Top Stories of 2016 on

2016 was the inaugural year for

We officially launched in January as a unique global community of parents, experts, and researchers who support and help each other on the parenting journey.

And what a year it has been!

As we advanced through 2016, we grew our subscriber base, addressed some very interesting and challenging parenting issues and began developing a remarkable bond with readers on our digital platform.

The discussion on Yellowbrick has reflected the daily concerns and problems of our community, as well as the current events that shaped the year and affected us all.

Our "Top Stories of 2016" cover a wide range of topics:

  • ‌• helping your children cope with tragic events,
  • ‌• drug use among teens,
  • ‌• reaction to police shootings,
  • ‌• lessons in politics, and
  • ‌• surviving the holidays as a new parent.
  • ...and much more!


This list demonstrates the breadth of our expert community, as well as the concerns and interests of the active Yellowbrick user-base.

As we highlight our best of the year, we’d like to feature your voices, too. What is your reaction to these stories? Please let us know in the comments below.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017!

The Top Stories of 2016 on

The Gorilla, the Little Boy, and PTSD

Viewers held their breaths over Memorial Day weekend, 2016, when a three-year-old boy slipped away from his mother and fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnatti zoo.

Mindfulness and Parenting

For the past two decades I have talked with hundreds of adults who struggle with eating and body image issues. In fact, 30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.

College students with ADHD

Children with ADHD face challenges well into their adulthood and throughout their lives. Fortunately, many will find their way to a life that leverages the correlating strengths of ADHD.

Power Struggles

Parenting expert Dr. Jen Thompson shows how parents can learn to avoid most power struggles and help their child grow into an adult with self-esteem and a positive sense of self.

Talking to kids about traumatic events

You have to consider the child, their age and developmental stage, the parent, the situation, as well as the family’s belief systems, when considering how to talk to children about traumatic events.

Flagging the Autism “Red Flags”

There seems to be a whole Internet industry devoted to providing partial information about autism, and to scaring worried young parents. This has only gotten worse since the creation of the “autism spectrum disorders” category.

Enough is enough

I am a white 41 year old male. I realize the absurd hypocrisy of the world we live in. The same day a black motorist was pulled over during a traffic stop and killed by a police officer, I was also pulled over.

Youth Cannabis and Opiate Use

Consider the association between the increase in youth cannabis use and the American opiate use epidemic that has led to an increase in number of cases of lethal overdose. We need to prevent the process of addiction.

Raising Digital Natives with Character

Parenting is vastly different today and challenging in new ways, in great part due to social media. Our children, having grown up with technology, are digital natives, more comfortable texting than talking.

Sandy Hook Promise’s “Evan”

The video struck an intensely personal cord at Yellowbrick — we are based in Connecticut, within just a few miles of Sandy Hook, the site of the deadly school attack that happened four years ago.

New Parent Holiday Survival Guide

Becoming a parent already has its own challenges. Becoming a parent during the holidays can add an additional layer of stress. Family conflict, lack of sleep, adjustment to your new role as a parent...just to name a few.

Why I Schlepped My Kids to Ohio

I was at a loss as to how to convey the beauty and importance of the political process to my children, so we packed our bags and drove for nine hours to Cleveland and registered new voters.

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