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The Real Meaning of 10 Common Parenting Phrases

Jennifer S. White | Posted 10.04.2016 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

Means: I want you to say "please." I want you to understand kindness is more important than always getting everything you want.

Gardeners Are the Best Kind of Parents

Linda Flanagan | Posted 09.30.2016 | Books
Linda Flanagan

In one of Louis C.K.'s routines on the absurdities of rearing children, the comedian recounts his delight in watching his young daughter's tap dance recital.

On Not Sweating the Small Stuff

Crystal Sands | Posted 06.18.2016 | Parents
Crystal Sands

I want my house to be clean and look fairly nice, but I used to feel very differently about the way my house looked. I obsessed about it too much. I w...

The Importance of Playing Like a Kid

Jennifer S. White | Posted 01.17.2017 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

Snow appears through the window in spurts. I'm hoping that my husband will be home soon, so I'm hesitant to leave, even though the girls are clearly needing a change of scenery. Instead, I get a wild idea to break out the dress-up clothes that I bought for my oldest daughter probably two years ago -- before the baby was even here with us.

Curious Child Rearing in the Good Old Days

Tricia Spencer | Posted 09.24.2016 | Parents
Tricia Spencer

Parents fret about their children in our often frightening, modern world. But even the "good old days" came with its share of frights.

Evidence? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Evidence!

Alfie Kohn | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
Alfie Kohn

Have you ever suspected that much of what you do for a living is an extended exercise in missing the point? I've spent many years challenging claims about the benefits of rewarding children (when they act the way we want) and punishing them (when they don't.)

Inappropriate Is the New Black(list)

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2015 | Education
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Book burnings have been fueled by claims that the fires cleanse us of evil ideas and threatening words. The fact is that censorship often cloaks itself in righteousness and protection of the young, the innocent, and the vulnerable.

The Middle Class (Thinks It) Knows Best: Daring to Intervene in Disadvantaged Households

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
American Anthropological Association

Because the way we talk is deeply enmeshed with how we think, feel and act in the world, our critiques of how others speak are frequently a smoke-screen for our critiques about other aspects of their lives.

Let's Hear It For The Weirdos

David Vienna | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
David Vienna

Be weird. It's what makes you unique and it's why you can make a difference in this world. And the only way getting called weird can hurt you is if you let it.

Spanking Children: Does the Bible Tell Me So?

James D. Tabor | Posted 11.26.2014 | 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.