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Child Rearing

Spanking Children: Does the Bible Tell Me So?

James D. Tabor | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion
James D. Tabor

Spanking in one form or another is as American as apple pie--and the practice is deeply rooted in, and most often defended by, a reading of traditional translations of the English Bible.

May All Children Be Happy: May All Parents Be Free From Fear

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 11.02.2014 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

Fear... that four-letter word. What scares you most as a parent? When my three sons were young, I lived in a constant state of anxiety. And for good reason: at any moment, things could run amok.

The F-Word

Courtney McKinney | Posted 09.22.2014 | Women
Courtney McKinney

If you don't like feminism, don't call yourself a feminist. But I have a hunch that when your brilliant little girl grows up and voices her desire to be president you are not going to tell her she should instead look for a man to open her jars -- you may even encourage her to call herself a feminist.

Is a Comic Strip Worth a Thousand Words?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

She thrilled us when she sent me some panels from a comic strip she'd drawn -- and got me to thinking all over again about what I would've missed had she never been around.

6 Guaranteed Ways to Screw Up Your Child's Education

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Want your child to get as little out of school as possible? Here's how.

A Parent's Dilemma: When to Let Your Child Be Responsible for Their Own Actions

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
The University of Central Florida Forum

Monday morning, like most mornings, complete chaos unfolded in our house as four people -- my two daughters, my husband and myself -- aimed to head out the door by 8 a.m., our daughters for school and my husband and I for our offices.

The Mother's Day Image That Says It All

Gabrielle Burton | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Gabrielle Burton

There are countless images celebrating motherhood from just about anything by Mary Cassatt to those adorable polar bear cubs snuggling with Momma Bear...

Your Kid Hates Little League

Galanty Miller | Posted 05.25.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

We're nearing that time of year again, when the snow melts away, the sun comes out from hiding and millions of children around the country think, "Shit, am I gonna have to play Little League?"

Parent With Humility

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

During those first 19 years, our job is to understand the growth process, guide it and add to it only when it needs our help. If this deflates our ego -- and for dedicated parents it might -- consider that this can actually be liberating: We are not responsible for our children's destinies.

Smells Like Teen Attitude, This Is the Opposite of Nirvana

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Arlene Nisson Lassin

To those who are still blissfully raising kiddos in the elementary school years I have some shocking news for you: that angel or prince that is so perfect and adorable now will turn into a hormone-fueled Jekyll and Hyde shortly, and I am letting you down easy with that description.

WATCH: Why Latina Daughters Need Powerful Role Models

Posted 08.05.2013 | Latino Voices

As the saying goes, little girls are made of sugar, spice and everything nice. Some argue that focusing on "everything nice" makes it harder for gi...

WATCH: This Psychology Concept Could Revolutionize How We Raise Children - And Fix The Middle East

Posted 08.02.2013 | Healthy Living

HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin used to tell his niece -- as any doting uncle is inclined to do -- how smart she was. According to Carol Dweck, ...

9 Things I Want New Dads To Know

Chris VanDijk | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Chris VanDijk

Babies don't come out asking for the car keys and looking at colleges. You have time to learn and time to make mistakes.

8 Surefire Cures For The Empty Nest Blues

Jeb Harrison | Posted 08.13.2013 | Fifty
Jeb Harrison

After a couple of decades of child-rearing, from changing diapers to warming midnight bobbies; *POOF*! All that's left is a lonely stuffy on the bed, some old CD cases, and a closet full of mementos that you now crawl through, a silly sentimental tear rolling down your nose. Now what?

Let Kids Have Their Sticks!

Andrea Bonior | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

The more we teach our kids that nature is dangerous, creativity is out of bounds and physicality is not to be tolerated, the more I worry for our society.

M Is for Motherhood

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

The experience of motherhood continues to shape and mold me, schooling me day and night in the curious ways and means of children, rendering me forever changed as an individual.

Why Those Without Kids Should Never Give Parenting Advice

John Blumenthal | Posted 06.30.2013 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

My daughters are grown up now -- both of them in their mid-twenties, both well-adjusted and successful -- but I remember receiving a lot of unsolicited (and mostly misguided) advice and criticism from childless people regarding the way my wife and I were raising them.

Mom Uses Embarrassing T-Shirt To Punish Child

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents

A Colorado parent used an arguably controversial method to teach a child a lesson: public humiliation. Jessica Rocha of Fort Morgan forced her fia...

YouTube's Most Famous Parents Shay Carl and Katilette Share Their Child-Rearing Tips (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents
Shira Lazar

Shay Carl and Katilette, head honchos of the most famous family on YouTube -- The Shaytards -- joined me and YouTube's The Will of DC in the What's Tr...

How to Raise Good (and Safe) Kids These Days

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.09.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

This is a question that all parents ask themselves... constantly. There are no easy answers and, realistically, there is probably not one single answer. The important thing for parents is to at least ask and try to answer the question for their own family.

Are You Raising an Independent Child?

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 09.02.2012 | Parents
Mark Goulston, M.D.

At the same exact moment you hovercoddle your child, there are probably at least 10 million children their same age dealing with a situation on their own.

Middle School 'Mean'?

Darryl Sollerh | Posted 07.08.2012 | Parents
Darryl Sollerh

A mom or dad may be quite shocked to discover that their own daughter has, in Middle School, taken up behaviors that can only be described as, well, mean.

Child Rearing and the American Future: Let the Hunger Games Begin

James Block | Posted 06.30.2012 | Parents
James Block

Unaware that the novel problem of raising modern children for a post-traditional society was the foremost concern of the early republic, Americans are now embracing fashionable new solutions that happen to be nearly as old as the nation itself.

The Impact of Overparenting

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.24.2012 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

As parents, we all have that innate desire to protect and provide for our kids. Yet, at some point we must ask ourselves: Are we doing too much for them?

How Do We Care For The World's Orphans?

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 05.26.2012 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I think about how all teens around the world should be dancing in their seats to Katy Perry and Lady Gaga... all children should be enjoying the rites of passage of their time... remembering friendships and school experiences and sharing silly jokes.