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Measles Outbreak in Minnesota Caused by Vaccine Skeptics

May 09, 2017 / NBC News

Doubts about vaccines helped fuel Minnesota's biggest outbreak of measles in decades.


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Young Love & Understanding Middle School Relationships

May 01, 2017 / Michelle Icard, Middle School Author, Speaker, and Educator

Dating in middle school is mostly about asking, “Am I the type of person someone could like?”


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16-year-old boy dies after arrhythmia from caffeine overdose

May 16, 2017

The over-consumption of caffeinated drinks can be dangerous.

Measles Outbreak in Minnesota Caused by Vaccine Skeptics

May 09, 2017

Doubts about vaccines helped fuel Minnesota's biggest outbreak of measles in decades.

Measles Outbreak in Minnesota Caused by Vaccine Skeptics

May 09, 2017

Doubts about vaccines helped fuel Minnesota's biggest outbreak of measles in decades.

Trump Administration Loosens Obama School Food Rules

May 02, 2017

The rules were part of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed by President Barack Obama and promoted by first lady Michelle Obama as part of her "Let's Move" initiative.

Young Love & Understanding Middle School Relationships

May 01, 2017

Dating in middle school is mostly about asking, “Am I the type of person someone could like?”

As Insulin Costs Skyrocket, Families Turn to Black Market

Apr 25, 2017

Over the last 20 years, the list price of Insulin has shot up more than 1,000 percent.

As Insulin Costs Skyrocket, Families Turn to Black Market

Apr 25, 2017

Over the last 20 years, the list price of Insulin has shot up more than 1,000 percent.

3 Ways to Keep Kids Safe and Happy in Sports

Apr 24, 2017

It’s the responsibility of coaches, parents, and caring adults to make sports positive experiences for our kids.

3 Ways to Keep Kids Safe and Happy in Sports

Apr 24, 2017

It’s the responsibility of coaches, parents, and caring adults to make sports positive experiences for our kids.

Sunscreen in school: Parents push for kids to be allowed to use it

Apr 19, 2017

Just one blistering sunburn at a young age can more than double your chance of developing melanoma later in life.

New Poll Finds Majority of Parents Are More Worried About Their Kids Smoking Cigarettes Than Marijuana

Apr 18, 2017

It was true in reverse, too: those surveyed said they thought their own parents would be more upset if they smoked tobacco rather than marijuana.

6 Ways to Talk to Kids About Alcohol

Apr 10, 2017

Research shows parents are the number one influence on their kids’ decision to drink, or not.

Most Kids Who Died of Flu Weren’t Vaccinated, Study Finds

Apr 04, 2017

“We recognize that the current vaccine is not perfect. But it is substantially better than not getting vaccinated."

Op-Ed: Why Breakfast Is More Than Just a Full Stomach

Mar 20, 2017

Why should breakfast in the classroom matter to you?

60,000 kids poisoned by medicine: Don't make this common mistake

Mar 17, 2017

Don’t be fooled by 'child-resistant packaging'.

How your bad eating habits can have a negative affect on your kids

Mar 15, 2017

These are the eating habits parents should avoid.

Busting the Myth That We Have to Bubble Wrap Our Kids

Mar 13, 2017

Children raised in a culture of fear? Well, that’s just asking for trouble.

This Couples’ Picky Baby Inspired Them to Start a Vietnamese Yogurt Business

Mar 10, 2017

Fred Chen and Phuong Nguyen's daughter Madeline didn't like drinking milk but they found a solution.

Students Allowed to Nap at School With Sleep Pods

Mar 07, 2017

20 minutes is all students need to feel refreshed.

How to Utilize Your School Social Worker

Mar 06, 2017

To help you answer “is this normal?” and other important questions about your student.

Mom finds peace after meeting donor recipient of daughter's heart

Mar 06, 2017

As she embraced the 5-year-old girl named Peyton, Travaglio felt Melody’s heart beating strong inside of her.

Pediatricians Warn Against Pot Use: Not Your Dad’s Marijuana

Feb 28, 2017

An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana's potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use.

Norovirus outbreak: Why it's easy to catch and hard to get rid of

Feb 01, 2017

Outbreaks are still spiking across the country.

Pediatricians Speak Out Against President Trump’s Immigration Orders

Jan 26, 2017

Pediatrician's want Trump to consider the health of immigrants.

Why We Mix Up Names of our Friends and Family

Jan 26, 2017

Mixing names of family members and friends is common in our brains.

Revealed at Last: Why Teens Can’t Smell Their Own Stench

Jan 23, 2017

Researchers in Denmark conducted a study that will resonate with anyone who's ever walked into the room of a teenager.

Which Youngsters Should Have Their Tonsils Removed?

Jan 17, 2017

Does tonsillectomy reduce sore throats? Two studies weigh in.

Which Youngsters Should Have Their Tonsils Removed?

Jan 17, 2017

Does tonsillectomy reduce sore throats? Two studies weigh in.

This 7-day family-friendly diet is packed with superfoods

Jan 13, 2017

This family-friendly meal plan will help her find balance.

The Incredible Benefits of Family Routines Around Mealtime and Bedtime

Jan 09, 2017

After the crazy holidays, these tips are more important than ever.

New Peanut Allergy Guidance: Most Kids Should Try Peanuts

Jan 05, 2017

New peanut allergy guidelines: Even high-risk kids high risk should try them, experts say.

Five Ways to Get Your Kids Back into the School Routine

Jan 03, 2017

Hint: a little preparation goes a long way.

‘American Ninja Warrior’ inspires kids to tackle obstacle-course gyms

Dec 28, 2016

These kids are training to be ninja warriors!

