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  • Tips for Parents: Managing the Multitasking Generation

    I just wrote a post about the brains of the multitasking generation and the cognitive costs of juggling too much at the same time. Here are some tips for parents to make sure your children have multitasking under control. Their brains will thank you!

    • Explain to your child that his or her brain is like a spotlight. It can... 
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  • Parenting Tips on Sexting

    With Representative Anthony Weiner's texting escapades all over the news it is a good time to revisit the issue of sexting with your kids. I just wrote a post on teenage sexting to help us better understand the issues. Here are some additional tips on sexting to get you started:

    • Ask your child if they have ever... 
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  • How to Nurture Resilience in Children

    ImageErin just wrote a post on stress and children and I answered a question a while back about busy kids. But what does it look... 

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  • Teaching Empathy

    Dr. Dave just wrote a post about mirror neurons, exploring our built-in capacity to grasp the minds and experiences of others by simulating them in our brains. While he focused on the relationship between media violence and mirror neurons in... 

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  • Cyberbullying Tips

    I just wrote a blog called Facing the Facts About Cyberbullying. Here are some tips to help prevent cyberbullying in the first place:

    • Start with a conversation. Share cyberbullying facts and stories about cyberbullying with your child. Reinforce the message that bullying, cruelty, and teasing hurts.
    • Make... 
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  • Sensory Processing Disorder Tips

    I just wrote a blog post about sensory processing disorder that explains what SPD is and how to get support. Here are some further tips to help you navigate SPD with your kids.

    1. Sensory Processing Disorder is brain based and not the result of any parenting mistakes. It doesn’t help if you blame yourself. We don’t choose our... 
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  • Choosing a School For Your Preshooler

    I just answered a question about choosing a school for your preschool aged child.  Here are five things to keep in mind:

    1.  Visit the school more than once.  Include your child in at least one visit.

    2.  Check references and ask if you can speak with other parents.

    3.  Ask about the experience,... 

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  • Closing the Achievement Gap

    Poverty impacts brain development in critical ways. Here are four things to keep in mind as we look towards closing the achievement gap:

    1. Support early childhood nutrition programs.  The benefits far outweigh the cost.

    2. Suppport early childhood programs that work.

    3. Provide parent education.

    4. Provide young parent support in areas of attachment,... 

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  • Making the Most Out of Music

    I just wrote a post about the influence of music on youth. Here are five tips to make sure that your kids get the most out of what is coming out of those earbuds!

    1. Talk to your kids about the lyrics in their favorite songs. What messages are they conveying? Do they line up with how they see the world? If they were to write a song, what would... 
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  • 6 Tips for Talking With Your Kids About Sex, Porn and the Internet

    1. Talk to your kids about sex. Kids who have good communication with their parents about sex delay sexual activity and are more responsible and safe.

    2. Make it an ongoing conversation. Don’t approach discussions about sex as the "big talk." Look for opportunities to have many shorter conversations beginning in the preteen years and continuing through adolescence.

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  • Tips When Buying Video Games for Kids

    Gaming can be great fun. Check out these tips before buying games for your kids: 

    1. Check the rating: age ratings and descriptions are on every box.  Make sure the game you are buying is age rated for your child.
    2. Read the descriptions of the game: if it promises shooting and violence, chances are it will... 
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  • 4 Tips to Curb Video Game Violence

    1. Follow industry game ratings on the cover of every game sold: M rated games should not be played by children and young teens.
    2. Know what games your children are playing. Almost a third of kids report that their parents don't know that they play M rated games.
    3. Talk with your children... 

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  • Tips for Parents to Talk to Teens About Drugs

    1. Communication is key.  Look for opportunities to talk about alcohol and drug use.
    2. Ask your teens what they know and think about drugs and alcohol.  Listen to their answer so you understand their attitudes and the peer pressure they may be under.
    3. Be open to their questions and concerns.
    4. Set clear rules and expectations with your teens about... 
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  • Tips for Protecting Tots from Media Violence

    1. The best gift you can give your young children is one-on-one time with caring adults. Minimize media for the first couple years of your child’s life and read, play outside, do art projects, problem solve, snuggle, and talk!
    2. Encourage people in your family to practice “appointment television.” Turn the TV on to watch a show; turn it off when it is over. You... 
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  • Tips for enjoying the holidays together

    1. Rent or stream a holiday movie and watch it as a family.  You can even turn it into a game.  Pop a bowl of low-fat popcorn and watch It’s a Wonderful Life.  Every time Jimmy Stewart appears in a new scene, eat a kernel of popcorn.  Or watch the Wizard of Oz (a holiday favorite in my home) and stage a sing-along, assigning each family member a... 
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  • Ten Tips to Prevent "Discipline Deficit Disorder"

    1. Learn how to set limits and say no.
    2. Support, don't rescue.
    3. Encourage, don't coddle.
    4. Get kids what they need but not everything they want.
    5. Back up teachers and schools.
    6. Take charge of media.
    7. Have clear and high expectations.
    8. Expect kids to do chores.
    9. Set and enforce clear limits and consequences.
    10. Expect kids to volunteer and help others.
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  • Tips for Raising Readers

    Raising readers starts long before babies can read. Get started today:

    • Talk talk talk. Talk with your baby a lot, even before she is able to speak. Because children learn to speak by copying the language they hear, they need talkative role models.
    • Read to your baby every day. Starting a tradition of reading right away make it more... 
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  • 8 ways to keep video games in balance

    • Make sure your child is not playing in the middle of the night.
    • Require that homework and other chores be completed first.
    • Keep video and computer games out of child's bedroom.
    • Be firm. Consistently enforce the rules. If your child refuses to cooperate, restrict access to video games for a period of time.
    • Be clear with... 
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  • Cell Phone Rules

    We just answered a question on teenagers and cell phones. Here are some suggestions for ways to help your child get the most out of their cell phone!
    1. Decide what limits you think are appropriate. Limits might include number of text messages per month, time limits, technology free times and places, cell phone etiquette... 
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