Simplifying Science

Bringing Baby in a Lyft?

Ride-share has upended many rules of the road, but safety shouldn't be on that list. There is a reason why infants, toddlers, and young children are required to ride in car seats and/or boosters: these seats save lives. Instead of exempting ride-share companies from the safety requirement, how about if we innovate the safety equipment? Infant car seats have ALWAYS been too bulky, heavy and cumbersome. They are nearly impossible to install correctly, particularly when you are trying to hustle into a car, kids in hand, along a busy roadway. So rather than change the rules, let's change the hardware. Who out there can invent a more portable, more easily installable, equally safe (or even safer) car seat? Go for it!

There are wide variations between states when it comes to child restraint rules for ride-share services such as Lyft and Uber, researchers report.

This can cause uncertainty and confusion for parents and other caregivers. Ride-share vehicles typically don't come with a car seat, and an option to request one is available only in some cities, the study authors said.

Parents can provide their own car seat, but many are bulky, heavy and…READ MORE

Why Teenagers Mix Drinking and Sex

Outstanding article, Lisa Damour - and with the added voice of Peggy Orenstein, Author to boot! I am passing along to my teenage daughter today. Sage advice to not simply believe hype...

Adults should talk with teenagers about drinking. And we should talk with teenagers about sex. But in addition to taking up each of these topics separately, we should also address the fact that adolescents are more likely than adults to combine the two.

Common sense suggests, and research confirms, that intoxicated sex can be a bad idea. Of course, underage drinking is illegal; state laws vary on the legality of… READ MORE

Meet the PODiatrician

A few months ago, I received an email from a pediatrician with an invitation to appear on his podcast. While Steve Silvestro was interviewing me, frankly I wanted to turn the tables and start asking my own questions about his approach. He’s both passionate and compassionate, and he’s a next-gen doctor working hard to figure out how to deliver pediatric advice to people all over the country. Check out the podcast we did HERE and read below if you want to learn more about Steve. I got my chance to interview him back…

Who are you and how did you wind up being a pediatrician? READ MORE

Telling Real Stories

How can we bridge the gap between research and storytelling? Dr. Yalda T. Uhls is cracking that code. Yalda, a former exec at MGM and Sony, left the movie world to study child development, earning a PhD in Psychology at UCLA. These days, Yalda wears numerous hats: she’s a professor at UCLA, a researcher on the effect of media on tweens + teens, the author of the book Media Moms and Digital Dads, and the founder of the new Center for Scholars and Storytellers. Every time I am in a room with Yalda I learn something from her, and that happens quite a bit these days since we teach together regularly. For a sense of how Yalda approaches child development, take a look at this blogpost.


Have you ever spoken to a six year old girl? Seemingly the epitome of confidence, the world is her oyster, and she believes she can be anything:

An astronaut, A ballet dancer, The President, All at the SAME TIME.

Moreover, young girls frequently do better than boys in elementary school, where their abilities to sit still and follow rules often makes their teachers give them plenty of gold stars… The traditional thinking is that young girls’ confidence doesn’t drop…READ MORE

Yes! A Brilliant Consent Lesson

In case you missed it... then read this post now!

People often ask me how soon is too soon to talk about _________ (fill in that blank with whatever you want, but usually it’s sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll). As far as I’m concerned, it's almost never too early to begin conversations about health and safety.

Consent is the perfect example. Think your 7-year old is too young to understand the concept? Think again, because talking about consent doesn't have to be a conversation about sex. In fact, we consent to dozens of things every day, often as bystanders. We just don't always mentally file these scenarios in the consensual buckets in our brains, especially when they don't involve our bodies directly.

I love this post because it reframes a topic that is in the headlines almost daily. How can parents introduce the concept of consent early, separating it from sex? It’s easier than you think. And if you begin early, by the time these conversations do include intimacy, your kids already understand the principles clearly.

So how do we even begin to talk about consent with our kids? Try this simply awesome initial approach...

Liz Kleinrock has used America's heated discourse on sexual violence as the springboard for lessons on consent for her third graders.

Kleinrock, who teaches at Citizens of the World Charter School Silver Lake in Los Angeles, took took to Facebook and Instagram to share the visual aids she uses in her lessons about about consent.

She talks about what consent …READ MORE

Stuff I Like

I get calls, emails and texts daily asking for product recommendations. From cosmetics to cold meds, vitamins to video games, parents just want to know what’s safe for their kids. Much of the time, it boils down to a simple question: What do you do in your house? So I am adding a feature to the monthly newsletter called Stuff I Like, o know what’s truly worth…READ MORE

Going Gray

Grayscale is disgusting, and that’s the point.

In case you are already lost a dozen words into this post that’s okay, I didn’t know what grayscale was, either, until just a few days ago. I had heard the term floating around – it definitely sounded familiar – but who has time to learn yet another piece of lingo that may or may not…READ MORE