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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Nurturing Selflessness in a Selfie Culture

Killeen Daily Herald, December 28, 2016

“In today’s social media-focused world, 92 percent of parents agree that nurturing positive character traits in children is more important than it used to be. Yet nearly 50 percent of parents are unaware of just how early they can and should start helping their children develop these traits.”

Helping Babies Sleep Safe & Sound:
Pediatricians Offer New Advice

The Daily Doze, October 25, 2016

“Focusing on how everyone in the family is sleeping is important for the simple reason that parental sleep is inevitably tied to how well one’s child sleeps (or, in some cases, doesn’t).”

5 Weird Things About Newborns

CNN, October 10, 2016

“Huge belly buttons, acne befitting an adolescent and swollen breasts (on boys, too!) are just a few of the surprises that sometimes await parents. “I can get some really panicked parents,” said Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician and co-author of “Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality.” “There are many things that look so dramatic but actually are perfectly normal.”

The Case for ‘Good Enough’ Parenting

New York Magazine, December 22, 2015

“It is a stressful time to be a parent. Amidst an explosion of oft-conflicting advice on how to help your kids flourish — or at least not screw them up too badly — parents could be excused for getting a bit freaked out. Which advice should you follow? Who is a genuine “expert” when it comes to the sometimes-science, sometimes-art of raising kids?”

Baby Smiles Are Not Just Warm and Fuzzy

Healthline, October 6, 2015

“Everybody likes to talk about a baby’s smile. Is it gas or is it a smile? These are important and fun conversations to have, but there’s much more to a baby’s smile than that,” Dr. Laura Jana, director of innovation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, told Healthline.

Superhero Costumes Come to Parents’ Rescue

Sue Shellenbarger, Feb. 7, 2017

Impersonating a superhero helps children learn to see things from another’s perspective, a form of empathy that is an important foundational skill for success in adulthood, says Laura Jana, a pediatrician and author of “The Toddler Brain.” She adds, “The child is literally starting to train the brain to think like, be like and act like someone else,” says Dr. Jana, director of innovation at the University of Nebraska College of Public Health in Omaha. Read More