“Before I became a dad, the thought of struggling to soothe my crying baby terrified me,” says Yaka Oyo, 37, a new father who lives in New York City. Like many first-time parents, Oyo worried he would misread his newborn baby’s cues. “I pictured myself pleading with my baby saying, ‘What do you want?’ ” … Continue reading How A Prenatal ‘Bootcamp’ For New Dads Helps The Whole Family
Dale Knuth, now 58, says that in childhood her weight was a source of anguish — largely because of how her family treated her. “I had a brother who tormented me constantly,” she says. “If I came home from school and was hungry and ate an apple, I’d be called a cow, or a pig … Continue reading Praise, Don’t Tease, And Other Tips To Help Kids With Their Weight
The start of the school year can be rough on some kids. It’s a big shift from summer’s freedom and lack of structure to the measured routines of school. And sometimes that can build up into tears, losing sleep, outbursts and other classic signs of anxiety. “Going back to school is a transition for everyone,” … Continue reading How To Counter Back-To-School Anxiety
Anya Kamenetz is an NPR education correspondent, a host of Life Kit and author of The Art Of Screen Time. This story draws from the book and recent reporting for Life Kit’s guide, Parenting: Screen Time And Your Family. Elise Potts picked up her 17-month-old daughter, Eliza, from daycare recently. When they got home they were greeted by a … Continue reading Parents, Sometimes You’re The Problem When It Comes To Tech Use
Hand dryers are ubiquitous in public restrooms, but according to research recently published in the Canadian journal Paediatrics & Child Health, the noise they make may be harmful to children’s ears. And the study’s author can speak from personal experience. To read the entire NPR article, click here
From distracted parenting to “sharenting,” taking an honest look at our own use of electronic media can make us into more skillful parents and better role models.