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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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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?”

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Mar 06, 2017

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

Nurturing Kids Who Can Cope With Challenges

Feb 20, 2017

Try these tips to help build your kid’s coping skills.

5 Ways to Help Kids Build Healthy Relationships

Feb 13, 2017

How focusing on being themselves may be the most important part.

How to Celebrate MLK Day with Your Kids Today and Everyday

Jan 16, 2017

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

How to make sure your kid doesn't act like a sullen jerk at family Thanksgiving

Nov 17, 2016

Think your reluctant tween can't be a happy camper when your family celebrates Thanksgiving? These expert tips might help.

Is Football Safe for Kids? Study Looks at Brain Changes

Oct 24, 2016

Some worrying signs for this popular youth sport.

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

Oct 24, 2016

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

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

Oct 17, 2016

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

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.

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

Oct 16, 2016

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

Mentoring as Student Empowerment

Oct 13, 2016

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

Nasty Campaign Rhetoric Puts Parents and Teachers in a Tough Spot

Oct 11, 2016

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

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

Oct 11, 2016

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

Kid-Friendly Healthy Snacks that Aren't Boring

Oct 07, 2016

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

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

Oct 05, 2016

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

Want Your Kids to Be Good Citizens? Start with Sports

Sep 26, 2016

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

10 Ways Your Kids Can Spread Kindness This New School Year

Sep 23, 2016

Get your kids involved in #GoalToBeGreater with these ideas.

OpEd: We Must Seize This Teachable Moment in Civics

Sep 19, 2016

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

The Most Important Relationship to Build This School Year

Aug 29, 2016

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

Middle School Mania

Aug 28, 2016

A parent’s middle school survival guide.

Two Questions Your Middle Schooler Has About Puberty and Love (and How to Answer Them)

Aug 27, 2016

As much as we parents may want to wish it away, sexual desire is living large in middle school.

How Kids Really Use Social Media

Aug 26, 2016

How to prepare your tweens for the transition from playdates to smartphones while still building their social skills.

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.

My Baby is Going to Middle School and I’m in Tears

Aug 24, 2016

NBC News anchor Kate Snow shares her hopes -- and fears -- as her youngest heads to middle school.

Motivating Middle Schoolers: A Parent’s Guide to Navigating Academics

Aug 23, 2016

Be your child’s guide…not the puppeteer.

6 Do’s and Don’ts to Prepare Kids for Middle School Frenemies

Aug 22, 2016

The middle school “social blind side” happens to all kids. How you react, and how you don’t, can make all the difference during this difficult social time.

Help Your Middle Schooler Go from Survive to Thrive

Aug 21, 2016

It may sound obvious, but upon entering middle school, your kids really need to start using their brain.

How to Get Kids to Focus

Aug 08, 2016

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

'Success Kid' Saving Lives 7 Years Later

Aug 05, 2016

Everyone knows the "Success Kid" meme that went viral. Seven years later, the boy from the popular meme used his fame to help save his father's life.

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!

How to Teach Kids to Manage Money

Jul 25, 2016

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

How to Use Summer to Build Your Kid’s Vocabulary

Jul 18, 2016

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

Who's the Parent Here?

Jul 11, 2016

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

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.

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.

First African American LGBTQ Youth Summit Advances the Inclusion Conversation

Jun 10, 2016

African American LGBTQ youth are gathering today in Washington DC to share their experiences at the intersection of black and queer identity.

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.

Want Happy, Successful Kids? Teach Them Empathy

Jun 07, 2016

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

Madame President, in 2040? 11-Year-Old Explains Fight to Amend Constitution

Jun 01, 2016

Sixth grader Alena Mulhern won't be running for president until at least 2040, but she working to change the U.S. Constitution to ensure she is eligible to run.

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.

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

May 30, 2016

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

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.

