Corporal Punishment is Harmful

AAP Says No to Spanking
“One of the most important relationships we all have is the relationship between ourselves and our parents, and it makes sense to eliminate or limit fear and violence in that loving relationship.”


When Bad Things Happen

Reassuring Children In Times of National Crisis
In times of community or world-wide crisis, even young children sense their parents are really worried. Parents and teachers can reassure children if they follow these simple steps.


Talk About Drinking (Yours)

When Your Children Ask About Your Drinking
Kids absorb all kinds of messages from parents about drinking, most of them confusing, indirect and upsetting. Try being frank.


Helping Children Transition

Daycare Partings
Fred Rogers demonstrates how to help young children accept daycare partings. The new Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood website offers additional advice and resources.


Just Say No

Deleting Your Facebook and Instagram
From bullying to hacking, there's a lot of bad news about the social network and it's effect on children and adults alike.


Happy Children Do Chores

Children Can and Should Do Chores
Contributing to the family well-being and the smooth running of the household before homework conveys the value you place on that child's contribution. Unfortunately, getting children to do chores is an incredibly simple two-step process: insist, and persist, until the chore is done.


Children Left Alone

Parenting in the Age of Fear
It is a beautiful summer afternoon, but there are no children playing on the sidewalks. They are safe at camp, inside their houses, buckled into car seats, plugged into screens, never enjoying the luxury of being unnoticed, of being left alone.


Why Child-Parent Separation Matters

Child-Parent Separation as Trauma
When separations are beyond a young child’s ability to manage, the capacity to recover is compromised. Time is of the essence. With too much time, “stress” is transformed into “trauma.”


Hold the Fruit Juice

• Fruit Juice Is Not Healthy
It isn't just soda that's causing obesity in children. Just two boxes of orange juice contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is roughly what’s in a can of Coke.


Smart Phone-Impaired Parenting

Parents' Screen Time is Hurting Children
Child development is relational, a conversational duet between parent and child. Smart phone-impaired parenting interrupts the emotional cueing system, whose hallmark is responsive communication, the basis of most human learning.



Ask About It
"...people have the misconception that asking a person about suicide will increase the risk, but in reality asking does not increase the risk of suicide, but can save a life.”


Inattentional Blindness through Tech

Head Down Interactions
More and more is we’re not talking to our children––we put them in front of the tech when they’re young and parents are absorbed in their own tech.


Taking Class Online

Easy Passing Grade But No Gain
In so-called credit recovery programs, children who have flunked a course in an old-fashioned classroom pass the class online but to do quite poorly on subsequent tests of academic knowledge.