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8 Thoughts You Have When Your Child Goes in for Surgery

Karen Sewell | Posted 09.04.2015 | Parents
Karen Sewell

In terms of mommy milestones, I hit a big one recently. My sweetest, most tenderhearted little one had surgery. She was under general anesthesia, the whole nine yards. There's a lot I did to prepare for it, but I never felt ready.

Kids Bedtime Reading About Cooking: In Combating Eating Disorders, Can Food Be Its Own Best Defense?

Nick Fouche | Posted 09.04.2015 | Books
Nick Fouche

"Listen to the stories your food can tell you," my Italian granddad always says. So commences the bedtime story In the Kitchen with Grandad. Running to 26 pages and focusing on Italian cuisine, it is the first paperback in a series of vignettes on international cooking.

All Colors Are for Everyone

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

It is perfectly fine that some little boys love construction sites and some little girls love dollhouses, but that doesn't mean we should label their choice and then stop exposing them to different possibilities.

Arthur Ashe Kids Day 2015

Yvonna Russell | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Yvonna Russell

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can" said Arthur Ashe. On Saturday, August 29th everybody at the 20th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day brought their A game.

Love Endures All: What I'll Tell My Kids About 9/11

Robyn Passante | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Robyn Passante

When I think about 9/11, I remember the fliers. Thousands of fliers fluttering in the ash-coated breeze during the long nights and days and weeks after the dust had settled but the devastation was still settling in.

5 Healthy and Kid-Friendly Meals for School Lunches

Hannah Helsabeck | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Hannah Helsabeck

The new school year has begun and even if you prepared for weeks, the daily routine can get hectic very quickly. In the midst of all the tasks, sometimes lunches are the first thing to fall to the wayside. But with a little preparation and a few solid lunch ideas, you don't have to give up on sending your kids to school with healthy lunches every day.

How I Learned To Stand The Deep Grief Of Letting My Son Grow Up

O, The Oprah Magazine | Pam Masin | Posted 09.02.2015 | OWN

 I so loved being pregnant that I wished I could carry my son forever. The bigger I got, the more luxuriously contented I felt. And not just con...

I Love My Chocolate Chip Cookies. Here's Why.

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 09.01.2015 | Taste
Rachel Levy Lesser

I love that when someone I love is feeling sad or just not 100 percent, that I can bring them the cookies and just for a minute they can feel a tiny bit better or at least feel distracted by the crispiness on the outside and the chewiness on the inside of the homemade treats.

Dear Teachers: You're Not Fooling Me

Candice Curry | Posted 09.01.2015 | Education
Candice Curry

Sweet teachers: school just started, and I'll bet you're wiped out and definitely a little lighter in the bank account; but I see you. I see how hard you've worked before the first day of school even started. I see that you chose this job not to get rich or famous.

As A New School Year Begins, Please Remember This Story

Jenny Mosier | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Jenny Mosier

It is quite fitting that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The juxtaposition of the hustle and bustle of a new school year with the parallel universe where families are fighting simply for their child to survive is a poignant one.

I'm a Dietitian and I Let My Kids Have Junk Food. Here's Why.

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

I hope for kids who understand that it's okay to have junk food occasionally, who don't worry that junk food will poison them, but who also understand that there's a reason we eat oatmeal WAY more often than Lucky Charms.

Girl's Reaction to Her First Day of Kindergarten in a Catholic School

Jenn Delekta | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion
Jenn Delekta

It was my daughter's first day of Kindergarten and it was at a Catholic school. I was anticipating my daughter going through an adjustment, not only because it was Kindergarten but also because it was a religious-based school.

There's A Better Way To Manage Your Kids' Many Art Projects

OWN | Lynn Okura | Posted 09.01.2015 | OWN

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This Little Girl Will Totally Inspire Your Fall Wardrobe

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 08.31.2015 | Style

If we're being honest, we've been planning our fall wardrobe for weeks now. And the time has finally come when we can break out our light jackets and...

10 Ways for Kids to Find Their Own Score Card to Maximize Learning at School

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2015 | Education
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Schools have rules, grades, tests, competitions, and hopefully, learning. If kids want to enjoy school, be inspired, maintain their desires for discovery, and have fun, they need to find their own pace at learning and not be pressured into doing more or less.

It's National Breastfeeding Month, And For The First Time, I'm Not Sad Or Angry

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

When I nearly died from complications after delivering our twins, I grieved one thing possibly more than any other: the loss of my ability to breastfe...

Spreading Their Wings -- Back to School

Lakshmi Iyer | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Lakshmi Iyer

The lump in my throat has less to do with the impending start of first grade than the succession of years that flash before my eyes before they will eventually spread their wings to fly away from home.

10 Signs That You're Ready for the Kids to Go Back to School

Lynn Perkins | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

It's tough to give up the more leisurely pace of summer break and a bit sad to see the time go by so quickly, but there's no denying the excitement and promise that a return to school can bring. Here are ten subliminal signs that you're ready for the first school bell to ring -- whether or not you're ready to admit it.

5 Ways to Help Kids Get Through School Jitters

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Hepburn

Yesterday, I dropped off my 7-year-old at school. I held her hand as we wound around the school looking for her classroom and trying to make it before the bell signaled our tardiness. I tried to pass the one-year-old off to my husband so I could just focus on my daughter.

My top 20 worries today. Just today.

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 08.27.2015 | Women
Susan McCorkindale

I worry about everything. I don't want to, but I do. My mom's the same way and her mom was the same way. I don't know about my mom's mom's mom, but I can't worry about that. I've too much else to worry about.

Kids Try Dark Chocolate For First Time, Their Reactions Have Us ROFL

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.27.2015 | Good News

Kids really can't help but express how they're feeling, and when it comes to trying new foods, we're so thankful for that.  These child...

Sleeping With Wolves and Camping in a Boreal Forest: Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (Québec, Canada)

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 08.27.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

We were not only going to a private wolf sanctuary, Aventuraid, but also to an animal wilderness park - Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien. The zoo was in a stunning boreal forest, and we looked forward to experiencing a camping, canoeing and hiking adventure.

Four-Year College Isn't the Only Road

Amy Fortney Parks | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Amy Fortney Parks

He is taking a different route -- I am so grateful that he is still on the road, honestly. He is going to community college this fall. Maybe he'll transfer one day -- maybe he'll go to work -- or move to India.

Climate Change This Week: Wind Winds Up, Extinctions Explode and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Your Meat-Eating Habit Is Killing More Than Just Cows -- says a new report, which cites the land degradation, pollution and deforestation caused by rising global demand for meat as "likely the leading cause of modern species extinctions."

The Mom Who Cried Wolf

Kathleen Siddell | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Kathleen Siddell

Isn't there something triumphant about staying strong in the face of crocodile tears? Tantrums can be the worst but it always amazes me once it's over how quickly kids move on as if nothing ever happened.