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Advice for Parents

Dear Friend (A Letter to Moms of Toddlers)

Kate Baer | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Kate Baer

I know there is a lot of great stuff out there about how you're supposed to carpe diem or not carpe diem or how we're supposed to stop yelling or cut ourselves a break. Here is what I want to say to you today.

The Most Important Game You Can Play As A Parent

Carrie Contey, Ph.D. | Posted 01.15.2015 | Parents
Carrie Contey, Ph.D.

When you play "What if..." with positive statements, you give yourself an opportunity to nourish yourself in the now.

5 Things No One Tells You About Being a Parent

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 01.08.2015 | Parents
Kimanzi Constable

When we have children, we know that we'll be parents for life, but what we don't realize is that you're on call 24/7 and that never ends. When they have problems, you have to be there. When they eventually go off on their own and have problems, guess who they're calling?

How to Have a Stress-Free Holiday Season

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

"Happy Holidays!" "Happy Hanukkah!" Even in our greetings, this time of year come with a lot of expectations. For many families, the "happy" and "merry" expectations can cause great stress and anxiety -- not just for you as an adult, but for your children, too.

Just Say No... To Your Kids

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Dana Westreich Hirt

Why do we struggle so to say NO? We don't want our kids to be mad at us. We don't want to disappoint them. We don't want to sit in the blistering storm of their rage.

7 Steps to Being Less Hard On Our Kids

Andrea Nair | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Andrea Nair

The most important thing to remember is that we have a choice. We can actively choose to be friendly instead of harsh. The trick is to have a strategy in place. I call this a calm-down plan, which helps when you don't feel friendly.

Momnesia

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Jenny G. Perry

The relationship between a parent and a child is the weirdest relationship you will ever have. It is close and intimate. It is cold and distant, with hearts raw and broken. And this could vary not by the year or the day, but by the moment.

Redefining Quality Family Time in an Overscheduled Society

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

It's a hard message for today's modern family to remember, but an important one: a busy family does not necessarily make a happy family.

Questions Every Parent Should Ask

Richard Greenberg | Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

earning to recognize how our parents influenced us may be the most effective way of preparing for the job ahead. What did your parents do that you remember most positively? Were there hugs at night? Surprise trips to the ice cream store? Goofy family photos?

The Best Way I Can Describe How Motherhood Feels

Jill Krause | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jill Krause

Remind me to "enjoy this time," and that the day I let go of them will be here all too soon. But then? Tell me how beautiful it is to watch them fly.

7 Things Our Kids and Grandkids Can Teach Us

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.14.2013 | Fifty

Parents just love dishing out unsolicited advice to their kids. Whether it's how to pick the right spouse, how they need to get more sleep, or how sho...

All Kinds of Feelings: A Child's Emotional Literacy

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

Teaching children about their feelings -- to recognize them, to name them, to express them appropriately -- is an important part of being a parent.

The Effects of Hurrying Children Through Childhood

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Children have a heavy burden to bear when they feel that their performance is connected with the love they receive and they are letting down their parents if they are not successful.

School Colors

Yves Durif | Posted 10.23.2013 | Style
Yves Durif

Now more than ever, teens have the desire to experiment with bold hair color as a means to shape their image, and it's leaving their parents with questions. How young is too young for color or highlights?

7 Great Tips For Parents Sending Their Kids Off To College

Katerina Rosen | Posted 10.10.2013 | Fifty
Katerina Rosen

A year ago, I was getting ready to go to college 900 miles away from home. When the day finally came, I wasn't one of those girls who teared up about leaving home for the first time. Instead, I unleashed an entire waterfall of salty tears from my eyes at the airport.

6 Ways To Nurture Happy, Healthy Kids

Posted 07.12.2013 | OWN

Advice from experts and wise parents on raising little people who thrive. Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost OWN on Facebook and Twitter ....

This Is What My Generation Of Parents Looks Like

Andrew Cotto | Posted 09.05.2013 | Parents
Andrew Cotto

Every parent I see is exhausted. In most cases, both parents have demanding, full-time jobs, while the one with the less demanding job often also gets the role of primary caregiver, though both parents are heavily involved. Some of us have help; most of us don't. Either way, we're worn out.

How To Help Your Adult Child Find Love

Next Avenue | Posted 04.18.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Lisa Carpenter Rule No. 1: Don’t overstep your bounds. Plus 7 more dos and don'ts. The current dating scene is...

How Will Your Toy Choices Affect Your Kid's Future?

LearnVest | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

It's easy to buy toy kitchen utensils for girls and model airplanes for boys without another thought -- but there may be reasons not to.

Why Parents Need To Think Differently About Time

Asha Dornfest | Posted 05.21.2013 | Parents
Asha Dornfest

You -- and only you -- get to decide what's important to your family. Not the modern culture of "more" and "faster." Not the experts. Not even your mother. You choose what your family considers valuable, enriching and fun.

riscilla Gilman on Embracing the Strengths of a Special Needs Child

Harriet Cabelly | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Harriet Cabelly

I always saw all the therapies and special support not as a race to fix or cure him, not as tools in an arsenal as if I was fighting a battle against autism, but rather, "I want to get to know my son better, I want to understand him so I can love him better and be a better mother to him."

Developing Your Child's Healthy Self-identity

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.02.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Self-identity is one of the trickier aspects of a child's healthy development because you can't "do" things to your children to give them their self-identity.

23 Things I Think New Parents Should Know

Melissa Sher | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Melissa Sher

The more time and effort put into decorating a nursery, the more likely that the baby will sleep in your room.

The Only Parenting Advice You Need

Glennon Melton | Posted 04.25.2012 | Parents
Glennon Melton

We have to love ourselves if we want our kids to love themselves. We don't necessarily have to love them more, we have to love ourselves more. We have to be gentle with ourselves.

Why Children Don't Need To Find A Passion

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 12.02.2011 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

One of the key components in the new sport of Competitive Child Raising seems to be the misguided notion that children tween-age and even younger are supposed to know their calling.