Fewer Teens Drink or Use Illegal Drugs Now

Dec 14, 2016

Fewer American teenagers are using illegal drugs or drinking alcohol, researchers reported Tuesday.

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.

Anxiety, Irritability May be First Warning of Depression in Kids

Dec 08, 2016

An early warning sign of depression in teenagers may not be sadness, but rather anxious and even irritable behavior.

Sugary Drinks Are Impacting Latino Kids' Health, Weight

Dec 07, 2016

Parents may think it's harmless to to let toddlers and young kids drink soda or fruit juice, but it can have serious and lifelong health effects.

After 11-year-old boy's sudden death, mom warns about food allergies

Dec 06, 2016

The recent death of an 11-year-old boy is a tragic reminder that with food allergies, severe, life-threatening reactions don't always follow the familiar script: sometimes they take time to develop.

Injuries can put teen athletes on path to addiction

Dec 06, 2016

Teen athletes tell how injuries put them on the path to addiction.

Role Models? Parents Glued to Screens 9 Hours a Day

Dec 06, 2016

Most American parents think they are great role models for their kids, but they admit they're glued to their smart phones.

4 Big Things NBC’s “This Is Us” Got Right About Parenting

Dec 05, 2016

It’s an emotional, valuable show to binge watch with the entire family during winter break.

5 ways to digitally detox without too much stress

Dec 05, 2016

While some recommend digital detoxes that last a week or month, that's just not realistic.

'I wanted to help': Girl collects thousands of crayons for pediatric hospital

Nov 08, 2016

She's collected more than 13,000 boxes of crayons for children in pediatric hospitals, but Ella Tryon isn't stopping there.

Debunking the Belief That Sitting Equals Learning

Nov 07, 2016

Is it even fair to ask young kids, who by nature’s design are the most energetic among us, to stay still for what must seem like an eternity?

Operation Gratitude inspires kids to send Halloween candy to cheer up the troops

Oct 27, 2016

Sometimes a simple pack of Halloween candy is all it takes to put a smile on the face of a soldier thousands of miles from home.

Parents of Fallen Athletes Push to End Sudden Cardiac Deaths

Oct 25, 2016

Sixteen states require portable defibrillators at schools, and some say they must be available on athletic fields, too. But more than 30 states don't mandate the devices, which can shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, in the places where children spend the most time.

Is Football Safe for Kids? Study Looks at Brain Changes

Oct 24, 2016

Some worrying signs for this popular youth sport.

Throw a Spook-tacular Halloween Party with These Treats

Oct 20, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner and if you plan on celebrating the most ghoulish time of year with a spook-tacular party, then you've come to the right place.

Do Later School Start Times Work? Parents Say Yes

Oct 17, 2016

Many have argued that pushing back school start times would let kids get more rest. And now that schools are trying it out, the later start times seem to be working.

A Hostile System? How Colleges are Responding to Campus Sexual Assaults

Oct 12, 2016

As college students cope with concerns about grades and fitting in, they are also confronting one of the most painful issues playing out on their campuses every day — sexual assault.

College Students Say 'Drunkorexia' Is More Than a Buzzword

Oct 11, 2016

A growing number of college are banning hard liquor on campus in a move to curb extreme drinking — but students are still getting their party on, and some are adding an extra element of risk to their binges.

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.

Rivals Refusing to Play High School Football Team with NFL-Sized Teens

Oct 11, 2016

Archbishop Murphy High School of Everett, Wash., has six players who weigh-in at least 250 pounds, along with three who weigh at least 300 pounds, prompting many parents and schools to raise safety concerns.

New Survey: Kids Feeling Effects of Volatile Election

Oct 10, 2016

65% of children said they would not want to be president when they grew up, and 41% of children responded the job would be too demanding or stressful.

‘Academic doping’ on the rise: Number of students abusing ADHD drugs increasing

Oct 10, 2016

NBC’s Ronan Farrow digs into a growing problem on campuses nationwide: In the high-pressure world of academic achievement, there is one "fix" students are turning to at an alarming rate to get ahead that some call "academic doping," and experts say it has a very real - and largely ignored - dark side.

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.

Can ANYTHING Distract These 6-year-old Girls From Their iPads?

Sep 27, 2016

Kids are spending an average of seven hours a day staring at screens according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. To show just how absorbed in their screens kids can get, the Rossen Reports team staged a revealing hidden camera demonstration with the help of two moms.

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.

Middle School Mania

Aug 28, 2016

A parent’s middle school survival guide.

The Neurological Reason Why Your Middle Schooler Acts Like a Toddler

Aug 25, 2016

What is really going on in your tween’s brain (yes they do still have one) -- and what to do about it.

American Heart Association Releases New Guidelines on Added Sugars

Aug 23, 2016

Do you know how much sugar your kids are eating?

Try These Organization Tips to Hack Your Way Back-to-School

Aug 08, 2016

This year, you can really do it: keep your family organized amid a sea of school crafts, assignments and appointments.

Olympic-Inspired Activities For the Entire Family

Aug 03, 2016

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

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.

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.

Tiny Terrors, Big Spirits: Meet the Feisty, Fearless Girls of Junior Roller Derby

Jul 11, 2016

The girls — whose derby names include Snow Bite, Pushy Cat, Scary Poppins and more — are just as fierce as their adult counterparts.

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.

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.

Orlando Massacre Reminds Us Why LGBTQ Youth Advocacy is So Important

Jun 17, 2016

“It shouldn’t be at the point of tragedy that we acknowledge that people are people,” said David Johns.

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?

'It's Going to Get Worse': Nearly 30 Percent of Teens Have Hearing Damage

Jun 07, 2016

Teens, with their earbuds jammed deeply into their ears, aren't listening to the message about loud music and hearing loss.

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.

