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Sneak Peek of What to Expect at the 92nd Street Y Parenting Conference Next Week

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

We’re less than one week away from the 92nd Street Y Parenting Conference, where experts will gather to discuss some of the most prevalent parenting issues moms and dads face today.

One of parents’ top concerns involves raising children in a digital world. Dr. Michael Thompson, a best-selling author and international speaker, is one of the conference’s panelists — watch below to see what he says about controlling your child’s digital interactions:

And don’t forget: Parents and American Baby editor in chief, Dana Points, will also host a roundtable discussion and Q&A with Thompson and the other panelists after they have spoken. Tickets for the event can be purchased on but if you are unable to attend, watch a live webcast of the conference on

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Mark Your Calendars for the 92nd Street Y Parenting Conference

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

What do you really need to know as a parent?

On February 11, five experts will host presentations on a slew of topics at the 92nd Street Y’s Parenting Conference to answer that question. Topics aimed to help moms and dads meet today’s parenting challenges include: language learning and literacy, parental anxiety, and raising independent children.

Parents and American Baby editor-in-chief Dana Points will then host a roundtable discussion and Q&A with the panelists. On February 12, parents can also join experts for an intimate Q&A breakfast.

If you live in the New York City area, consider attending! Interested participants can find more information about the conference, register, and buy tickets on the site. Parents can also follow the 92Y Parenting livestream video on or the webcast on Be sure to check out the live updates on Twitter via #92YParenting, as well.

For a sneak peek, watch Dr. Michael Thompson, a best-selling author, international speaker, and one of the conference’s panelists, talk about controlling your child’s digital interactions:

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Need Help With Your Child’s Behavior?

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Who doesn’t?

We’re halfway through National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and we wanted to make sure you knew about an important event that’s happening: Friday at 12 p.m. EST, our friends at Child Mind Institute, as part of their Speak Up For Kids initiative, will present a live Facebook talk called “Managing Behavior: Strategies for Parents and Teachers.”

The presenter is Melanie Fernandez, Ph.D., ABPP, a clinical psychologist with expertise in treating kids’ behavioral problems. Dr. Fernandez is especially well-versed in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder, and she’s the director of Child Mind Institute’s Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Program. PCIT is a fascinating technique where parents are coached (behind a one-way mirror and while wearing an earpiece) by experts as they’re playing with their child and given specific suggestions on how to monitor and reinforce their child’s positive behaviors, ignore mild negative ones, and give commands with calm, consistent follow-through.

To watch the hour-long presentation, go to CMI’s Facebook page at 12 p.m. on Friday, where you can post questions for Dr. Fernandez and chat with fellow attendees.

In the meantime, check out all of the events happening around the country through Saturday, May 12, as part of Speak Up For Kids. Mental health professionals in 48 states (and 14 countries!) are leading free talks on childhood mental health disorders and topics of concern to all parents including ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, bullying, trauma, and online safety. Check here for events near you. And for those of you in the New York City area, consider tomorrow’s talk at the 92nd Street Y: “Parenting 2.0: Raising Healthy Children in a Digital Age.” Steven Dickstein, M.D., pediatric psychopharmacologist at CMI, will discuss how much and what kind of exposure is appropriate for kids, and give parents pointers on how to manage children’s screen (and phone!) time, monitor social media participation, and protect them from cyberbullies. It’s free; RSVP at

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