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Evelyn Lauer: How I Slowed Down During the Holidays

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Evelyn Lauer

We've all been there. Judging others. Impatient. Filled with road rage. Our needs are more important. We are the center of the universe, after all. We forget that, perhaps, there are legitimate reasons for the delay: back pain, a broken leg, a baby in the backseat.

Putting Kids' Shows to the Bechdel Test

Kayla Williams | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Kayla Williams

Earlier this year, I heard about the Bechdel test. It wasn't long before I started thinking about the shows my kids watch and wondering how they would perform on a modified version of it.

Holiday Meltdowns Are Not Inevitable: Here's One You and Your Children Can Escape

Susan Linn | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Susan Linn

Days of anticipation and the flurry of opening presents can be overwhelming, especially for young children. Helping them manage their expectations will also help them, and you, avoid unpleasant meltdowns during what is supposed to be a fun and exciting experience.

Did Someone Say 'Classic'? Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Could Not Be Published Today

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Peter Mandel

You may know that Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodor Geisel. But bet you didn't know this: The Cat in the Hat could not be published today. Repeat: It couldn't make the cut.

11 Places the Kids Will Never Forget

Cheapflights | Posted 02.15.2014 | Travel

With winter break on our radar (and spring break looming ahead), we rounded up 11 places to take the kids that will blow their minds.

5 Benefits Of Dating A Single Mom

Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce

By Kate Anthony for So many men are often put off by dating a single mom, and I have to say it's a little mystifying to me. There a...

What I'm Thinking When I Write Our Family Christmas Card

Devon Corneal | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

There are places where we can share our darkest selves and mundane lives; the holiday card is not one of them. It is a snapshot of the year and a dream catcher on card stock. It isn't perfection -- it's reality and aspiration rolled into one.

The Four Most Devastating And Uplifting Words

Sarah Reinhart | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Sarah Reinhart

There is something I tell myself quite a bit. This something gets me through the rough patches. It sees me through certain moments of sadness or anger or frustration or despair. Speaking these words and letting the realization sink in raises my spirit up and up and up.

Mama, If That's Movin' Up Then We're Movin' Out

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

I will be giving up Gotham for Long Island. So? What is 30 miles? I don't know if I'm sad to leave the city or sad to leave the walking-everywhere-still-holding-on-to-my-20's city version of me.

3 Ways to Foster Your Kids' Interests

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

It feels good to share what you already love with your kids, and we should. We should also make sure to take that leap that when our kids tell us they want to explore something new, even if it means getting further away from our own comfort zones.

Healthy Gift Ideas

Roshini Raj, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Roshini Raj, M.D.

Physical activity decreases during winter months: From Halloween through New Year's Day, eating tends to increase, with lots of candy and treats. Let's consider some healthy gift ideas for a change this holiday season! Here are some ideas that are healthy and educational.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Monday, Dec. 9

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How bad can a film-festival day be when you see four movies - and only one of them is terrible? And the best one is the last one of the day? That ...

Fun Decorating Tricks For The Kids Table, From Sandra Lee

Posted 12.09.2013 | MarloThomas

When it comes to holiday entertaining, Sandra Lee, Editor-in-Chief of Sandra Lee magazine, had many quick and easy solutions to share when she stopped...

Shelly Picks the Best Tablets for Kids

Shelly Palmer | Posted 02.08.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Tablets out-shipped portable computers this year for the first time ever. There are more tablet models to choose from than ever before, which means th...

What I'd Do Differently If I Could Parent All Over Again

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 02.08.2014 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

If I could do it all again -- raise a family -- I would, in an instant. But I'd do it a little differently, because hindsight, it turns out, really is 20/20.

How To Break Into the Glamorous World of Commercial Acting

Jolie Jenkins | Posted 02.05.2014 | Comedy
Jolie Jenkins

Don't start daydreaming yet about buying that new house, deep in the Valley. You'll have to go to a few (hundred) pesky auditions first.

The Real Reason We're Hovering Parents

Doug Struck | Posted 02.05.2014 | Fifty
Doug Struck

So, when I call my son at his college, the conversations are like this: "Hey, pal. How's classes? Yeah, great. Now look, can you tell me why my phone keeps showing messages from someone who died five years ago?"

Divorce Brings New Holiday Traditions

Amy Koko | Posted 02.05.2014 | Divorce
Amy Koko

So this Thanksgiving was kind of weird. My ex husband decided to start a new tradition, whereby each child has to bring a dish. Wow. Couldn't he have started that like 10 years ago, when I was cooking dinner for 20?

Kindergarten Is Too Late -- We Need to Strengthen Brains Earlier Than That

George Halvorson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

Studies have shown that the children who come to kindergarten best equipped to learn to read have been read to -- on average -- nearly 1700 hours between birth and kindergarten.

Why I'll Always Let My Kids Have Sleepovers

Wendi Aarons | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Wendi Aarons

When my boys ask to have friends sleep over or beg to go to a slumber party, I will always say "yes." Go. Grab your sleeping bag and your pajamas and have fun.

An Open Letter to the Executives at Fisher-Price About the iPad Bouncy Seat

Melissa Sher | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

Lucky me and lucky mankind, it appears that you have a whole line of (trademarked!) Apptivity™ products. No neck control? No problem! It's not just the iPad that's locked up. It's the newborn as well!

I Have Great Taste, Dammit! (Just Don't Judge Me By the Music I'm Belting Out)

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 02.03.2014 | Comedy
Sharon Kay Edwards

I used to feel that my love for all things Christmas music-related couldn't possibly coexist with the great taste in music that I take elitist pride in. I mean, in what brain is there a mutual respect for John Lennon and The Chipmunks?

Stumped By What to Get Your Older Children for the Holidays? Here's a Solution That Will WOW Them!

Laura Wellington | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Laura Wellington

There are moments in all parents' lives when they just can't figure out what to get their children and leaning on a big name retailer to pull a rabbit from a hat for them only adds to the frustration despite the helpful lists these retailers strive to provide.

Why I Took My Daughter to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
David Henry Sterry

I want my daughter to understand that the corporate-fueled greed which has corrupted this country is EVIL. I want her to understand that people are more important than profit. I want her to understand that it's important to help people who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Travel With Kids: Top 5 Hotel Tips

Budget Travel | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Could we really still travel with five kids under the age of five? Sure we could and indeed we did. Whether your family is big or small, here is some advice to ensure that your next check-in doesn't leave you wanting to check out!