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The Day My Daughter Taught Me The Courage of Conviction

Kasey Ferris | Posted 09.22.2016 | Parents
Kasey Ferris

Being a single mom with five kiddos at home means that I have to be incredibly budget-conscious. It also means that, while we find fun in lots of ways, they're not generally the same ways others find fun.

Your Children Don't Want You To Be Perfect

Cathy Cassani Adams | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Cathy Cassani Adams

When we allow our children to be our teachers, they remind us of the value of seeing the world as they do, which involves living more simply, showing greater compassion and being more mindful.

Parenthood Doesn't Come with A Manual

Dani Alpert | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Dani Alpert

Listening to her speak about her experiences, I empathized, as I put myself in the child role. I shared some of the same feelings; disappointment, frustration and anger.

A New Trick to Parenting Teens

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

I have 22 years of parenting experience. I've read hundreds of articles on how to parent. Often, I do find suggestions and insights that help, but parenting has a way of leaving me feeling humble, human and in need of more -- and so my quest for tools and tricks continues.

Should There Be a Pre-Pregnancy Contract?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Being intentional -- thinking about the parenting process, having conversations and negotiating with your co-parent along the way, knowing who you are and what's most important to you -- makes a world of difference in the quality and experience of raising your child.

All You Need Is Love?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

What stops us from feeling and exhibiting that love? Maybe we're so fearful of doing the wrong things that we get paralyzed.

Are Punishments and Consequences Different?

Shefali Tsabary | Posted 03.16.2014 | Parents
Shefali Tsabary

When children aren't allowed to learn from the natural consequences of their behavior, they don't develop the ability to direct their lives from their own center of gravity.

Questions Every Parent Should Ask

Richard Greenberg | Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

earning to recognize how our parents influenced us may be the most effective way of preparing for the job ahead. What did your parents do that you remember most positively? Were there hugs at night? Surprise trips to the ice cream store? Goofy family photos?

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.

The Reality Of 'Ignoring' Tantrums

Hayley Krischer | Posted 02.05.2012 | Parents
Hayley Krischer

On a good day, I try to give my two-year-old choices. I attempt to keep my voice low. If she doesn't respond, then I remove her from the situation and tell her I'll speak to her when she's done screaming.

FACE IT: Is Text-Parenting Replacing the Family Dinner Table?

Michele Willens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michele Willens

In truth, I feel I am more in touch with my kids than my parents were with me. Face it, sometimes it is easier to say things in a text.

When Words Fail Us: The Love of Parent and Child

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

I was reminded of the inadequacy of words at my friend's house last week. He has a son with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). There is no cure for DMD.

For Parents: Your Life After Graduation

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Much of this probably sounds obvious. But what I'm trying to get at is the undeniable, colossal significance of the 18 years we spend with our children.

Rigging Kids' Brains for Happy Memories (VIDEO)

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

our mind acts like Teflon for positive memories and Velcro for negative ones. This isn't good for our happiness: If most of our memories are negative, we perceive the world as threatening.

Full-Time Daddies, Women in the House and the New Kitchen Wisdom

Elizabeth Lesser | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Lesser

Kitchen wisdom is the genius that many women have honed over centuries. It includes emotional intelligence, psychological insight and social conscience. It's a witches' brew of qualities and aptitudes.

Toddlers who Lie 'Will Do Better'

BBC News | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Toddlers who tell lies early on are more likely to do well later, researchers claim....