As a translator of ideas and facilitator of dialogue, Dr. Laura Jana is on a mission to change the parenting paradigm and the public conversation about the skills needed for success in the 21st Century. She has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, NPR, Good Morning America, ABC News, NBC News and Fox News and has been quoted extensively in outlets such as Time, People, WebMD, Parents magazine, The New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Jana serves as a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and has served on the national Executive Committee for Early Education and Child Care.

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How to Make the Most of Your Child’s Critical Growth Period

All parents want to prep their children for a success-filled future. But, according to renowned pediatrician and parenting educator Dr. Laura Jana, many go about it in the wrong way. They ready their kids for, say, the grade school hurdles-to-come instead of the fine art of being a human down the road. And by doing this, she says they’re missing out on a critical developmental window that happens during the toddler years. Read more

Is Chewing Gum Good for Toddlers? Or Anyone?

Rachel Rabkin Peachman, April 5, 2017

Wrigley was far from unique in promoting child care protocols that have since fallen out of favor. “There are many examples of significant shifts in parenting norms: Toddlers used to sit on parents’ laps in the front seat of cars before car seats were invented; children’s hands were strapped to the side of the crib to prevent thumb sucking; babies slept on their bellies; and a bit of brandy for teething was a thing,” Dr. Jana said. “In all instances, we now know much better.” Read more

UNMC professor/pediatrician poses parenting paradigm shift in her new book

Cheril Lee, April 3, 2017

Dr. Laura Jana, a pediatrician and director of innovation at UNMC’s College of Public Health, has a new book out called “The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today That Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow.”

Jana says her book offers a parenting paradigm shift and focuses on seven QI skills children need to develop in their first five years. Read more

What is wrong with being a helicopter parent?

KETV: Omaha’s ABC affiliate, April 2, 2017

“If we function like helicopter parents where we’re hovering and preventing any failure for our children, taking away all the pain of failure, we’re actually doing them a great disservice in a world that demands of us to be agile and move with rapidly changing times.” Watch now

If you have a toddler who struggles to sit still, we’ve got good news

Dr. Laura Jana, March 17, 2017

Handling and chewing on books is one of the very earliest precursors to literacy. After all, we know that in order to become proficient in a skill down the road, young children (and adults, for that matter) first have to be interested, curious and engaged. For an infant, using their mouth and their hands are the WIGGLE tools they have available at that stage for exploring the world – and the books – around them. Read more

The Surprising Science Behind Your Child’s Development

Marblespark, March 14, 2017

Jana’s experience with hundreds of families at Primrose, raising her own three children, attending innovation conferences, TED talks, talking with business leaders, authoring other parenting books, consulting, her role as a pediatrician (the list could go on) has given her unique insight into how our rapidly changing world might impact our children. Read more

Friday Faculty Focus: Laura Jana

Brandon McDermott, March 10, 2017

“What do we want our kids to have as skills in the future,” – “how do we get there?” – “How do we adapt what we do as parents in a changing world?” – “Are the skills that we’re seeing what our children need?” It applies not just to parents, but it’s the same thing in the workplace. If you look at the shift of what do employers now hire for, they want to know when you failed and what did you do about it, how did you adapt? It’s nice to have accomplishments, I’m not saying that the cognitive IQ skills – the reading, writing and arithmetic aren’t important but this whole new set of skills is equally important in the workplace for parents and then for children. Read more

How to ensure your child’s future job success

Shevonne Hunt, February 28, 2017

“I’m telling parents the talking, cooing, singing, reading books to babies is not just warm and fuzzy, something fun to do each day…” says Laura. “You’re literally connecting neurons in your baby’s brain and what’s striking is that the skills now that are being identified in the business world, and innovation and entrepreneurial worlds, they are preschool skills that take their roots from what happens in those early years.” Read more

Dr. Jana’s book explores preparing toddlers for success

Elizabeth Kumru, February 27, 2017

The best way to cultivate QI Skills involves many things parents naturally do — including talking, cooing, singing and reading books to babies. In connecting with business leaders, economists and entrepreneurs, she discovered that the skills most coveted in today’s workforce are the very same as those that are best nurtured in the first five years of life. Read more

How to develop character in young children

Daytona Times, February 23, 2017

“We now know that IQ no longer represents an accurate predictor of school readiness, much less future life success,” said Dr. Laura Jana, a pediatrician and nationally acclaimed parenting and children’s book author.

“It’s not just about learning the ‘3 Rs’ of reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic anymore. It’s the addition of a fourth ‘R’ that represents relationships and the importance of reading other people, which sets children up for success in today’s world.” Read more

Omaha pediatrician’s book ‘The Toddler Brain’ is filled with important parenting lessons

Matthew Hansen, February 17, 2017

The assembly line is dead, and with it should die the rote memorization and safety-at-all-costs approach to parenting, she says. Instead, we can help kids with skills — skills like empathy, self-motivation and even how to fail — vital in an era where the only constant is change. Think about this, she says: Research predicts that today’s average third-grader will eventually find employment in a job that has yet to be invented. Read more