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

May 09, 2016

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

Elite Summer Programs Are Great, But Not Necessary for College Applications

May 05, 2016

With summer around the corner, high school students are deciding what to do once school is out — and many are looking for a way to get a leg up in the college application process over the break. One option many consider: academic and enrichment summer programs at college campuses across the country.

Watch This Mom and Special Ed Teacher Sweetly Honored for Mother's Day

May 05, 2016

A beloved mom and educator couldn't stop smiling when a secret renovation, a happy reunion and some incredible gifts made it a special Teacher Appreciation Week.

#ThankATeacher: 4 Ways to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

May 03, 2016

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

Half of All Teenagers Are Addicted to Their Smartphones, Survey Finds

May 03, 2016

Half of all teens admit they are addicted to their smartphones and other mobile devices, and nearly 60 percent of parents say they think their teens are too tech-addled, according to a new survey.

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

May 03, 2016

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

#ThankATeacher: NBC Anchors Share Their Favorite Teacher Memories

May 02, 2016

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

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.

How This 11-Year-Old Turned Something Scary Into Something Sweet

Mar 28, 2016

She's a social entrepreneur, public speaker, philanthropist and a savvy 6th-grader from Austin, Texas whose signature venture, "Me & The Bees" lemonade — developed from her great-grandmother's 1940 recipe — is now a thriving national business.

How This 11-Year-Old Turned Something Scary Into Something Sweet

Mar 28, 2016

She's a social entrepreneur, public speaker, philanthropist and a savvy 6th-grader from Austin, Texas whose signature venture, "Me & The Bees" lemonade — developed from her great-grandmother's 1940 recipe — is now a thriving national business.

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.

How to Raise a Successful Kid

Mar 11, 2016

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

7 Ways to Help Your Child Find Meaning While Reading

Feb 29, 2016

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

7 Ways to Help Your Child Find Meaning While Reading

Feb 29, 2016

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

Should Kids Get Trophies Just for Participating?

Feb 16, 2016

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

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Potentially Dangerous Mobile Apps

Feb 04, 2016

TODAY's Erica Hill talks with Matt Lauer about five apps that are potentially dangerous for kids, and what parents need to know about them.

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

Feb 01, 2016

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

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

Jan 25, 2016

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

Should Children be Allowed to go Sledding Alone?

Jan 25, 2016

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

Detroit Teachers Protest 'Horrible' School Conditions

Jan 20, 2016

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

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

Jan 18, 2016

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

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

Jan 18, 2016

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

It's Freezing, But Boys Just Want to Wear Shorts! Should You Let Them?

Jan 06, 2016

Whether it's a balmy 80 degrees or a frigid 5, some boys insist on wearing shorts.

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.

Why You Shouldn't Let Your Kids Win at Games

Dec 21, 2015

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

New Study Could Change the Way Doctors Treat Appendicitis

Dec 16, 2015

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

Social Skills for the Holidays

Dec 14, 2015

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

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

Dec 10, 2015

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

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

Dec 10, 2015

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

American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Medical Guidelines for Kids

Dec 07, 2015

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

How to Talk to Your Kids About Shootings and Terror

Dec 04, 2015

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

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

Dec 03, 2015

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

Kids Living with Dogs Less Likely to Suffer Anxiety

Nov 30, 2015

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

80 Percent of Parents Say it's OK to Put Monitoring Apps on Kids' Phones

Nov 20, 2015

Is it OK to secretly install apps on your kids' phones that show you what they're up to or lock their phones until they answer your text? In a new survey, 80 percent of parents said yes.

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.

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.

The Things Your Kids Will Remember About You Are…

Nov 09, 2015

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

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

Nov 04, 2015

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

Kids Spend More Time on Digital Devices than with Parents or Teachers

Nov 03, 2015

A landmark new report is revealing how much time children are actually spending on their digital devices, and the numbers are troubling. Kids spend more time with their digital devices than with their parents or teachers.

