How to Nurture Creativity in Your Kids

Parents who want their kids to be more creative may be tempted to enroll them in arts classes or splurge on STEM-themed toys. Those things certainly can help, but as a professor of educational psychology who has written extensively about creativity, I can draw on more than 70 years of creativity research to make additional …

Giving Gifts That Make Your Daughter Feel Deeply Seen

Gift-giving is not a straightforward affair. I remember one childhood December at my aunt’s farm. It was a holiday gathering of adults upholding a variety of religious and non-religious beliefs and a clutch of over-excited children who knew that December holidays, for whatever reason, meant presents. My parents, exhausted from a long year with two …

Part Two of Two Author Jessica Lahey: How Do You Do Music?

As parents, it’s hard not to feel excitement when your child begins to show interest in a creative outlet. And it becomes even harder to mask that enthusiasm when the same child shows they have a talent for the activity. But how do you react when they walk in one day and proclaim it’s been …

Part One of Two Author Jessica Lahey: Music to My Ears

As parents, it’s hard not to feel excitement when your child begins to show interest in a creative outlet. And it becomes even harder to mask that enthusiasm when the same child shows they have a talent for the activity. But how do you react when they walk in one day and proclaim it’s been …

Nine Tips For Teen Girls to Cope With Social Comparison on Social Media

Since its inception in 2013, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development has become one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing and supporting interdisciplinary scientific research, informing and educating the public, advocating for sound public policy for child health and wellness, and enhancing human capital in the field. Below, …

Lisa McGuinness: Author of the Mother Daughter Activity Journal

Author Lisa McGuinness’s latest book Mother Daughter Activity Journal: Connecting Better with Each Other, offers mothers and daughters a new supportive place to share thoughts, dreams, worries, cares, life experiences–and have fun while doing it. McGuinness is the author of Catarina’s Ring, Meaningful Bouquets, Hoppy Trails, Caffeinated Ideas Journal, and the co-author of numerous children’s …

Five Ways to Help Your Daughter Express Her Anger

Anger is a powerful emotion, yet over and over, women have often been chastised for expressing their frustrations and rage. And kids are watching. A strength of the 2015 Pixar film INSIDE OUT is that the five emotions in the main character’s head (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger) are shown as a crucial part …

11 Tips for Helping Girls Build Character in a Digital World

Grit, resilience, perseverance, and emotional intelligence are all crucial for success, but how can parents help their children develop these character traits at a time when the whole world is only a click away, and everything comes with instant gratification? Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development has asked a panel of …

When And How To Talk To Your Teens About Suicide

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on this topic that is still too often considered taboo. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. It is one of the leading causes of death in the United States of 15 to 19-year-olds. Girls …

13 Resilience Building Tips for Your Daughter in a Crisis-Prone World

Kids today have uncertainty coming at them from all directions—from shootings to fires and hurricanes to ongoing pandemics. Emergencies like these are tough for even adults to handle, so it’s no wonder children’s anxiety and depression levels are skyrocketing. But Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of the book Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle …

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