I just wrote a post about talking to children about race and racism. While these kinds of conversations can emerge from all kinds of experiences, don’t forget that books,...More...
Mind Positive Parenting
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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...
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 • 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 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...
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...
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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...
Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • June 29, 2015 • No Comments
When babies are born they are extremely attuned to their internal signals of hunger and fullness. When they are hungry they know, and they will let you know too! They also know when they are full, and they stop eating. This ability is so fine-tuned that - if left to determine their own intake - they will eat to within a few calories of their energy intake from the previous day.... More...
Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • June 26, 2015 • No Comments
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Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh • July 2, 2014 • No Comments
Many of our visions of summertime include thinking of kids splashing in the pool, exploring the woods, riding bikes, going to camps and programs, and hanging out with friends. There is certainly a wide menu of options for kids in the summertime and there are more hours to fill with fun.
But there are powerful magnets keeping kids indoors as well. Technology can be a wonderful...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • May 29, 2014 • No Comments
We just wrote a post about adolescent mental health. Realizing that your teen is struggling is the first step. Gaining access to mental health care is another.
The mental health system can be very difficult to navigate as you explore treatment options and look for services for your teen. Good programs struggle to find...More...
Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh • February 27, 2014 • No Comments
Emotion coaching helps kids learn how to manage powerful emotions and turns would-be power struggles into learning opportunities. Whether or not you know it, your children already sees you as their emotion coach. So here are five steps to start honing your coaching skills:
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • January 9, 2014 • No Comments
I would love to see you address strategies for addressing child who constantly switches to You Tube or other recreational web site during online homework.
As more and more homework goes online, students are tasked with a daunting task: How do I focus on the assignment and resist the allure of ...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • November 19, 2013 • No Comments
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • November 4, 2013 • 1 Comment
No matter what your tradition, the holiday season can be a wonderful time to connect with family and friends - as long as your family isn't overwhelmed by the "gimmes." The onslaught of advertising during the holiday doesn't help. Here are some tips for curbing...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • October 31, 2013 • 2 Comments
My son has very little tolerance for frustration and melts down or tantrums anytime I try to say no to him. It has always been this way but lately I feel like I am walking on eggshells. Help!
Shondra, It can be difficult to set limits and consequences with children who have difficulty regulating their emotions. All kids...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • September 30, 2013 • 2 Comments
It am writing this one month into the school year and your kids are well into doing their homework and investing in big assignments.Every parent wants their child to succeed in school - but do you really know what intelligence is made of? It isn't just about IQ scores or test results.
The more "yes" answers you have to the questions below, the more likely you are to foster intelligence...More...
By guest blogger Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • July 17, 2013 • 2 Comments
Knowing the brain boosting benefits of providing breakfast doesn’t necessarily mean that getting it on the table is any easier, and although there are some relatively nutritionally sound cereals out there breakfast doesn’t have to come in a box.
Here are just a few ideas:
Posted by Erin Walsh • July 3, 2013 • 2 Comments
Little children take to television like fish to water. TV programs do a great job grabbing kids' attention and can keep it if they tell an interesting tale. These powerful storytellers can be positive or negative forces in the lives of our kids, depending upon a number of factors. Here are six ways to get the most out of your tot's...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • June 14, 2013
I just wrote a blog post about a core ingredient of self-discipline: trust. Trust is not built on single interactions but in the accumulation of experiences over time. Let's make those count.
We build trust by:
Posted by Erin Walsh • May 30, 2013 • No Comments
Summer is here! This means more hours for fun, more opportunities to hear the word "I'm bored!" and tons of opportunities for learning.
Rather than recreate the wheel we wanted to share the incredible work of friends and colleagues who've done a great job compiling lists and ideas for summer fun.
Posted by Erin Walsh • May 20, 2013 • 4 Comments
I just wrote a blog post about self-regulation, technology, and the importance of managing the environment to set our kids (and ourselves) up for success.
Here are 8 ways to reduce digital distractions and boost productivity: