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Why Alone Time Is So Important for Boys And Girls

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.16.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Modern parents are almost obsessed with filling up their children's time. There are after-school classes, team sports, camps, lessons. What's often missing from the schedule is valuable time spent alone.

How to Talk To Your Kids About the Jerry Sandusky Trial

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.23.2012 | Sports
Barbara Greenberg

We need to teach our kids that bad people come in all shapes and sizes.

Are We Addicted to Being an Enabler?

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 08.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

We are not doing our loved ones a service by living in fear of their threats, trying to be best buds, believing this time will be different or too lazy to do anything about their actions.

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.

How Happy is Your Kid's Bedroom?

Sophie Keller | Posted 07.02.2012 | Parents
Sophie Keller

The photos in Jude's room make him feel that his family is close to him, even though they are all around the world.

Executive Function Dysfunction?

Leslie King, LCSW | Posted 06.30.2012 | Parents
Leslie King, LCSW

In essence, parents would do well to understand that teenagers develop execution function capacities at different times and in individual ways.

Orphans Of Technology: Choosing Between Our Smartphones And Kin

Nancy Colier | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Like everything, humans included, technology resolves itself in contradiction. And yet, we must be mindful of what we are doing with technology, particularly when in the company of our children. Our emotional presence is the greatest gift we can offer our children.

Goodbye, My Child -- Hello Alien?

Darryl Sollerh | Posted 06.25.2012 | Parents
Darryl Sollerh

With a little judicious self-understanding, awareness, patience and support, your Middle Schooler may not seem quite so alien after all, and you likely won't seem quite so alienated from them.

Are You One With Courage?: A Call to Action to Support National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Teresa Huizar | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

It takes courage for adults to recognize the signs of abuse and report suspected abuse. And it will take courage for all of us to engage in an open dialogue about child abuse.

The Meaning Of True Strength

Nancy Colier | Posted 04.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

To be strong is not to outrun sadness, but rather to learn to embrace it when it is here, to take good care of it so that it can heal. This is a warrior's strength, a wise parent's strength.

8 Ways to Mess Up Your Kids

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2012 | Parents
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Most parents REALLY want to be good parents. But since it is rare for parents to take parenting classes before becoming parents, we inadvertently do l...

Want To Feel Happier? Enjoy Childish Pleasures

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 03.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

My children make me happy for many reasons, of course. But it strikes me that one reason they make me happy is they encourage me to engage more deeply with the physical world.

First Lines

Amy Bernays | Posted 03.18.2012 | Arts
Amy Bernays

I wanted something about the viewer and viewed: knowledge and innocence, old and young, knowing and not knowing. This is all complex lines and fine...

The Top Ten "Stupid Stoner Stories" of 2011

Russ Belville | Posted 03.04.2012 | Weird News
Russ Belville

In many of these stories, the stupid is someone simply wanting police help and wouldn't even merit a ticket if pot weren't illegal... so don't forget that the biggest stupid is prohibiting adult use of marijuana in the first place.

Sex, Education, and Abuse: Are We Failing Our Kids Miserably?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.06.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Simply telling your kids about good versus bad touches and then expecting them to come to you if they have been touched in the wrong places is not enough.

Gaining a Child's Perspective

Nikki Stone | Posted 02.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Nikki Stone

I'd met everyone from celebrities to Olympians to the president of the United States, but I walked out of that hospital feeling more inspired by those children than by anyone I had ever met before.

Is There Lead In My Phone Case?

Turnstyle | Posted 10.31.2011 | Healthy Living

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The Dancing Parent: Summer Fun with Family?

Leslie King, LCSW | Posted 10.03.2011 | Parents
Leslie King, LCSW

For all the restful, supportive days the summer months may offer some families, for many others what can also arrive with the balmy breezes are bouts of anxiety, disappointments, arguments and patience-sapping endurance tests.

Stressing Motherhood: Could the Stress From Inequality be Killing Our Kids?

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 10.02.2011 | Healthy Living
Eric Michael Johnson

A mother's affection for her child is thought to be absolute. Yet, throughout history, women have taken the lives of their children under a variety of contexts and reasons. Why?

Parents Should Support Children's Digital Literacy

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 08.07.2011 | Education
Daniel Donahoo

Parents, as they should, have a clear role to play in their children's effective and appropriate use of media and technology. But, where will they develop he skills and knowledge to do this?

The Dancing Parent: Grading Your Kid's Grades, Part 2

Leslie King, LCSW | Posted 08.06.2011 | Education
Leslie King, LCSW

Let's take a look at why kids who may well have a realistic capacity to regularly receive top grades, yet who seem to be chronically underachieving.

What Are the Family Courts Thinking?

Lee Block | Posted 07.23.2011 | Divorce
Lee Block

This is not a rhetorical question. I really do want to know what the courts are thinking. The family courts just get worse and worse as time goes on.

Child Support: The Debate That Never Ends

Lee Block | Posted 06.08.2011 | Divorce
Lee Block

There are so many things to say on the subject of child support...

Have Primary Custody? Want To Relocate? Not So Fast

Lee Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Lee Block

Will he let me move? This was the main question that was asked the other night while at dinner with some divorced girlfriends and it got me thinking....

Why Do We Stigmatize Non-Custodial Moms?

Lee Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Lee Block

I used to think about a non-custodial mom in a negative way. I thought about someone who must have some pretty major issues. They must be drug addic...