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

Discovery Girls Magazine Under Fire After Controversial 'Body Type' Swimsuit Spread

May 13, 2016

The publisher of a magazine that caters to pre-teen readers is apologizing for a recent swimsuit spread that many deemed inappropriate.

Texas High School's $62M Football Stadium Raises Eyebrows

May 11, 2016

Controversy is brewing in Texas over the sky-high cost of high school football stadiums that has some critics saying the money would be better spent on education.

FDA: No More E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

May 05, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration released its long-awaited plan Thursday for regulating e-cigarettes and other tobacco products — and says it will ban their sale to anyone under 18.

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.

Road to Rio: Team USA Athletes Salute Their Moms

Apr 27, 2016

Three Olympic athletes thank their moms for the time and work they've put into getting them to this point in their careers.

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.

Having “The Talk”: What We Say Matters

Apr 25, 2016

Spring is a perfect time for parents to talk with teens about the cycle of life. Buds are popping, trees are blooming, and parents can take their cue from nature to talk with their teens about human nature.

Join us for “Supporting Our Students: It Takes Everyone”

Apr 11, 2016

How can parents help their children succeed? Please join us on Thursday, April 14 from 6 – 8 pm EST for a special parenting town hall where we'll talk about all aspects of student development.

Join us for “Supporting Our Students: It Takes Everyone”

Apr 11, 2016

How can parents help their children succeed? Please join us on Thursday, April 14 from 6 – 8 pm EST for a special parenting town hall where we'll talk about all aspects of student development.

8 Things We Learned From a Sleep Expert About Putting Kids To Bed

Apr 05, 2016

Getting kids to sleep consistently and soundly can turn into a nightmare for parents.

Meet 15-year-old Haile Thomas, Who’s Out to Change the Way Kids Eat

Apr 05, 2016

TODAY senior food analyst Sam Kass spotlights 15-year-old Haile Thomas, who’s working to promote healthy eating and cooking among young people, and will be a certified health coach by the end of the year. Haile says that she began her campaign after her father was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

7 Ways to Get Kids off the Couch

Apr 04, 2016

In honor of National Walking Day, we spoke with Jayne Greenberg, the Director of Physical Education and Health Literacy for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and member of the President’s Council on Fitness, about the best ways to get kids off the couch and to get them to start moving. We’re sharing her tips with you here.

How Do I Know If I Have Lyme Disease? The One Telltale Sign You Should Look For

Mar 29, 2016

With the summer months just ahead, it's time to start taking early precautions to ward off harmful ticks carrying Lyme disease.

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.

What’s the Deal with Organics? Your Top Questions Answered

Mar 21, 2016

Organic. It seems to be on labels everywhere. And yes, as a parent you want to feed your children healthy and nutritious foods. But is going organic really the healthier option?

What’s the Deal with Organics? Your Top Questions Answered

Mar 21, 2016

Organic. It seems to be on labels everywhere. And yes, as a parent you want to feed your children healthy and nutritious foods. But is going organic really the healthier option?

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.

Father Bonds With Autistic Son Through Running

Mar 05, 2016

A father has found a simple way to bond with his autistic son by sharing some common ground.

Healthy Ways to Keep the Sweet in Valentine’s Day

Feb 08, 2016

Valentine’s Day is coming up and parents all know what that means: sugar, sugar and more sugar. But can you keep the sweet in Valentine’s Day without excessive amounts of sugar?

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?

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?

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.

Why We’re Playing More This Year (and Why It’s So Hard To Do)

Jan 11, 2016

In her own words, Weekend TODAY Show anchor Erica Hill shares the reason she resolved to play more with her two sons and why it’s harder than she thought it would be.

Is This a 'Sandwich of Shame'? School Policy Calls Out Students Carrying Lunch Debt

Jan 08, 2016

An Indiana high school has been drawing attention for serving what some have called "sandwiches of shame" to students who have debts on their lunch accounts.

E-Cigarette Ads Target Millions of Kids, CDC Says

Jan 05, 2016

E-cigarette makers are pouring tens of millions of dollars into advertising their wares — and teenagers are getting the message loud and clear, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

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.

“We Learn So Much About Our Kids”: Q&A with NBC News’ Kate Snow

Dec 28, 2015

As we head into 2016 and the season of New Year’s resolutions, we caught up with NBC News and MSNBC anchor Kate Snow for an update on her progress on her #SchoolYrResolution, and the advice that she’d share with you.

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.

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.

Reality Gap Redux

Dec 16, 2015

When it comes to behabior, there is a significatn gap between reality and what parents think their teenagers are doing. Does this “reality gap” have consequences? It sure does.

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.

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.

Jenna Bush Hager Fights for Safer School Buses

Dec 12, 2015

Jenna Bush Hager, contributing correspondent for NBC’s “Today Show,” talks to Alex Witt about her efforts to make school buses safer and more environmentally friendly.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Plate Priority: 5 Tips for Family Meals You'll Actually Have

Nov 09, 2015

I think most parents know that family meals are a good thing. Research has supported the benefits of eating together as a family for many years. The physical, social, and psychological benefits are only increasing in value as the pace of our lives is quickening, and time spent truly engaged with our kids is progressively limited.

How Teens are Hiding Photos, More with 'Ghost Apps' — and What To Do About It

Nov 09, 2015

The sexting scandal that hit a Colorado high school has many wondering how parents could not have known what was going on, and how to keep their own kids from getting involved in sending explicit photos by text.

Making High School Football Safe

Nov 09, 2015

Frank Cutinella, whose son died during a football game, explains that changing the fundamentals of how safety is looked at for high school football can cause a significant change.

Making High School Football Safe

Nov 09, 2015

Frank Cutinella, whose son died during a football game, explains that changing the fundamentals of how safety is looked at for high school football can cause a significant change.