Social Media Star Takes a Stand Against Living Life Online

Nov 03, 2015

After announcing that she "was miserable" living life online, one social media star changed her profile saying "social media is not real life" and is encouraging teens to unplug.

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.

Obama Administration Tells Schools to Trim Standardized Test Time

Oct 26, 2015

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

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.

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.

Color Coding, Bubble Notes and Other Hacks for Busy Parents

Oct 09, 2015

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

Screen Time for Kids: New Guidelines Issued

Oct 07, 2015

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

Guiding Our Children: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Oct 05, 2015

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

Astronaut Scott Kelly Teaches Students from Space

Sep 30, 2015

Astronaut Scott Kelly is sharing his year in space with a group of middle school students in Arizona.

'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.

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

Sep 24, 2015

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

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.

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.

To Raise 'Unentitled' Kids, Expect More From Them

Sep 17, 2015

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

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

Sep 15, 2015

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

Watch How These Cool Schoolteachers Make Learning Fun

Sep 15, 2015

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

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

Sep 14, 2015

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

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

Sep 14, 2015

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

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

Sep 10, 2015

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

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

Sep 09, 2015

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

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

Sep 08, 2015

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

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.

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

Sep 07, 2015

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

School's Social Media Monitoring Draws Criticism, Privacy Concerns

Sep 03, 2015

A controversial new program that allows school administrators to monitor students' social media accounts has some parents arguing that the program is a violation of privacy.

School Dress Codes Spark Wardrobe Wars: How to Handle It with Your Kids

Sep 01, 2015

With school back in session for much of the country, the end of summer brings the beginning of dress codes and disagreements.

4 Vaccines You Might Not Know Your Child Needs This Fall

Aug 31, 2015

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

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

Aug 31, 2015

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

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

Aug 30, 2015

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

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

Aug 29, 2015

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

How to Create a Successful Study Space at Home

Aug 27, 2015

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

Back-to-School Hacks to Keep Your Kids Organized

Aug 26, 2015

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

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

Aug 26, 2015

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

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

Aug 24, 2015

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

As Students Go Back to School, Shortage of Teachers Causes Concern

Aug 22, 2015

It's that time of the year again when thousands of kids across the country prepare to end their summer break and head back to school. But will there be enough teachers to educate them?

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

Aug 20, 2015

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

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

Aug 19, 2015

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

Back-to-School Essentials for Kids of Every Age

Aug 18, 2015

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

Bigger Families are Better, Researchers Find

Aug 18, 2015

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

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.

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.

'Rewards of Hard Work': Teens Are Making More Cash With Summer Jobs, Survey Finds

Aug 05, 2015

According to a recent survey by American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, 36 percent of teens aged 13 to 17 who earn their primary income over the summer — a 19 percent increase over last year.

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

Aug 03, 2015

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

Gender Bias: New Study Shows Girls Unsupportive of Female Leaders

Jul 28, 2015

It may seem like women are in more leadership positions than ever before in history, but one thing still remains true: the gender gap is still very real, and gender biases still exist across all gender and racial lines.

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

Jul 06, 2015

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

The Superpower of Dads

Jun 19, 2015

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

Have 'Gratuitous' Childhood Graduations Gone Too Far?

Jun 18, 2015

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

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

Jun 01, 2015

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

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 Benefit From Having a Working Mom

May 18, 2015

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

Are Sports Becoming Too Dangerous for Young Kids?

May 15, 2015

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

Study: Single Parenting takes a Toll Later in Life

May 15, 2015

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

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

May 14, 2015

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

'Slow Parenting' on the Rise

May 12, 2015

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

Summer Camps: Finding the Right Fit

May 11, 2015

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

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.

How to Turn Test Stress into Studying Success

May 04, 2015

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

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.

A Win for Everyone: Collaborative Games

Apr 27, 2015

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

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

Apr 24, 2015

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

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

Apr 24, 2015

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

Experts Answer Questions About Transgender Kids

Apr 24, 2015

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

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

Apr 24, 2015

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

Can the Excellence Gap in US Education be Closed?

