Blog Posts

4 Signs that You and Your Kids are In Sync
Connect with Your Kids by Talking with Them, Not at Them
In Our Pandemic Era, Why We Must Teach Our Children Compassion
Why Kids Aren't Learning to Read, and How to Help
The Yummy Mummy Club: Four conversational games to bring you closer
First Time Parent Magazine: Easy ways to add play to your daily lives
Motherhood Moment: Parenting pointers: How to build confidence and reduce anxiety in your kids
Psychology Today: Why Kids Aren't Learning to Read, and How to Help
Harvard Alumni for Education blog
When Kids Are Grieving and Behind Academically, Quality Conversation is the Antidote
The Simple Key to Strengthening Your Bond with Children”: On “Curious Waiting
New Research Shows Why Kids Need Play for Mental Health

Opinion Pieces And Articles

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Salon: How Americans’ obsession with structured playtime is stifling our kids

As the American mother of a 4-year-old girl, with a French husband, I’ve gotten a chance to see playtime from both sides of the pond. Over the years, I’ve also gained a new set of both French and American “mommy friends,” who often pepper me with questions about whether the French truly parent better, as Pamela Druckerman argues in her book “Bringing Up Bebe.”

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USA Today: We’re missing a big preschool opportunity

Universal preschool has made its way into the presidential campaign, with Hillary Clinton backing more federal investment and Philadelphia’s sugary drink tax while Donald Trump suggests that “there’s nothing like starting young.”

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Cognoscenti: Why Play Matters — No Matter How Old You Are

As a concept, play can feel fuzzy, or idyllic, bringing up visions of clambering through open fields or shooting marbles, 1950s style, in someone’s backyard. The idea has often been connected to a happy childhood, as if childhood and play are completely intertwined.

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Cognoscenti/NPR: When Legos mean war: Are our toys too violent?

In May, a study came out in the online journal PLOS One showing that Lego sets have become increasingly violent over time. As lead researcher Christoph Bartneck found, at least 30 percent of Lego sets now contain weapons, an “exponential increase” from their start in 1949.

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Education Week: We’re racing through K-12 education

It was only a bit after 6 in the morning, and I was already on the public bus to work. As a speech-language pathologist working at a high school, I had the same schedule as the students’. Often, while observing students or working with their teachers, I followed them around from class to class.

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Learning About Love: How schools can better prepare students for romantic relationships

Freud argued that two things mattered most in a life: work and love. This country devotes staggering amounts of attention to education and other forms of career preparation. But what do we do to prepare young people for love?

Kappan: Let's Bring The Art of Deeper Conversation Into Schools
Enhancing our interactions with students is fundamentally, as Teresa Preston notes, about “creating conditions where [students] are able to become the intellectually and emotionally competent adults who will shape the future of our nation and our world”
Interview with Rebecca Rolland, Author of ‘The Art of Talking with Children’

Talking is one of the most important ways that children learn language and social cues, but how often are parents having real, meaningful conversations with their children?

Purposeful Conversations: Everyday Ways to Reap the Benefits of Talking With Your Kids
What if we could shift our mindset about conversations with our kids from mundane and repetitive to a powerful and impactful communication tool?
Beta Shepherd: The Best Books to Have Great Conversations With Kids
Article on the best books to spark conversations with kids.
Rebecca Rolland’s new book, “The Art of Talking With Children: The Simple Keys to Nurturing Kindness, Confidence, and Creativity in Kids”

A candid resource that addresses the nuts-and-bolts of conversation skills but also tackles important topics like empathy, resilience, and bias.

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The Art of Talking With Children

Ten ways to jumpstart conversations with kids that will help them bounce back from challenges.

Authority Magazine: Interview With Harvard University’s Rebecca Rolland

How Extremely Busy Leaders Make Time To Be Great Parents.

Selected Radio / Podcast Interviews

Mommies Tell All — The Art of Talking with Children with Rebecca Rolland
Kansas Public Radio with Dan Skinner — Rebecca Rolland, "The Art of Talking With Children"
Podcast with Doug Miles Radio
The Kathryn Zox Show — “Your social worker with a microphone”
VURBL Podcast — “This Needs to Be Read”
The Dolewite Podcast
Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health — "How to Communicate With Children"
Voice America — "Resiliency Within"
The Fit Mess Podcast — "How To Get Your Kids To Listen To You Without The Yelling, Ultimatums, And Bribes"
The Storybox Podcast — "The Art of Effective Communication"
Education Talk Radio — "Building Relationships And Connections With Students Through Real Conversation"
Books on Pod — Rebecca Rolland on "The Art of Talking With Children”
Guy Kawasaki — Rebecca Rolland: The Linguist Path to Enhancing Relationships
Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan — The Art of Talking with Children with Rebecca Rolland
Podcast with KMOX - The Voice of St. Louis, “The Art of Talking with Children when it Comes to Ukraine”
Podcast with WCCO — NewsTalk 830, Minnesota
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WGRT—102.3, LIMElight with Jessie Wiegand — “Learning how to talk to your kids”
The Grand Life Podcast, on “Talking WITH grands”
Motherhood Unstressed Podcast — Rebecca Rolland on, The Art of Talking With Children”
Dyslexics Wanted — Rebecca Rolland on, The Art of Talking With Children”
Kepp Calm Mother On! with Christy Thomas — The Art of Talking With Kids featuring Rebecca Rolland”
The Dad Edge Podcast — The Art of Talking With Children with Dr. Rebecca Rolland”
Lesley University — Rebecca Rolland on "The Art of Talking With Children”
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Podcast — "How To Communicate With Children”
The Learning Scientists — "Talking About Talking With Children: An Interview With Rebecca Rolland”

Personal Essay / Memoir

Tampa Review: “We don’t throw sand”: Uncovering the impulse toward others
Kveller: Sending my daughter to Jewish preschool reconnected me with my roots
Brain, Child Magazine: The odds of growing up
Mothers always write: How I learned to love winter

Parenting / Teaching Articles

Huffington Post: Four questions to let parenting change us:
Power of moms: Five questions to ask at the dinner table
EdSurge: Twelve days of devices: Using technology with kids over the holidays
Edutopia: Building vocabulary through fun and games:
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