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How to Be a Good Parent

10 Things I Should Do To Be A Better Parent

Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld

BK, or otherwise known as "before kids", you have all the answers. You see things clearly, as only an outsider looking in can. It's easy to believe that parenting is divided into things that should be done and shouldn't be done. That works fine... until you have kids.

Are You One of the Lucky Ones?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Jan and I believe that we all have what it takes to be a good parent if we take the time to consider how we want to parent.

My Ex Keeps Trashing Me to the Kids! What Should I Do?

Kate Scharff | Posted 02.21.2014 | Divorce
Kate Scharff

It takes practice, but you can learn to address misinformation about you (and redress the emotional damage it causes) without resorting to counterattacks or pulling your kids into an alliance against their other parent.

On (Not) Keeping Up With The Dads

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

I hobbled to my computer and spent an hour reading articles with titles like "Top 10 Ways to Be a Good Dad," to see what I might be missing. Turns out these articles were not so much about being a good dad as they were about being a good parent. Huh.

Ramadan Reflection Day 20: Is It OK To Dislike A Parent?

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Islam is about reality and it's time to start dealing with the reality that not every parent is a good one.

Boomeranging into an Empty Nest

Lisa Solod | Posted 07.31.2012 | Parents
Lisa Solod

As I packed up the house at the same time I packed my daughter up for college, I sensed that my timing was predicated on my desire not to have empty nest syndrome when my last child left.

Top 10 Qualities of a Good Mother

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 07.07.2012 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

Are you a great mama? Do you have a great mom? Are you married to one? At the very least, I know you know a great mother. Which of these qualities are your -- or her -- particular strengths?

What Makes a Terrific Parent?

Alfie Kohn | Posted 06.23.2012 | Parents
Alfie Kohn

That may sound obvious, but some parents use their children to meet their own emotional needs -- and seem unaware that they're doing so.

Life Lessons We Learn From Our Children

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Our children can teach us about awe. And anyone who has ever had a child knows that they have so much to teach us about happiness. They experience it easily, and often, if not constantly.

Parents: Fear Of Failure Is A Childhood Epidemic

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

To protect children from popular culture's destructive definitions of failure, give them positive definitions of failure.

Being a Parent Versus Being a Spouse

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristen Houghton

Being a parent shouldn't mean that you put your marriage on hold. If your spouse is always second or third on your life's agenda, your marriage will suffer.

Why Parents Hate Parenting--Or Do They?

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Research suggests that parents hate parenting, so with all these built in challenges, is there something deeper besides just the evolutionary push that drives people to become parents?

The Value of Teaching Kids About Poverty

Sheila Lirio Marcelo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Growing up in a place where poverty confronted us on a daily basis profoundly impacted my life. We were taught that if were were successful, we should give back to those in need.

PBS's 'This Emotional Life': What Are Parents Really Juggling?

Dr. Thomas Bradbury | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Thomas Bradbury

Parents unquestionably revel in times of great delight, yet these times are leavened with, and even overwhelmed by, tension, disputes, worry and even outright anger.

Dream a Little Dream: Positive Ways to Guide Your Child's Future

Cristina Carlino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cristina Carlino

It's been said that every child is one special being placed on earth to accomplish something remarkable. So why do we parents sometimes project our own goals onto our little ones?

Live Like Your Kids Are Watching

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Stiffelman

It's easy to espouse wise counsel when things are going well. But the truth is, the way we handle the curve balls matters most. Because the truth is, we aren't raising children; we're raising adults.

What Really Spoils Our Children?

John Robbins | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Robbins

What spoils kids is when they are taught to fill up their emptiness from the outside by purchasing things and activities, rather than learning how to fill themselves up from the inside.

A Parent's Guide to Unplugging and Recharging

Tom Matlack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Matlack

This author's touchstone of faith, unplugging and serenity has always been physical contact with his kids.

Digging For Worms: Can Parents Work Out The Hygiene Hypothesis?

Susan Weissman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Weissman

I think that nourishing food is a key component in good health. But I believe the Hygiene Hypothesis supports a more likely cause for autoimmune conditions.