Newest 'Sesame Street' Muppet has a mom struggling to overcome addiction

Newest 'Sesame Street' Muppet has a mom struggling to overcome addiction

"What Karli does is she helps bring to life an issue that a lot of people think of as a grown up issue, and don't understand the impact on young children," Sherrie Westin, president of social impact and philanthropy of the Sesame Workshop, told TODAY .In the United States, there are nearly 6 million children under the age of 11 living with a parent who has a substance abuse problem.

Face of addiction: Mother posts before and after photos of her son

Face of addiction: Mother posts before and after photos of her son

“The face of heroin and meth … is reality for so many people and families in the world today,” Salfen-Tracy wrote on Facebook.Salfen-Tracy thanks the people she’s met that knew Bishop and have tried to help him and urges the nation to address addiction before ending with a personal plea.

Myths About Couples Therapy

Myths About Couples Therapy

What this research tells us is that not only do couples have diverse reasons for seeking therapy, but there are also people who see it as a way to strengthen their relationship and be the best partners they can be.

Toddler hacks off sister's hair and the parents love her new look

Toddler hacks off sister's hair and the parents love her new look

The couple explained they have always warned their kids never to play with scissors and were in complete shock when they saw Colt holding the sharp object up to Kimber's hair.

When your child throws his truck at the cat...

When your child throws his truck at the cat...

If I take the thrown object away and say, "The truck has to be put away now, because we can't let the kitty get hurt," my son seems to still view this as a punishment .

The Label That Enables: Why a Diagnosis Can Be a Good Thing

The Label That Enables: Why a Diagnosis Can Be a Good Thing

If Michael’s quirky behaviors, tendency to get out of his seat without permission, need to occasionally take long breaks, and poor social pragmatics aren’t explained to his teachers, they’re still going to label him.

Gwyneth Paltrow on how daughter inspired her to help expose Harvey Weinstein

Gwyneth Paltrow on how daughter inspired her to help expose Harvey Weinstein

Paltrow opened up on TODAY Thursday about her role in assisting New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor , who initially broke the story of allegations of sexual abuse by Weinstein.

The Gray Zone: Freshman Transition and Stress Management

The Gray Zone: Freshman Transition and Stress Management

During this time, all freshmen are learning to navigate the various challenges that are inherent in this new transition, even though your teen will likely think and believe that he is the only one who is struggling.

Philadelphia Eagles' 'sensory room' helps people with autism

Philadelphia Eagles' 'sensory room' helps people with autism

NFL teams have been working across the country to make their events and the venues where they take place more accessible to people who have autism .One of the teams leading this charge is the Philadelphia Eagles, opening a new "sensory room" that's a safe haven for people with autism and other sensory differences.

Mindful Classrooms

Mindful Classrooms

Bringing mindfulness into the classroom has the power to help children regulate their emotions better and find the calmness that is needed to make smarter choices , choices that have consequences, like whether to cheat on an exam or speak up about the bullying happening on the playground.

How to prevent suicide: Brother's death sends woman on mental health mission

How to prevent suicide: Brother's death sends woman on mental health mission

Alison Malmon's 22-year-old brother Brian ended his life after a hidden struggle with mental illness.My brother, Brian Malmon, died by suicide 18 years ago today.

Lost child social experiment examines state of Australian foster care system

Lost child social experiment examines state of Australian foster care system

In Australia only a handful of people actually decide to become foster carers, despite the thousands of kids in need.“It is a stark contrast though to how people are responding to helping children in need of foster care.

Footsteps on the bridge that brought us home

Footsteps on the bridge that brought us home

After his mother was paralyzed by spinal cancer, his father built an 85-foot bridge at their home.Jared CrawfordIt’s a wooden bridge, nearly 40 years old and spanning the 85 feet that linked my boyhood home to the rest of the world.

Back to School in the Era of Mass Shootings

Back to School in the Era of Mass Shootings

Now that your child is back in school, making time for yourself with activities you enjoy can help clear your mind and help you think straight.Many schools are practicing safety drills and active shooter drills to help children, parents and staff feel safer and better prepared for these tragic but rare events.

'It began with a cramp in my foot and now I'm ticking off my bucket list'

'It began with a cramp in my foot and now I'm ticking off my bucket list'

Jacqueline has a rare terminal illness and before she dies she just wants one thing for her kids.