Apr 22, 2015

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

How to Get Your Kids Off the Video Games and Outside

Apr 22, 2015

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

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.

Writer in NYT Op-Ed: 'Kids, Look At Me When We're Talking'

Apr 20, 2015

In TODAY's Take, Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall and actor Ryan Eggold discuss an op-ed where New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler writes that when he shakes hands with kids, they often don't look him in the eye. "We've become tech-obsessed," Tamron comments.

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.

Should There be Parental Leave for Kids' Teen Years?

Apr 15, 2015

A New York magazine writer says parents need to take maternity and paternity leave when their kids are adolescents.

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

Apr 13, 2015

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

These Young Inventors are Driving the Future

Apr 10, 2015

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

Meet the Kid Innovators Bringing Ideas to Life

Apr 09, 2015

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

Delicious Snacks to Make For Your Kids

Apr 07, 2015

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

Eight Ways to Bring Mindfulness into Your Family

Apr 06, 2015

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

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.

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

Mar 30, 2015

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

Mom Uses Social Media to Correct Daughters’ Bad Behavior

Mar 30, 2015

Kathie Lee and Hoda chat about an Alabama mom who posted on social media to track down a mother and daughter who had a special trip to the movies upset by the disrespectful behavior of her daughters.

Is Raising Boys Different than Raising Girls?

Mar 26, 2015

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

Where Are the Costliest Baby Sitters in the US?

Mar 24, 2015

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

A+ Nutrition and Its Effect on An A+ Education

Mar 23, 2015

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

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.

Is Parenting a Career?

Mar 16, 2015

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

New Kind of Report Card: Kids Rate Parents

Mar 16, 2015

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

Pi Day: Fun Ways to Celebrate This Year

Mar 09, 2015

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

Pi Day: Fun Ways to Celebrate This Year

Mar 09, 2015

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

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

Mar 02, 2015

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

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

Feb 27, 2015

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

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

Feb 26, 2015

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

Why Parents Should Rethink Allowances

Feb 25, 2015

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

Five Ways to Boost Heart Health

Feb 23, 2015

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

The Hottest Toys for 2015

Feb 19, 2015

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

Reduce Anger in Your Household

Feb 16, 2015

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

‘Hey Bae’: Decoding Teen Slang

Feb 16, 2015

Kathie Lee and Hoda discuss the most popular words teenagers use in text messages including “LOL,” “ship” and “53X. They also try to decipher the ever-popular term, “bae.”

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.

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

Feb 11, 2015

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

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.

Should You Tell Your Children How Much You Make?

Jan 30, 2015

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

Study Links Youth Football to Brain Problems

Jan 30, 2015

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

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.

The End of Snow Days for Students?

Jan 25, 2015

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

Celebrate National Mentoring Month with Acts of Gratitude

Jan 23, 2015

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

Should Skipping School for Family Vacation be Illegal?

Jan 21, 2015

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

Raising the Next Generation of Good Men

Jan 19, 2015

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

Yay or Nay? Spas that Cater Only to Kids

Jan 12, 2015

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

Music Training Can Improve Child’s Emotional Maturity

Jan 09, 2015

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

Vision Council to Digital Users: Beware Eyestrain

Jan 08, 2015

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

Should Kids Be Allowed Cellphones in School?

Jan 07, 2015

New York City is about to lift a ban on children bringing phones to school after parents complained about not being connected to their kids during the school day.

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.

Teacher Gives Surprising Lesson on Social Media

Dec 30, 2014

A sixth-grade teacher has received responses from around the world after posting a letter to Facebook about her students’ inappropriate social media sharing. The post was shared in 33 states and four other countries within eight hours, spurring some of her students to delete Facebook posts or even their entire pages.

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation

Dec 28, 2014

Silence isn't something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes.

