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Feb 20, 2017

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How to Celebrate MLK Day with Your Kids Today and Everyday

Jan 16, 2017

How you can apply Dr. King’s teachings to your kids’ everyday lives.



How the Holidays Can Teach Your Kids About Consent

Dec 12, 2016

Although Aunt Shirley’s demand for a hug is coming from a place of love, forcing our children to have unwanted contact with another individual is an act of coercion.



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Nov 23, 2016

These adorable kids remind us what Thanksgiving should really be about.



Oppenheim Toy Portfolio's Best Toys for Kids of Every Age

Oct 28, 2016

Each year, hundreds of new toys hit the shelves, and it can be hard for parents to determine what kids will go crazy for.



Tannenbaums Win Goal To Be Greater Challenge, Donate $5,000 to World Food Program USA

Oct 24, 2016

“I can make a difference, one kid at a time.”



Family T.A.L.K: Creating a Safe Space for Family Communication

Oct 17, 2016

Tough conversations are never easy to have, but creating a space for healthy communication can strengthen relationships between parents and children.



How One San Francisco Group is Spreading the Written Word for Good

Oct 16, 2016

There are dozens of bottles hidden across the city by the bay — they are filled with clues and riddles and rhymes — all part of a campaign called "Save Our Stories."



Mentoring as Student Empowerment

Oct 13, 2016

How two inspiring students mentored other students and learned more than they could have imagined.



For Oregon Elementary School, Homework Is Now History

Oct 13, 2016

At Cherry Park Elementary in Portland, Oregon, Principal Kate Barker says teachers delved into research and found little evidence that homework benefits elementary kids so she ended the practice.



How To Be Better Role Models for Your Children

Oct 12, 2016

When children are displaying good behavior, parents are quick to take credit. But the same cannot be said for bad behavior.



Consent, For Kids: Cute Video Aims to Explain and Empower

Oct 11, 2016

The issue of consent, often taught at the college freshman level, begins long before college.



Nasty Campaign Rhetoric Puts Parents and Teachers in a Tough Spot

Oct 11, 2016

The 2016 election is putting millions of parents and teachers in a tough situation — balancing just how much to let their children see and hear while also teaching them about civics and the world around them.



Should Both Parents Agree Before Getting Their Child's Hair Cut?

Oct 11, 2016

One divorced couple found themselves in a parenting dilemma when the father took their son to get his long hair cut just before picture day without consulting the boy’s mother.



Why Parents Should Stop Paying Kids to Get Good Grades in School

Oct 11, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Kids are back in school, their first report cards will be arriving soon and their parents are eager to see A’s. In fact, some are so eager that they’re offering cash incentives. What can it hurt — right?



Kid-Friendly Healthy Snacks that Aren't Boring

Oct 07, 2016

Kid-friendly, healthy snacks can often seem limited and boring but there are always smart choices in the grocery store.



Want to Empower Kids? Here’s the One Powerful Question to Ask

Oct 05, 2016

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans’ David Johns and Andrene Jones-Castro share their experience and recommendations for caring and concerned adults everywhere.



NBC’s ‘Give’ Makes Big Impact with Small Charities

Sep 30, 2016

Celebrity ambassadors, including actors and musicians, will join TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager in her quest to improve the lives of communities across the country.



Want Your Kids to Be Good Citizens? Start with Sports

Sep 26, 2016

You might be surprised how similar the soccer field is to democracy.



10 Ways Your Kids Can Spread Kindness This New School Year

Sep 23, 2016

Get your kids involved in #GoalToBeGreater with these ideas.



OpEd: We Must Seize This Teachable Moment in Civics

Sep 19, 2016

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor stresses importance of involving kids in American democracy.



Inspiring 9-Year-Old Sews Bags of Much-Needed Supplies for Homeless Women

Aug 30, 2016

Nine-year-old Khloe Thompson is sewing bags for homeless women in Southern California, and through her organization “Khloe Kares.”



The Most Important Relationship to Build This School Year

Aug 29, 2016

It just could be the single most important step you take this year in helping your child learn at school.



American Heart Association Releases New Guidelines on Added Sugars

Aug 23, 2016

Do you know how much sugar your kids are eating?



What Do Kids Actually Think About Their Teachers? Students Share Their 'Kidvice'

Aug 16, 2016

We asked our favorite adorable experts for their "Kidvice" on all things teachers and their adorable answers are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.



How to Get Kids to Focus

Aug 08, 2016

Neurologist Judy Willis shares her tips for giving your kids an attention brain boost – without spending a dime or taking a lot of time.



Olympic-Inspired Activities For the Entire Family

Aug 03, 2016

With Rio right around the corner, Olympic fever has officially taken hold!



Gap Kids Ad Stirs Outrage

Aug 02, 2016

A back-to-school ad for Gap Kids in the United Kingdom is getting slammed online as sexist.



From Athletics to Academics: How to Use the Olympic Games to Boost Your Kid’s Vocabulary

Aug 01, 2016

Parents: you may even be unfamiliar with some of these words!



Vast Majority of States Overrun by Treatment Resitant Head Lice

Aug 01, 2016

It's August back-to-school time — and that means peak season for head lice.



How to Teach Kids to Manage Money

Jul 25, 2016

Hint: just handing over allowance isn’t the answer.



Stop Summer Brain Drain: Keep Your Kids Active With Butterfly Gardens, More

Jul 25, 2016

From butterfly gardens to educational playing cards to high-tech pianos, toy insider mom Laurie Schacht has some fun ideas to keep your kids sharp during summer.



Your Kids Are Probably Eating Too Much Sugar. Here's How to Cut Back

Jul 21, 2016

Sugar gets added to kids' diets in all sorts of ways.



How to Use Summer to Build Your Kid’s Vocabulary

Jul 18, 2016

School’s out but your kid’s learning doesn’t have to stop. Here are fun ways to build their vocabulary this summer.



Who's the Parent Here?

Jul 11, 2016

How to keep your kids from turning into pint-size terrors and in turn, help them become capable adults.



Schoolkids Help Homeless Children in Shelter Feel Super with Hand-Crafted Capes

Jul 05, 2016

A group of elementary school students is making life a little easier for homeless children hundreds of miles away.



14 Ways to Make This The Best Summer Ever

Jul 04, 2016

Don’t let the endless amount of time get you down. Here’s how to make the most of the summer months.



Debunking the Belief That Earlier Is Better

Jun 27, 2016

Childhood is not a dress rehearsal for adulthood, nor is it a race.



Studio In A School: Students Learn What It Means To Become Artists

Jun 26, 2016

Walking into the halls of P.S. 134, visitors are immediately surrounded by the artwork of the students attending "Studio in a School."



From Orlando to Public Bathrooms: How Parents of LGBTQ Kids Can Support Them in Today’s World

Jun 20, 2016

Now, more than ever, parents are faced with conversations surrounding LGBTQ acceptance.



7 Ways to Help Kids Stay Cool in a Heated Political Climate

Jun 15, 2016

During a heated election year, kids hear more than their share of arguments, mud-slinging and sometimes misinformation dished out in tidal waves. It’s no wonder they’re starting to get in on the action.



New York Dance Studio Helps Disadvantaged Studio Get Their Groove On

Jun 09, 2016

In one of the toughest New York neighborhoods, dozens of young girls are taking steps in the right direction.



Putting Kids in Harm’s Way? Using Anti-Psychotic Meds Not Approved For Kids

Jun 09, 2016

Millions of children take psychiatric drugs, often for things as routine as ADHD. But how much do doctors really know about them?



Here's How to Help Kids Adjust to a New Sibling

Jun 08, 2016

Not everyone is always happy with the news of new sibling. But there are ways to properly introduce a new member of the family without upset cries from their future big brothers and sisters.



Want Happy, Successful Kids? Teach Them Empathy

Jun 07, 2016

"What do kids really need to be happy and successful?" Hundreds of parents have asked me the question, and my response surprises most. "Empathy."



Children of Parents with ALS Get Support, Counseling at Camp Hope Loves Company

Jun 01, 2016

These campers not only get the chance to sleep in log cabins and play outside, but also pick up strategies for coping with the stress that comes from taking care of parents or other family members ALS.



Hidden Germs in Public Pools are Making More People Sick

May 31, 2016

TODAY's Jeff Rossen went undercover, collecting samples from public pools and sending them to a certified lab for analysis. The results were startling.



Meet the Girl Collecting #1000BlackGirlBooks for Libraries, Schools

May 31, 2016

11 year-old Marley Dias is changing the conversation about characters in children's literature.



If You Can't Say Anything Nice...Here's What To Say To Your Kids

May 30, 2016

It’s difficult to hear the phrase “Say something nice” without finishing the sentence, “or don’t say anything at all.”



Red Nose Day: Julia Roberts Highlights Nurse's 'Amazing' Work with Underprivileged Kids

May 26, 2016

To highlight this year's Red Nose Day, the Oscar-winning actress shined a light on the great work being done at Children First Academy in Phoenix



Red Nose Day: Julia Roberts Highlights Nurse's 'Amazing' Work with Underprivileged Kids

May 26, 2016

"It's just amazing how much they can provide in this very small space for a huge amount of children who are entitled to care and love."



Red Nose Day: Julia Roberts Highlights Nurse's 'Amazing' Work with Underprivileged Kids

May 26, 2016

To highlight this year's Red Nose Day, the Oscar-winning actress shined a light on the great work being done at Children First Academy in Phoenix



The Power of Play: Children’s Museums Offer Unique Opportunities

May 23, 2016

Children’s museums are great resources for both nurturing children’s playful learning experiences and parents’ understanding of how to support their child’s learning through play.



What Were They Thinking? Demystifying Common Core’s Math Methods

May 09, 2016

Whether or not we support the use of Common Core approaches in today’s classrooms, it is important that we as parents come to understand where these methods are coming from and what they mean.



#ThankATeacher: 4 Ways to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

May 03, 2016

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we talked to some of our Parent Toolkit experts from across the country to hear their ideas for the best ways to celebrate teachers.



It's National Teacher Appreciation Day! KLG, Hoda Toast Their Favorites

May 03, 2016

To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb raise a glass to a few inspiring instructors who helped change their lives for the better.



This Dad is Melting Down Thousands of Crayons to Help Children in Need

May 03, 2016

Brian Ware collects thousands of used crayons, which he then melts down and reshapes into new crayons for children at local hospitals



#ThankATeacher: NBC Anchors Share Their Favorite Teacher Memories

May 02, 2016

This week, parents and students across the country are honoring their favorite educators for Teacher Appreciation Week. Hear from our NBC News colleagues as they share memories about the teachers and school staff that had a profound impacted on them.



Rossen Reports Live: How to Stay Safe in the Water this Summer

May 02, 2016

TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen is on the show live to show tips and techniques to keep your family safe when you head to the pool or out on the water this summer. He also shares some innovative safety products.



A Promising New Approach to Treating Children With ADHD

Apr 26, 2016

A new ADHD study focuses on treating children with behavioral therapy before medicine, and doctors say it's an approach that could change the way young children are treated.



Boy Sells Lemonade to Pay for His Own Adoption

Apr 26, 2016

Young Missouri boy sells lemonade to help pay for his own adoption. KYTV's Emily Wood reports.



'My Dogs Became Dogs': 7 Ways Life Changes When You Have Kids

Apr 25, 2016

As we count down to Mother's Day and Father's Day, we're asking parents to share how life changes when you become a parent... all the ways, big and small.



How to Deal with Pushy Parents

Mar 25, 2016

Some parents (you know who you are) get a little too competitive on the sidelines of their kids' sporting events. How can you encourage your children to do their best on the playing field without putting too much pressure on them? Amy McCready, author of "The, 'Me, Me, Me,' Epidemic," and psychologist Jennifer Hartstein have suggestions.



Hilarious Little League Sign Reminds Overbearing Parents: Relax!

Mar 21, 2016

In case any parents are under the impression that their 12-year-old son's chances of playing for the Yankees are hanging in the balance at a Little League game, a Texas league is offering a reality check.



See What Happens When Real Moms Try the TODAY Show's Advice for Raising Healthy Kids

Mar 16, 2016

Parents are bombarded with advice on how to raise healthy, happy kids, but which tips actually work in the real world of temper tantrums, sugar highs and picky eaters?



Meet the 6-Year-Old Basketball Phenom Taking the Internet by Storm

Mar 14, 2016

Jaliyah Manuel has been raising eyebrows with her very grown up basketball skills, and her videos have captivated people the world over — garnering over 60 million views.



How to Raise a Successful Kid

Mar 11, 2016

It is hard work raising good responsible kids. But you also want them to be well rounded and successful. With all of the activities now a days, the pressure to be good at everything can be overwhelming. How do you strike the right balance?



Study: Parents Aren't Reading to Their Kids Enough

Mar 09, 2016

A new survey finds many parents are not reading enough to their young children. According to the group "Read Aloud 15 Minutes," fewer than half of all parents read out loud to their children each day, and only 34 percent read aloud for at least 15 minutes a day.



Three Brilliant Ways to Organize All Those Legos

Mar 02, 2016

Is there anything more painful than stepping on a Lego? No. No there is not. Save yourself with these clever ideas for organizing your child's vast Lego collection from the TODAY Parenting Team.



7 Ways to Help Your Child Find Meaning While Reading

Feb 29, 2016

For children to develop true reading comprehension skills, they need to practice these skills over and over again. In honor of Read Across America Week, we reached out to University of Michigan Professor and Parent Toolkit expert Nell Duke to learn more about what parents can do to support their children’s reading comprehension skills.



7 Ways to Help Your Child Find Meaning While Reading

Feb 29, 2016

For children to develop true reading comprehension skills, they need to practice these skills over and over again. In honor of Read Across America Week, we reached out to University of Michigan Professor and Parent Toolkit expert Nell Duke to learn more about what parents can do to support their children’s reading comprehension skills.



Turtle Mail: The Kid's Toy that Lets Kids Enjoy the Excitement of US Postal Mail

Feb 18, 2016

Signed, sealed, delivered — it's your kids' mail! That's right, thanks to a new toy, Turtle Mail, digital-savvy youngsters can take a break from the iPad and TV to learn the exhilaration of getting a letter in the mail.



Should Kids Get Trophies Just for Participating?

Feb 16, 2016

If you saw a father right in front of you getting upset because his boys were given participation trophies, would you step in — or step off?



Why Gifted Children Fail and How to Prevent It

Feb 15, 2016

While a great deal of emphasis is placed on helping students with low grades improve their academic performances, those who are considered gifted are often overlooked.



If a Mom Urged her Child to Shoplift, Would You Intervene?

Feb 15, 2016

Police say a Florida mom was caught on surveillance camera coaching her young daughter to shoplift a bottle of tequila from a liquor store. If a similar scene took place in front of you, would you step in — or step off?



5 Easy Valentine's Day Treats You Can Make With the Kids

Feb 04, 2016

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day with the kids? These crafty ideas from TODAY Tastemaker Abby Larson are so easy, everyone can join in and create their own adorable sweet treat.



9 Ways to Teach Kids About Nutrition, Fitness, Money, Organization

Feb 04, 2016

We all want to teach our kids healthy habits — but what are the best ways to accomplish that when we're busy or exhausted?



Snowed In? 10 Ways to Have the Perfect Snow Day With Kids

Feb 01, 2016

While a day off from school is sometimes a much needed break for busy students and overworked teachers, parents can often be at a loss with what to do with this newly found free time.



Indoor Tennis, Anyone? Family Fun When You're Snowbound

Jan 26, 2016

The snows of winter may have your kids stuck indoors and climbing up the walls. Fortunately, Amy Brightfield of Better Homes and Gardens in on TODAY with fun ideas for when the family's cooped up.



Snow Day Activities to Help Your Kids Battle Boredom as They Chill

Jan 26, 2016

In the wake of the East Coast blizzard, schools were closed Tuesday in such places as Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Meaghan Murphy of Good Housekeeping joins TODAY with strategies to help keep the kids from climbing the walls when snow keeps them at home.



How to Stop Helicopter Parenting and Set Your Kids Up for Success

Jan 25, 2016

Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former dean of freshman at Stanford University, joins TODAY to discuss her book "How to Raise an Adult," and how parents can help prepare their children to succeed at life without hand-holding.