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.

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.

Parents Giving 'the Talk,' Counting Calories: Do They Really Work?

Nov 03, 2015

The TODAY anchors play a new game called "Does It Work?" where they weigh in on whether giving kids the "birds and bees" talk makes them more responsible, and experts concur that it is an effective tactic.

Parents Protest McDonald's Weight-Loss Documentary in Schools

Nov 03, 2015

Concerned parents are calling on fast-food giant McDonald's to stop in-school speaking engagements by a "brand ambassador" - a high school biology teacher who ate nothing but McDonald's for 90 days and lost weight and is pitching the company's menu to students across the country.

Educating the Whole Child: Physical Activity and Academic Performance

Nov 02, 2015

Promoting physical activity can be a daunting task for some parents. But research suggests that getting your child moving at an early age is extremely important, not only for preventing childhood obesity, but for academic performance.

Doctors to Parents: Limit Kids' Exposure to Smartphone Radiation

Nov 02, 2015

A growing number of experts are warning parents to limit the time their children spend on smartphones. They say FCC safety guidelines about smartphone radiation are out of date.

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.

The Sex Talk Works, Even if it Makes You Cringe

Nov 02, 2015

Parents, have that sex talk with your kids. It works. Researchers who looked at all the studies that have been done on having "that talk" with kids found that it really can influence teen behavior for the better.

At-Risk Teens Find 'A Lot of Pride' in SoulCycle's New Health and Fitness Program

Oct 29, 2015

SoulCycle has partnered with the nonprofit Children's Aid Society to teach healthy lifestyle lessons to teens from New York's outer boroughs, where healthy living isn't always discussed in schools or the community.

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.

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.

Why Bike Riding is Being Prescribed for Kids Diagnosed with ADHD

Oct 19, 2015

Nearly six million children in the United States have been diagnosed as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Many parents worry about the medications often prescribed to help the kids, what they might not know is that, help may be as close as their garage.

Treats and Tricks for Halloween

Oct 14, 2015

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

High School Football Makes Triumphant Return to Alexander, North Dakota

Oct 11, 2015

After 27 years of not having enough kids to form a team, high school football is now a source of pride for everyone in a revitalizing oil boom town.

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.

Are High School Football's Friday Night Lights Fading?

Sep 30, 2015

The death of a star high school quarterback has put the sport's violence back in the spotlight, while parents and schools cancel games or disband teams altogether.

'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.

'Something Needs to be Done': How a Personal Trainer is Helping Bullied Kids

Sep 28, 2015

A personal trainer in the Detroit area is making it his mission to give kids tools to combat bullies with something besides their fists.

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.

3 Smartphone Apps That Can Help Keep Your Kids Safe

Sep 22, 2015

Last year, University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was murdered. Now three new smartphone apps are available for free download to help prevent such tragedies.

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.

Experts Urge Parents to have 'Screen-Free' Dinners

Sep 17, 2015

A British children's expert says children pick up "technology obsession" from their parents and it can affect their mental health. He suggests parents not check their phones in front of their kids, have "screen-free" dinners, and limit a child to no more than two hours of screen time a day.

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.

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.

Why High School Should Start at 11:30 AM

Sep 08, 2015

Experts explain why they believe high schools should actually start after 10:00 a.m., and even as late as 11:30 a.m.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'No Head Trauma Is Good Head Trauma': The Impact Of Tackle Sports On Young Kids

Aug 13, 2015

The age at which boys start playing tackle football may have a big impact on brain health later in life, a new study suggests.

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.

Are Kids Biologically Hardwired to Like Sugar?

Aug 12, 2015

Researchers say kids are attracted to foods high in calories, and with sugar everywhere, many parents are struggling to help their kids make healthy choices.

4 Vaccines You Might Not Know Your Teen Needs This Fall

Aug 07, 2015

School's starting and you're so relieved your pre-teen or teenager is done with the annual fight over getting shots. But there are four vaccines that teenagers should get that might not be on your radar.

School Start Times Are Too Early And It's Harmful To Kids, CDC Warns

Aug 07, 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.

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.

Study: Teens Who Exercise Reduce Risk of Diabetes As Adults

Aug 06, 2015

A British study of 300 children found that the greatest reduction of diabetes risk came when kids were active during early adolescence, at around age 13. Experts say it underscores the importance of exercise, especially among young teens.

Picky Eating Linked With Psychiatric Problems In Kids, Study Finds

Aug 03, 2015

That untouched plate and look of disgust on your child's face at mealtime might be a sign of much bigger issues.

Blackboards, Recess: Iconic Items Disappearing From Schools

Jul 28, 2015

The TODAY anchors reminisce about their school days as they run through a list of things disappearing from schools these days, including blackboards (replaced by whiteboards) and… recess!

The Cool Factor: Teens Report Positive Feedback To Using E-Cigarettes

Jul 27, 2015

An estimated 40 percent of teen users of e-cigarettes have never smoked tobacco, a new report finds, adding to the worries that the devices are attracting a whole new group of underage user, not just teens trying to quit regular cigarettes.

5 Stress-Free Activities For Easy Summer Fun

Jul 24, 2015

It's July: You're all hot, the kids are bored, and all the brilliant summer-fun ideas you stockpiled back in May or June have melted away like the last traces of snow in Boston.

Never Ice A Burn: What You Need To Know For Summer Skin Woes

Jul 22, 2015

Summer is an amazing time to enjoy the warm weather, grilling up burgers, swimming in the pool or simply enjoying carefree days outside. But our skin sure can take a bit of a beating.

From Lyme to Dehydration: 5 Summer Symptoms to Never Ignore

Jul 21, 2015

Summer is a great time to get outside and go camping and jogging, but there are warning signs and symptoms of Lyme disease that you should know to look out for. NBC medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar shares important facts about Lyme disease with Willie Geist and Natalie Morales.