Parental Guidance: Teach Your Teen to be Smart About Tech

Dec 17, 2014

In this episode of Parental Guidance TODAY's Willie Geist and best bud Megan Colarossi talk about ways to make sure your teen is smart about tech.

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.

Mark Zuckerberg Has Some Advice for Parents: Don't Ban Facebook

Dec 11, 2014

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has some parenting advice for folks who are raising kids: Don’t ban Facebook.

NYC Principal Reforming Middle School with 'Swagger'

Dec 07, 2014

New York City’s Middle school 53, in Far Rockaway, used to be known as a failing school with a bad reputation. But since Principal Shawn Rux joined and implemented a series of reforms, it’s now thriving.

Naughty or Nice? Tweens Rate Top Toys

Dec 04, 2014’s Stephanie Oppenheim joins TODAY with some young toy testers to discuss some of hot items on shelves for tweens, including a Lego set and the Sky Viper Quadcopter.

Study: Many Pediatric Chest X-Rays Not Necessary

Dec 03, 2014

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

Easy and Nutritious Snacks for Kids on the Go

Dec 02, 2014

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

Why Parents Should Apologize When They Lose Their Cool

Dec 01, 2014

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

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

Dec 01, 2014

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

6 Ways Parents Can Show Gratitude for the Kids They Have

Nov 26, 2014

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

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

Nov 26, 2014

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

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.

Should You Track Your Kids on Social Media?

Nov 25, 2014

Ninety-seven percent of TODAY viewers surveyed said parents should follow what their children say online. Kelly Ripa said she tracks what her kids post on social media.

Keep Your Child’s Mind Active this Holiday Weekend

Nov 24, 2014

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

Former ‘Tiger Mom’ Says She Was Wrong

Nov 24, 2014

The trend of “tiger parenting,” strict parents who push their children to achieve big goals, has been a topic of debate among parenting experts recently. One mom says we’re in danger of raising a generation of stressed-out kids if “tiger parenting” continues – she knows because she used to be one.

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

Nov 19, 2014

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

5 Thanksgiving Activities to Keep Kids (and Adults) Entertained

Nov 19, 2014

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

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

Nov 19, 2014

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

Soft Drink Firms Still Target Kids, Report Finds

Nov 19, 2014

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

Perseverance and Grit Can Be Taught

Nov 17, 2014

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

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

Nov 17, 2014

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

Snow Days May be Over for Students

Nov 13, 2014

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

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.

Truly thankful: 5 Tips to Teach Kids Real Gratitude

Nov 06, 2014

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

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.

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.

Should Kids Call Parents by their First Names?

Oct 30, 2014

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

#ToolkitTalk: Bullying - What Parents Can Do

Oct 29, 2014

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

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.

Tough Talks: How to Talk to Your Child About Mental Health

Oct 23, 2014

Mental health is one of those topics that is so broad and so complicated that many parents don’t know where to start when talking to kids. Some parents have family histories and therefore a reference point and example to draw upon when talking, while others must rely on news reports of tragedies. We spoke with a panel of our experts to get their advice on how to talk to kids about mental health, and how to know when to have those discussions. We’ve compiled their advice as part of our ongoing series on tough talks — making difficult conversations a bit easier.

Why This Mom Won’t ‘Rescue’ Her Kids

Oct 23, 2014

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

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.

Tough Talks: How to Discuss Divorce with Your Child

Oct 21, 2014

We’ve all heard the statistic that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, and while that figure is still not entirely proven to be accurate, the fact remains that many of the children in our country will deal with divorce at some point or another. Divorce can be traumatic for the entire family but there are ways to help children through this difficult time. We asked some of our Parent Toolkit experts for their advice about the best way to help children navigate divorce.

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 Mom and Dad Responsible for Kids’ Facebook Posts?

Oct 20, 2014

The TODAY Show anchors discuss a court ruling that appears to set a legal precedent about parental responsibility for a child’s online actions after a boy posted a fake Facebook profile to bully a classmate.