Should Children be Allowed to go Sledding Alone?

Jan 25, 2016

There's a fresh blanket of snow covering much of the northeast right now, and while all of that powder has grownups grabbing their shovels, kids are reaching for their sleds and daydreaming of a downhill adventure. But is it an adventure they should have on their own?



Detroit Teachers Protest 'Horrible' School Conditions

Jan 20, 2016

Eighty-eight of 100 schools in Detroit have been closed due to a "sick-out" held by teachers upset with the conditions they are working in. MSNBC's Cal Perry reports on the protests.



Marvel Features Max Levy, a Boy with Hemophilia, in 'Iron Man' Comic Book

Jan 19, 2016

When Marvel caught wind of "Iron Max," a boy who needed a disk inserted into his chest, they made him a superhero star.



Is Your School Doing Enough? Experts Weigh in on the Role of Schools in Parent Engagement

Jan 18, 2016

Are you satisfied with your level of involvement in your child’s education? It’s important for schools to acknowledge that every parent, no matter their background or life circumstances, brings unique strengths and perspectives to the table.



Mind-Blowing Math Trick Can Tell Your Age and Shoe Size in 6 Steps

Jan 18, 2016

No, it's not some modern sorcery — just a fun math "trick" that can figure out your age and your shoe size in six simple steps.



Want Kids to Listen More, Fidget Less? Try More Recess... This School Did

Jan 18, 2016

Four times a day, the doors of Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, fling open to let bouncy, bubbly, excited kindergartners and first-graders pounce onto the playground.



'Kid's a Genius!' Kathie Lee Discovers a Young Math Whiz

Jan 15, 2016

There's a show on Lifetime called "Child Genius" that TODAY's Kathie Lee and Hoda are amazed by. A warning though, before you watch this: Even if you think you're pretty intelligent, get ready to feel dumb.



See This Little Girl's Adorable Attempt to Get More Winter Break

Jan 04, 2016

A little girl named Cara resorted to subterfuge in attempt to get an extra week of winter vacation, presenting her parents with a fake notice from school that she said was "found in the mailbox."



TODAY Parenting Team Shares Parenting Resolutions for 2016

Dec 30, 2015

Savannah Guthrie speaks to parent educator Betsy Brown who shares tips that will help you stick to your resolutions once the new year begins.



Host a Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve with a Popcorn Bar, Crafts & More

Dec 29, 2015

New Year's Eve fun can be a family affair. Kimberly Schlegel Whitman of Southern Living magazine and some young helpers demonstrate fun activities, child-appropriate treats and "mocktails" to ring in 2016.



How to Host a Fun Sleepover Party for Your Kids

Dec 28, 2015

TODAY Parenting Team contributor Amanda Mushro and some adorable young assistants are throwing a slumber party in the TODAY studio, offering fun ways to keep the kids busy (if not sleeping) during sleepover dates while they're off from school for the holidays.



4 Ways to Keep Bored Kids Busy During the Holidays

Dec 21, 2015

Angie Goff, contributor for the TODAY Parenting team as well as an anchor at NBC Washington, has creative ways parents can keep their kids from climbing the walls during the holiday break from school.



Why You Shouldn't Let Your Kids Win at Games

Dec 21, 2015

Experts say that when you play games with kids who are at least 4 years old, you should not let them win, because losing helps them learn the importance of recovering after failure. But you shouldn't clobber them, because you do want them to feel success is possible.



Bean Bag Chairs Recalled - Again - After Two Children Die

Dec 17, 2015

The recall involves more than 2 million bean bag chairs made by Ace Bayou, sold between 1995 and 2013. Two children have died, suffocating on the foam beads inside.



New Study Could Change the Way Doctors Treat Appendicitis

Dec 16, 2015

For decades the treatment for appendicitis has been surgery, but now doctors are exploring a new option for children that may eliminate a visit to the operating room.



Social Skills for the Holidays

Dec 14, 2015

Instead of simply assuming that kids will just pick up the ability to converse along the way, parents need to be intentional and teach children this vital skill.



Car Seat Alert: Could Wearing a Winter Coat Endanger Your Child?

Dec 14, 2015

It's a mistake any parent can easily make in winter: putting your child in a car seat bundled up in their winter coat. And it could be deadly.



85 Presents Each?! How Much Under the Tree is Too Much for Kids?

Dec 11, 2015

With Christmas on its way, many parents want to make their children happy, but when it comes to gifts, how much is too much? TODAY's Hota Kotb looks at a viral photo from one mom who has 85 presents for each of her kids, and experts weigh in on how to keep the season bright amid all of the focus on gifts.



One in Five U.S. Kids Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels: Study

Dec 10, 2015

One in five Americans kids has unhealthy cholesterol levels, and more than 8 percent have the most worrisome high cholesterol levels, a new survey finds.



One in Five U.S. Kids Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels: Study

Dec 10, 2015

One in five Americans kids has unhealthy cholesterol levels, and more than 8 percent have the most worrisome high cholesterol levels, a new survey finds.



American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Medical Guidelines for Kids

Dec 07, 2015

The American Academy of Pediatrics is releasing new recommendations urging preventative testing for everything from HIV to cholesterol, depression to drug and alcohol abuse.



How to Talk to Your Kids About Shootings and Terror

Dec 04, 2015

In the wake of mass shootings and other highly-publicized incidents of violence many schools have lockdown drills regularly, and now parents face a dilemma: how to talk to children about what's going on.



Bill to Replace 'No Child Left Behind' is Passed in the House

Dec 03, 2015

The House has passed a bill to replace the controversial "No Child Left Behind" education law. It leaves in place the yearly math and reading tests criticized by many parents and educators, but it will restore the power of individual states to decide how test grades will be used in assessing teachers and schools.



These Little Kids Explaining What Kindness Means Will Melt Your Heart

Dec 03, 2015

It's the Season of Kindness! Take these kids' tips on kind acts you can do for others, and what kindness really means.



VTech Cyber-Hack Targets Photos of 6.4 Million Children

Dec 02, 2015

A cyber-attack on popular digital toy maker VTech has exposed the data, photos and videos of millions of children. NBC's Erica Hill reports for TODAY.



How to Teach Kids the Gift of Giving During the Holidays

Dec 01, 2015

Janice Kaplan, author of "The Gratitude Diaries," talks to Savannah Guthrie about ways you can encourage your children to embrace the spirit of giving during the holiday season.



Kids Living with Dogs Less Likely to Suffer Anxiety

Nov 30, 2015

Researchers found that children who grow up with a dog are less likely to suffer from childhood anxiety. They say companionship with a pet can alleviate separation anxiety and strengthen attachment.



Which Toys Should Make Your Holiday Shopping List?

Nov 24, 2015

Continuing TODAY's month-long Hassle-Free Holiday series, Stephanie Oppenheim of ToyPortfolio.com joins Savannah Guthrie to review more of the top toys on retail shelves this holiday season, as voted by families across the country.



These Toys Should Make Your Holiday Shopping List

Nov 23, 2015

Kicking off TODAY's Hassle-Free Holiday, a month-long series, Stephanie Oppenheim of ToyPortfolio.com joins Savannah Guthrie to review some of the top toys on retail shelves this holiday season, including Playskool Play All Day Elmo and Wonderball Fun House.



Could Delaying Kindergarten Be Good for Children?

Nov 16, 2015

According to a new study from Stanford University, delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73 percent for an average child at age 11. Researchers suggest that children who start school later enter kindergarten with a healthier state of mind.



Spaghetti-No! SpaghettiOs Recalled Due to Potential Choking Hazard

Nov 13, 2015

Campbell soup is recalling more than 350,000 cans of SpaghettiOs due to a potential choking hazard. Small pieces of red plastic from the can lining have been found in a small number of cans.



What's Behind the Staggering Jump in Autism Diagnoses?

Nov 13, 2015

A new report shows that 1 in every 45 kids in the U.S. has autism. The new numbers come after the autism spectrum was widened to include a wider range of autism cases.



Kid's Drinking Cups Recalled for Choking Risk

Nov 11, 2015

Roughly 130,000 Bueno kids' straw tumblers that were sold at Target and other stores are being recalled. If a child chews on the drinking straw, small pieces can break off and get swallowed or inhaled.



New Research: To Stay Alive in a Deadly Fire, Close Your Door

Nov 11, 2015

In a new installment of NBC Investigates, Scott Friedman of NBC affiliate KXAS in Dallas-Fort Worth reports that more than half of all fire deaths in U.S. homes happen at night. Now, he says, new research shows that simply closing your door can dramatically increase your chances of survival.



Tips for Traveling with the Kids (Without Losing Your Mind)

Nov 11, 2015

As the holiday season approaches, you and your family may have some travel planned, which can always be stressful. But fear not: To help you keep your sanity, TODAY calls in "Travel Mom" Emily Kaufman to give us her ABCs of holiday travel.



No More Heading: US Soccer Out with New Guidelines for Youth Soccer

Nov 10, 2015

The days of kids 10 years old or younger heading the ball in a soccer game or practice are over. The U.S. Soccer Federation has issued new guidelines either banning or limiting players heading the ball depending on their age.



The Things Your Kids Will Remember About You Are…

Nov 09, 2015

TIME Magazine has compiled a list of the things your kids will always remember about you, including the times you made them feel safe and gave them your undivided attention.



Researchers: Added Benefits When Dads Read Bedtime Stories to Kids

Nov 06, 2015

Harvard researchers found that kids who are read to by their dads have better-developed language skills than those who are read to only by moms. They say fathers use more abstract and complex language.



Puppet, Twister, Super Soaker join the Toy Hall of Fame

Nov 06, 2015

2015's National Toy Hall of Fame inductees have been announced: the classic puppet, along with the game Twister and the ever-popular Super Soaker.



Pediatricians Warn: Limit Children's Exposure to Cellphones

Nov 05, 2015

A growing number of prominent doctors and scientists are raising warning flags over the amount of cellphone radiation children are being exposed to.



Pediatricians Warn: Limit Children's Exposure to Cellphones

Nov 05, 2015

A growing number of prominent doctors and scientists are raising warning flags over the amount of cellphone radiation children are being exposed to.



Baton Rouge Man Makes Awesome Bikes For Special Needs Kids

Nov 04, 2015

For kids with special needs riding a bike isn't always an option, but one man has found a way in his spare time to help them enjoy this rite of passage, too.



Will and Kate's New Cause: The Battle Against Cyberbullying

Nov 04, 2015

Now that they're the parents of two young children, Prince William and Duchess Kate have decided to take on a new mission: They want to sit down with social media giants like Facebook and Twitter to talk about what can be done to curb cyberbullying.



Needles Found in Halloween Candy Under Investigation

Nov 02, 2015

Investigators in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are trying to figure out who put needles in candy bars handed out to trick-or-treaters. Thankfully, no one was hurt.



Common Core Math Problems Go Viral, Reigniting Debate over Standards

Oct 29, 2015

A third-grade homework assignment is perplexing parents, reigniting the fractious debate over Common Core standards in schools across the country.



Why Forcing Kids to Say 'I'm Sorry' May be Sending the Wrong Message

Oct 28, 2015

We've all been there: The little one makes a mess or causes a problem, and it's up to you as the parent to remind them to apologize for their wrongdoing. But sorry to be the bearer of bad news: It's not the right way to go, according to one expert.



Obama Administration Tells Schools to Trim Standardized Test Time

Oct 26, 2015

For years, parents, teachers and students have complained about them and now a new study says all those tests don't make kids smarter, it's stressing them out.



Study Suggests Autism Is Being Overdiagnosed

Oct 26, 2015

Autism may be overdiagnosed in as many as 9 percent of children, U.S. government researchers reported Friday.



Standing Desks Come to School Classrooms

Oct 23, 2015

In classrooms across the country, traditional desks are making way for standing models. Research shows that standing is healthier, and that children learn better when they are able to move during their school day.



How to Get the Kids to Sleep: Tips and Techniques

Oct 22, 2015

It's important for kids to get a good night's sleep, but getting them through the night is a lot easier said than done. Dr. Carol Ash, the director of sleep medicine at Meridian Health offers tips.



Meet Julia: 'Sesame Street's' First Character With Autism

Oct 22, 2015

She's part of a new online program aimed at giving kids with autism a character they can relate to and helping others understand what it means to be like 'Julia.'



Other Drivers are the Biggest School Bus Danger

Oct 20, 2015

A new study finds other drivers remain the biggest threat to the safety of students getting onto, and off of school buses.



Other Drivers are the Biggest School Bus Danger

Oct 20, 2015

A new study finds other drivers remain the biggest threat to the safety of students getting onto, and off of school buses.



DIY Halloween: Make an Octopus Costume out of an Umbrella

Oct 14, 2015

Stephanie Sisco of Real Simple shares easy DIY tips for Halloween costumes your kids will love.



Treats and Tricks for Halloween

Oct 14, 2015

Jenna Helwig of Parents magazine visits TODAY with fun ideas for a Halloween party for kids.



Students Work to Send Science Into Space

Oct 12, 2015

At one Washington state elementary school, one class of 5th graders competes with every other grade at their school, to send their science experiment to the International Space Station.



Color Coding, Bubble Notes and Other Hacks for Busy Parents

Oct 09, 2015

Kristen Chase of Cool Mom Picks is a mother of four, so she knows plenty about the challenges of parenting. She shows Willie Geist and Tamron Hall some hacks to make the job a little easier.



Screen Time for Kids: New Guidelines Issued

Oct 07, 2015

New advice for parents about how much screen time kids should be allowed to have has been issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The new guidelines reflect the realities of the digital age, reports TODAY's Sheinelle Jones.



Guiding Our Children: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Oct 05, 2015

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness week, we wanted to talk to Parent Toolkit expert and school counselor Dr. Shari Sevier about how parents can support their children on a topic that is often hard to talk about. She shares with us her personal story and words of wisdom.



Showing Children Diversity in 'Nina's World'

Sep 30, 2015

Michele Lepe, executive producer, discusses Sprout’s newest original children series, “Nina’s World,” an animated series about an imaginative six-year-old, her plush toy, Star, and her abuelita, voiced by Oscar, Emmy Tony and Grammy award-winner Rita Moreno.



'It's the Perfect Storm': Toppling TV Sets are Injuring More Kids, Study Finds

Sep 29, 2015

More children are being severely injured by toppling TV sets and most of those accidents could have been prevented, a new study suggests.



Mom Takes Party City to Task Over 'Sexualized' Costumes for Little Girls

Sep 28, 2015

Halloween is just a month away, and parents are already searching for the perfect costumes for their little ones. But when Lin Kramer recently browsed a selection of toddler costumes for her 3-year-old daughter, the problem wasn't which one to choose — it was the choices themselves.



Washington School Tries, Fails to Ban Playing Tag at Recess

Sep 28, 2015

In recent years, schools have been on the banning bandwagon. Outlawed in various places around the country: dodgeball, hugging and makeup. But when one Washington state school tried laying down the law on the game of tag on the playground, parents drew a line in the sand.



Simplify Your Life This Fall: Best Apps and Gadgets to Get Organized, Save Time

Sep 24, 2015

It's the first week of autumn, which marks back-to-school and back-to-reality after the lazy summer season. But fall doesn't have to be frenetic! These apps, gadgets and services can help save time and hassle, making the season feel like a summer breeze.



How Young is Too Young to Leave Kids Home Alone?

Sep 18, 2015

It's a question every parent struggles with eventually: At what age is it appropriate to leave a child home alone? If you ask different parents, you're likely to get different answers.



Target Recalling Thousands of Water Bottles

Sep 18, 2015

Thousands of water bottles sold exclusively at Target are being recalled because the inner plastic straw can break. There have been seven reports of children spitting out plastic fragments while using the water bottles, no injuries have yet been reported.



Cool or Creepy? New High-Tech Barbie Can Have Conversations with Kids

Sep 17, 2015

A new version of Barbie that is Wi-fi connected has the ability to talk with children.



To Raise 'Unentitled' Kids, Expect More From Them

Sep 17, 2015

Parenting expert Amy McCready, author of "The Me, Me, Me Epidemic," visits TODAY with concrete suggestions on how not to spoil your kids, including "giving up on giving in," shutting down the parental "ATM machine" in favor of a set weekly allowance, and encouraging gratitude rituals and random acts of kindness.



