Research-based ideas for parents to connect and support your kids' development

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How big is the universe, and other awesome questions

Questions play a big part in cognitive development throughout childhood. And, they can help you and your child experience more awe and connection.

Paying attention to transitions

Transitions are difficult for most people, and cause anxiety. When small humans feel anxiety, they need to reaffirm their connection with you.

Sweet dreams

Good sleep can look very different for different kids and families, and most humans don’t always "sleep through the night.” Support your child in developing lifelong healthy sleep habits.

Teaching about body boundaries & consent

The foundation for consent starts very young, and parents and caregivers have a significant role to play.

Money talks (with your kids)

Money can feel like a sticky topic, but learning about money is an essential skill-building endeavor, that will support your child throughout life.

Encouraging literacy

Reading skills help out in life in profound practical ways, and can also be a source of great enjoyment. No matter your child's pace of learning, here are some ways to work together and encourage literacy.

Lean into routine

Routines sometimes get a bad rap in our adrenaline-seeking culture. But after a time of high stimulation, the security and calming effect of getting back into a routine is exactly what we need.

Partnering with your child's teacher & school

Your child will learn best if you partner with their teacher to reinforce their learning at home. Read on for strategies.

Explore the world with the scientific method

Summer is great time for kids to explore the natural world and practice the scientific method at the same time.

Loss and Making the best of Plan D

Life doesn't always go according to plan. But there's no need to wallow in regret - we can help our kiddos process these curveballs and bounce back.

Great expectations for your child

Lots of research backs up the notion that kids perform better when we expect more of them... except when we expect too much. Here's how the get the balance right.

Structure your family's day for wellbeing

Every activity we do impacts the way we feel. Structure your family's day to achieve balance and wellbeing.

Use this time for FLOW

Kids learn best when they reach flow – a state of deep immersion and engagement in their work or project. The good news is, you can create the conditions for flow at home.

The power of reflection

The practice of reflecting back (with self-compassion) on how events went, how you felt about them, and what could be improved, is essential to self-esteem and helps make better choices.

How can you support math at home?

Many people think of math as an isolated (and sometimes disliked) class in school, but your child will benefit greatly from math thinking and talk at home.

The many benefits of making gifts together

A collaborative family gift-making session is a special way to spend time, connect, make lasting memories and more.

Getting your child to *want* to do homework

Children have a much less developed sense of the future, and thus short-term benefits carry even more weight for them than adults. So how can we strengthen their resolve to take on difficult topics and tasks, such as homework?

Fantasy, dress-up & play-acting are good for kids!

Besides being lots of fun, fantasy and dress up have important cognitive and emotional benefits for our kiddos, and deserve your full encouragement!

Want your child to take more responsibility for their schedule?

You may be pleasantly shocked to learn that now, in early elementary school, your kiddo can actually take over some of their own time-keeping and routine-following.

Adolescents and school

School is an incredibly important environment for adolescents, and there is a lot of big work happening, completely aside from all the academics!

Help your child learn better with self-explanation

Self-explanation, otherwise know as re-explaining a concept in your own words, is a powerful way to deepen understanding and comprehension, in school work, and beyond.

Encouraging creativity for life

The real benefits of creativity kids are internal: getting into the flow state, developing flexibility, trusting their inner voice, growing in competency, and realizing their own vision, among others.

Principles for managing screen time

Digital technology has many benefits, as well as many potential negative effects for children's well-being. Engage with your child in proactively managing screens.

Best practices to foster reading

It's a great time of year to prioritize literacy. Here are some ways you can help as a parent.

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