New Tech Targets Drivers Who Pass School Buses

Oct 20, 2014

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

Al Roker’s Parenting Advice? Here It Is

Oct 17, 2014

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

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.

What Can Be Done To Stop Bullying?

Oct 13, 2014

We know bullying is harmful. We know a lot about how to prevent it. But bullying is still common. Why is this and how can we change this?

How Parents Can Help Children Deal with Stress

Oct 10, 2014

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

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.

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

Oct 08, 2014

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

Could Your Family Survive a Fire?

Oct 07, 2014

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

Is it OK to Discipline Other People’s Kids?

Oct 02, 2014

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

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.

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.

#ToolkitTalk: Developing Healthy Online Behaviors

Sep 25, 2014

@EducationNation teamed up with Parent Toolkit expert Faye de Muyshondt, founder of socialsklz:), for a #ToolkitTalk on developing healthy online behaviors.

Keeping Your Kids Organized

Sep 25, 2014

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

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.

Kids Open Up About Modern-Day Anxieties

Sep 17, 2014

As part of TODAY’s “Secret Lives of Teens” series, NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver sits down with young people to discuss issues they commonly struggle with – and often keep hidden from their parents.

7 Foods That Aren’t As Healthy As You Think

Sep 16, 2014

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

Best Practices for Making Homework Manageable

Sep 15, 2014

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

Being Bullied by a Sibling May Impact Mental Health

Sep 11, 2014

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

Is Family Dinner Worth the Stress?

Sep 08, 2014

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

Tips to Deal with Back-to-School Food Allergies

Sep 08, 2014

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

How to Get Kids to Open Up About Their School Day

Sep 05, 2014

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

Children’s Sunglasses Recalled for Excessive Lead

Sep 05, 2014

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

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

Sep 05, 2014

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

Pay Attention to Attendance this New School Year

Sep 02, 2014

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

Shy Kid, Class Clown: Labels May Be Harmful

Sep 02, 2014

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

Martha Stewart Makes Vintage School Items Look New

Aug 29, 2014

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

#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.

Back-to-School Tips for Parents & Kids

Aug 25, 2014

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

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.

Save Money with DIY Back-to-School Supplies

Aug 20, 2014

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

Cindy Crawford Fights to Remove PCBs from Schools

Aug 19, 2014

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

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

Aug 18, 2014

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

Mom Creates App to Get Teens to Return Calls

Aug 18, 2014

A Houston mom created an app called “Ignore No More,” which shuts down kids’ phones when they ignore their parents’ calls or texts.

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

Aug 18, 2014

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

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

Aug 18, 2014

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

Top Tips to Save on Back-to-School Shopping

Aug 18, 2014

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

Guiding Our Children Through School Transitions

Aug 15, 2014

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

Parents Paying Big Bucks for Back-to-School Supplies

Aug 15, 2014

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

Easy Back-to-School Hairstyles for Kids

Aug 14, 2014

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

Kids Model Their Favorite Back-to-School Fashions

Aug 14, 2014

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

Kids Model Their Favorite Back-to-School Fashions

Aug 14, 2014

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

Guiding Our Children Through School Transitions: Middle School

Aug 12, 2014

Ah, middle school, the time during which every parent gains a full understanding of why some animals eat their young. Seriously, I do love middle school students. They live in a world of black and white. There’s no gray. Things are either a crisis or they are nothing.

School Supplies Cost $20-$100 More This Year

Aug 12, 2014

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

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

Aug 08, 2014

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

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

Aug 07, 2014

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

Play and Pay: Parents Criticizing In-App Purchases

Aug 06, 2014

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

Kids and Coding: What Every Parent Can Do

Aug 04, 2014

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

Why You Should Encourage Kids to Play Video Games

Aug 04, 2014

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

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

Jul 24, 2014

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

#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.