Cool School! Third-Grader Plays 'Probability Plinko' with John Cena

Sep 16, 2015

TODAY's Cool School series is spotlighting the nation's most innovative schoolteachers and continues this morning with a visit from Michigan teacher Julie Clark and third-grader Morri McCluggage, who met Clark's challenge to create a carnival game measuring probability by coming up with "Probability Plinko."



Why You Should Let Your Kids Make a Mess of Their Chores

Sep 16, 2015

A new article says that you should let your kids mess up their household chores at an early age, because that's how they learn to become competent and confident. TODAY's Carson Daly says his 3-year-old daughter dumps her leftovers into the garbage - plate and all.



4-Day School Weeks? Study Says Kids Do Better with a Shorter Week

Sep 15, 2015

Should kids go to school only four days a week? A new study finds that schools that switch to four-day weeks see improvements in the math scores of their fourth- and fifth-graders.



Watch How These Cool Schoolteachers Make Learning Fun

Sep 15, 2015

It's Cool School Week on TODAY, and the show is shining a much-deserved spotlight on some of the most creative schoolteachers in the country. Dylan Dreyer and Natalie Morales look at a social studies teacher who demonstrates how Michelangelo painted while lying on his back, a Georgia instructor who dramatizes action verbs by standing on her head, and other innovative educators.



'Umbrella Dad' Wins the Internet

Sep 14, 2015

A photo of a dad completely soaked during a downpour because he is using his umbrella to shield his young son from the rain has taken the Internet by (rain)storm.



Does Your Child Have Enough Time to Eat Well at School?

Sep 14, 2015

Many kids don't eat healthfully at school and a new study suggests it's because they don't have enough time.



Teaching Financial Literacy to Children: 5 Best Money Apps for Kids

Sep 14, 2015

By understanding key concepts like having financial goals, saving and living within a budget, kids can make good decisions today and continue making them in the future. Try these apps to help teach your child financial literacy skills.



Get Organized for Back-to-School with Ease!

Sep 11, 2015

TODAY Parenting contributor Angie Goff joins Carson and Hoda to chat about tips for helping the kids stay organized at home. From creating a homework station to a supply turntable to an art drop box, Goff's tricks are so easy they'll make staying organized a breeze plus the kids will love them.



Rossen Reports: Why Don't Most School Buses Have Seat Belts?

Sep 10, 2015

With millions of children getting on school buses, NBC's national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen takes a look at why most school buses don't have seat belts, and just how dangerous that can get.



Rossen Reports: 'Dangerous Drivers' Flying Past Kids in School Zones

Sep 09, 2015

Every day an average of 44 kids are hit while walking, many while on their way to school. NBC's national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen takes a look at drivers blowing past the speed limit and putting kids at risk.



Terrible 12's? What Are a Child's Best and Worst Ages?

Sep 08, 2015

TODAY's Willie Geist, Tamron Hall and Natalie Morales talk about a new survey that tries to rank the best age for kids, with parents saying the worst ages are between 10 and 12, while the most beloved childhood age is 5 years old.



Make Your Kids Life Easier with Latest Back-to-School Gear

Sep 07, 2015

Author Steve Greenberg shows Kathie Lee and Hoda nine great gadgets that will simplify your children's school day and your morning routine.



5 DIY Outdoor Games to Play with Your Kids

Sep 04, 2015

Abby Larson from Style Me Pretty explains how you can easily create some fun outdoor games your kids can enjoy this Labor Day weekend.



How One Barber Gives Free Haircuts to Kids for Storytime in Return

Sep 02, 2015

Courtney Holmes is on a mission to help kids read, so this barber uses what he has to barter.



Short Bursts of Exercise May Help Kids Stay Healthy

Sep 01, 2015

Researchers found that children who only had short bursts of activity were shown to have lower levels of blood sugar and insulin.



4 Vaccines You Might Not Know Your Child Needs This Fall

Aug 31, 2015

NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar tells TODAY's Willie Geist about four vaccines that parents should make sure their kids receive before Autumn starts, including the meningitis and HPV vaccines.



Have the 'Booze Talk' By Age 9, Pediatricians' Group Advises

Aug 31, 2015

Parents and doctors need to take the lead in talking to kids about drinking, and they need to do it before children try their first sip, the main pediatricians' group says.



Faced With Tight Budgets, Teachers Use Online Crowdfunding to Support Classroom

Aug 30, 2015

School budgets are tight, but that's not stopping one man who's using crowdfunding to help thousands of teachers and students across the country.



Life Hack Time! Back-to-School Hacks Bring Peace of Mind

Aug 29, 2015

TODAY's Dylan Dreyer is in the Orange Room with a few great tips to make back-to-school headache free.



Back-to-School Sanity Savers: Hairstyles, Nighttime Prep, Lunches

Aug 28, 2015

The TODAY Parenting Team teams up to help you get the kids back to school with less stress. Experts demonstrate how to do easy but attractive hairstyles, prepare clothes and backpacks the night before school, and make quick but nutritious lunches.



Hilarious 'Alternative' PTA Fundraiser: Forget the Bake Sale, Just Give Us Cash

Aug 28, 2015

Instead of hitting up parents for bake sales and walk-a-thons to raise money, a Parent Teacher Association in Texas is cutting to the chase in hilarious fashion with a simple message: just give us cash.



How to Create a Successful Study Space at Home

Aug 27, 2015

For some families, school is already starting. For others, kids are savoring the last few weeks of summer. Wherever you are in gearing up for the new school year, we are here to help.



Back-to-School Hacks to Keep Your Kids Organized

Aug 26, 2015

TODAY's Hack to School series continues with some help from Evette Rios of Latina magazine, who demonstrates some clever ideas to maximize locker storage and turn a shower caddy into a school supply organizer.



Dad Tests Son's Manners with Terrible Birthday Present

Aug 26, 2015

Gratitude and good manners don't come naturally to everyone, so one father decided to see if his toddler required some teaching where those attributes are concerned. To find out, dad Jeff Simmons wrapped up a less-than-exciting birthday gift for his little boy.



Freezable Lunch Bag, $4 Backpack : Must-Have Back-to-School Products

Aug 26, 2015

Lori Bergamotto of Good Housekeeping joins Savannah Guthrie to showcase products parents will want to know about as their kids head back to school, including the latest in bento boxes, backpacks, apps and locker accessories.



Clever (and Doable) Creations for Kids' Lunchboxes

Aug 25, 2015

TODAY's "Hack to School" series continues with Justin Chapple, host of Food & Wine's "Mad Genius Tips," who has easy ideas to put more fun in your kids' lunch - including a-peeling messages you can put on their bananas and ready-to-go yogurt parfait.



Right Foot Forward: Equipping Kids with Social Confidence This School Year

Aug 24, 2015

It’s back-to-school time and you’re likely in full swing ensuring your child’s reading list has been completed, a new outfit or uniform is laid out and the first day book bag is packed. But, are your children prepared with the vital social skills to kick the year off on the right foot?



Hack to School: Getting Your Kids Back into a Routine

Aug 24, 2015

As children head back to school, TODAY is here to smooth the way with a new series called Hack to School. Kicking it off is Meredith Sinclair of MeredithPlays.com, who shows TODAY's Willie Geist and guest cohost Jane Krakowski some fun ways to get your kids back into a school routine.



5-Minute Back-to-School Fashion Ideas for Kids

Aug 20, 2015

TODAY's Natalie Morales and guest host John Cena go back to school and get some fun fashion ideas from style expert Jene Luciani.



How to Create a No-Tears Homework Routine

Aug 20, 2015

It seems like every night the house becomes a battlefield, with children pitted against parents in an endless clash over homework. While the struggle is real, there are ways you can encourage your kids to finish their homework without an argument or tears.



Puzzled by Your Kids' Math Homework? Your Anxiety is Contagious

Aug 19, 2015

A new study found that if you have angst over your child's math homework, they will likely become anxious as well. Researchers advice: Let the kids work it out on their own.



These Kids Give Great Back-to-School Advice

Aug 19, 2015

In this episode of TODAY's "Kidvice," kids offer their advice on heading back to school.



Back-to-School Essentials for Kids of Every Age

Aug 18, 2015

Amy Goodman of zulily.com is in Studio 1A to show the TODAY anchors some essential (and fun) supplies to pick up as the kids head back to school, including a Minions backpacks a Star Wars RD-D2 insulated lunch bag, and personalized spiral notebooks.



Bigger Families are Better, Researchers Find

Aug 18, 2015

Children from families with four or more kids scored higher in self-esteem, resilience and social support in a five-year study in Australia.



My Book Will Put Your Kids to Sleep in Minutes, Says Psychologist

Aug 18, 2015

"The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep," a children's book by a Swedish psychologist, promises to put children to sleep within minutes using specially designed words and sentence structure, and it's quickly become a best-seller. But does it really work?



Steelers Linebacker James Harrison Won't Let His Kids Have Participation Trophies

Aug 17, 2015

These days trophies, ribbons and other accolades aren't just for winners. Simply showing up can be enough to earn an honor — for some kids. But that trend doesn't extend James Harrison's household.



Too Much Homework? Study Shows Elementary Kids Get 3 Times More Than They Should

Aug 13, 2015

Parents, you aren't imagining it: Your kids may be struggling with too much homework. Just in time for back-to-school season, a new study has revealed that elementary school students get three times more homework than is recommended for children their age.



U.S. Schools Kids Start Too Early, Study Finds

Aug 06, 2015

America's teenagers are starting school too early, in spite of a flurry of studies showing they need more sleep and national recommendations that school days start later, government health experts said Thursday.



Resolve to be Involved: The Benefits of School Year’s Resolutions

Aug 03, 2015

Join our School Year’s Resolution pledge! It's a great start for parents who want to be more actively engaged with their child’s academic and overall success.



Study: Learning To Share By Kindergarten May Pay Off Later In Life

Jul 17, 2015

Researchers found that those who learned to share and cooperate by kindergarten were more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later, and less likely to have drug problems and run-ins with the law.



More Than a Movie: The Parenting Opportunity of “Inside Out”

Jul 06, 2015

If you haven’t heard already, there’s a new Pixar movie out called “Inside Out.” The movie offers ample opportunity to discuss with our kids the role of emotions in our lives.



The Superpower of Dads

Jun 19, 2015

In an ideal world, every child would grow up with a Dad or an adult male caregiver, who is an example of how to learn, love, grow, and give back to the community. Unfortunately, one out of every three children in our country lives in a home without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.



Have 'Gratuitous' Childhood Graduations Gone Too Far?

Jun 18, 2015

An article on xoJane.com expresses the opinion that the significance of childhood graduations has diminished as children now participate in graduations for everything from nursery school to eighth grade.



Improving Decision-Making Can Serve as a Child’s First Lesson in Goal Setting

Jun 01, 2015

Properly setting goals adds tremendous value to an individual’s life, and research has found that those who set overarching objectives for what they want to achieve tend to have a greater sense of purpose, maintain better relationships, and may even live longer. When getting your child started with goal setting, there are three tips to keep in mind.



How to Get Kids' Attention? Skype in the Classroom

May 31, 2015

Skype is making waves in the classroom, quickly becoming one of best ways to get kids interested in learning is to make it fun and interactive.



Author Warns of the Perils of Overparenting

May 26, 2015

Author Stefanie Wilder-Taylor joins TODAY to unmask the trend of overparenting, and talks about her new book, "Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic."



Is This Normal? What To Do About Nose-Picking...And When To Worry

May 26, 2015

Some kids seem like they're digging for gold 24-7 — no matter how many times you tell them to get their finger out of their nose, you turn around and they're at it again. Home… school… church… is this really normal? And how can you get them to stop?



Lessons in Dirt: Using a Green Thumb for Learning At Home

May 25, 2015

Gardening is a great way to get children to connect with nature and learn more about fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy eating. But that’s not all. These gardens also offer children the opportunity to experience hands-on lessons in science, math and language arts.



Toddler Throws Tantrum in Front of President Obama

May 25, 2015

A priceless moment was caught on camera when the toddler daughter of journalist Laura Moser threw herself face-down on the carpet of the White House's Red Room, at President Obama's feet.



'YouTube Kids' App Criticized Over Content

May 20, 2015

Advocacy groups have filed a complaint with the FTC for what they call "inappropriate content" on some videos available on Google's "YouTube Kids" app.



Boy Scouts of America: Our Ban on Water Gun Fights is Nothing New

May 20, 2015

If you want to be part of the Boy Scouts of America, it's best to leave your water guns at home.



Parental Guidance: How to Get Out the Door, Lickety Split (and Tantrum-Free!)

May 20, 2015

The tears, the yelling, the begging, the pleading, and the endless negotiating. It's a battle that can break the spirit of just about any parent. Megan Colarossi and Willie Geist offer tips for getting kids out the door.



Study: Kids Benefit From Having a Working Mom

May 18, 2015

According to a new study, daughters of working mothers completed more years of education, were more likely to be employed and earned higher incomes.



Study: Kids in Dance Classes Don't Get Enough Exercise

May 18, 2015

If you think your daughter is getting a good workout in her ballet or tap classes you might want to take a closer look. A new study finds that youngsters often don't get much exercise during dance classes.



Are Sports Becoming Too Dangerous for Young Kids?

May 15, 2015

Extreme sports are a multibillion-dollar business worldwide, and more young children are jumping into events that used to be dominated by teens and young adults. NBC's Hallie Jackson reports.



Study: Single Parenting takes a Toll Later in Life

May 15, 2015

Being a single parent comes with a number of hurdles and stresses, and new research says it may also have a major impact on health. NBC's Erica Hill reports.



What's the Best Sunscreen? Consumer Reports Reveals Top Picks

May 14, 2015

With beach season just around the corner, people will be stocking up on sunscreen to protect them against burns, skin damage and cancer. But with more than 1,000 sunscreen products on the market, how do you know which ones are the most effective?



Save this for a Rainy Day: 3 Easy, Fun Indoor Crafts for Kids

May 13, 2015

From making goopy, sticky flubber to engineering a giant bubble snake, getting crafty is all about rolling up your sleeves and having fun. The key to a successful day indoors is all about planning, knowing your audience, and preparing to get messy, messy, messy.



'Slow Parenting' on the Rise

May 12, 2015

The Boston Globe has people talking with its story about an increasing number of parents taking it easy when it comes to their kids' activities, focusing on quality versus quantity.



Summer Camps: Finding the Right Fit

May 11, 2015

Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning for summer break! Is your child interested in going to camp? We talked to Dr. Michele Borba for tips on finding the right summer camp fit for every family.



'Goldilocks Syndrome'? Parents Often in Denial About Overweight Kids

May 11, 2015

Most parents incorrectly identified their overweight preschool-age children as being at about the right weight, even as childhood obesity rates rose, according to alarming new research which tracked two sets of kids over separate multi-year periods.



Do Moms Really Worry More Than Dads?

May 11, 2015

The TODAY Show anchors discuss a New York Times op-ed piece called, "Mom: The Designated Worrier," which argues that women worry more about their children than dads.



Study: Impact of Concussions on School Work Revealed

May 11, 2015

Researchers followed about 350 children from kindergarten to twelfth grade who suffered a concussion and found that 88 percent of symptomatic students had problems in school because of headaches, fatigue and concentration issues.



5 Easy Mother's Day Crafts for Kids to Make

May 07, 2015

Dads, get the kids involved in these 5 crafty ideas—from Jodi Levine, blogger and author of Candy Aisle Crafts—and you just might salvage mom's special day.



What's the Best (and Worst) Mother's Day Gift? Kids Share Advice

May 06, 2015

In this installment of the TODAY Show's Kidvice series, adorable children offer their tips for how to ace Mother's Day.



How to Turn Test Stress into Studying Success

May 04, 2015

The end of the school year is fast approaching, which means students across the country will be busy taking exams and wrapping up their studies and final projects. While this may be a stressful time, it can also serve as a great opportunity to help children develop useful studying and test preparation strategies.



Baltimore's Children Say They Have Hope for Their City's Future

May 01, 2015

Baltimore's schools look to turn the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death into a teachable moment for students.



