Boy sitting at a table with a tablet. What are the best reading apps for kids?
    February 18, 2019
    The 7 Best Reading Apps for Kids

    I know that new technology can often be a source of anxiety for parents. You want to make sure that your child is engaging constructively with the media they consume, but it can be hard to separate th…

    Two children working on an art project together demonstrating social learning.
    October 23, 2017
    Social Learning is Critical for Academic Success!

    The character Sheldon Cooper from the CBS TV show “The Big Bang Theory” is a familiar example from popular culture of an individual who has achieved impressive academic success but experiences dif…

    Parent reading aloud to a chld.
    May 17, 2017
    Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Child

    Ensuring kids read for 20 minutes each night has become an ingrained habit for most parents. But there are nights when kids just have no desire to crack open a book. Maybe they’re sick. Or tired. Ma…

    Mom and child interacting - PCIT.
    February 12, 2017
    Behavioral Struggles at Home? PCIT: The toolbox that every parent needs!

    At times parenting may feel like one of the most challenging experiences an adult may have. I know because I am a parent, too! The stakes are high. As parents, we guide our children in becoming happy,…

    Girl preparing Brussels spouts to cook
    November 4, 2014
    Solution #2: Cook With Your Kids, Not For Your Kids

      Home cooking may be the solution to the food challenges we face, but as busy parents how do we actually make it happen? And when we do find time to cook, how do we get our kids to eat the healt…

    Children holding hands and dancing
    October 31, 2014
    Art, Music and Child Development in the Age of Technology

    [caption id="attachment_49254" align="alignnone" width="508"] Azikiwe Mohammed[/caption]   I have been writing all week about young children as quintessential artists – naturally curious and en…

    Child doing painting with a brush
    October 30, 2014
    The Eight Best Ways for Children to Learn About Art  

    As I stood looking at an exhibit of toddler art on the wall of my school one day, the parent standing next to me said, “This rivals an installation at the Museum of Modern Art”. It was true; all o…

    Two girls playing a xylophone
    October 29, 2014
    The Eight Best Ways for Children to Learn About Music

    [caption id="attachment_49243" align="alignnone" width="508"] Photo by Azikiwe Mohammed[/caption]   Ever since researchers discovered that fetuses respond to sound in the sixth month of pregnancy…

    Child drawing on a wall
    October 28, 2014
    Creative Expression and Child Development

    At a recent get-together of parents, teachers, and community members interested in supporting the arts, we had a dynamic discussion about the importance of creative expression in child development. Th…

    Child's Colorful Painting
    October 27, 2014
    How to Inspire Your Child’s Creative Genius

    [caption id="attachment_49224" align="alignnone" width="508"] Photo by Azikiwe Mohammed[/caption]   Young children are creative dynamos. They surpass adults in their openness to possibility and t…

    A variety of colorful pom-poms
    August 6, 2014
    Playful Activities for Preschoolers

    Preschool is all about learning through play.  The learning activities aren't just about school skills, but also life skills.  These same playful learning ideas can be used at home. Finding activit…

    May 21, 2013
    Supportive Parents Supporting Schools Part 2 – Consistently Knowing What to Expect

    Your child’s teachers are working every day to create a consistent environment so all of their students, including your child can succeed. But as school budgets get cut and class sizes get larger te…

    Raising Lifetime Readers from the Start
    June 22, 2010
    Raising Lifetime Readers from the Start

    Ever since 18 month old child prodigy Elizabeth Barrett read flashcards on The Today Show, parents have been asking me what they can do to help their children acquire similar skills and learn to love …

    Language and Your Child: Introducing Dr. Bialystock
    April 13, 2010
    Language and Your Child: Introducing Dr. Bialystock

    I was pleased to attend a talk at a local Barnes & Noble by Dr. Ellen Bialystok, who was speaking about the cognitive benefits of children being bilingual. She is a Distinguished Research Professo…

    Kids and Smoking: Start the Conversations Early
    March 22, 2010
    Kids and Smoking: Start the Conversations Early

    Each day 3,000 kids start smoking.  One third of them will die from their addiction. Most preschool children today view smoking as an unhealthy, negative behavior.  Somewhere around the time of kind…

    February 4, 2009
    Monkey See, Monkey Do Principle of Parenting

    What are you teaching your kids? You may be shocked to realize much of your child’s behavior, whether appropriate or not, is connected to how you parent. Parenting is the toughest job you will ever …

    Digital Childhood, Physical World
    May 20, 2007
    Digital Childhood, Physical World

    Today's generation of children is growing up unlike any previous generation in history. In the last 10 years there has been an explosion of digital and electronic media available to and even targeted …

    Snoring, Memory, Attention, and Learning
    November 4, 2004
    Snoring, Memory, Attention, and Learning

    Would you rather your kindergarten-age child had blood lead levels 3 times the safe limit (like children living next to a lead smelters - double the level of most kids with lead toxicity), or would yo…

    Sedentary Preschoolers
    January 19, 2004
    Sedentary Preschoolers

    I love watching young children at play. Kids are designed with energy to burn. Unfortunately, though, they're not burning it! Preschoolers are so naturally full of curiosity and energy that it's almos…

    Imagination and Fear
    June 28, 2001
    Kid’s Imagination & Fear

    At around age three, most children enter into a magical time where make-believe is the order of the day. Imagination and creativity spring to life. Playtime becomes a setting where wonderful dreams an…