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Why Parental Praise Doesn't Create Narcissists -- and What Does

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 05.14.2016 | Parents
Dr. Craig Malkin

Go ahead and tell your kids they're special as much as you like. Celebrate their accomplishments and let them see the proud gleam in your eyes, but make sure they know you adore them for who they are, regardless of whether or not they win or succeed.

A Tale of Two Cities: Free Range in Silver Spring Versus Supervision in Baltimore

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

The debate in the media and around the kitchen table continues to gain momentum. Is free range parenting good or bad for children?

Learning To Pop The Bubble

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

When I was a child, we played outside for hours without any adult supervision. My mom checked on us and gave us lunch while she was inside "getting things done." We spent hours using our imaginations and making our own decisions.

Who Really Wants to Have Children?

Chris Peak | Posted 06.16.2015 | Comedy
Chris Peak

We've regressed as parents, with your all-comsuming worry about medals and gold stickers on notebooks, or my God, we can't have Valentine's Day unless everyone receives a valentine from somebody.

10 Photos From The '70s And '80s That Would Get Parents In Trouble Today

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents

When Mommy Shorts creator Ilana Wiles interviewed her mom about raising kids in the '70s and '80s, she learned just how different parenting looked mer...

Forget Annoying Helicopter Parents. Helicopter Kids Are Way Worse

Seth Menachem | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Seth Menachem

My kids are well liked by their peers. They're socially adept and smart. But when given the choice of chasing a kid up a hill, or sitting with my wife and me on a park bench, they choose us. Even when their friends are begging them to play. They might occasionally run off with another kid for a few minutes, but they're not gone for long.

My So-Called Free-Range Childhood

Erika Milvy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Erika Milvy

When I read these gloating musings, I bristle. These parents were probably raised in suburbia, I think, sneering to myself a tiny bit. I'm contemptuous of these contemptuous parents with their Rockwell-esque reveries.

36 Ways You're Messing Up Your Child

Devorah Blachor | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Devorah Blachor

Bathe your child in paraben-free, SLS-free, soap-free liquid cleanser-like substance. Not too hot. Or cold. The water should be a little like baby bear's porridge.

How To Manage Your Anxiety About Your Kids

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Anxiety is like a bell curve, peaking and decreasing over a matter of minutes, but people don't realize this, because they usually don't stay in anxiety-provoking situations long enough to see that eventually, their anxiety will go down.

Free-Range Parenting: Easier Said Than Done, But Worth the Effort

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

The goals of a free-range parent are the same as those of most parents: to raise their kids to cope successfully with life, and if possible, be outrageously happy. Humans have been debating how to get your kid to be a successful adult since we began to speak. For free-range parents, the answer is autonomy and responsibility -- early and often.

Helicopter Parenting by the Governor of California

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.18.2015 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

While the intent of 'Yes Means Yes' is admirable -- and certainly more communication about and around sex is not a bad thing -- government seeking to regulate sex, or any other act, on such a micro level is a symptom of a culture marked by extreme over-parenting -- and it is dangerously enabling.

Let Kids Find Their Own Jobs

Bridie Clark Loverro | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Bridie Clark Loverro

I will not try to hook my kids up with job opportunities when they hit their teenage years. I won't pick up that Gap application for them. I certainly won't pick up the phone. I'll force myself to let them try on their own.

Mistakes I'd Make All Over Again

Darah Zeledon | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Darah Zeledon

What to tell, what not to tell -- how much do I need to confess about the escapades of my former adolescent self?

It's Time to Let Parents Be Parents And Kids Be Kids

Jessica Rosenberg | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rosenberg

The job of a parent isn't to solely keep their child safe; It's to teach them to be ready to live in the world.

The Myth of Unconditional Love and The Case for the 1950s Housewife

Catherine Zinger | Posted 12.07.2014 | Weddings
Catherine Zinger

What if being an "evolved" version of the 1950s housewife is by choice? When someone willingly assumes the role of pleasing one's man as her daily modus operandi, does that make her subservient or just plain wise?

Parents -- What About You?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

She was beginning to see that the problem was not so much not being cared about by her family, but not caring about herself. She could begin to see that how her family treated her was a mirror for how she was treating herself.

Do You Want To Go Jail? Let Your Kids Play Outside

Toni Nagy | Posted 10.28.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Of course we need to protect our children, but that also means helping them learn how to protect themselves. A generation of kids who has never once felt the autonomy of making their own decisions will potentially grow up to be a generation of very insecure adults.

Overbearing, Snowplough Parents Have Replaced Helicopter Parents

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Elwood D. Watson

Regardless of awareness or cluelessness, the fact is that for some young adults, the level of constant monitoring from parents is frustrating, wearisome and in some cases, exhausting.

For My Children's Sake, I'm Learning To Let Go

Stacey Hatton | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Stacey Hatton

The true success of our vacation was that I let my anxiety go and let my daughters experience new things. Watching their freedom is the best feeling I've had as a mother so far.

Fostering Independence at Home, Using Lessons from Camp

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

As many children head back-to-school, how can we continue to nurture self-confidence, independence and grit from the home front?

In Defense of Helicopter Parenting

Julie M Green | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Julie M Green

I never set out to become a poster girl for helicopter parenting. In fact, I despise the term, and would much rather be called a protective parent. Somewhere along the line, though, cautious parents like me became misunderstood, even maligned, in the media.

Why Do So Many Youths Today End Up Struggling in Life?

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 09.13.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

We parents, along with our schools, are providing our youth with the weakest preparation for life that I've ever seen.

Confessions of a (Reformed) Helicopter Mom

Christine French Cully | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

Last weekend, my husband and I were totally flummoxed by a robin who crashed into our dining room window over and over again. We were desperate to hel...

Colleges Are Offering Freshman Orientations For Parents

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 07.01.2014 | College

Colleges across the U.S. have put a new spin on "take your child to work day," or in this case, "take your parent to school day." By flipping the ...

A Counter-Intuitive Test to Guide Us as We Prepare Students

Tim Elmore | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Our job as teachers, coaches, youth workers and parents is to care deeply for the kids growing up on our watch.