Focusing on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Jul 22, 2014

Award-winning playwright and actress Anna Deveare Smith joins Joy Reid to discuss her new project, “Field Notes: Doing time in Education… The California Chapter,” which shines a light on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Oakland Schools Fight to Keep Boys on Track

Jul 17, 2014

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

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

Jul 17, 2014

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

Helping Your Child Build a Strong Vocabulary

Jul 14, 2014

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

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.

Screen Time Overload: It's Not All Bad News

Jul 09, 2014

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

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.

Imagining Career Possibilities

Jun 30, 2014

Imagining a career path can be quite hard for some students. To help us understand things parents can do to support their kids’ career exploration, we talked with Tammy Dodson, a Colorado high school counselor. She has 7 ideas to help teach your son or daughter about the variety of careers available after graduation.

11-Year-Old Facing Blindness Aims to Help Others

Jun 30, 2014

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

Brush Up on Your Water Safety Skills with These Tips

Jun 30, 2014

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

Free Camp for Sick Kids Grows

Jun 26, 2014

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

Tips for Helping Kids Avoid Summer Brain Drain

Jun 26, 2014

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

Why You Should Let Your Kids Eat a Little Junk Food

Jun 26, 2014

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

Classroom Confusion: What Is the Common Core?

Jun 25, 2014

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

Parents Value Grades Over Kindness, Kids Say in New Study

Jun 25, 2014

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

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

Jun 25, 2014

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

How to Help Your Kid Make a Good Digital First Impression

Jun 23, 2014

You don't get a second chance to make a digital first impression. You may have taught your kids how to shake hands and look people in the eye, but their social media profile might sabotage their future success.

Homework Diner Serves Up Education With a Side of Food

Jun 21, 2014

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

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

Jun 20, 2014

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

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.

Do Education Apps Keep Kids Sharp or Just Plugged In?

Jun 05, 2014

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

Finding the Right Mentor for Your Child

Jun 02, 2014

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

Dads Who Do More Raise More Ambitious Kids

Jun 02, 2014

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

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.

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!

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

May 12, 2014

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

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.

Parents' Aggravation Nearly Doubles In Decade

Apr 09, 2014

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

Blast From the Past: Teacher Mails Letters Students Wrote Themselves 20 Years Ago

Apr 08, 2014

For nearly 40 years, Bruce Farrer has been part teacher and part detective, tracking down thousands of his former students to give them a blast from their pasts.

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.

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.

Too Much Homework: Is It Reality or a Myth?

Mar 18, 2014

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

7 "Healthy" Kids' Foods That Aren't

Mar 17, 2014

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

Is Social Media Killing the School Dance? Schools Cancel Dances as Teens Opt Out

Mar 14, 2014

Ah, the school dance. Generations of kids have found it hard to resist the potent mix of romance, raging hormones and awkward kisses in a darkened gym setting. Until now, that is.

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.

How Vacations Can Make Your Kids Financially Savvy

Feb 27, 2014

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

How to Support Children of Military Families

Feb 24, 2014

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

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.

Parents and the Explicit Instruction of Compassion

Feb 03, 2014

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

Emotional Support Helps Teens Overcome Racial Discrimination

Feb 03, 2014

Racial discrimination isn’t just a civil rights issue — it can also affect teenagers’ health, a new study suggests.

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.

Reading Gap Between Wealthy and Poor Students Widens, Study Says

Jan 28, 2014

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

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.

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?

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.

7 Ways to Integrate Math into the Holidays

Dec 17, 2013

Math expert Bon Crowder has plenty of ideas for how to incorporate math into the holiday traditions. Some of her suggestions are aimed at younger children while others are more appropriate for middle schoolers.

Tips for Feeding Picky Eaters During the Holidays

Dec 17, 2013

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

Maintaining an Active Mind and Spirit Throughout the Holidays

Dec 17, 2013

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

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.

"It's a Bumpy Ride": Readers Advise On How to Raise Teens

Dec 04, 2013

Parents of teens react to their children talking about their relationships with their mothers and fathers.