Consumer Reports: Laundry Pods Shouldn't Be In Homes With Kids

Jul 17, 2015

Consumer Reports is now warning that laundry detergent pods should never be used in homes where young children live or visit. Calls to poison centers about children and laundry pods have increased over the past several years.

Parental Guidance: How To Survive a Trip To The Beach With Kids In Tow

Jul 16, 2015

Surf's up! It's summertime, and that means logging a lot of time at the beach. There's nothing quite like the sound of ocean waves crashing, the smell of a crackling bonfire, and the yelps from kids as their parents apply sunscreen.

Birds And Bees Talk Got Your Family Buzzing? The 'Puberty Lady' Is Here To Help

Jul 14, 2015

Sitting down to talk to your children about the birds and the bees can be tough. But registered nurse Julie Metzger is helping shape the conversation between preteens and adults, and make that lesson slightly less awkward for everyone.

10 Strategies to Apply (And Keep) Sunscreen On Your Kids

Jul 07, 2015

Parents know the power of sunscreen and remember to slather on and repeat. Kids? Not so much.

Some Tips And Tricks For Summer Safety

Jul 03, 2015

Jimmy Minardi, founder of Minardi Training, joins Kathie Lee and Hoda to present tips on how to stay safe this summer.

How to Keep Your Children Safe During Swim Season

Jul 01, 2015

According to the CDC, children ages 1 to 4 are at the highest risk for accidental drowning. Monique and Bill Tischer share the tragic story of how their daughter, Violet, drowned, and digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong offers water safety resources.

Study: Youth Sports Can Make You A Winner Later In Life

Jul 01, 2015

A study in Canada of almost 3,000 young children found that those who played a structured sport in kindergarten were better at staying focused and following directions by the time they were in fourth grade.

What Does Sugar Do To Your Brain?

Jun 30, 2015

We've all been told that too much sugar is bad for you, but do you know what it can do to your brain? Research suggests too much can be quite harmful.

More Child Poisonings Prompt New Liquid Laundry Pod Warning

Jun 23, 2015

For any family with children under age six, it may be time to invest in cabinet locks. A new report from Safe Kids Worldwide warned that the number of children accessing liquid laundry packets has caused more than 3,700 calls to the U.S. Poison Center through April of this year.

What Makes Your Eyes Red in the Pool? Hint: It's Not the Chlorine

Jun 23, 2015

Think it's chlorine that causes your eyes to redden and sting after an afternoon in the community pool? The truth is much more gross: it's urine mixing with the chemicals.

How to Spot Drowning: Danger Signs to Look Out for This Summer

Jun 19, 2015

Nearly 400 pool and spa drownings take place each year in the U.S. Here's some tips to keep your kids safe at the pool or near the water this summer.

How to Spot Drowning: Danger Signs to Look Out for This Summer

Jun 19, 2015

Nearly 400 pool and spa drownings take place each year in the U.S. Here's some tips to keep your kids safe at the pool or near the water this summer.

What to Know About Dry Drowning and How to Prevent it

Jun 15, 2015

A 10-year old South Carolina boy dies more than an hour after coming home from a day at the pool. A California toddler's lungs fill with fluid hours after he's been pulled from the spa he fell into. Some call it dry drowning, some secondary drowning.

Study: More Than Half of US Kids, Teens Don't Drink Enough Water

Jun 12, 2015

Nearly a quarter of children in the study performed by Harvard scientists reported drinking no plain water at all.

Would Your Kid Step in to Stop a Sexual Assault?

Jun 12, 2015

In Friday's edition of Natalie Morales' "My Kid Would Never Do That" series, teens are put on hidden camera to see if they would step in if they thought someone was in danger of being sexually assaulted.

Striking Photo Shows All the Bacteria on an 8-Year-Old's Hand

Jun 08, 2015

If ever you needed more motivation to wash your hands, this germy, colorful creation ought to do it. Behold some of the bacteria that grew when an 8-year-old boy who had been playing outside pressed his hand onto a large Petri dish.

'My Kid Would Never…' Get in a Stranger's Car?

Jun 07, 2015

As part of Dateline's series "My Kid Would Never," two parents put their son to the test to see if he will fall for a stranger's act that involves luring their son inside a truck. TODAY's Natalie Morales reports.

Would Your Kid Allow a Stranger Into Your Home? One Boy is Put to the Test

Jun 04, 2015

In Thursday's installment of the series "My Kid Would Never Do That" with Natalie Morales, one boy is put to a hidden-camera test to see who he'd permit to enter his home when his parents are out.

Heroes and Softball… We Can’t Think of a Better Afternoon

Jun 01, 2015

Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team kids camp member Jen Castro says she’s learned ‘to have courage’ through coaches Dan Lasko and Matias Ferreira who are veteran amputees of America. The WWAST Kids Camp 2015 is held June 8 – 13 in Mission Viejo, California.

Girl Football Players in a 'League of Their Own'

May 31, 2015

The league is the country's first known tackle football league for fifth- and sixth-grade girls.

Teen Drivers a Risk to Everyone on the Road

May 27, 2015

Motor vehicle crashes have long been one of the primary causes of death and injuries among teen drivers. But a new study by AAA finds that young motorists are also a danger to everyone else on the road.

Teen Drivers a Risk to Everyone on the Road

May 27, 2015

Motor vehicle crashes have long been one of the primary causes of death and injuries among teen drivers. But a new study by AAA finds that young motorists are also a danger to everyone else on the road.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

E-cig Use Spikes as Traditional Smoking Falls Among U.S. Youth

Apr 16, 2015

Electronic cigarette use among American middle and high school students tripled in 2014 while cigarette use fell to record lows, U.S. health officials reported recently.