Parental Guidance: How to Deal with Kids and Tantrums

May 01, 2015

"Kids and tantrums. Ugh. There is nothing like it. When you hear it and then it erupts..there's no stopping it," says Megan Colarossi. "Run for cover." But Team Parental Guidance— Megan, along with Willie Geist—have some ideas.



What Happens When Parents Collide with School Rules?

Apr 30, 2015

Some schools are trying to teach parents a lesson when it comes to such issues as vacations, lunches and dress codes. So who's in charge when your kid's life and the lesson plan collide? NBC national correspondent Craig Melvin reports.



What Happens When Parents Collide with School Rules?

Apr 30, 2015

Some schools are trying to teach parents a lesson when it comes to such issues as vacations, lunches and dress codes. So who's in charge when your kid's life and the lesson plan collide? NBC national correspondent Craig Melvin reports.



Police Target Drivers Who Pass Stopped School Buses

Apr 29, 2015

The Department of Transportation says that 23 million children ride a school bus every day. Now police are using new technology to catch drivers who threaten their safety by passing stopped school buses.



New Guidelines: Kids Shouldn't be Kept from School for Lice

Apr 28, 2015

Dr. Natalie Azar joins TODAY to talk about new guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, stating that there's no ground for your kids to be kept from school if they get head lice.



A Win for Everyone: Collaborative Games

Apr 27, 2015

Collaboration skills are essential for lifelong success, and engaging children in enjoyable collaborative activities from an early age can help improve their self-awareness, problem-solving, empathy and nonverbal and verbal communication. Here are some engaging collaborative activities your entire family can enjoy.



4 Ways to Upcycle Old Items for the Kids Room and Garden

Apr 24, 2015

Art director, decorator and budget design specialist Stacy Nelson shows Kathie Lee and Hoda some simple ways to turn items that you'd normally throw away into creative objects and crafts your family will love.



4 Ways to Upcycle Old Items for the Kids Room and Garden

Apr 24, 2015

Art director, decorator and budget design specialist Stacy Nelson shows Kathie Lee and Hoda some simple ways to turn items that you'd normally throw away into creative objects and crafts your family will love.



Experts Answer Questions About Transgender Kids

Apr 24, 2015

Dr. Michelle Forcier and transgender model Geena Rocero join TODAY to talk about transgender children, and some of the experiences they go through from a very young age.



Family of Transgender Girl, 8, Share Her Journey

Apr 24, 2015

Rep. Mike Honda is the proud grandpa of little Malisa, who was born in a boy's body. Honda says of his granddaughter, "I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied."



Family of Transgender Girl, 8, Share Her Journey

Apr 24, 2015

Rep. Mike Honda is the proud grandpa of little Malisa, who was born in a boy's body. Honda says of his granddaughter, "I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied."



Study: Many Foods Advertised to Kids Don't Meet Guidelines

Apr 24, 2015

Researchers looked at more than 400 foods commonly advertised to children. Of those foods, 23 percent exceeded the recommended limit for saturated fat, and 32 percent surpassed the limit for sugar.



Can the Excellence Gap in US Education be Closed?

Apr 22, 2015

Harold Levy, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, discusses his foundation’s goal to close the “excellence gap” in grades K-12 through scholarships and grants for innovative initiatives that support high-performing, low-income students.



How to Get Your Kids Off the Video Games and Outside

Apr 22, 2015

The TODAY Show's Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi have some tips on how to get your children to enjoy the outdoors.



Jacob's Journey: Life as a Transgender 5-Year-Old

Apr 21, 2015

When Jacob was born, his name was Mia. But by the time he was two, he was telling his parents, "I'm a boy." Last year, when he was four, they made a decision: to let him live as he has always identified — as a boy.



Waste Not, Want Not: How to Reduce Food Waste in Your Home

Apr 20, 2015

Earth Day is a great time for your family to talk about food waste and start building habits that can make a valuable impact both on the environment and your family’s budget. Below are 5 ways you can celebrate Earth Day and learn to cutback on food waste at home.



Dinner Conversations Can Help Kids Grasp Math

Apr 20, 2015

A study reveals that moms who talk about basic math with preschoolers at the dinner table were able to improve their children's grasp of the subject a year later.



Teacher's Simple Question to 3rd Graders Got the Nation Talking

Apr 18, 2015

What started out as a simple writing assignment for Kyle Schwartz's students in Denver, Colorado, turned into a national phenomenon. For TODAY, NBC's Janet Shamlian reports on what happened when a teacher asked her students what they wished she knew.



How to Stay Sane When Your Child is Sick

Apr 17, 2015

Blogger Amanda Mushro joins TODAY with suggestions on how to help a kid feeling under the weather. Also from the TODAY Parents team: Meteorologist and mom Bree Smith demonstrates creative ways to organize your child's belongings, and author Bunmi Laditan offers tips on smoothing out a toddler's morning routine.



From Newborns to Teens: How to Get Your Kids to Sleep

Apr 15, 2015

Are you a tired parent? TODAY's Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi have some helpful tips on getting your kids to bed so you can get sleep too.



Author J.K. Rowling on Failure: It's 'Inevitable'

Apr 13, 2015

J.K. Rowling spent decades writing the Harry Potter series, the last book of which was published in 2007. And the author is still passionate about it — especially when it comes to how it's affected her young readers.



How Much Money Do You Need to Retire? Kids Share (Adorable) Personal Finance Tips

Apr 13, 2015

With Tax Day looming this week, you might be one of many Americans scrambling for some last-minute financial advice. So we consulted some (adorable) experts for their best tips on all things personal finance.



These Young Inventors are Driving the Future

Apr 10, 2015

An anti-bullying band. A better bike helmet. Meet the kids that are inventing the future.



This Affordable Kids' Wheelchair Idea Will Make You Smile

Apr 10, 2015

Student engineers from BYU have created a lightweight and affordable wheelchair for children that can be assembled at home.



Meet the Kid Innovators Bringing Ideas to Life

Apr 09, 2015

Our colleagues at the TODAY show launched a "Make the Future" contest and looked across the country for young innovative minds who are dedicated to making great ideas come to life. The series is sponsored by Shell.



Delicious Snacks to Make For Your Kids

Apr 07, 2015

The energetic Reed Alexander shows Kathie Lee and Hoda a couple of tasty snacks your kids will love, honey-roasted peanut popcorn and carrot cupcakes.



Eight Ways to Bring Mindfulness into Your Family

Apr 06, 2015

Teaching children to be more mindful can help them to better understand their emotions and manage their reactions.



4 Unconventional Easter Baskets for Your Kids

Apr 03, 2015

Lifestyle expert Robyn Moreno shows off a few unique, last-minute Easter basket ideas.



How to Make Your Children One with Nature

Apr 02, 2015

Paleontologist Scott Sampson joins Tony Dokoupil to discuss his new book, "Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature."



‘Made By Mommy’ Host Makes Easter Treats

Mar 31, 2015

Kim Maycraft from the “Made By Mommy” YouTube channel, joins TODAY to show us some fun DIY activities and treats to make with your children for Easter.



“I Hate Math” – Ways to Instill a Love of Math in Kids

Mar 30, 2015

All children have the potential to achieve success in math if they believe that their perseverance can make them better. Here is some advice on how you can help your children feel confident about their mathematical abilities and develop their appreciation for learning.



Being Poor Affects Kids' Brains, Study Finds

Mar 30, 2015

Children raised in poor households have clear differences in the physical structures of their brains compared to wealthier children, a new study finds.



DIY Easter Crafts for Kids

Mar 30, 2015

Jodi Levine, author of “Candy Aisle Crafts” joins TODAY to share some fun and simple DIY projects that you can do with your kids before the Easter holiday.



Study: Quality Parenting Trumps Quantity

Mar 30, 2015

A new study finds no connection between the amount of time a mother spends with their children from the ages three to 11 and their future success in life. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.



Is Raising Boys Different than Raising Girls?

Mar 26, 2015

Psychotherapists Abby Rodman and Robi Ludwig give their advice on how parents may need to adjust their parenting style depending on if they’re raising boys or girls.



Where Are the Costliest Baby Sitters in the US?

Mar 24, 2015

The national average rate for a babysitter is $13.44 per hour. Parents in San Francisco pay the highest rate in the U.S. at $16.65 per hour.



A+ Nutrition and Its Effect on An A+ Education

Mar 23, 2015

Research shows that without proper nourishment, children perform poorly in school and have lower academic achievement. So what can you do to improve your child's eating habits and prepare her for learning? You may want to try the following strategies.



How Safe are Child Safety Caps?

Mar 21, 2015

A new study out this week from Safe Kids Worldwide shows there are more than 1,100 emergency calls every day about young children getting into medicine or getting too much medicine by accident.



Kids and Sports: Helping Kids Deal with Injuries

Mar 17, 2015

Dr. Answorth Allen, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Marci Goolsby from the Hospital for Special Surgery, discuss the increasing number of kids suffering from sports-related injuries and how to help prevent them.



Take Back Dinnertime: How to Revamp Your Family’s Favorite Meal

Mar 16, 2015

A new NBC News study reveals that 79% of parents surveyed eat dinner together most nights, more than in past decades. Family dinner is worth the trouble, especially when you’re equipped with these tips and strategies.



Is Parenting a Career?

Mar 16, 2015

The TODAY show anchors chat about an op-ed titled “Being a Stay-at-Home Mother Is Not a Job,” where writer Liz Pardue-Schultz says that being able to stay home to raise your kids “is a privilege, and calling it anything else is ignorant and condescending.”



New Kind of Report Card: Kids Rate Parents

Mar 16, 2015

Some parents are asking their children to grade them on their parenting, as a way of learning really matters to their kids. Darlene Rodriguez of WNBC in New York City reports.



6 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained Indoors

Mar 12, 2015

With the help of some children, Meredith Sinclair from MeredithPlays.com shows viewers some fun indoor activities and crafts for your family, including homemade puffy paint.



Pi Day: Fun Ways to Celebrate This Year

Mar 09, 2015

We spoke to a few of our Parent Toolkit experts, and asked them to give us ideas on what parents can do to celebrate Pi Day this year, when the calendar day matches up numerically with the first five digits of the mathematical constant, 3.1415.



Pi Day: Fun Ways to Celebrate This Year

Mar 09, 2015

We spoke to a few of our Parent Toolkit experts, and asked them to give us ideas on what parents can do to celebrate Pi Day this year, when the calendar day matches up numerically with the first five digits of the mathematical constant, 3.1415.



8-Year-Old Sells Hot Cocoa to Fight for His Friend

Mar 09, 2015

Tristan Regini is using hot chocolate sales to thank The Children’s Hospital in Colorado for saving the life of his good friend and cancer survivor Cade Humphreys.



Should Kids Register for Birthday Gifts?

Mar 06, 2015

A report reveals there’s an uptick in parents creating registries for their children’s parties. Some people say it gives the kids a sense of entitlement.



Female Exec: ‘Value the Mothers Around You’

Mar 04, 2015

Katharine Zaleski, president of Internet start-up PowerToFly, talks about a Fortune column she wrote that went viral Tuesday, in which she apologized for how she used to treat working moms. She says the birth of her daughter changed her thinking. Reaction to the piece “has been amazing,” she says.



NBC News Launches TODAY's Parenting Team

Mar 03, 2015

Our colleagues at the TODAY Show have created a new forum for parents to share their best advice, toughest questions and cutest photos.



Most Doctors Agree to 'Spread Out' Kids' Shots, Survey Finds

Mar 02, 2015

Nearly all pediatricians and family doctors have been asked at least once by parents if they could "space out" the vaccines their children get and most have agreed to do so at some point, a new study finds



Standardized Tests? This Mom Says Bring Them On, the More the Better

Mar 02, 2015

Nearly every day of our lives, human beings are forced to jump through someone else’s arbitrary hoops, be it professionally or personally. Might as well get as much practice as you can, and become really, really good at it.



Is It OK To Recruit 10-Year-Olds for College Sports?

Feb 27, 2015

After LeBron James expressed concern about the college basketball recruiters who are already wooing his 10-year-old son, debate has opened up over how young is too young to recruit kids.



Parents Fight Back Against ‘Digital Kidnapping’

Feb 27, 2015

Posting pictures of your kids on social media might seem innocent, but an unsettling new trend has developed: strangers appropriating the images and pretending the children are their own.



How Young is Too Young for Colleges to Recruit Future Athletes?

Feb 26, 2015

Schools have been in hot pursuit of LeBron James Jr. and have even offered scholarships. There’s just one problem: He’s only 10 years old. And his dad says pursuing a kid that young should be a violation.



Why Parents Should Rethink Allowances

Feb 25, 2015

Slate magazine has issued new advice on allowances, advising that you should give kids an allowance as soon as they start asking about money. Slate’s rule of thumb: Start them at $1 a week and give them a $1 raise for each year they age.



Five Ways to Boost Heart Health

Feb 23, 2015

Eating healthy and exercising can benefit the whole family, and it doesn't have to take all day or break the bank.



‘Girls’ Toys? Group of Women Revolutionize the Toy Aisle

Feb 22, 2015

The TODAY Show's Erica Hill talks with the powerful women behind the newest, innovative next generation of toys for girls.



Girl, 11, Fights for More Female Superheroes

Feb 20, 2015

TODAY Show contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager sits down with fifth-grader Rowan Hansen of Illinois, whose letter to DC Comics about the dearth of female spurred an encouraging response.



Shuddle Car Service Gives Rides to Kids

Feb 19, 2015

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the new type of car service is generating a lot of buzz among busy families: It’s a kid-friendly version of companies like Uber and Lyft.



The Hottest Toys for 2015

Feb 19, 2015

The Toy Insider’s Laurie Schacht joins TODAY to give a preview of what are set to be the hottest toys next holiday season, including new Care Bears that sing and Laser Pegs, construction toys that light up.



Cabin Fever? Activities to Keep Kids Busy While Stuck Indoors

Feb 18, 2015

TODAY Show contributor Elizabeth Mayhew shares some fun indoor activities to keep your children active and entertained this winter, including creating a relay race with paper airplanes and a bean toss by stuffing your mittens.



Study: Some Preschoolers May Not Need to Nap

Feb 18, 2015

Dr. Natalie Azar joins the TODAY Show to discuss a report in the Archives of Disease in Childhood that says napping after the age of two could hinder important nighttime sleep.



5 Tips to Throw a Super Sleepover for Kids

Feb 17, 2015

Mary Giles from FamilyFun magazine shows some fun activities for your child’s next sleepover including playing musical sleeping bags and setting up easy crafts and tasty food that kids can help prepare.



Reduce Anger in Your Household

Feb 16, 2015

The more stress there is in a family’s life, the greater the chance that angry emotions will spill out. What can families do to reduce angry outbursts?



Proposed Bill Would Fine Parents for Overweight Children

Feb 13, 2015

A controversial proposed bill in Puerto Rico is aimed at tackling childhood obesity by fining parents up to $800 if their overweight child doesn't lose weight.



Is It OK To Discipline Someone Else’s Child?

Feb 12, 2015

A drama called “The Slap” debuts on NBC Thursday, and it already has people talking. The story centers around a scene at a barbecue where a child is slapped by an adult who is not the child’s parent.



Parents Do This Sneaky Behavior in Front of Sons, but Not Daughters: Why?

Feb 11, 2015

When it comes to learning honesty, it seems boys may be getting a different lesson than girls. Parents are more willing to lie in front of their sons than their daughters, according to a recent analysis published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.



Valentine’s Day “Kidvice”: Kids Talk About Love

Feb 11, 2015

How do you know when you’re in love? What’s a good gift to get your Valentine? TODAY asks the experts – a group of adorable children – for their “Kidvice.”



New CDC Stats Show Measles Outbreak Growing

Feb 10, 2015

As a Senate committee meets to discuss vaccines and preventable diseases, new numbers from the CDC show that the measles outbreak in the U.S. is growing.



Mother Tongue: Toddlers Take Immersion Class for Family Language

Feb 09, 2015

Go inside a New York Mandarin immersion class, part of a growing trend as parents try to deepen their children’s connection to the family’s culture.



The Poster All Overcompetitive Parents Should See

Feb 06, 2015

A hilarious poster at a Kentucky gym reminds parents that “this is a game” and “your child does not play in the NBA.”



DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts to Make with Your Kids

Feb 05, 2015

Lifestyle expert Limor Suss from Trendsgirl.com joins TODAY to show us some fun ways to create unique Valentine’s Day cards with your children.



Will This Really Help Kids Improve Their Grades?

Feb 05, 2015

An Atlanta barber is giving free haircuts that make kids look like balding old men. He gave one to his own son for getting bad grades.



As Injuries Mount, Some Towns Ban Sledding

Feb 03, 2015

Every year, 20,000 children are sent to emergency rooms with sledding injuries, and multimillion-dollar lawsuits sometimes follow. Now towns from Indiana to New Jersey are responding by banning sledding.



Effort to Boost Literacy Grows Nationwide

Feb 03, 2015

Brian Gallagher, CEO of United Way, joins José Díaz-Balart to discuss a new effort to boost literacy in elementary schools nationwide.



How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

Feb 03, 2015

Dr. Natalie Azar joins TODAY to discuss new recommendations by the National Sleep Foundation that say toddlers should have between 11 to 14 hours of sleep, while adults should have 7 to 9 hours.



Measles Cases Spread to 14 States

Feb 03, 2015

Six more states are now tied to the measles outbreak, bringing the total to 14, as politicians take sides on whether parents should get their kids vaccinated.



Play Brain Games to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Feb 02, 2015

Reading is not a natural process for the human brain. We are born with the brain architecture ready for development of successful verbal communication, but without any blueprint guiding recognition of the printed word.



CDC: Many Toddler Snacks High in Sugar, Salt

Feb 02, 2015

The CDC found that about 70 percent of pre-packaged toddler meals have too much salt and that many popular snacks are loaded with extra sugar.



Should You Tell Your Children How Much You Make?

Jan 30, 2015

A New York Times essay says that money is mysterious to kids, and suggests that by revealing your finances, you help clear things up for them and teach them a valuable lesson.



Study Links Youth Football to Brain Problems

Jan 30, 2015

A new report linking youth football to brain problems is the subject of a new NBC/WSJ poll, which asked parents if they would encourage their children to choose another sport.



Football Fun: How to Turn the Super Bowl into a Learning Experience

Jan 26, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when the nation’s top two football teams battle it out on the gridiron in pursuit of the shiny Super Bowl trophy. And while this Sunday may be all about lounging and snacking for many families, there is a way you can help your child find out more about the game by taking inspiration from the field and turning it into a fun educational experience.



Football Fun: How to Turn the Super Bowl into a Learning Experience

Jan 26, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when the nation’s top two football teams battle it out on the gridiron in pursuit of the shiny Super Bowl trophy. And while this Sunday may be all about lounging and snacking for many families, there is a way you can help your child find out more about the game by taking inspiration from the field and turning it into a fun educational experience.



Jason Mraz ‘Pumped’ to be Arts Ambassador for California School

Jan 25, 2015

Attendance and test scores are up at some of the worst performing schools across the country thanks to a new arts-based curriculum and one school in California has quite the vocal “Arts Ambassador,” Jason Mraz.



The End of Snow Days for Students?

Jan 25, 2015

A weekday spent home from the classroom and out in the snow with friends may soon not be an option for students not because of the piles of snow, but rather technology. Some students already complete assignments on iPads which means teachers could virtually send them their homework on “snow days.”



Celebrate National Mentoring Month with Acts of Gratitude

Jan 23, 2015

Research has shown that youth who have a mentor growing up are less likely to engage in risky behavior, and more likely to excel in their academics, participate in extracurricular activities and thrive in general. This January, in support of National Mentoring Month, you can help your child show his appreciation to his mentor through simple acts of gratitude.



Should Skipping School for Family Vacation be Illegal?

Jan 21, 2015

The New York Times published a report on whether pulling your kids out of school should be against the law. Some parents say it’s family time and important, but teachers say it creates a burden on them and can be disruptive to a student’s education.



Fifth-Grade Girls Basketball Team Holds Its Own in All-Boys League

Jan 20, 2015

When the fifth-grade basketball squad known as the Central Illinois Xpress racks up another win as the only girls team in its all-boys league, tears are often shed.



Raising the Next Generation of Good Men

Jan 19, 2015

There exists a gap in the number of mentors that are available and the need that exists in communities across the country, especially for young men. To address this issue, our friends at Esquire Magazine recently launched their own mentoring project as a way to encourage men to get more involved.



Parents Face Backlash for Letting Kids Walk Alone

Jan 19, 2015

A Maryland family is under investigation by Child Protective Services for allowing their 10- and 6-year-old children to walk home unsupervised from a park a mile away.



Parents Risking Kids’ Lives by Forgetting to Buckle Seat Belts

Jan 17, 2015

Police say many parents put their children’s lives at risk when they do not put their kids in seat belts because they are in a rush.



Should Elementary Schools Have Recess? Some Florida Parents Fight for Break

Jan 14, 2015

Twenty-three elementary schools in Orange County, Florida, have been cutting back on recess, and even canceling it altogether to maximize class time. In a recent Orange County School Board meeting, parents asked that recess time be enforced in all local schools for all students.



Yay or Nay? Spas that Cater Only to Kids

Jan 12, 2015

As part of a growing trend across the country, more than 20,000 spas now offer services for just children. While some like the idea, others are against the professional pampering for their young ones.



Music Training Can Improve Child’s Emotional Maturity

Jan 09, 2015

Brain scans of over 200 children showed that those who played an instrument the longest had increased development in areas of the brain linked to attention, anxiety management and emotional control.



Vision Council to Digital Users: Beware Eyestrain

Jan 08, 2015

The trade association says that more than 90 percent of Americans are at risk for digital eyestrain. Symptoms include watery and irritated eyes.



Top Tips to Help Organize All of Your Kids’ Toys

Jan 06, 2015

Parents magazine’s Laura Fenton joins TODAY to offer ideas to help kids and parents keep all of their new toys in order, including using a special backpack to store toy cars, and using a shoe organizer to hold dolls.



Cities Across US Are Banning Sledding

Jan 05, 2015

Some cities say they’re not allowing sledding because they don’t want to risk paying expensive medical bills or getting sued if kids get injured.



Family’s Mission: Raise Awareness About Food Allergies

Jan 01, 2015

Thirteen-year-old Natalie Giorgi lived life to the fullest despite a peanut allergy, and always paid close attention to the foods she ate. But one night, she unknowingly took a bite of a treat that contained peanut butter, and died shortly after.



What Kids Really Think About the Holidays

Dec 23, 2014

TODAY lifestyle and fitness correspondent Jenna Wolfe asks some creative kids about how they think certain holiday traditions came to be.



3 Tips to Help Your Kids Use Their Manners This Holiday

Dec 22, 2014

Psychotherapist M. Gary Neuman and etiquette author Faye de Muyshondt give advice on how you can teach your kids good manners over the holidays, including how to gratefully receive presents, greet family and sit at the dinner table.



11-Year-Old Spreads Love to Needy Children

Dec 19, 2014

TODAY correspondent Jenna Bush Hager sits down with Samuel Love, a Chicago fifth-grader who started a toy drive for kids affected by Hurricane Sandy and an Arkansas tornado.



Christmas Cookies and Other Tasty Treats You Can Make with the Kids

Dec 19, 2014

For a lot of families, the holidays are all about tradition and a big one is to leave cookies and treats for Santa on Christmas Eve. Deborah Stallings Stumm, founder of SuperMoms360.com shares four festive recipes that your kids will love to make and don't require an oven.



‘Frozen,’ Legos, Tony Hawk: 10 Toy Ideas For Your Kids

Dec 17, 2014

Toy expert Laurie Schacht shows Kathie Lee and Hoda a collection of fun and educational toys your kids will love unwrapping this holiday season.



Five Ways to Tame Bratty Behavior for the Holidays

Dec 15, 2014

Parents have a lot on their plate, with buying gifts, cooking, cleaning, making lists and checking everything twice, and it can be a challenge to get children to behave appropriately during the festivities. However, the holidays can also be a great opportunity to help improve your child’s social skills and teach the importance of being gracious.



Holiday Baking Recipes for Kids with Allergies

Dec 15, 2014

Kelly Rudnicki, author of “TheFood Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals,” offers some recipes for allergy-friendly cookies for children.



Chronic Sleep Problems May Double Kids’ Obesity Risk

Dec 11, 2014

New research suggests that chronic sleep problems can double a child’s risk of obesity by the age of 15. Kids with the most severe breathing problems had the greatest risk.



Environmental Chemicals Could Affect Intelligence

Dec 11, 2014

Researchers found that children whose mothers had the highest levels of certain phthalates in their bodies during pregnancy had significantly lower IQs at age 7.



High Cost of Day Care is Giving Parents Sticker Shock

Dec 10, 2014

A new report says that in 30 states and the District of Columbia, the average cost for infant care is higher than tuition and fees at a four-year public college.



Study Shows Surge in Toy-Related Injuries

Dec 08, 2014

A new study by Nationwide Children’s Hospital shows a double-digit surge in the number of toy-related injuries among children in the last 22 years, with a 60 percent increase since the start of the study.



Holiday Toy Guide: 3 Ways to Tame Your Child's Gift List

Dec 05, 2014

Letters to Santa are a rite of passage, but sometimes kids can’t help but get crazy with the gift list part of the letter. How can parents help tame the desires for ponies, puppies and plenty of toys, toys, toys?



Why the YouTube CEO Always Tries to Eat Dinner with Her Kids, and 3 More Things to Know

Dec 05, 2014

Susan Wojcicki is a YouTube star without ever appearing in any crazy, viral online clips. She’s the CEO of the popular video-sharing site and she’s also an expectant mom, preparing to give birth to her fifth child while running the multi-billion dollar tech company.



Mom: Why I Cancelled My Kids’ Christmas

Dec 04, 2014

A Utah mom and her husband say they want to break their sons’ sense of entitlement. Instead of getting gifts, their sons will be giving gifts to other people.



Holiday Toy Guide: Follow These 3 Rules to Get the Most Bang for Toy-Buying Bucks

Dec 03, 2014

It’s always good to make those dollars stretch, especially during the holiday season when gift-giving for the kiddos demands dollar after dollar after dollar. So how to get the most of what you are paying for when it comes to toys? Here, 3 strategies to help.



Study: Many Pediatric Chest X-Rays Not Necessary

Dec 03, 2014

A Mayo Clinic study found that only 12 percent of pediatric patients who had chest x-rays actually had pneumonia, bronchial infection or other lung problems, and that for some symptoms, children were unnecessarily exposed to the radiation.



Easy and Nutritious Snacks for Kids on the Go

Dec 02, 2014

TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer brings us some quick and healthy snacks for children that parents can pack quickly including toasted waffles with peanut butter and banana.



Why Parents Should Apologize When They Lose Their Cool

Dec 01, 2014

We've all been there - your child lets you down or says something that just pushes your buttons. Before you know it, you've said something you regret. How can you make it right? Dr. Maurice Elias explains.



The Kids Want Bikes or Scooters this Year? Buy Them Helmets Too, Docs Suggest

Dec 01, 2014

As kids craft their holiday wish lists, parents should add the gift of head protection, urge the authors of a landmark study released Monday that reveals ride-on toys are fueling a surge in playtime injuries.



6 Ways Parents Can Show Gratitude for the Kids They Have

Nov 26, 2014

While we’re so grateful for our kids deep-down, sometimes actually acting thankful for all the moments — even when your first-grader spills the entire box of cereal right before it’s time to leave for school — can be challenging, to say the least.



Bickering Benefits: Study Says It’s Good for Kids to See Family Arguments

Nov 26, 2014

A new study says that children who witness heated debates at home are better off later in life, and that it teaches them how to handle conflict.



The Hottest Toys this Holiday Season are ...

Nov 25, 2014

The Toy Insider’s Laurie Schacht joins TODAY to give us a preview of some of the hottest toys this holiday season that are selling at discount prices.



Keep Your Child’s Mind Active this Holiday Weekend

Nov 24, 2014

While the extra days off from school and the abundance of turkey may make your children tired and less motivated than usual, there are ways that you can keep the learning going throughout the lazy weekend. Here are some interesting facts that can help you make sure that the only potatoes are on your plate, and not on your couch, this Thanksgiving break.



#ToolkitTalk: Attitude of Gratitude: How to Raise Thankful Kids

Nov 19, 2014

@EducationNation teamed up with Parent Toolkit experts Amy McCready, Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, and Jennifer Miller, Family & Educational Consultant for a #ToolkitTalk on gratitude. Take a look at what happened during the conversation below and join us next month!



5 Thanksgiving Activities to Keep Kids (and Adults) Entertained

Nov 19, 2014

The turkey needs basting, potatoes need mashing, pies need filling — and kids need to be entertained. Meredith Sinclair, the woman behind the blog Meredith Plays, has Thanksgiving activities that your kids will love — and maybe even the adults will want to join in, too.



Get Grateful! 20 Ways to Teach Kids Gratitude, from Tots to Teens

Nov 19, 2014

Of all the gifts your kids could get their hands on this season, there’s probably only one that will ensure their happiness will outlast a pack of batteries. I’ll give you a clue: It’s nothing you can put a bow on. I’m talking about the gift of a grateful heart.



Soft Drink Firms Still Target Kids, Report Finds

Nov 19, 2014

Soft drink makers have kept some of their promises to cut back marketing to kids, but they’re still spending enormous amounts of money selling sugary drinks, a new study finds.



Boy Sends Christmas Cards to Soldiers Overseas

Nov 18, 2014

Six-year-old Kayden from Meriden, Kansas, is one of the finalists in Spout’s Kindest Kid Contest. He started a project called Operation Christmas Smiles, in which kids make hundreds of Christmas cards and care packages for military men and women who are overseas during the holidays.



Perseverance and Grit Can Be Taught

Nov 17, 2014

The ability to persevere is necessary to develop a mind-set for success because no one, no matter how talented, achieves everything every time. Perseverance is a skill that can be taught. Although most of us learn it through trial and error, it can and should be taught, just like any other key skill or competency.



Fruits and Vegetables Hit School Lunch Trays, but Most Kids Don't Bite

Nov 17, 2014

Offering young children a healthy school lunch doesn’t mean they’ll eat it. While nearly 7 out of 10 school kids put a vegetable on their lunch trays, only about half of them took even one bite of it, according to a new study.



Little Girl Didn't Want Santa to Eat Alone, So...

Nov 17, 2014

When 3-year-old Gracie Wilson and her family happened upon a man with a white beard, red overalls and a merry twinkle in his eyes eating breakfast by himself at a local restaurant last week, the toddler immediately expressed concern about Santa Claus having no one to talk to.



Snow Days May be Over for Students

Nov 13, 2014

More and more school districts are setting up virtual classrooms and requiring students to work at home on computers during harsh weather.



7 Ways to Unspoil Your Kids this Holiday Season

Nov 12, 2014

This season is all about gratitude—giving thanks for the things we appreciate. But what about when we can’t get our kids to mumble a simple “thanks” for the DVD we just bought them, or for cleaning their room? Is it possible that they’re a little bit…spoiled?



After School Programs Extend Development Beyond the Classroom

Nov 10, 2014

By this time of year, children have settled into their school routines. Yet, many parents still face the challenge of figuring out the best way for their children to spend their afterschool hours. So, how do you select an afterschool program for your child? Here are a few things to consider.



Truly thankful: 5 Tips to Teach Kids Real Gratitude

Nov 06, 2014

Believe it or not, there's a way to cut through the distractions and foster a spirit of gratitude — during the holidays and all year round. Follow these tips, and your kids might actually start counting their blessings instead of just the items on their wish lists.



Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi Solve Carsickness with a Potato

Nov 06, 2014

In the newest episode of Parental Guidance, host Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi take on the issue of carsickness and come up with some interesting solutions.



Are You OK, Mommy? Kate Snow on Covering the Ebola Story as a Mom

Oct 30, 2014

The question comes up every few days, but maybe not as often as you’d think. “Mommy — you’re OK, right?” My answer is always the same. “You know I’m not anywhere near Ebola. Mommy is reporting from outside the hospital. The sick people are far away, inside. Mommy won’t go anywhere near someone who has Ebola.”



Should Kids Call Parents by their First Names?

Oct 30, 2014

The Wall Street Journal says a growing number of kids are ditching the words "mom" and "dad," and are calling their parents by their first names. Some people say it’s a sign of closeness; others call it disrespectful.



