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How to Help Kids Persevere at Hard or Boring Tasks [video]

Maryam Abdullah, Parenting Program Director at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, shares a simple way to boost kids’ motivation. Read more ›

10 Signs of Dyslexia in Children That Parents Should Look Out For

These are the 10 signs to look out for if you suspect dyslexia in your child, according to experts. Read more ›

How Parents and Educators can Support Healthy Teen Use of Social Media

Teens and adolescents rely heavily on their peers as they define their sense of self in the world. The teen brain is wired to socialize with friends over family, but the lockdown imposed exactly the opposite, which is why many have taken refuge in Youtube, Discord, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok. And, with a steady stream of news that links social media use to mental health issues, cyberbullying, addiction, misinformation and self-harm, parents and educators are worried. Read more ›

How to Create an Effective Behavior Management Plan

Whether your child has been hitting someone at school lately or they have been refusing to brush their teeth, you need a solid plan to address behavior problems. A good behavior management plan will ensure that you and all of your child’s other caregivers respond to behavior problems in a consistent manner. Read more ›

ABC’s of Behavior Management at Home

Kids’ difficult behavior can be a huge challenge for parents. But by using techniques from behavioral therapy, parents can change the way kids react to the things that set them off. Read more ›

Reduce Challenging Behavior in Young Children [downloadable]

The Backpack Connection Series is a collection of tip sheets created to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Read more ›

Teens, Stress and Sleep

From the minute we become parents, we start fixating on sleep — are our babies getting enough? Too much? Will they ever sleep through the night? Will we? It’s a hot topic because we know how critical it is for healthy development, both mental and physical. Read more ›

Raising a Son with ADHD: One Mother’s Journey

CHC staff member Lauren Sims recounts her experience with raising a son who has ADHD—the challenges and the rewards—and offers advice for parents who may be just beginning their ADHD journey. Read more ›

Toxic Stress [video]

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy child development. When we are threatened, our bodies prepare us to respond by increasing our heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones, such as cortisol. When a young child’s stress response systems are activated within an environment of supportive relationships with adults, these physiological effects are buffered and brought back down to baseline. Read more ›

Sleep Tips for Children and Teens During COVID-19

What can you do as the parent of a child or a teen to support healthy sleep during this time, when families are home together and work/school routines are upended? Read more ›

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