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.

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.

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."

Parents of Benched Daughter Sue Volleyball League

Apr 02, 2015

When a volleyball league refused to let a student athlete transfer teams because she was sidelined, her parents took their case to a different court – and sued.

Kids Sipping Alcohol Can Lead to Problem Drinking

Mar 31, 2015

Researchers found that kids who taste alcohol before middle school are five times more likely to have a full drink by ninth grade, and four times more likely to get drunk or binge drunk the first semester of high school.

‘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.

Hacking Your Bedroom: Teen Engineers Way into Laid-Back Lifestyle

Mar 27, 2015

Kshitiz Sharma, a self-proclaimed "lazy" senior in high school, rigged up his bedroom so that his blinds are voice-activated and lights will turn on when he walks in.

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.

The Pros and Cons of Kids Getting Involved with Sports

Mar 17, 2015

Greg Jennings, former NFL wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, and Dr. Robyn Silverman discuss the pros and cons of kids getting involved with sports. Jennings says that, given the physical toll the sport has had on him, he hopes his son doesn’t play football.

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.

Students Put Geometry to Work With Life-Size Foosball

Mar 11, 2015

Wyoming high school students build life-size foosball game as part of lesson on geometry.

3 Things You Must Teach Your Kids Before College

Mar 10, 2015

In the latest edition of Parental Guidance, Willie Geist and Megan Colarossi go over some helpful kitchen tips to teach your teens before they head off to college.

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

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.

Basketball Teams Banned for Both Trying to Throw Same Game

Feb 24, 2015

Two Tennessee high school girls basketball teams reached a new low last weekend by trying to lose the same game, officials said.

Educating Teenagers About Dating Violence

Feb 24, 2015

In recognition of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month, several states make a final push to educate teens and young adults about dating violence.

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.

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.

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.

Teen Dads Pass Mutations to Their Kids

Feb 17, 2015

Here's another reason to discourage teen sex: teenage fathers pass along six times as many genetic mutations to their kids as do teenage mothers.

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.

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.

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.”

Parental Guidance: You Can Soothe Your Throat with Marshmallows?

Feb 05, 2015

In the latest episode of 'Parental Guidance,' Willie and Megan share a few tricks to staying healthy using items found around your dorm room or kitchen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Are Sugary Drinks Linked to Early Puberty in Girls?

Jan 28, 2015

Dr. Natalie Azar joins the TODAY Show to talk about a Harvard study saying sugary drinks could be linked to earlier puberty in girls, saying it’s important to limit sugary drinks to two per week and drink lots of water.

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.

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.

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.

Have a Resolution to Lose Weight? How Your Actions Affect Your Child’s Body Image

Jan 05, 2015

Adults often try to lose weight in the New Year, but this common resolution could impact your child much longer than most of us stick with our diets.

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.

Even Smartphone Screens Impact Kids' Sleep, Study Finds

Jan 05, 2015

For tweens who got a tablet or smartphone for the holidays, their new bedtime routine may involve Netflix helping them doze off. But don’t think that's better than watching TV before bed.

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.

Tanning Beds Lose Popularity with High School Teens

Dec 24, 2014

A study shows that the number of teen girls tanning indoors dropped by five percent from 2009 to 2015.

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 shares four festive recipes that your kids will love to make and don't require an oven.

Nearly Half of Teen Driver Deaths in Older Vehicles

Dec 19, 2014

Researchers say that older vehicles often lack key safety features such as electronic stability control, more common on newer models.

U.S. Kids Favor E-Cigarettes Over Traditional Ones

Dec 16, 2014

American teenagers are smoking less than ever before, but they're turning to e-cigarettes instead, a new report shows.

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.

High School Students Not Getting Enough Sleep

Dec 12, 2014

A study finds that less than 10 percent of adolescents get at least nine hours of sleep, the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

Parental Guidance: Teenage Relationships

Dec 09, 2014

In this episode of Parental Guidance TODAY's Willie Geist and best bud Megan Colarossi share tips for having the old birds and the bees chat with your kids.

Blow to Chest May Trigger Irregular Heartbeat

Dec 08, 2014

A 16-year-old boy developed an irregular heartbeat after a hit to the chest during football practice. It lasted several days before returning to normal. Doctors hope the scare can help other athletes.

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.

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.

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.

How Many Calories in a Thanksgiving Meal?

Nov 25, 2014

The Rossen Reports team threw an early Thanksgiving dinner for one family, without telling them that every calorie they consumed was being logged and analyzed. The results were startling.

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.

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.

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.

Young Athletes Ignoring Injuries, Concussions, says Study

Nov 08, 2014

Youth and teen athletes are ignoring concussions and sports injuries, feeling pressure to play through pain, according to a new study by research group Safe Kids Worldwide.

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.

13-Year-Old Basketball Star Recruited by College

Nov 03, 2014

A highly coveted Texas girl is making headlines for her decision to commit to a college. She’s accepted an offer to play for the University of Texas.

Experts: How, and When, to Talk About Sex with Your Kids

Nov 03, 2014

Psychologist Jennifer Hartstein and TODAY parents contributor Amy McCready discuss how to talk to your kids of all ages about the birds and the bees.

Bullying in High School Football Locker Rooms Worse Than Many May Think

Oct 25, 2014

Locker-room bullying generated a lot of headlines in the NFL last year, but until recently, the subject has been largely off the public radar’s at the high-school level.

Tough Talks: How to Talk to Your Child About Drugs and Alcohol

Oct 24, 2014

Deciding when and how to talk to kids about alcohol and drug use can be a big decision. With all the other difficult conversations parents have with kids, this one might not be the most pressing on the agenda. But how your child approaches alcohol and drugs can have a life-long effect and serious consequences. To continue our series on these tough talks, we talked to a panel of our Parent Toolkit experts for their advice.

