Below are a variety of resources and videos that offer ideas and support

in key areas affecting the healthy development of our children. 

 

1.   Leading brain science – from Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, Jack Shonkoff

 

2.   The economics of investing in early childhood development - Nobel Prize-Winner Univ. of Chicago Prof. James Heckman

 

3.   Creating peace and happiness in your home  –  Agile Parenting as shared by Bruce Feiler in his recent Ted Talk.

4.   Sparks: How Youth Thrive – Sparks, as shared by Peter Benson of The Search Institute
       

5.   The Twisted Truth - How Social Media is impacting our brains.
      
You Will Wish You Watched This Before You Started Using Social Media

6.   AAP Family Media Resources

      The American Academy of Pediatrics offers screen use guidelines along with their customizable Family Media Plan tool

RESOURCES

RESOURCES

Harvard - Early Childhood Development
http://developingchild.harvard.edu/
 
Based on leading brain science research, this five- minute video addresses the link between the relationships experienced by young children, and their future learning capacities, physical well-being, and emotional health.
Dr. James Heckman
http://heckmanequation.org/
 
This two-minute video summarizes James Heckman’s economic research regarding the importance of investing in early childhood development.  This research demonstrates a 7-10% annual return on investments in early childhood, through improved outcomes in education, health, sociability, economic productivity, and reduced crime.
Bruce Feiler
Agile Programming - For Your Family
 
Bruce Feiler adapts Agile Programming (used in software development and manufacturing environments) to family life. Using humor, research, and personal stories, he lays out a simple, profound, easy to implement and highly effective approach to raising our children. Well worth the 17 minutes.
Dr. Peter Benson
Sparks How Youth Thrive.
 
Peter L. Benson, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Search Institute, is one of the world's leading authorities on positive human development.  In this 20 minute video Dr. Benson, discusses SPARKS, and how parents can help ignite the hidden strengths of teenagers.
The Twisted Truth
How Social Media is Impacting Our Brains.
 
A compelling video of the impact of screen time and social media with leading experts, including Jim Kwik and Simon Sinek is a must watch for parents (and kids).
AAP Family Media Plan
The American Academy of Pediatrics' Family Media Plan to set media boundaries at home.

AAP Media Guidelines
Read about the American Academy of Pediatrics' media guidelines for kids.