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Expert Q and A

Each month, you'll be able to get answers directly from experts covering a wide range of parenting topics. You'll also have a chance to share your own expert tips with other parents. Join the conversation!

How ARTHUR Can Help Families Stay Healthy and Happy

by Carol Greenwald

Carol Greenwald

Carol Greenwald is Senior Executive Producer of Children’s Programs at WGBH Boston where she has produced some of the best-loved children’s shows on television. She is co-creator and Executive Producer for the multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning ARTHUR, now the longest running children’s animated series on television. She is also Executive Producer of MARTHA SPEAKS and CURIOUS GEORGE. Read more »

If you watch ARTHUR on a regular basis, you’ll know that despite the fact that our characters are aardvarks, bunnies, monkeys, cats, and dogs, they experience life much like children everywhere. That’s been one of our goals since we first premiered ARTHUR in 1996. We really want kids to be able to see themselves when they turn on the TV and to feel like the stories we are telling ring true to them.

Help Your Family Be in a Better Place: Why You Should Get Your Kids Outside!

by Kathy Waugh and Marisa Wolsky

Kathy Waugh and Marisa Wolsky

Kathy Waugh is a Creative Producer at WGBH. Marisa Wolsky is an Executive Producer at WGBH. Read more »

As parents, we know how challenging it can be to get your kids to put down the electronics and go outside. So many things keep us indoors, including our fears and our over-scheduled lives. But we also know how important it is to carve out time to be in nature. Why? Because children are more likely to experiment and engage in creative play when they’re outdoors. They’re also more able to concentrate, notice change, and feel connected to the larger world.

Disconnect to Reconnect with Nature

by Steph Wear

Steph Wear

Stephanie Wear is lead scientist for coral reef conservation at the Nature Conservancy, and a mother of two. Read more »

As parents, we do our best to raise our children well and wish we could do some things better. One of the things I am most challenged by is the example I set for my children when it comes to using technology versus playing outside in nature. I admit I have a technology addiction and I also fear that it will rub off on my children. I have been working from a home office since before they were born, so they are used to seeing me at a computer or on my iPhone (or both).

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