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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.

Dislike! 4 Things Parents Should Never Do On Facebook

Andrea Bonior | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Once you become a parent, your Facebook personality often grows a new life as well. Suddenly, you possess an unbeatable way to share pictures of your little one, an avenue to join the crusade against those unsafe sippy cups, and a virtual pub to consort with others who are up at the ungodly hours you're now intimately familiar with.

Since the Candidates Are Acting Like Children, Let's Treat Them That Way

Richard Schiffman | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Richard Schiffman

If the little one is acting out, the adult does not have to add fuel to the fire by angrily reacting to a temper tantrum. The best strategy may be to let the kid blow off a little steam, and turn the other way. How about we try this tactic with our politicians?

Do We All Deserve Gold? Setting Kids Up to Fail

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 12.31.2011 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Perhaps if we offered the gold, silver and bronze for actual achievements, kids would learn lessons that better served their needs as adults.

We Don't Spoil Our Children Anymore -- We Entitle Them

Richard Watts | Posted 12.28.2011 | Black Voices
Richard Watts

How much is too much to give your children? Often, in assisting one's children, a parent dulls the character, integrity, work ethic, and socialization skills their children need to become responsible adults.

Message Blockers: Why Your Children Don't Get Your Messages

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.04.2011 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Have you noticed that sometimes your children just need to hear a message once and they get it? And, frustratingly, you can send a message dozens upon dozens of times and it is as if they had never sent the message at all?

A Baby? New Play Explores Politics of Child Bearing

Stephanie Green | Posted 12.04.2011 | DC
Stephanie Green

Duncan Macmillan, who at 30 is a rising British writer and director, prefers to describe Lungs as a conversation, probably "the most intimate and domestic" one two people will ever have.

Longing For Life

Tamara McClintock Greenberg | Posted 12.04.2011 | Fifty
Tamara McClintock Greenberg

In current times, we are aging quite diversely. While some people can enjoy the benefits of medical technology when it comes to conceiving a child, assisted reproductive technology does not work for everyone.

Four Surefire Ways to Send Messages to Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.22.2011 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Note: This post is excerpted from my latest parenting book, Your Children are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear from You. There are four sp...

Get the Most Bang Out of Your College Buck

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 10.15.2011 | College
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Is there any way that there can be a meeting of the minds between parents and college-bound children that won't suck the thrills and excitement out of this rite (vs. right) of passage as children go to college?

Cost Of Childcare Has Skyrocketed In Last 50 Years

24/7 Wall St. | Michael A. Sauter | Posted 08.25.2011 | Business

It cost $25,299 to raise a child from birth to age 18 in 1960. The amount rose to $226,920 last year. This may be one of the reasons many reasons Amer...

Growing Bolder: It Begins and Ends With Love

Marc Middleton | Posted 07.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

While we played with our daughters like children, we spoke to them as adults. We ate dinner together every night and engaged them in conversation almost before they could fully form sentences.

3 Words For Better Parenting

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Post these three words -- calm, tough, and persistent -- on your fridge, put them on your screensaver, or tattoo them on your forehead, whatever it takes so that you don't forget them.

10 States With The Highest Female/Male Wage Discrepancy

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.04.2011 | Business

Women in the U.S. have made tremendous strides in the past century, most notably in educational attainment. Just last week, in fact, the Census showe...

If Disney Princesses Had Mothers: Ariel

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bunmi Laditan

The Little Mermaid never provides any explanation as to what happened to Mrs. Triton; perhaps in some kind of messy domestic dispute, she was banished to another part of the ocean.

Where Are The Positive Parenting Role Models?

Judith Simon Prager, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Simon Prager, PhD

Neither too involved nor too uninterested parents have any interest at all in the inner life of their children -- their hopes, desires, dreams. And without nourishing those aspects, we starve them of everything from imagination to hope.

The Tiger Mom's Other Half: Where Are The Dads In This Dynamic?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Is there room for two strong-minded parents with two different styles of parenting? What is the quality of the parents' relationships and how do they affect the young eyes watching?

Chua, Baby

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

While my self-esteem couldn't be detected by an atomic microscope, I did regard myself as a sure thing in some future Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog eating contest.

10 Tips For Surviving Weekends With The Kids

Emily V. Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Emily V. Gordon

For parents who share custody of their children, here are a few thoughts on how to make visiting weekends with your kids as enjoyable and comfortable ...

The Dancing Parent -- 'How Was Your Day?'

Darryl Sollerh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Darryl Sollerh

For some children, the question "How was your day?" is all they need to launch into a chatty description of every moment since you parted. But for others what often follows can be anything but comforting to a parent.

Are You the 'Favorite Parent' in Your Household?

Dr. Ellen Libby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ellen Libby

The parent who children prefer may vary by the moment or by a time of life, or be fixed to one parent for most of a lifetime.

The Favorite Child: Unraveling This Pervasive Dynamic

Dr. Ellen Libby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ellen Libby

There are dangers inherent in being the favorite child. Unbridled confidence can be accompanied by feelings of entitlement and little, if any, realization that there are consequences for actions.