Concerns Grow Over ‘Hallo-Weed’ Candy

Oct 23, 2014

As kids gear up for Halloween, police are warning parents about candy laced with marijuana in states where recreational cannabis is now legal.

Tough Talks: How to Have a Positive Influence on Your Child's Body Image

Oct 22, 2014

It seems everywhere you look there’s a message about bodies. Whether it’s song lyrics talking about “big booty” or the models in fashion magazines, messages and images about the definition of beauty are all around us. And it’s not just adults who are hearing it. Every day your child, daughter or son, is exposed to similar messages. We all want our children to grow up with a healthy view of themselves, both in appearance and self-worth. But how can you, as a parent, compete with all the messages your child hears outside home? We talked to some of our Parent Toolkit experts to get their advice on how you can be a positive influence on your child’s body image, whether your child is male or female, underweight, overweight or average.

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.

Tough Talks: Having the "Sex Talk" With Your Child

Oct 20, 2014

It’s a question that can pop up innocently at a young age, “Where do babies come from?” but it can turn into an awkward conversation for all involved rather quickly. The birds and the bees talk may be one of the most important conversations you have with your child, but it can also be one of the hardest. It doesn’t have to be. There are ways to weave the conversation into everyday life. Resources are available to help when you can’t find the right words. We spoke to a panel of our Parent Toolkit experts to get their advice on how to make the sex talk a bit easier.

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.

Football Hazing Scandal Grows

Oct 13, 2014

Richard Labbe, superintendent of the Sayreville school district, and Kevin E. Ciak, school board president, talk to TODAY about the criminal charges filed against seven high school football players over alleged hazing.

Is Artificial Turf Bad for Kids' Health?

Oct 09, 2014

In communities across the U.S., natural grass has been replaced with turf, which millions of children play on. Some are concerned the turf could be making people sick.

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.

High School Cancels Football Season Over Hazing

Oct 07, 2014

A New Jersey high school called off the rest of its football season in the wake of widespread allegations of hazing of freshmen by senior team members.

Phone Distractions Linked to Teen Pedestrian Accidents

Oct 06, 2014

Forty percent of teens surveyed by Safe Kids Worldwide report either being hit by or almost hit by a car, because they’re too distracted by their phones.

High School Quarterback Plays for Opposing Team in Act of Sportsmanship

Oct 04, 2014

When one Mississippi high school football team lost their quarterback for the game due to injury, their opponents offered up their starting quarterback.

Texting While Walking: The Dangerous Traffic Trend for Teens

Oct 01, 2014

Two in five teens say they have been hit or nearly hit by a car, bike or motorcycle while walking, a new report finds. And lot of those scary situations involved electronic devices.

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.

Synthetic Drug Cloud 9 Linked to Several Hospitalizations

Sep 28, 2014

Cloud 9 is a legal drug that’s become popular in some high schools, leaving parents wondering how to combat it.

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.

The Dangerous Drug Parents Aren't Talking About with Kids

Sep 19, 2014

As TODAY’s “Secret Lives of Teens” series continues, NBC special anchor Maria Shriver presents the story of a young filmmaker who is working to combat the abuse of prescription drugs by teenagers.

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.

Teen Breaks Dangerous Addiction to the Internet

Sep 18, 2014

As TODAY’s “Secret Lives of Teens” series continues, NBC special anchor Maria Shriver presents the story of a teen who broke free of an Internet addiction so powerful it made him stop eating and even led to him flunking out of school.

Concussion Sensors Aim to Help Young Football Players

Sep 17, 2014

Schools and youth leagues are trying to get ahead of brain injuries with new impact sensors that alerts adults when a player has received a potentially serious hit.

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.

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.

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.

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.

#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.

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.

How Much Sleep Should Your Teen Get?

Aug 25, 2014

Dr. Danielle Laraque joins TODAY to talk about a new study suggesting that bad sleep patterns among adolescents are a serious problem that can impact their health and academic success.

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?

The Myth of the 'Freshman 15': How to Survive the College Diet

Aug 12, 2014

Lucky Charms for every meal? A whole pizza at 3 a.m.? Five energy drinks a day? Ramen noodles for breakfast? Yep, that’s right: the freshman diet.

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.

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.

#ToolkitTalk: Talking to Kids About Drugs

Jul 23, 2014

@EducationNation joined Parent Toolkit expert Dr. Shari Sevier, Chair of the American School Counselors Association, and Stephen Wallace, school psychologist and director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), for a #ToolkitTalk on how parents can talk to their kids about drugs.

California Limits Tackling in School Football Practice

Jul 22, 2014

In the latest in a nationwide effort to minimize concussions and brain injuries, California passes a law that will limit practices with full-on tackling during the playing season for middle and high school students.

Study: Teens’ Cars Aren’t Safe Enough

Jul 16, 2014

With so many teens driving smaller, cheaper cars with little crash protection, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has compiled a list of recommended used cars for teen drivers.

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.

Should Teen Sexting be a Felony?

Jul 11, 2014

Lawyers of a 17-year-old teen charged with creating child pornography believe that the law should be reserved for those who target children instead of teens voluntarily texting each other.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Should Teen Athletes be Tested for Heart Defects?

Jun 25, 2014

Dr. Alanna Levine, a spokesperson for the Academy of Pediatrics, joins TODAY to weigh in on whether high school athletes should get EKGs, which can pick up signs of heart problems.

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.