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.

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.

How to Raise Kids in a Smartphone Era

Nov 08, 2013

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

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.

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.

Media Addiction in Kids: How to Set Family Limits

Oct 29, 2013

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

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

Oct 28, 2013

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

Parents Spend Big Bucks with Hopes of Raising Future Stars

Oct 27, 2013

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

Bullied Teen Helps Others with ‘We Stop Hate’ Videos

Oct 22, 2013

Emily-Anne Riley starts “We Stop Hate,” a community and video project meant to help bullied teens.

Bullied Teen Helps Others with ‘We Stop Hate’ Videos

Oct 22, 2013

Emily-Anne Riley starts “We Stop Hate,” a community and video project meant to help bullied teens.

Dad Weeps with Joy at Son's Passing Grade

Oct 22, 2013

A young boy in England set up a hidden camera to catch the reaction of his father as he reviewed his son’s report card.

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

Oct 21, 2013

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

Do Girls Need To Be Mean To Be Popular At School?

Oct 18, 2013

Many young girls nowadays believe acting mean is a path to popularity in school, and social media makes it easier than ever.

5 Signs of Communication Disorders Parents Often Miss

Oct 17, 2013

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

Parents: Daughter's Alleged Bullying 'Out of Character'

Oct 17, 2013

A Florida sheriff who arrested an alleged teen bully said he wishes he could charge her parents, too.

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.

'American Promise' Doc Focuses on the Education of Black Boys

Oct 13, 2013

It wasn't easy – but Idris Brewster and Seun Summers made it through. The two teenagers made it through a difficult, challenge-filled journey to graduate high school.

Why Connecting African-American Students to the Internet at Home is Essential

Oct 13, 2013

Schools are rapidly embracing the era of the connected classroom. But connected textbooks and classrooms won’t prepare our students for success if they spend the other half of their day completely disconnected from these amazing tools.

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

Oct 11, 2013

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

Ethical Parenting: Achievement vs. Morality

Oct 11, 2013

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

Five Simple Ways to Improve Your Child's Homework Habits

Oct 09, 2013

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

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.

Students Need More Than Parents to Flourish

Oct 08, 2013

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

Teachers Make House Calls, See Payoff in Classroom

Oct 08, 2013

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

Bronx School Boosts Girls' Confidence, Creativity

Oct 07, 2013

New York City school Bronx Compass High is helping young girls reach their potential and break barriers by teaching them how to create video games.

Facebook or Homework? How to Resist Distractions

Oct 07, 2013

Psychologist Angela Duckworth and high school seniors Anita Rao and Damani Eubanks speak about the importance of changing your surroundings to help prioritize schoolwork.

Massachusetts Boosts Academic Success With Tough Standards

Oct 07, 2013

Massachusetts' test scores are first in the nation, thanks to 1993 reforms. Now they are embracing a new set of academic standards called Common Core.

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

Oct 05, 2013

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

Parents, Teachers Join Pockets of Rebellion Against Common Core

Oct 04, 2013

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

Latino kids consume “above average” amount of sugary drinks

Oct 03, 2013

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

Parenting Principles: Earn Respect, Stay Consistent

Oct 03, 2013

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

Latinos in science and engineering unite to mentor, steer students into STEM

Sep 27, 2013

MAES: Latinos in Science and Engineering – a national non-profit which promotes excellence in education and leadership among Latino engineers and scientists.

Kids Under Pressure: How School Has Gotten Too Competitive

Sep 24, 2013

Parent Karl Taro Greenfeld shares his concerns about children spending too much time completing homework assignments, and expresses his belief that teachers should assign less.

How Much Homework Is Too Much?

Sep 01, 2013

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

Helping or Hovering? When 'Helicopter Parenting' Backfires

May 26, 2013

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

OpEd: We Must Seize This Teachable Moment in Civics

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

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