#ToolkitTalk: Bullying - What Parents Can Do

Oct 29, 2014

@EducationNation teamed up with and renowned education expert and TODAY Show contributor @MicheleBorba for a #ToolkitTalk on bullying and what parents can do to help.



Build Your Child’s Social Skills this Halloween

Oct 27, 2014

Halloween is right around the corner and pretty soon, your child will be out in her best superhero or princess costume, knocking on doors and getting lots of tasty treats. This festive occasion is not all about dressing up, trick or treating or the sugar rushes that will follow, however. The spookiest night of the season can be a good time to build your child’s social graces, as she will be able to practice her skills through several interactions with others. Stellar social skills are just as important on this holiday as they are on any other day, but Halloween can be the perfect opportunity to teach your child about being gracious and about the rewards (candy!) that come from being respectful.



Build Your Child’s Social Skills this Halloween

Oct 27, 2014

Halloween is right around the corner and pretty soon, your child will be out in her best superhero or princess costume, knocking on doors and getting lots of tasty treats. This festive occasion is not all about dressing up, trick or treating or the sugar rushes that will follow, however. The spookiest night of the season can be a good time to build your child’s social graces, as she will be able to practice her skills through several interactions with others. Stellar social skills are just as important on this holiday as they are on any other day, but Halloween can be the perfect opportunity to teach your child about being gracious and about the rewards (candy!) that come from being respectful.



How Henry Winkler is Inspiring Dyslexic Youth

Oct 27, 2014

Henry Winkler, known for his role as “Fonzie” on the hit TV show “Happy Days,” joins Tamron Hall to talk about his series of children’s books that is designed specifically to help dyslexic readers.



Why This Mom Won’t ‘Rescue’ Her Kids

Oct 23, 2014

Could it be a cure for helicopter parenting? Writer Jordana Horn and TODAY’s Matt Lauer discuss her recent TODAY.com article about a “no rescue” approach to parenting, which experts say could help build kids’ sense of responsibility.



Boo! 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Kids

Oct 21, 2014

TODAY contributor Jill Martin shows off a few creative ideas to get your kids into the Halloween spirit, including arts and crafts, DIY treats and fun with bubbles.



Mom Offers Free Dance Classes to Special-Needs Kids

Oct 21, 2014

The TODAY series “Hope to It” spotlights North Carolina mom Brenda Miller, who opened DanceAbilities Academy, a studio with free classes for children with special needs.



New Tech Targets Drivers Who Pass School Buses

Oct 20, 2014

Motorists illegally pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day, endangering the lives of children. Now police are using new technology to catch the lawbreakers.



Mom Takes on Toys ‘R Us for Selling ‘Breaking Bad’ Toys

Oct 19, 2014

One Florida mom launched a Change.org petition to stop Toys ‘R Us from selling a line of dolls based on the crystal-meth dealers of “Breaking Bad,” adding that she liked the show and has no problem if the dolls are sold in adult stores.



Al Roker’s Parenting Advice? Here It Is

Oct 17, 2014

From denial to exception-making, Al Roker explains to millennials how they will one day turn into their parents.



How to Manage Your Child's Emotions

Oct 16, 2014

Experts say a child’s emotional intelligence, or EQ, can be more important than their IQ and parenting expert Michele Borba joins the TODAY Show to offer her advice on how to help kids of all ages keep their emotions in check.



Are Your Kids' Halloween Costumes Safe?

Oct 15, 2014

Good Housekeeping’s Meaghan Murphy visits TODAY to reveal results of the magazine’s tests on the flammability of some of the most popular Halloween costumes for kids.



How Parents Can Help Children Deal with Stress

Oct 10, 2014

When asked if any part of school made them feel worried or stressed, nearly half the surveyed kids said yes. Stress, it turns out, is not exclusively the domain of adults. And the idea of a carefree childhood may be magical thinking. Here are tips--gleaned from experts, parents, and kids themselves--for talking to children about stress.



Here's the Biggest Culprit in Distracted Parenting (According to Kids)

Oct 08, 2014

Christine French Cully from Highlights magazine and parenting expert Michele Borba discuss a “State of The Kid” survey in which many kids say they are stressed out and feel their parents are distracted when they talk to them.



Could Your Family Survive a Fire?

Oct 07, 2014

Startling new statistics from the American Red Cross reveal how few Americans have a family fire safety plan. In a revealing experiment, a Connecticut family is tested on what would happen if they had a fire in their home.



A Better Version of Yourself

Oct 06, 2014

As parents, we will all have our share of times when we lose our “cool” and are thoroughly uncertain about what to do next. Handling your most heated emotions can be one of the greatest tests of character. But if we have established a plan in advance to deal with anger or anxiety, we will not only act with emotional intelligence, but also model the ways in which we hope to teach our children to handle their emotions.



Before the Darkness: Family Chases 'Bucket List' of Sights as 9-Year-Old Goes Blind

Oct 02, 2014

Nine-year-old Ben Pierce is slowly, steadily going blind. So his family has embarked on an amazing "bucket list" adventure, trying to pack his mind full of visual memories to last a lifetime.



Is it OK to Discipline Other People’s Kids?

Oct 02, 2014

Natalie Morales, Willie Geist and Tamron Hall discuss a woman griping about sitting near a 2-year-old who threw a tantrum during a flight, and debated whether it’s OK to say something to the parents of a misbehaving child.



Is Your Child's Preschool Too Structured?

Sep 29, 2014

Choosing a preschool that offers the right balance between structured and unstructured time is important because what most children need at this age is play and routine rolled into one. Instead of the desks and worksheets, they need the chance to explore and play, under watchful supervision. Circle and story time can add structure to the day without too much of an emphasis on academics.



Children Showing Polio-Like Symptoms

Sep 29, 2014

The CDC says it’s concerned about kids all suffering from polio-like symptoms, with no clear identification of their illness.



Exercise Shown to Improve Kids’ Brain Function

Sep 29, 2014

Researchers at the University of Illinois found that children they studied who exercised regularly were more fit, had better attention skills and scored twice as high on intellectual tasks as a non-exercise group.



Keeping Your Kids Organized

Sep 25, 2014

Finding new ways to keep your kid's school work organized can be difficult, but with a few simple tips, you can keep your little scholars work easily accessible while being prepared for any big projects that might come up.



Take Control of Your Child's School Lunch

Sep 22, 2014

For many children, those lazy summer days have been replaced with a wake-up nudge from parents, which means getting the family on a new early morning routine. Something traditionally part of that routine for parents is packing a school lunch.You can take charge of your child’s lunch by following a few easy steps.



Recent NFL Case Brings Focus to Corporal Punishment Debate

Sep 19, 2014

Following Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson’s indictment on charges of abusing his child, there is a renewed debate over how parents discipline their children. Jonathan Capehart and Dr. Stacy Drury discuss.



Rossen Reports: Will Strangers Help a ‘Lost’ Child?

Sep 18, 2014

Would you notice a lost kid wandering around, and would you get involved and help? NBC News national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports the surprising results of a social experiment.



How Safe are Trampoline Parks for Your Kids?

Sep 17, 2014

There are new concerns tied to the popular indoor trampoline parks. You may be surprised to learn that there are no federal standards regulating the industry.



7 Foods That Aren’t As Healthy As You Think

Sep 16, 2014

TODAY nutrition and diet editor Madelyn Fernstrom shows Kathie Lee and Hoda a few foods that people often consider to be healthier choices than they are, including vegetable pasta, yogurt raisins and turkey bacon.



Best Practices for Making Homework Manageable

Sep 15, 2014

At some time almost all students turn to a parent for help with homework. If your child has often struggled with school, the task of homework brings stress into the entire family. Although there is not one simple action you can take to make homework effortless, it's helpful to prepare yourself with a well-stocked kit of options. Here are some ways you can help your child master the homework process.



Being Bullied by a Sibling May Impact Mental Health

Sep 11, 2014

Researchers found that 18-year-olds who were teased or bullied by a sibling were twice as likely as their peers to report depression or attempt self-harm.



The Importance of Being an Advocate for Your Child

Sep 08, 2014

Whether it’s bullying or a child who needs extra attention, NBC News National Correspondent Kate Snow knows first-hand the importance of advocating for your child. This week, she shares her story and the lessons she’s learned with the Parent Toolkit.



Is Family Dinner Worth the Stress?

Sep 08, 2014

A new study looks at the stress (on moms in particular) of coordinating family dinners. Researchers say the expectations may cause more harm than good.



Tips to Deal with Back-to-School Food Allergies

Sep 08, 2014

NBC’s health and diet editor Madelyn Fernstrom and Dr. Gary Pien join TODAY to talk about how to make the back-to-school transition safe for kids with food allergies, including using fun accessories like bracelets and dog tags.



How to Get Kids to Open Up About Their School Day

Sep 05, 2014

There are ways to get children to talk about their school day and even give us a clue as to what’s going on in their world. The trick is to use a few different communication strategies.



Children’s Sunglasses Recalled for Excessive Lead

Sep 05, 2014

More than 200,000 sunglasses are being recalled because the surface paint on them contains excessive levels of lead paint.



Not Having Luck Asking the Kids 'So How Was School Today?'

Sep 05, 2014

The start of the school year brings big fanfare from parents, but once kids say goodbye and get to school, what happens? If yours give you a blank stare when you ask about their day, mommy blogger Liz Evans has some tips you might want to try.



Pay Attention to Attendance this New School Year

Sep 02, 2014

With a new school year starting, parents are scrambling to make sure their children have what they need to succeed, whether it’s getting the latest school supplies or a tutor to help with reading comprehension. In the push for student achievement, parents and schools often overlook a key factor: school attendance.



Helping Kids with Special Needs

Sep 02, 2014

Fred Margolin talks about his company, Robokind, which is revolutionizing the way we engage and teach special needs children – especially those with Autism.



Shy Kid, Class Clown: Labels May Be Harmful

Sep 02, 2014

Bettina Bush from Working Mother and psychologist Dr. Eileen Kennedy Moore discuss the positive and negative impacts of giving your kids labels.



4 Cool Back-to-School Looks for Kids

Sep 01, 2014

Style expert Lilliana Vasquez shows Kathie Lee and Hoda four fall fashions for kids heading back to school.



Martha Stewart Makes Vintage School Items Look New

Aug 29, 2014

Martha Stewart joins TODAY to show creative ways to jazz up some old supplies and covering binders with decorative papers, and using colorful duct tape to restore folders.



Martha’s Tips for Getting Kids Organized for Class

Aug 28, 2014

Martha Stewart joins TODAY to offer advice on how parents can help their children stay organized for school, using such items as bins and a label maker.



Must-Have Products to Keep Your Students Safe

Aug 28, 2014

“The Safety Chick” Kathleen Baty joins TODAY to show off some great products for your students, including a Master lock and backpacks that light up.



New Responses to the Age-Old Question ‘Are We There Yet?’

Aug 28, 2014

While they won't speed up you next road trip, these fun responses to the "Are we there yet" question from your little backseat drivers will keep your kids laughing all the way to your destination.



‘Angels For Kids’ Helps Needy Children Head to School

Aug 28, 2014

TODAY’s “Hope to It” series spotlights the Cleveland program “Angels For Kids,” which recently threw its annual back-to-school makeover event for underprivileged children.



#ToolkitTalk: Setting Kids Up for Success This School Year

Aug 27, 2014

@EducationNation teamed up with Parent Toolkit experts Jorge Perez, VP of Youth Development for YMCA of the USA, and Danielle Kovach, 2011 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, for a #ToolkitTalk on setting kids up for success this school year.



Martha Stewart Makes Back-to-School Meals

Aug 27, 2014

Our friends at TODAY kick off a three-day series, “Back to School with Martha,” as the diva of domesticity demonstrates some delicious meals that are quick and easy to make, including cranberry-oat bars and chicken cutlets.



Mom Writes Apology Letter to Second Child

Aug 27, 2014

A mother wrote an endearing, tongue-in-cheek letter telling her second child how differently they’ve been treated by their family than the firstborn.



The Parent Toolkit - Now Available On-The-Go!

Aug 26, 2014

Do you love our Parent Toolkit website? Do you wish it was even more personal for you and your family? We’ve got good news! Everything you love about the Parent Toolkit site - like academic benchmarks and health and wellness tips - is now available for your iOS and Android devices.



Back-to-School Tips for Parents & Kids

Aug 25, 2014

Meredith Sinclair of MeredithPlays.com joins TODAY to offer tips that help children make the transition from carefree summer days to hectic school days.



Make Long Car Rides Tolerable with a Game of Hink Pink

Aug 22, 2014

Instead of filling time during long car rides with games of I Spy and 20 Questions, try out a round of Hink Pink. It's a fun and clever word game that's good for the whole family.



Save Money with DIY Back-to-School Supplies

Aug 20, 2014

Brit Morin, founder and CEO of Brit + Co., shows TODAY viewers some simple DIY tricks to help save money on everything from pens and pencils to book covers and organizers.



Cindy Crawford Fights to Remove PCBs from Schools

Aug 19, 2014

The supermodel sits down with NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver to talk about her effort to get Congress to require all schools built from the ’50s through the ’70s to test for toxic PCBs in substances like window caulking.



Parenting: When To Push, When Not To & How To Tell the Difference

Aug 18, 2014

It’s a battle many parents face; when to push and when not to. How do you know when your child is really ready to quit? How do you know when you should make him go to practice or let him sit this season out?



Everybody Stay Calm! Ways to Ease Your Kid's Back-to-School Anxiety

Aug 18, 2014

Whether your child's heading to a brand new school (hello, kindergarten!) or just feeling the jitters about the year ahead, these smart tips will help ease any back-to-school anxiety.



Three Back-to-School Lessons to Teach Your Kids Now About Money

Aug 18, 2014

No matter how old your child is, here are three key lessons that you should teach them as they head back to school.



Three Back-to-School Lessons to Teach Your Kids Now About Money

Aug 18, 2014

No matter how old your child is, here are three key lessons that you should teach them as they head back to school.



Top Tips to Save on Back-to-School Shopping

Aug 18, 2014

TODAY’s financial editor Jean Chatzky offers advice on how to save money on clothes and supplies for parents of children who are heading back to school, including taking advantage of tax-free opportunities to shop.



Guiding Our Children Through School Transitions

Aug 15, 2014

Educational transitions are often tough for parents. We start parenthood with little beings that are totally dependent upon us for all their needs, as well as their safety. We get used to running the show and calling the shots. It’s really hard to give that control up to the school and people we may not know.



Avoid Turbulence: 3 Tips for Flying with Young Kids

Aug 15, 2014

Air travel with children can be a challenge. Use these shortcuts to help make the flight go smoother for you, the kids and everyone with screaming distance.



Parents Paying Big Bucks for Back-to-School Supplies

Aug 15, 2014

There’s a case of sticker shock over what some moms and dads are calling ridiculously long school-supply lists.



Easy Back-to-School Hairstyles for Kids

Aug 14, 2014

Cozy Friedman, of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids, demonstrates how to give your little one a braided bun, a flip-tail side pony or a spiked haircut to help them look stylish for the school year.



Kids Model Their Favorite Back-to-School Fashions

Aug 14, 2014

Listen up, parents! Your back-to-school clothes shopping just got a little easier. As the summer comes to an end, Gilt.com's lifestyle editor Chassie Post stopped by TODAY to share chic looks for the upcoming fall season.



Kids Model Their Favorite Back-to-School Fashions

Aug 14, 2014

Listen up, parents! Your back-to-school clothes shopping just got a little easier. As the summer comes to an end, Gilt.com's lifestyle editor Chassie Post stopped by TODAY to share chic looks for the upcoming fall season.



School Supplies Cost $20-$100 More This Year

Aug 12, 2014

A survey found that supplies for a middle school student will cost an average of around $312 this fall, up about $100 from last year. Outfitting a student in high school will run about $350, up by about $20.



Guiding Our Children Through School Transitions: Elementary School

Aug 11, 2014

Parents and children deal with a number of school transitions throughout life. As parents, we want the best for our kids, and we want them to be happy, successful and fulfilled during their school life. Parents sometimes struggle with how and what to do to make this possibility more of a reality. Here are a few ideas that might keep everyone smiling.



