Kiyah is a regular contributor to Mind Positive Parenting, where she writes about the link between the latest nutrition science and brain and child development.  The mission of Mind Positive Parenting is to equip parents and communities to raise children and youth who can thrive, meeting the challenges of the 21st Century. We do this by:


  • Translating brain science into helpful strategies for raising resilient children and youth.
  • Developing digital literacies and citizenship.
  • Preparing children and youth for global competition and cooperation.
  • Equipping children for school success.
  • Fostering social competence and caring.


While overarching parenting goals help me frame responses to tantrums in the grocery store or fights between my son and his younger sister, they don’t necessarily help me at some of the busiest and most stressful times of the day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That's why I set food goals. 



Given the high rates of weight-related disorders in adolescents, parent may wonder whether talking to their children about eating habits is beneficial or detrimental. Dr. Duffey describes how to talk to your kids about body image in a way that promotes health and encourages high self-esteem.



Rather than being a source of shame or struggle, interactions around food and eating provide an important opportunity to increase self-esteem and self-efficacy in children. Here's how.



Kiyah Duffey explains why our kids react so strongly to cereal boxes and why you should ignore those brightly colored claims on the front of packages.



When you consider that children today spend an average of 53 hours a week in front of a screen, it isn’t surprising that it is having an impact on kids’ health and wellness. In this post, Dr. Duffey describes how advertising might influence your child, and how to counter those effects.



“You have to finish what’s on your plate before you can have dessert.” It’s something that many of us likely heard as children, and have possibly even used ourselves. But in this post, Kiyah Duffey tells you why that little phrase might be working against you and describes what you can do instead to encourage self-regulation and healthy eating.



With three children under the age of 5, Kiyah Duffey, PhD is no stranger to busy mornings. In this post she describes why it's important for kids to eat breakfast and how it can boost their brain power all day long.




Although cooking with kids means that meals take a little more time to prepare the long-term benefits are worth the effort. Read Kiyah's tips and strategies for ways to make kids' participation in meal planning and prep a little more painless.



Some kids are naturally more adventurous while others are more tentative – especially when it comes to food and eating. Read Kiyah's tips for encourage your kids to become great tasters and learn why it's such an important skill to have.



When babies are born they are extremely attuned to their internal signals of hunger and fullness, but these can quickly be overridden this when they start eating solid  foods.  Here are some tips to prevent that from happening. 



This may come as a surprise, but the goal to “eat a variety of foods” is the hardest one for me to implement in my house. Introducing new foods can be met with skepticism (or outright disgust), but it doesn't have to be. Here are some strategies to help you and your family eat a variety of foods, without frustration.



Knowing the brain boosting benefits of providing breakfast doesn’t necessarily mean that getting it on the table is any easier. Dr. Duffey examines the evidence behind "breakfast as the most important meal of the day" and provides strategies to make your morning go a little smoother.