Emily Edlynn
Emily Edlynn

Emily Edlynn, Ph.D.

Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., is the author of The Art and Science of Mom parenting blog and the upcoming parenting book Parenting for Autonomy. She is a mother of three from Oak Park, Illinois and a clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in working with children and adolescents.
The decision for a kid to mask or not mask will hopefully be a short-lived conflict, but Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says gaining confidence in making a different choice from friends builds skills to last a lifetime.
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When it comes to kids and social media, Parents Ask Your Mom columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., suggests working together to set up reasonable family rules and expectations.
While our toddlers' brains are under construction to gain more control over their anger, Parents Ask Your Mom expert Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says we can help in two critical areas: co-regulation and communicating we are comfortable with anger as long as everyone stays safe.
Sleepaway camp can be the perfect opportunity for our children to build confidence, independence, and resilience. Parents Ask Your Mom columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says if we can manage our own worries and show them we trust they can take on a new experience, kids are more likely to thrive.
The more calm we are as parents, the less out of control everyone feels. But how can we do that? Here's how to shift from being reactive to responsive when our children act out.
Arguing and negotiating rules is a healthy and normal part of being a tween, but Parents Ask Your Mom columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says there are ways parents can respond to support their growth.
Learning how to be a new parent means learning how to set baby boundaries that might disappoint loved ones. Here are strategies to strengthen parents' confidence to stick with what works best for them.
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We all know yelling doesn't calm the kid chaos. Parents Ask Your Mom columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., shares some strategies and mindfulness techniques to help parents curb the yelling.
Boundaries are essential for healthy relationships, but even the most loving grandparents can cross lines. "Ask Your Mom" columnist Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., shares strategies for setting limits.
Learning how to be a new parent means learning how to set baby boundaries that might disappoint loved ones. Here are strategies to strengthen parents' confidence to stick with what works best for them.
We all know yelling doesn't calm the kid chaos. Parents Ask Your Mom columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., shares some strategies and mindfulness techniques to help parents curb the yelling.
Boundaries are essential for healthy relationships, but even the most loving grandparents can cross lines. "Ask Your Mom" columnist Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., shares strategies for setting limits.
Co-parenting with an ex adds challenge to an already difficult situation.  Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says using effective communication strategies and keeping your eye on the best interest of your child can help you navigate the inevitable differences of opinion.
Fears come with childhood, but we can do more than tell them not to be scared. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says using a combination of strategies to help our children face fears when they are young helps them feel calmer and more confident as they get older.
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As important as it is to respect our child's choices and personal boundaries, it can be challenging when a choice conflicts with what is important to us. Autonomy-supportive parenting offers a road map for how to respond when our child doesn't want to do something we want them to do, preserving their agency and our values at the same time.
Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says some sibling conflicts count as bullying and need to be addressed. Helping the meaner sibling better understand their behaviors can be the first step in making behavior change.
Toddlers may be full of nonsense, but they need us to transform this nonsense into growth. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says that no matter what they say to us when emotions take charge of their brains, showing them empathy and understanding builds emotional coping for the future, as well as their own sense of self-worth.
The possible reasons for a child's misbehavior at school can be puzzling, but solvable, with some extra investigation and attention. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says it's important to remember young children are still learning, and often need help channeling their spirited nature in more positive ways.
Parents often stress about kids and social skills, so it can be helpful to remember that social styles can look really different across ages and personalities, and still be healthy and typical. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says the key is to support our children in growing their social skills in a way that matches what feels natural to them.
Aggression leads to more social problems over the long term. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says teaching children the power of assertiveness skills can protect them from bullying and help them build stronger, healthier social relationships now and in their future.
Social media amplifies the normal growing pains of young friendships. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says this experience gives us the chance to coach our children to develop healthy boundaries and coping, for the digital world and the real world.
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Navigating a new relationship after the loss of a partner is always a challenge, but doing it as a parent adds even more complications. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says grief can cloud our judgment at times, but tuning into values for our lives and relationships can help us make both life and parenting decisions that are true to what's most important.
This decision comes down to balancing safety concerns with social well-being. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., shares how to do it while preserving relationships between our children, and all of us as parents.
We all want to protect our children from bullies, but it takes a village. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says to create an anti-bullying culture, we need to include the bully instead of further excluding them.
Every grandparent-grandchild relationship is unique. But there can be a disconnect between what you want for your kids and your own parents' limitations. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says you can help pave the way to a good relationship with communication and acceptance.
Behavior changes in young children may be frustrating and confusing, but a very normal response to big life changes. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says parents can help by modeling positive coping and staying as connected as possible as a stable, reliable source of love and support.
This past year has cranked up the stress and anxiety for most families. Fortunately, you can take steps to be the champion of calm in the household, teaching your children important skills that will help now and in the future. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., shares how.
It can be tricky to navigate how other parents handle your child, especially in public play spaces. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says the more we can focus on what we want to help our children learn from other children and adults, the better for everyone.