Things I Wish I'd Known Before My Child Started Kindergarten

Aug 08, 2014

You’re feeling anxious about sending your child off to kindergarten, and rightfully so. Kindergarten is, after all, kind of a big deal.



Your Back-to-School Shopping Cheat Sheet: How to Get the Best In-Store Deals

Aug 08, 2014

This year, the International Council of Shopping Centers reports 90% of shoppers will be lured out of the house and into physical stores by the promise of money-saving sales. Here are a few strategies from the experts to try to save money on all those pencils and Trapper Keepers.



The Best Time to Get Deals on Back-to-School Gear

Aug 07, 2014

Maggie Murphy from Parade magazine explains when you can get the lowest prices on back-to-school items, jeans, outdoor furniture and electronics.



‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Gets Odd Cover

Aug 07, 2014

Penguin Books’ new cover for the classic story “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is stirring outrage online, depicting a doll-like young girl with a blank stare.



Play and Pay: Parents Criticizing In-App Purchases

Aug 06, 2014

The “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” game for smart devices is growing in popularity, but some parents are criticizing the game’s in-app purchases, saying they take advantage of children.



‘Extreme Parenting’ Star: I Want My Son to be Strong

Aug 06, 2014

The stars of Bravo’s new documentary series “Extreme Guide to Parenting” tell Kathie Lee and Hoda about their unconventional styles of raising their children and explain why they chose to reveal their lives to the world.



Cupcake Ban: Schools Crack Down on Sweets

Aug 05, 2014

Ask most any kid: Birthdays are synonymous with cupcakes. But families in Edmonds School District, a suburb of Seattle, have been told they can no longer bring birthday treats to school. Instead, parents are encouraged to distribute appropriate alternatives, like stickers and pencils.



Schools to Open Doors to Unaccompanied Minors

Aug 05, 2014

With the first day of school just around the corner, school districts are working to figure out how to cope with the influx of undocumented minors crossing the border.



Kids and Coding: What Every Parent Can Do

Aug 04, 2014

Teaching children coding is catching on with non-profits, special interest groups, large-scale philanthropies, and the media for a very good reason: kids who code will have a tremendous advantage in the job market.



Why You Should Encourage Kids to Play Video Games

Aug 04, 2014

Video games might actually be good for kids, so long as they play for less than an hour a day, according to a new study.



Summertime is for “Summermind” Math Activities

Jul 28, 2014

Hear the word “summer” and images of sandy beaches, ice cream cones, and campfires come to mind, not multiplication, fractions, and geometry. However, the more relaxed pace of summer is the perfect time to work with your child on building his or her math skills.



Does Race Matter When Disciplining a Child in School?

Jul 28, 2014

Tunette Powell joins Tamron Hall to discuss her children’s multiple suspensions from pre-school for their bad behavior and whether race was a factor in their punishments.



Why One Dad Wants to Ban Play Dates

Jul 28, 2014

The play date has become as much a part of childhood as homework and sleepovers. But one dad says the play date is ruining kids and the basic concept of play.



7 Things that Should be on Every Dad's Summer Bucket List

Jul 25, 2014

Summer is going fast, but we've still got time to enjoy it. I asked fellow dads for their favorite summer moments, and they helped illustrate this handy guide to warm weather parenting. Here's what we think every dad should do with his kids this summer.



Play Nice: Ways to Teach Kindness and Raise Kids Who Aren't Jerks

Jul 24, 2014

Every parent has probably said, “play nicely” or “be kind to your sister.” And most of us agree that we want to raise caring children But is kindness something you can really teach?



Should You Spank Your Child?

Jul 22, 2014

A newspaper story reports on a New York court ruling that a dad who spanked his child for cursing at an adult used reasonable force, dismissing the child-neglect proceeding against him.



Barbie Girl Scout Doll Creates Controversy

Jul 21, 2014

American’s newest Girl Scout is Barbie, who joined the troop as part of a $2 million deal with Mattel. Consumer groups blast the partnership, saying Barbie is a terrible role model for girls.



Barbie Girl Scout Doll Creates Controversy

Jul 21, 2014

American’s newest Girl Scout is Barbie, who joined the troop as part of a $2 million deal with Mattel. Consumer groups blast the partnership, saying Barbie is a terrible role model for girls.



‘Are We There Yet?’ DIY Travel Games For Kids

Jul 18, 2014

Maxwell Ryan from Therapy Media offers parents clever DIY travel games to keep the kids entertained (and quiet) on road trips.



Oakland Schools Fight to Keep Boys on Track

Jul 17, 2014

Oakland, California is taking a bold step to help African-American boys. MSNBC.com reporter Trymaine Lee talks with Tamron Hall about encouraging signs from a new program.



Parental Guidance: What To Do When Your Kid Drops The F-Bomb

Jul 17, 2014

In this episode of "Parental Guidance" Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi discuss ways to keep your child and teen's mouths clean.



Helping Your Child Build a Strong Vocabulary

Jul 14, 2014

To succeed in school and beyond, children need to build a robust vocabulary. Kids learn a lot from the adults in their lives and there are many ways you can help your child learn new words. We reached out to Parent Toolkit expert and University of Michigan Education Professor Nell Duke for some tips you can use at home to expand your child's vocabulary.



Accidental Overdose: Parents Are Terrible at Measuring Kids' Meds

Jul 14, 2014

Parents aren’t doing a great job measuring out medications for their little ones — and the problem may be that we’re still using the so-called English system rather than switching to the metric system, a new study shows.



Hey, Four Eyes: More Education Leads to Lousy Vision

Jul 11, 2014

Turns out there’s something to that image of the four-eyed nerd: New research suggests that higher levels of education — and more time squinting at that computer screen and textbook — really could make you need glasses.



NYC Experiment Helps Severely Obese Kids

Jul 10, 2014

New York City’s efforts to help overweight kids lose weight has paid off in an unexpected way – the most obese children have taken off the most weight.



Make a Rainy Day Fun! 8 Toys to Keep Your Kids Happy and Busy

Jul 09, 2014

Meredith Sinclair, a contributor for TTPM.com, which spotlights toys and reveals where you can buy them, joins TODAY with some fun game and craft ideas for kids.



Screen Time Overload: It's Not All Bad News

Jul 09, 2014

Nearly three quarters of kids aged 12 to 15 spend more than two hours a day in front of a computer or TV screen, according to a new government report.



"Reading Rainbow" Gets Rebooted

Jul 08, 2014

Levar Burton joins Tamron Hall to discuss the latest in his kickstarter campaign to reboot “Reading Rainbow,” including a major contribution from comedian Seth MacFarlane.



Why We Ditched the Schedule This Summer

Jul 07, 2014

I've always thought that kids should have freedom and free time. As a young parent, I vowed to never over-schedule our kids. But let's be honest, that's actually a hard thing to achieve in my community. And this spring - wow did we over-schedule our kids. I mean bad.



5 Summer Habits that are Bad for You and Your Kids' Health

Jul 07, 2014

Is it bad to drink from a garden hose? How about eating an ice pop with freezer burn, or driving with those flip-flops? Sara Peterson of HGTV magazine quizzes Kathie Lee and Hoda.



Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study

Jul 07, 2014

Children of same-sex parents have above average health and well-being, research by the University of Melbourne shows.



The Kids Are Not Alright

Jul 02, 2014

1999 US Women’s World Cup champion, Brandi Chastain, and MLS President, Mark Abbott, talk about the startling data on head injuries among young athletes.



11-Year-Old Facing Blindness Aims to Help Others

Jun 30, 2014

Lilly Diuble has a rare genetic condition called Usher Syndrome that will one day leave her blind, but she’s fighting back. She’s raised nearly $100,000 for an annual vision walk coordinated by the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.



Brush Up on Your Water Safety Skills with These Tips

Jun 30, 2014

Before you dive into the pool to cool off this summer, check out our summer safety checklist, with life-saving swimming tips for you and your family.



Free Camp for Sick Kids Grows

Jun 26, 2014

Clea Newman talks about the achievements of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, which is a global community of camps and programs for sick children.



Tips for Helping Kids Avoid Summer Brain Drain

Jun 26, 2014

Katherine Cohen from IvyWise.com offers advice for keeping your kids’ minds in learning mode throughout the summer.



When Lice Attack! Willie and Meg Offer Suggestions to Defeat the Little Buggers

Jun 26, 2014

It’s the four letter word that you never want to hear in your house…LICE! Chances are, if you have kids then you will most likely encounter these pesky little buggers at one point or another.



Why You Should Let Your Kids Eat a Little Junk Food

Jun 26, 2014

You want them to eat food that can be peeled, chopped or juiced. They want something with sprinkles, sugar and enough fat to make it gooey and rich.





Classroom Confusion: What Is the Common Core?

Jun 25, 2014

The Common Core has been at the center of controversy at many school districts. But what exactly does this new academic standard mean for students?



Parents Value Grades Over Kindness, Kids Say in New Study

Jun 25, 2014

A study reveals 80 percent of kids said their parents value happiness and personal success more than being caring. They believe their parents want them to prioritize good grades over being a good person.



Retire Your Referee Whistle, and More Secrets to Stop Summertime Sibling Squabbles

Jun 25, 2014

While most kids count down the days left until summer vacation, parents are often counting down the days until school starts again. If the closeness of summer vacation has ramped up the sibling squabbles, these tips can help restore some harmony.



Homework Diner Serves Up Education With a Side of Food

Jun 21, 2014

The Homework Diner has become so successful that it’s spawning other branches in New Mexico.



Study: Kids who Play Outside Learn to ‘Set Their Own Goals’

Jun 20, 2014

A new study reveals that children who play outdoors and in less structured environments have higher success rates in the classroom, and think more independently.



Through Snow and Rain, Boy Rides Bike To School For Entire Year

Jun 19, 2014

New Hampshire boy rides his bicycle to school every day, despite snowy winter.



How Brushing with a Fluoride Toothpaste Can Help Your Child Prevent Tooth Decay

Jun 16, 2014

Preventing tooth decay relies on a number of factors such as healthy eating habits, regular visits to the dentist and brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste.



Kids and Caffeine: A Dangerous Combination?

Jun 16, 2014

New research hints at worrisome effects of coffee and soda for kids. Even low doses of caffeine had an effect on kids’ blood pressure and heart rates.



Letter from Son at Camp to Mom Goes Viral

Jun 16, 2014

A mom posted a letter online that she got from her eight-year-old son, in which he reveals, “I’ve ate [sic] more push pops then [sic] anyone,” and was glad she packed him extra underwear after some uncomfortable mishaps.



Dad Hack: Save Money on Breakfast with 'Sugar Milk'

Jun 13, 2014

I hate seeing food go to waste. So to see about $10 of milk a week being dumped literally down the drain was unacceptable.



Off the Menu: The Demise of Bake Sales

Jun 13, 2014

Jean Chatzky and Leigh Gallagher join Morning Joe to discuss the death of the bake sale at U.S. schools.



Summer Bummer: When School's Out, Kids Put on Pounds

Jun 10, 2014

School districts nationwide have been banning sugary drinks and fat-laden lunches to help curb rampant obesity among students, but a new analysis suggests that summer is actually when kids pack on more pounds.



A Gift Parents Can Give Children that Money Can’t Buy

Jun 09, 2014

Across the country, many children are being raised bilingually, and research shows that being bilingual can be beneficial for children. It leads to increased activity in the area of the brain that controls impulses, decision making, and self-awareness.



Do Education Apps Keep Kids Sharp or Just Plugged In?

Jun 05, 2014

Bored kids complaining about how “there’s nothing to do” this summer need look no further than their neighborhood app store.



Slender Man: Do Your Kids Know Him, Too?

Jun 05, 2014

Two 12-year-old girls are accused of attempted homicide after cops say they tried to stab their friend to death to win the fictional character's approval. Parents weigh in on "Slender Man," and whether he poses a threat.



'It's Not Too Late to Change': Former Bully, 7, Now Campaigns Against Bullying

Jun 03, 2014

It’s not often you hear about an admitted bully trying to make things right, so a second-grader’s efforts at making amends are getting national attention and melting hearts.



Finding the Right Mentor for Your Child

Jun 02, 2014

It is important that all kids have positive adult role models, besides their parents, throughout their lives. You can help to connect your child with other positive adult influences throughout your community.



Dads Who Do More Raise More Ambitious Kids

Jun 02, 2014

New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, joins Tamron Hall to discuss balancing being a father, a sports star and helping out at home.



Some Yogurts Have More Sugar than a Twinkie

May 28, 2014

If you’re not reading yogurt nutritional labels closely, you could end up consuming more than your daily allowance of sugar.



#ToolkitTalk: A Conversation with @MicheleBorba on the Summer Slide

May 12, 2014

@EducationNation and renowned education expert and TODAY Show contributor @MicheleBorba hosted the first-ever #ToolkitTalk on May 9.



Natalie Morales on the Top 10 Surprises About Being a Mom

May 09, 2014

Today Show anchor Natalie Morales shares the top 10 most surprising things about being a mom.



Eat This, Not That: Healthy Swaps to Fuel Your Student for Success

May 05, 2014

Every parent wants to raise healthy and successful children. But by making informed decisions about what to feed your children, you can support your child’s health and help prevent chronic diseases, like diabetes.



Learn the Secret Word that will get Your Preschooler to Help Clean Up

Apr 29, 2014

Getting kids to put down the toys and help out around the house can feel like a thankless battle. But new research suggests a surprisingly simple solution: just change the way you talk about helping.



Advice to Parents for Raising Strong Boys

Apr 25, 2014

Meg Meeker, author of “Strong Mothers, Strong Sons” and Leonard Sax, who wrote “Boys Adrift,” discuss how parents can raise strong sons by demonstrating you believe in them.



Celebrating Earth Day throughout the Year

Apr 21, 2014

With the birds chirping and the flowers blooming, spring has finally arrived after a brutal winter. Here are 10 activities you can do at home, both on Earth Day and throughout the year, to help connect your children with nature and support a sustainable lifestyle.



Reading Beyond Fairytales

Apr 14, 2014

Though reading fiction can allow their imagination to run wild, it is equally important to expose your child to a variety of other types of texts throughout their childhood. In fact, with the adoption of new standards across the country, the importance of informational texts is rising.



Parents' Aggravation Nearly Doubles In Decade

Apr 09, 2014

That sound of teeth gnashing might be coming from a mom or dad near you as modern parenting takes its toll.The proportion of parents reporting aggravation has “substantially” increased since the late 1990s, according to a new report from Child Trends, a nonprofit that researches the well-being of kids.



The Danger of Overprotecting Children

Mar 28, 2014

The Atlantic’s Hanna Rosin joins Morning Joe to discuss the magazine’s latest cover story “The Overprotected Kid,” which looks at how the practice can have a negative impact on children.



Hug More, Scold Less: Strict Parenting Linked to Child Obesity

Mar 19, 2014

Moms and dads whose favorite phrase is, “because I said so,” may want to rethink their parenting style. A new study shows that authoritarian parents are more likely to have obese kids than those who take the time to explain rules.



Too Much Homework: Is It Reality or a Myth?

Mar 18, 2014

How long do your kids spend each night hitting the books? If they are complaining about being buried by a growing mountain of homework, not so fast.



7 "Healthy" Kids' Foods That Aren't

Mar 17, 2014

Salad bars are incredibly popular right now at restaurants and in some school cafeterias, but it’s important for your child to choose healthy options from the assortment of ingredients.



Raising Healthy Eaters

Mar 10, 2014

One size has never fit all when it comes to parenting techniques and this is especially true when it comes to feeding children. Too many of us have been conditioned to think that our children should be allowed to decide what they eat.



7 Ways to Help Your Child Get More Sleep

Mar 03, 2014

Let’s face it – the vast majority of our kids are sleep deprived. Though it may appear that they have an overabundance of energy, the 7 or 8 hours that your child is currently getting isn’t enough sleep.



How Vacations Can Make Your Kids Financially Savvy

Feb 27, 2014

Summer vacation season is right around the corner. That means families have an easy opportunity to help their kids become financially savvy, by involving children in planning some of the spending aspects of the getaway.



