accomplishments, but in terms of behaviors they have been working on. This distinction is important.
You no doubt feel proud if your child makes the honor roll or sinks the winning basket in an important game. These are indeed accomplishments. Sometimes,...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • February 11, 2014 • 1 Comment
"Respectful. Caring. Intelligent. Courageous. Hard working. Empathetic. Confident. Humble. Kind."
One of my favorite ways to start a parenting workshop I facilitate on limits and consequences is to ask parents to close their eyes and envision their children-turned-adults. "What kind of people do you hope your kids become?"
To be clear, when I ask this question I am not...More...
Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh • January 29, 2014 • No Comments
Digital technologies have changed the way we live and communicate as a dazzling array of electronic tools has become integrated into our daily lives. Children and youth today spend more time tethered to technology than any other activity in their waking hours. It is transforming the way that they learn, share, connect and grow.
We’ve written before about the false choice between...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • January 10, 2014 • No Comments
A young woman approached me after a recent parenting seminar. “Hello, Dr. Walsh, my name is Isabela,” she began. “Can I ask you a question about my daughter?”
“Sure,” I responded.
“My family is from Guatemala. My mother lives with us and takes care of my baby daughter Flor while we are at work. Since my mother cannot speak English, my...More...
By Guest Blogger Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • January 7, 2014 • 1 Comment
You can hardly turn on the news without hearing about childhood obesity. This shouldn’t be surprising given the statistics: Roughly 33% of school-aged children and adolescents in the United States today are ...More...
Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh • December 30, 2013 • 1 Comment
For some of us, New Year’s resolutions can feel like just the thing that we need to make the changes we’ve been putting off. Yet sometimes the feelings of optimism and determination don’t last through the first few weeks of January. Many lofty New Year’s resolutions simply become pesky reminders of our failure to follow through.
Does that mean that resolutions...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • December 30, 2013 • No Comments
“No!!! Noooooo!!!!” my 2-year-old screams as I wrestle him into his snow pants. In the past month, getting out the door in the morning has become an epic battle. Mittens seem to fly off the moment they go on and legs kick in protest.
At first glance the logistical goals of a...More...
Raising Grateful Kids: Why Going From "Gimme" to "Thank You" Is Important For Your Child's Health and Happiness
Posted by Erin Walsh • November 18, 2013 • 5 Comments
"I'm grateful for Goldy Gopher!" My then three-year-old nephew Ellis exclaimed proudly.
"Me too!" His cousin Lucila followed.
"Ack!" Shrieked Fiona with an enormous grin, not even one year old.
My son Miles responded...More...
By Guest Blogger Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • November 7, 2013 • 1 Comment
During our grocery shopping trip this past weekend, I was moving quickly down the store aisles looking for pickles when Eleanor, who was riding in the cart so as to keep her contained, stuck her arm straight out, pointed, and exclaimed “Oooooooo, Mom! Princesses!” I looked in the direction of her outstretched finger and saw a row of Spaghetti-O’s cans that featured Disney...More...
Pediatricians Weigh in on Screen Time: What You Need to Know About the Latest Prescription for Parents
Posted by Erin Walsh • October 30, 2013 • 5 Comments
We are good at creating tools.
As I write this post, incredible new apps are hitting the marketplace, software developers are creating new digital learning platforms, and families settle in to stream their favorite TV shows on demand.
There is no question that tech pros are very good at creating creative and innovative tools. The challenge is that the pace of...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • October 16, 2013 • 2 Comments
One summer evening when Monica and I were reading after dinner, our thirteen-year-old son Brian came in the back door. As he walked by the living room, both of our jaws dropped at the sight of his bright orange hair. When I say bright I mean practically neon.
Luckily we had the presence of mind to say nothing. We looked at each other and forged a silent agreement - this situation...More...
By guest blogger Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • September 18, 2013 • 2 Comments
Posted by Erin Walsh • September 9, 2013 • 1 Comment
As a culture, we are obsessed with stress --"Stress Free in 40 Days!"-- "Go On Vacation and Leave Stress Behind!" say the advertisements. You can buy stress busters, stress exterminators, and stress eradicators.
Yet one out of five children report worrying "a great deal" or "a lot." Millenials (young adults ages 18-33) are ...More...
By guest blogger Shawna Hedlund, M.P.H. • September 4, 2013 • No Comments
Today my second child went off to kindergarten. He wore the blue plaid “kindergarten shirt” his big brother wore on his first day. When he boarded the bus and sat down, the window revealedonly a blond tuft and his little...More...
By guest blogger Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • August 15, 2013 • 13 Comments
“You have to finish what’s on your plate before you can have dessert.”
It’s something that many of us likely heard as children, and have possibly even used with our own kids. Wanting our children to learn not to be wasteful (or...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • August 5, 2013 • No Comments
"Dad, Andy just called and his family is heading out to dinner and he wants to know if I can come. Can I?" My son Brian asked.
"That sounds fun but you promised to clean up the basement today." I responded.
"Dad, Andy is leaving for the summer this weekend and this is my chance to see him. Can I clean the basement tomorrow?"
"Do we have a deal that you'll get it cleaned...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • July 23, 2013 • 1 Comment
"It is so stressful to figure out where to put Riley in childcare. On top of being expensive, we just don't even know where to start!"
It is already emotionally taxing to leave your child in daycare for the first time. Sometimes knowing more about...More...
By guest blogger Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • July 11, 2013 • No Comments
I have three children under the age of 5. I am also a working mother, with a working husband, so mornings can get a little hairy in my house. Between getting dressed, getting bags packed, and appointments remembered, there is one thing that I make sure we all have - a good breakfast.
Posted by Erin Walsh • June 27, 2013 • No Comments
“My kids constantly move from one activity to the next - except when it comes to TV. Should I be worried when my 5 year old just sits and stares at the screen?”
Seth, St. Louis
When TV was still a fairly new pastime for kids, researchers coined the term "zombie effect" to describe the glassy-eyed, TV-induced trance familiar to...More...