'Where's Bronlee, what's wrong?': Mother's heartbreaking discovery

'Where's Bronlee, what's wrong?': Mother's heartbreaking discovery

So far almost $7000 has been raised to help the family lay their baby boy to rest.“I just want to thank everyone again through these hard last few days, you have no idea how much this means to us,” Mrs Ward, who is still in hospital recovering from surgery, wrote on the GoFundMe page.“At the moment it’s covered the first part of our funeral and we can still work out the second part!

How to Minimize Stress During a Move

How to Minimize Stress During a Move

Nothing is more stressful than knowing that you can only start moving into your new home at 8 a.m., but you need to be out of your apartment at 12:00 noon that same day.

Mom of Venus and Serena Williams on raising superstars

Mom of Venus and Serena Williams on raising superstars

As a coach, Price has spent plenty of time watching the pair play — in fact, she told Jones that she can't even remember how many matches she's seen — but she's always found the "mental aspect" of the sport to be the most important.

"It's So Hard to Watch My Kid Struggle." Here's How to Help.

"It's So Hard to Watch My Kid Struggle." Here's How to Help.

Using Challenges To Teach Goal-Directed Behavior: For example, if a child is struggling to attend a party and socialize, we can draw a simple “CandyLand” style board, with steps written on it.

5 Major Issues That Helicopter Parenting Can Cause

5 Major Issues That Helicopter Parenting Can Cause

A 2011 study conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga found that college students whose parents hovered were more likely to take medication for anxiety and depression .

"I Can't Predict My Kid's Behavior!" Yes You Can. Here's How

"I Can't Predict My Kid's Behavior!" Yes You Can. Here's How

In my parenting classes, I view anything that sets off behavior as an antecedent, including a child’s neurodevelopmental style, his temperament style, his mood at the moment, and even his thoughts.When I help parents create a profile for their child, I start with early temperament.

What TV Binge-Watching Does to Your Brain

What TV Binge-Watching Does to Your Brain

"When we binge-watch, we create an unhealthy environment for the brain because we're sitting for long periods of time, isolating ourselves from social activities and eating large amounts of unhealthy food.".

Mental Illness, Violent Behavior, and Mass Shootings

Mental Illness, Violent Behavior, and Mass Shootings

Currently, there are two messages in the mental health community: The public cry , We are not violent, and at the same time, behind the scenes, Please do something about people with untreated mental illness who are violent, but don't tell the world or we will have more stigma.

Bereavement doula help grieving families with pregnancy loss

Bereavement doula help grieving families with pregnancy loss

“It is stuff you never think you’ll need to think about,” Bradley, of Pittsburgh Bereavement Doulas, told TODAY Parents.Often family or friends of a woman going through pregnancy loss finds Faith and connect with her or another bereavement doula for support for their loved ones.

John Freida hot air brush review: How to get an at-home blowout

John Freida hot air brush review: How to get an at-home blowout

The barrel of the brush is made from titanium to help hold the heat as you style your hair so it works a bit like a cross between a curling iron and a blow dryer.

"That's Not Fair"

"That's Not Fair"

Emptying the dishwasher is not a major chore and I don’t think it needs to be a big deal to help out. I realized her point was valid, but it wasn’t based in fact. We all need to process that fact and help our kids do the same.

'My son is in constant pain and there is little I can do to help him'

'My son is in constant pain and there is little I can do to help him'

"I thought my son was just being a normal whingy kid when he refused to walk places, he’d walk crazy slow and virtually be dragging his feet.

Coping With a Rainy Vacation

Coping With a Rainy Vacation

The following is a practice you can try when you are feeling trapped by life (or the weather, or a moldy cottage, or parenting alone, or the kids constantly fighting, or a vacation that isn’t what you hoped for…).

'He was never happy and I constantly felt guilty'

'He was never happy and I constantly felt guilty'

"I hated not being able to watch my children grow up, so I found alternate work doing night shifts," she said. The program is there to support people just like Louisa and her children, affected by domestic violence.

Leaning on Others to Become More Independent

Leaning on Others to Become More Independent

Thus, leaning first more on parents for help, then on friends, and then on romantic partners as teens get older makes sense when considering that these relationships are likely characterized by greater trust and intimacy at different points of adolescence.