How to Support Children of Military Families

Feb 24, 2014

There are almost 1.4 million children in the U.S. between the ages of 4 and 18 with a parent serving in the military. That can mean frequent moves and adapting to a new school and new curriculum. Expert Laurie Curtis offers tips to help navigate those changes.



Why Do Children Like Elmo?

Feb 23, 2014

Why are toddlers obsessed with this red Muppet with a high pitched voice and a giggle that annoys most adults. Child psychologist Tovab Klein explains why children relate and see themselves in this innocent little monster.



To Master Basic Math Facts: Strategize, Then Memorize

Feb 18, 2014

Nothing may be more feared in the minds of young children and their parents than learning the basic math facts. Just hearing the times tables takes many of us back to our own childhoods. The good news is that our own children should not have to suffer the same fear.



6 Annoying Things Your Children Do That Are Actually Good for Them

Feb 17, 2014

Your child may yell, scream and work to make themselves the center of attention. But in reality, they are doing exactly what they should be doing to help learn to manage their emotions.



The Timeless Value of Puzzles

Feb 10, 2014

For as much as children’s entertainment has changed over the years, one thing that never seems to change is how much kids love puzzles. Whether it is connecting two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, following the path to the end of a maze, or discovering the hidden banana in a detailed illustration, puzzles entertain and engage kids of all ages in ways that few other activities can.



Parents and the Explicit Instruction of Compassion

Feb 03, 2014

Parents want their children to create lives that are meaningful, productive, and healthy. Scoring well on state tests, developing critical thinking skills, and controlling impulses all play a part in this grand endeavor. Mastering the skill of compassion may also help set your child up for future success.



Making the Most of Playtime When it Doesn't Come Naturally

Feb 03, 2014

For some parents, playing with their child is the most natural thing on earth. For others, it can be a source of shame and frustration.



Dr. Phil: Yelling at Kids Causes 'Shutdown'

Jan 30, 2014

As a new study reveals that parents admit to yelling at their kids once a month, Dr. Phil McGraw tells TODAY that yelling “stops communication.” His suggestion? “Whisper."



Parental Involvement with Young Kids May Help Later Academic Performance

Jan 29, 2014

Parents who are involved in active play with their children during their toddler and preschool years may have better academic performance to look forward to, according to new research.



Weight Fate: Heavy Kindergartners Far More Likely to be Obese Teens

Jan 29, 2014

A child's weight in kindergarten can foreshadow a struggle with obesity later in life — and the warning signals probably start even earlier than that, a large new study has found.



Reading Gap Between Wealthy and Poor Students Widens, Study Says

Jan 28, 2014

A new report indicates the gap in reading proficiency between lower- and higher- income fourth graders has grown by 20 percent over the past decade.



Parents Need to Get Smart About Educational Media

Jan 27, 2014

More than half of parents feel their children have learned a lot from educational television, apps and games, according to a new national survey.



The New 'Juicing': Some Tips for Loading Kids Up with Liquid Veggies

Jan 27, 2014

Getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is one of the oldest parenting challenges but given the recent juice craze, parents are turning to blenders for help.



Parental Involvement: The Key to Academic Success

Jan 24, 2014

Like any parent, I wanted my children to be successful in school, and I knew that I would have to be involved if I was going to show them I valued education.



Meet Sesame Street's Newest Neighbor

Jan 24, 2014

Dr. Valentin Fuster, talks about Sesame Street’s newest neighbor – Dr. Ruster – who is part of a new healthy makeover for the gang.



Helping Kids Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

Jan 17, 2014

Despite the fact that kids are consuming less added sugar, their average added sugar intake hovers around 16% of total calories.



Could Playing with Knives be Good for Kids?

Jan 14, 2014

If parents eliminate every danger for their kids, how will they learn the right way to handle risks?



Class Gap: Obesity Declines in Well-Off Kids, But Climbs in the Poor

Jan 13, 2014

Obesity among teens in the U.S. has begun to level out, but not among adolescents in low-income families.



Good Praise, Bad Praise

Jan 06, 2014

Parents often fall into pitfalls when praising their children for their performance. Check out this post from Dr. Judy Willis about some best practices for offering sincere praise.



Family Activities to Promote Learning During the Holidays

Dec 20, 2013

Former New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lucille Davy offers ideas to keep your child learning during the holiday break and reflects on her own favorite holiday learning memories.



Tips for Feeding Picky Eaters During the Holidays

Dec 17, 2013

Whether your child is allergic to certain foods or is just plain picky, getting through those big holiday meals can be more stressful than joyful.



Maintaining an Active Mind and Spirit Throughout the Holidays

Dec 17, 2013

Parent, volunteer, and advocate Adrienne Kelly-Lumpkin reflects on her family’s holiday traditions and shares some of the ways they make sure to make learning part of the celebrations.



Program Fighting Child Obesity Turns Five

Dec 12, 2013

GENYOUTH Foundation’s Alexis Glick and Tulsa Shock point guard Skylar Diggins discuss the nation’s largest in-school nutrition and exercise program, “Fuel Up to Play 60.”



Organic Milk Really is Better for You than Regular Milk

Dec 10, 2013

Sometimes, the word “organic” earns its health halo: A new study finds that organic cow’s milk really is healthier than conventional milk.



Does My Child Need Glasses?

Dec 05, 2013

Half the children who need glasses don't have them or don't wear them.



2nd-Grader's 'Buddy Bench' Cures Playground Loneliness

Dec 04, 2013

Christian Bucks cam up with an inventive way to help his fellow classmates who feel left out have a place for camaraderie, called the buddy bench.



10 Ways to Soothe the Common Cold

Dec 02, 2013

The holiday season is upon us. And while the cheer is beginning to bubble over, so are the number of pesky colds our children are coming home with.



Social Media Rallies Around Boy Who Needed Glasses

Dec 02, 2013

After four-year-old Noah Fisher complained about having to wear glasses, his mother took to social media for help, who provided in an unimaginable way.



What to Know About Migraine Headaches in Children

Dec 02, 2013

A migraine headache is the most common acute and recurring headache syndrome that occurs in kids.



10 Fun, Safe Kid Apps for the Holiday Slog Ahead

Nov 22, 2013

It’s the biggest travel week of the year and that means parents everywhere are filling up bags with snacks and distractions — and charging up the tablets — to ensure that the backseaters stay happy. But if you’ve ever seen the glazed-over look of a kid watching a video, you’ll know your tablet of choice has to be good for more than just numbing their minds. The following 10 apps all came out in 2013, have educational and artistic merit, and are free from in-app purchases and other parent traps. They all run on iPads, most also run on iPhones, and some run on Android devices.



Superfood Snacks for Kids

Nov 21, 2013

If your kids are constantly snacking, you can feel a little better about their eating habits if you know that what they’re munching on is wholesome and tasty.



Can More Sleep Help Kids Eat Less?

Nov 18, 2013

A new study finds that children who get an adequate night of sleep end up eating and weighing less.



Nutrient-Poor Foods in Kids' Diets: Where Does It Lurk?

Nov 12, 2013

Fast-food is blamed for contributing tons of empty calories to kids’ diets but it’s only one source. Almost a third of the calories come from kids’ school.



Oregon Family Creates Playground for All Kids

Nov 10, 2013

When one family realized their daughter was being left on the sidelines during playtime, they set out to create a more inclusive world.



Can You Tease Your Kids Too Much?

Nov 08, 2013

Kathie Lee and Hoda about how pulling pranks on your kids may have lasting effects, and explain when it’s OK to tease your kids a little bit.



How to Raise Kids in a Smartphone Era

Nov 08, 2013

Author and former Facebook exec. Randi Zuckerberg joins Morning Joe to discuss her book “Dot Complicated” and her children’s book “Dot.”



Should Young Athletes Get 'Participation Trophies'?

Nov 06, 2013

Self-esteem boosters or motivation killers? Parent and coaches debate value of giving kids trophies for just showing up.



The Worst Kids' Foods: Are They in Your Kitchen?

Nov 06, 2013

You know to limit desserts and chips in your kids' diet, but do you know about these other unhealthy kids' foods? Here's what you need to know.



'Crucial First Eight Years': Study Finds Most Poor Children Lag on Cognitive Skills by Age 8

Nov 04, 2013

Only 19 percent of low-income third graders have "age-appropriate cognitive skills," according to a policy report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.



Dad Turns Quest to get Kids to Play Outdoors into 'Project Wild Thing'

Nov 04, 2013

When David Bond, a documentary filmmaker from South East London, asked his daughter how much she loved television, her response nearly knocked him off his feet.



Obesity Linked to Early Puberty in US Girls, Study Finds

Nov 04, 2013

Obesity may be a factor in early puberty in U.S. girls, a new study finds. About 17 percent of American kids ages 2 to 17 are obese, according to the CDC.



Moms and Children Get Honest About Motherhood

Nov 01, 2013

The Elevation Church in North Carolina gave some moms the chance to find out what their kids really think about them, and the result became a moving tribute.



Schools Institute Stricter Policies on Food Allergies

Nov 01, 2013

Schools have accepted stricter policies on handling food allergies, from training in allergy injector pens to providing non-food incentives.



Media Addiction in Kids: How to Set Family Limits

Oct 29, 2013

The number of screens available to kids has increased dramatically since 2011. 38% of children under the age of 2 used a mobile device in 2013.



Is Your Child Entering Puberty Early? Here Are the Signs and Ways to Manage

Oct 28, 2013

Here’s a startling fact: our kids are entering puberty earlier than previous generations.



Parents Spend Big Bucks with Hopes of Raising Future Stars

Oct 27, 2013

Family invests in child’s future as a star athlete, despite the odds of actually making it to the pros.



Is Your Child Too Young to Trick-or-Treat? Here's How to Know -- and How to Prepare!

Oct 24, 2013

How young is too young to trick or treat? Here's how to know, and how to prepare your kids this Halloween.



On a Mission to Expand Quality Preschool, One of the Keys to Educational Success

Oct 22, 2013

To counter the growing of kindergarteners starting behind, education advocates are stressing the importance of good quality early childhood education.



How to Talk to Kids About the Nevada School Shooting, Age by Age

Oct 21, 2013

Worried about how to explain yet another school shooting to your kids? Our age-by-age guide can help.



5 Signs of Communication Disorders Parents Often Miss

Oct 17, 2013

In their first years, children form foundational communication skills for a lifetime. And there’s a lot more to it than when a child says his or her first word. Knowing what is “typical” versus problematic when it comes to communication can be difficult for parents, especially when it’s a first child.



Darn Those Drop-Off Tears: Helping Preschoolers with Separation Anxiety

Oct 17, 2013

It’s nearly two months into the school year. So, why are your child's drop-off tears still flowing and how do you get them to stop?



Octavia Spencer on New Book for Young Readers

Oct 15, 2013

Oscar- winning actress Octavia Spencer talks to TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie about her new book, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective,” about a girl who loses her mom and moves to a small town.



Keyboard Typing Skills Taught as Young as Kindergarten

Oct 14, 2013

The TODAY anchors brag about their typing skills in response to academic standards that suggest children should learn how to type in kindergarten.



Parenting for Brain Development and Prosperity

Oct 14, 2013

Dr. Philip Fisher's cutting-edge research reveals the power of positive interactions between children and caregivers to improve brain development.



'Too Much': Dad Tries to do Daughter's Homework for a Week

Oct 11, 2013

Too much homework! It’s a common complaint heard in nearly every teenage household. But in many homes today, that protest also is coming from parents.



Black Dolls Show Off Natural Looks in New, Custom Collection

Oct 11, 2013

Natural Girls United is launching a new ethnic doll collection that features a vast array of customized black dolls with natural hair done as an Afro, braided, kinky, curly, twisted, highlighted, wrapped, and crowned.



Ethical Parenting: Achievement vs. Morality

Oct 11, 2013

In New York magazine, Lisa Miller wrote about the predicament of "ethical parenting" - the constant moral dilemma parents face about whether to put the interest of their own children ahead of the greater good.



6 Spooky Science Experiments for Halloween

Oct 10, 2013

As classroom parents plan Halloween party activities to occupy the time between the school parade and the night’s sugar rush, it’s a great time to sneak in some wonderfully spooky science experiments.



Dad Uses Kids' Tantrums as Inspiration for Book

Oct 09, 2013

One father is finding opportunity in his sons' outbursts in a way that parents around the world can appreciate.



Five Simple Ways to Improve Your Child's Homework Habits

Oct 09, 2013

We’ve put together some tips for helping your child get their assignments done so they’ll be prepared for school the next day.



How to Deal With 3 Big Childhood Changes

Oct 08, 2013

If your family is making some transitions that can disrupt routines, relieve your child's worries (and fears) every step of the way with these simple tips.



Students Need More Than Parents to Flourish

Oct 08, 2013

Success in school is a team effort between students, parents and instructors. A panel of experts discusses how best to get your children to do their best and flourish.



Teachers Make House Calls, See Payoff in Classroom

Oct 08, 2013

More and more schools across the country are encouraging teachers to meet parents outside the classroom as part of a drive to build stronger relationships with students and their families.



Jenna Bush Hager: Why I Love Reading to Baby Mila

Oct 07, 2013

Babies are born ready to learn — and do so quickly and constantly. It’s amazing to me that by the time Mila is 3, her brain will be 80 percent developed.



Breakfast is served: Free meal programs aim to fight child hunger NBC News

Oct 05, 2013

Before the day’s assignments begin, kindergarteners at Enrico Fermi School No. 17 in Rochester, N.Y., know there’s one ritual that always comes first: eating together.



Parents, Teachers Join Pockets of Rebellion Against Common Core

Oct 04, 2013

The Common Core has been billed as the future of education across America, but in small-town Tennessee, Teresa Hartsfield has traded it in for a century-old text.



8-year-old gets ‘sexist’ book removed from bookstore

Oct 03, 2013

The books, titled “How To Survive (Almost) Anything,” included a boy version and a girl version.



Latino kids consume “above average” amount of sugary drinks

Oct 03, 2013

Latino kids consume more soft drinks, fruit-flavored drinks, and other sugary drinks on average.



Parenting Principles: Earn Respect, Stay Consistent

Oct 03, 2013

Talk to any parent or teacher and they’ll tell you that kids these days have gotten way out of hand. They talk back. They’re disrespectful, even extraordinarily rude.



Tiffany Thiessen: Reading Sparked My Interest in Acting

Oct 03, 2013

The actress in the hit show “White Collar” talks to TODAY’s Matt Lauer about her involvement in Read for the Record, an annual event that encourages parents to read to their children, telling TODAY’s Matt Lauer she knew she would become an actress because she loved reading and would act out the plays she read.



10 Signs of a Great Preschool

Oct 01, 2013

The National Association for the Education of Young Children outlined 10 things a parent should seek out when looking for a great preschhol.



How to Explain the Government Shutdown to Your Kids

Oct 01, 2013

If there’s one good thing to come out of the current mess over Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act) in Washington, it’s the opportunity to give a civics lesson to your kids.



Childhood Anxiety Disorders on the Rise

Sep 30, 2013

New data from the National Institutes of Mental Health shows that up to a quarter of U.S. kids may meet the criteria for a diagnosable anxiety disorder.



Is Your Child Healthy Enough to Learn?

Sep 30, 2013

The experts at Children’s Health Fund compiled a list of crucial questions every parent should ask about their child’s health.



‘Doc McStuffins’ creator explains why show’s lead character is black

Sep 30, 2013

If you’re not familiar with Doc McStuffins — it’s more than likely your children are.That’s because Doc McStuffins is one of TV’s most popular cartoon characters.



‘Doc McStuffins’ creator explains why show’s lead character is black

Sep 30, 2013

If you’re not familiar with Doc McStuffins — it’s more than likely your children are.That’s because Doc McStuffins is one of TV’s most popular cartoon characters.



Class of 2020 Kids Graduate from Elementary School

Sep 20, 2013

TODAY follows a group of students from their first day of kindergarten to their high school graduation.



How Much Homework Is Too Much?

Sep 01, 2013

One common measurement is that students should get about 10 minutes of homework per grade level.



Helping or Hovering? When 'Helicopter Parenting' Backfires

May 26, 2013

Helicopter parenting could backfire and leave kids feeling insecure and incapable rather than supported or empowered.





OpEd: We Must Seize This Teachable Moment in Civics

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor stresses importance of involving kids in American democracy.



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