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Raising Our Kids: Recognize the Signs of Postpartum Depression

FiOS1’s Christa Lauri talks with Dr. Layne Raskin about how 1 in 7 new mothers are affected by the illness.

Teaching Kids About Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors

It’s natural for your child to act out when she doesn't quite understand what she's feeling. Her thoughts and feelings naturally contribute to her behavior–so teaching your child about her thoughts, feelings and behavior is key to her development and self-awareness. Read More

My child’s whining is starting to drive me crazy! How can I handle it?

Consider whining just another form of toddler communication. After all, even a highly verbal two-year-old doesn’t have access to all the words and phrases that you do. Read More

How to Keep Toddler Busy While Waiting?

In addition to the usual snacks and toys, there’s at least one other important thing to have on hand: Your sense of adventure. If you act excited or curious about your environment, your toddler will, too. Read More

How can I start to teach my two-year-old good manners?

Having what adults might think of as “good manners” is a completely foreign concept to most toddlers–they're right up there with taxes and mortgages. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start to lay the early groundwork. Read More

How can I teach my toddler to do things independently?

You’ve probably become more patient since you started this whole parenthood thing. And you’re going to have to practice patience even more as your toddler learns to become more independent. Read More

My toddler is resisting potty training. How can I move things along?

If your child is saying no to potty training, she could just be telling you that she’s not ready. Most children younger than 18 months won’t sit long enough or follow directions well enough to be properly potty-trained. Read More

Navigating the Children's Special Needs System

As a parent of a child with speech and social-emotional delays who's been through the process of early intervention, I can tell you firsthand that finding help doesn't have to be overwhelming or scary. There's plenty of support for your child–and for you, too. Read More



How to Get Your Toddler Talking

Waiting for your child to say her first words is majorly exciting—but it can also be majorly nerve-wracking. Between watching how other toddlers are developing, reading parenting magazines, and scrolling through your favorite blogs, how can you tell whether what your tot’s doing (or isn’t doing) is normal? Read More

Tips to Soothe Your Toddler’s Boo-Boos

Playground weather is here, meaning your little one will be back to her usual—jumping, climbing, falling down and yes, getting hurt. Here’s how to soothe toddler boo-boos—and get your tot back on the monkey bars, stat. Read More

How to Raise a Kid Who’s Not Materialistic

No parent wants their child to grow up valuing things over people and experiences. Yet a new study suggests that even well intentioned moms and dads might be setting up their kids to be materialistic. Read More

How to Help Kids (Like Prince George) Adjust to a New Sibling

Like all toddlers who find themselves facing a new sibling, the adorable heir is in for a major adjustment period. So what can William and Kate — and other parents due to bring home a second baby — expect? Read More

How to Tame Your Tattletale

Is your little one a tattletale? Here's how to turn that behavior into an opportunity to teach conflict resolutions skills. Read More

4-Year-Old Behavior: Social Milestones Before Age 5

Your 4-year-old is talkative, curious and full of energy – all of which contribute to her amazing social development this year. Here are some of the milestones that your social butterfly will hit before her fifth birthday. Read More

Should you let your toddler play with your iPad?

Long, long gone are the days of stickball, AOL, and Sega Genesis. No more kites. No more dial-up. No more blowing on video games to make them load. Self-entertainment is as quick as a power button with a wait time of mere seconds. You get to decide how far is too far and whether or not you’ve reached your data limit—literally and figuratively—for the day. But what about your child? How much entertainment is too much for them? Read More

Check Your Vibes: How To Set Boundaries With Emotional Vampires

Most of us have at least one person in our lives who leaves us feeling drained after every interaction with them. This person is usually a family member or close friend, someone you care about deeply enough to try to look past their tendency to stomp all over your personal boundaries. Read More


Does My Child Have PTSD?

When someone experiences a traumatic event, they may feel a variety of intense emotions including fear or anger. They may want to confront the situation head-on or flee. These reactions to danger are natural. However, when a person continues to feel these reactions even after the danger is past, he or she may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder that can greatly interfere with a person’s day-to-day life and personal relationships. Read More


Autism Signs to Watch For in Kids

If you're a parent, you've probably heard that more and more kids are being diagnosed with autism. It's true. In fact, every 1 in 68 children in America is now considered to be somewhere on the autism spectrum. But although signs can be detected as early as age 2, most kids aren't diagnosed until after the age of 4. Read More




How Nannies Can Teach Children About Feelings

It is likely your child may act out or have an emotional outburst at some point, maybe even on a regular basis. However, many times, children do not even understand why they’re feeling or reacting the way they are because they do not know the basics about feelings. Read More


Research Articles

Family Systems

A once narrow focus in child development research on the individual child or the parent (read: mother)–child dyad as the sole subject of study has undergone a steady expansion and been replaced by emphases on relationships and interactions as well as contexts that reach beyond child and mother to encompass the full diversity of the child's social embeddedness. Read More

Mindful Parenting: A Call for Research

Abstract Interest in mindfulness-based interventions for children and adolescents is growing, but despite substantial evidence that parental distress and psychopathology adversely affects children, there is little research on how mindfulness-based parenting interventions might benefit the child as well as the parent. Read More

Conceptual Issues in Studies of Resilience

We begin this article by considering the following critical conceptual issues in research on resilience: (1) distinctions between protective, promotive, and vulnerability factors; (2) the need to unpack underlying processes; (3) the benefits of within-group experimental designs; and (4) the advantages and potential pitfalls of an overwhelming scientific focus on biological and genetic factors (to the relative exclusion of familial and contextual ones). Read More


Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in the Transition to Motherhood:
A Prospective Study of Postnatal Mood and Attachment

This prospective study aimed to examine whether prenatal mindfulness and self-compassion are associated with increased prenatal attachment and fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression in the postpartum. Identifying protective factors in the perinatal period creates an opportunity for prevention against morbidity in offspring, given previous findings indicating that prenatal and postnatal mood disturbance are associated with adverse consequences for child development and attachment. Read More

Interpersonal Mindfulness Training for Well-Being: A Pilot Study With Psychology Graduate Students

Although mindfulness originated in Eastern meditation traditions, notably Buddhism, researchers, clinicians, and, more recently, educators suggest that the cultivation of mindfulness may be beneficial to Westerners uninterested in adopting Buddhist or other Eastern spiritual traditions. Mindfulness is understood as sets of skills that can be developed with practice and taught independently of spiritual origins as a way of being or relating to present-moment experience. Read More


Mindful Parenting, Affective Attunement, and Maternal Depression:
A Call for Research

This paper introduces the construct of mindfulness and highlights research findings on the benefits of mindfulness-based clinical interventions. Drawing on the theoretical perspective of Daniel Stern (1985), mindfulness can be understood as a necessary prerequisite for the affective attunement that occurs within the intersubjective relatedness of mother and infant. Read More

Spiritual Beliefs of Mothers With Potentially Distressing Pregnancies

This study examines the religious/spiritual beliefs of mothers who have experienced difficulties in the formation of their families and their association with maternal–infant attachment and maternal mental health in the pre- and postnatal periods. Read More