Nola Family Wins Big At Parenting Media Conference

March 9, 2020 Winners of the 2019 Parenting Media Association's Design and Editorial Awards were announced on February 29 at its annual conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Nola Family Magazine came home w...

Learning Years: Escape the Moody Cycle

November 18, 2019 Learn clues and strategies to recognize and disrupt moody breakdowns and blow-ups. Sudden escalation of anger in response to small incidents is a common trait of moodiness at any age. Excess...

Learning Years: Raising Indecisive Kids

September 26, 2019 Good enough is sometimes good enough when it comes to anxious children. Childhood anxiety is on the rise. A constant companion of this tormentor is childhood indecisiveness, which has becom...

Learning Years: Gender & Identity Exploration

July 30, 2019 "Fortunately, some youngsters are allowed to gradually learn who they are with supportive families." The notion of gender gets more complex the more socially ubiquitous it becomes, but parents p...

Tips to help your child overcome negative thinking

Negative thoughts lead to more negative thoughts, but using logic and self-reflection can help guide your child out of this pattern. Party pooper, stick in the mud, and Debbie Downer are all terms for negative...

The importance of object permanence on babies.

By Pat Blackwell, Ph.D., 1.10.19 There are simple ways to observe your child's play and interact with them to create lasting effects to their motor and cognitive development. Renowned Swiss child psychologis...

3 key steps you need for potty training success.

by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. Left to their own devices, most toddlers learn to use the potty without much fuss. They peek at mommy or daddy as they engage in the target toileting behavior. Or they run around in t...

Mastery and Achievement

By Pat Blackwell, October 2018 Intelligence is related to school performance but does not itself determine academic success. Why? Because other factors such as motivation are foundations of learning and perf...
nature vs. nurture

Nature vs. Nurture, and Your Role as a Parent

The age-old debate... For centuries, experts have debated the relative weight of nature versus nurture (or environment versus genetics) on the development of children, and to this day, no one knows the exact r...

Creating a Peaceful “Neighborhood” for All of Us

What would Mr. Rogers say about guns and children in America? In the wake of the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida the children I see in my practice are again fearful. While it is highly unlikely tha...