Archive for the ‘Current Affairs’ Category

Kids & Language: Small Investment in Reading = Big Impact in Learning

Reading matters. Really. More of your FAQS on children and reading. How do parents think children learn language? Parents underestimate the value of talk-time and reading time with their children. And other parents go overboard and spend time and money on learning programs that really aren’t necessary. Experts recommend the 3 T’s… Tune In (listen […]

Kids & Language: The Cost of Screen Time

“If you want your child to be an engineer, don’t get her an iPad, get her a set of blocks.” More of your FAQS on children and reading. This one focuses on the impact of screen time such as apps, videos, TV, etc. (Click here to check out yesterday’s blog.) Have a question? Comment here […]

Kids & Language: Talking at Costco & Other Learning Moments

This week we’re focusing on children and reading by answering some FAQS such as how do kids learn to read? What is its impact on language development? How is ‘screen’ culture changing families? and more…. Many of these Qs came from a panel I participated in for BookSpring in Austin, Texas, a non-profit close to […]

New Toothpaste Rules. (Update to 411 Guidance)

It’s never too early to keep those teeth clean…that’s the message behind the new American Dental Association’s guidelines for baby teeth. The ADA recommends parents use a tiny amount (smear size) of fluoride toothpaste twice daily to “brush” baby teeth as soon as they grow in. What has Changed? The prior rule, which we followed […]

New Study Examines Patterns of Smartphone use by Parents Around Children

We’ve all seen it. A quiet family seated in the corner of restaurant for a meal. Parents engaged with their devices rather than with their children. This troubling and emerging trend of ‘distracted parenting’ has experts asking – how does this mobile device use affect parent-child interactions? The American Academy of Pediatrics already advises pediatricians […]

Taming Toddler Temper Tantrums

Oh, the dreaded tantrum. While we tend to think of tantrums when kids are of pre-school age, they can actually begin much earlier. Dr. Brown spoke to to share tips about how to prevent tantrums from occurring or taming them before they become a full blown nightmare. (Read Help for Toddler Temper Tantrums) The […]