CDC: Fewer Teens Smoke, More Text while Driving

Jun 13, 2014

A report from the Centers for Disease Control on risky behavior in youths says the number of kids smoking is down, but an alarming number are texting while driving, and carrying weapons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Injuries and Early Burnout in Youth Sports

May 27, 2014

With the nature of sports becoming increasingly competitive, children are now experiencing higher pressure, more intensive training and an earlier focus on solely one sport.

Sugar and Low-Calorie Sweeteners 101

May 27, 2014

TODAY health and diet editor Madelyn Fernstrom explains what’s best for you and your family when it comes to sugars and sweeteners.

Sugar and Low-Calorie Sweeteners 101

May 27, 2014

TODAY health and diet editor Madelyn Fernstrom explains what’s best for you and your family when it comes to sugars and sweeteners.

Sleep to Win!

May 19, 2014

Teenagers have no idea how their athletic abilities can dramatically improve over night. All they need to do is get more sleep!

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.

A Teen's Guide for Parents: What Never to Say About My Body

Apr 30, 2014

As part of the TODAY series, "Love Your Selfie, Reclaiming Beauty," we spoke to young women and experts for advice on how to help your teens have a positive body image. Parents, here are eight things to avoid doing and what you can do instead to help build your teen’s confidence.

How Children's Sleepy Brains Fail Them

Apr 28, 2014

Almost 40 percent of students in kindergarten through fourth grade have trouble sleeping and those poor sleep habits carry over into adolescence. But with a little help, parents can help instill healthy sleeping routines into their kids.

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.

Testing Time: Ways to Support Your Student

Mar 31, 2014

Many students are taking standardized tests at this time of year and some can feel overwhelmed by the hours-long exams. As a parent, you can help your student handle this stressful time.

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.

Eat To Win: 5 Ways to Support Your Female Athlete

Mar 24, 2014

Every parent wants to see their child perform at their best, and parents of female athletes are no exception. In addition to organizing carpools to practices and sitting on the bleachers during games, moms and dads can support their daughter’s athletic play by understanding the unique needs of her growing, active body.

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.

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.

Up All Night: Parents and Kids are Losing Sleep to Their Devices

Mar 03, 2014

Sixteen percent of children said they read emails or text messages after they've already gone to bed, and more than half of the kids who admitted to after-hours texting had a parent who reported doing this as well.

Big Change May be Coming to Your Food Labels

Feb 27, 2014

The nutrition label on food packages is set to get its first overhaul in over two decades, and NBC News’ Tom Costello reports on what consumers should know about the FDA’s plans.

Two Questions You Should Ask Your Teens About Drugs and Alcohol

Feb 18, 2014

Having "The Talk" with your child doesn't necessarily just mean a conversation about sex. As kids get older, many parents wonder what they should say about drugs and alcohol to help them navigate their teen years.

Kids, Football, and the Safety Dilemma

Jan 31, 2014

Chuck Todd analyzes the demographics behind the public opinion over whether football is safe enough for their children to play and talks to Pop Warner’s Jon Butler.

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.

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.

What's 'Sizzurp'? A Dangerous Way for Kids to Get High

Jan 23, 2014

Attention, parents: Young people are using a drink with a funny-sounding name — “sizzurp” — to get high, and the consequences are anything but amusing.

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.

Teaching Students How to Design, Build Things

Jan 17, 2014

Patrick Creadon and Neal Baer share details from the documentary, “If You Build It,” which talks about a more radical approach to education.

Parents Spending Big on Kids' Traveling Sports Teams

Jan 15, 2014

It's estimated that 21 million kids between the ages of 5 and 18 are involved in non-school-related sports leagues.

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.

Seventh-Graders Sexting? It Might Be More Common Than You Think

Jan 05, 2014

New research suggests almost of quarter of troubled seventh-graders send sexually suggestive texts or photos.

Teen Girls Create 'Beautiful' Film on Eating Disorders

Dec 17, 2013

Two teens turned a school assignment into a public service announcement about eating disorders titled “You Are Beautiful.”

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.

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.

Inside the Teenage Mind: Sex, School and Social Media

Dec 03, 2013

Today’s teenagers are facing many issues their parents couldn't imagine, with social media changing the game in dramatic ways.

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.

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.

Eating Disorders and Children: the Signs and Prevention

Nov 25, 2013

NBC Latino’s Dr. Joseph Sirven gives parents signs to look for and ways to prevent eating disorders in your children.

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.

E-cigs, Hookahs Gain New Hold with Middle, High School Kids

Nov 14, 2013

According to the CDC, more than 2,000 teens and young adults become daily smokers every day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Building the Courage to Fight Bullying

Oct 30, 2013

Hoda and Kathie Lee talk to teen ambassador Alexander Levy about finding the internal and external support to fight against bullies.

Sex Education Mobile Apps Aim to Help Teens Make Right Choices, Reduce Pregnancies

Oct 30, 2013

Planned Parenthood has launched interactive mobile tools designed to help teens stay healthy and better prepare for their futures.

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.

Coach Makes Special Needs Students Feel Like Part of the Team

Oct 15, 2013

Before every home game, Georgia high school football coach Scott Hamilton makes sure to add some special players to his roster.

How to Talk to Your Children About Drugs

Oct 14, 2013

According to the recent National Institute on Drug Abuse survey of teen students in the United States, illicit drug use among teenagers has continued at high rates.

Long Island Middle School Bans Toys, Games at Recess

Oct 09, 2013

Students at Weber Middle School in New York are no longer allowed to play with footballs, soccer balls, or any other sporting equipment that might cause injuries. The list of banned activities also includes games of tag and cartwheels.

Allyson Felix Talks 'Active' Schools Campaign, Keeping Sports Clean

Oct 08, 2013

This week, Allyson Felix showed her commitment to education and fitness as a participant in NBC’s fourth annual ‘Education Nation‘ Summit in New York City.

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.

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.

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.

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