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I Wanted My Marriage to Be Like a TV Show. This Is Why I Was Wrong.

Clint Edwards | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Clint Edwards

A lot of people tend to really glorify older sitcoms as a real representation of what family life ought to be. But the fact is, family life has never been "Leave It To Beaver." It's always been a little grittier than that.

Climate Change This Week: $1 Rooftop Solar for Nonprofits, the Ocean Carbon Punch, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Amazonian Wildlife: a treasure trove of biodiversity. Source mostly ajorbahman.blog...

Top 10 Most Annoying Kids to Have Over for a Play Date

Catherine Pearlman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Catherine Pearlman

Play dates are a vital part of every parent's handbook. Over the course of 12 years of motherhood, I've hosted my fair share. The vast majority were wonderful. They were nice kids who played well with my kids. But then there are the others. This list is about those.

Why Parent-Child 'Date Nights' Are So Important

Mommy Nearest | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

At first, since we're always so focused on creating this important family time, we questioned ourselves. Is it okay to give up that togetherness and branch off? The answer was a huge "yes," and here's why.

At What Age Is It OK for My Teen to Watch Movies or TV Shows With Drug Use, Such as Breaking Bad?

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

This is probably a perfect example of how families must make individual choices based on their kids' maturity and their own family's values. If your teen is interested, try to watch together.

Want to Make Sure Your Kids Get Over the Divorce? First, Let Them Go Through It

Anastasia Higginbotham | Posted 06.25.2015 | Divorce
Anastasia Higginbotham

Just as sex education doesn't "give" young people the idea to have sex, acknowledging that divorce is disruptive, life-changing and often hard isn't what makes it so.

Reflections on Father's Day 2015: Don't Forget, It's Not About You

John McCormick | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

I got a glimpse for the first time of what it will be like to be an empty nester. Connor starts high school this fall, and in two years Will is off to college. If Father's Day 2015 is any predictor, I'll be a complete mess, lavishing my pent-up paternal affections on the family dogs.

Taking a Stand (Literally) for Health in Schools

Sadie Barr | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Sadie Barr

Not only do standing desks in classrooms improve health outcomes, they also improve academic performance. This is like a public health professional's dream! Why aren't these everywhere?

Health Education Takes Center Stage

Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW

The Institute of Medicine reports that students in kindergarten through 12th grade get only four to six hours of nutrition education per school year. In a culture where more than a third of young Americans are obese, it's worth looking at what helps these students retain the information they need to maintain a healthy weight.

This Young Heckler Was So Hilarious Miguel Cabrera Gave Him A Bat

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 06.25.2015 | Sports

Now this is how you get Miggy's attention.

Interview With the Kid Who Built a Nuclear Reactor in His Garage

Denver Nicks | Posted 06.25.2015 | Science
Denver Nicks

I've known Taylor Wilson from a distance for several years, from a time many lifetimes ago when I was working as a journalist covering the nuclear power industry. He's not a kid anymore, but when he was 14 years old Wilson decided to build a nuclear reactor in his parents' home.

How to Calm a Germ Phobic Mom

LJ Charleston | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
LJ Charleston

We all know a Germ Phobic Mom. She gasps in horror if another child grabs her little darling's plastic sippy cup. If your child so much as breathes on her child, she will rush him to the bathroom to wash his face and hands. "You just never know where those kids have been playing! For all we know, he could have been playing in dog poo!"

What Inspires You?

Jessica Denis | Posted 06.23.2015 | Women
Jessica Denis

It's really not a complicated question, but yet so few people are able to answer it in a clear or concise fashion. Instead most will answer with the sunset or "my kids inspire me" or they might have that one idol that provides them inspiration at any given moment.

Climate Change This Week: The Climate Pope, Hot Babes, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Why the Things My Husband Does That Make Me Insane Are Great for Our Kids

Jess Kapp | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Jess Kapp

All the crap our husbands do that make us want to tear our hair out could actually be helping to balance out the crap we do that makes our kids want to tear their hair out. Our husbands are different than us.

We're Not Doing Anything This Summer -- And I'm Totally OK With That

Lori Ferraro | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

We are one week into summer vacation, and I've joined forces with a few other working moms who have semi-flexible schedules to give our kids one of those old-school, no-agenda, bike-riding, running-through-sprinklers, free-for-all, popsicle-eating-'til-there's-a-ring-of-red-around-your-mouth summer vacations.

What a Feminist Dad Wants For Father's Day

Jacob Feinspan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Jacob Feinspan

I want my little boy, and his big brother, to grow up in a world of real gender equity. Of equal pay for equal work. Where moms are proud of their work both out in the world and at home -- and where dads get credit only when we take on a fair share of parenting.

Boy Donates Birthday Money To Kids Of Fallen Officer

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.20.2015 | Good News

"It made me feel good because I knew that I was helping someone else." So says Carson Atkins, who used his ninth birthday party earlier this month ...

How 'Inside Out' Nailed The Science Of Kids' Emotions

Greater Good | Yasmin Anwar | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living

When UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner attended the Hollywood premiere of the new Pixar movie Inside Out—which opened yesterday in theaters na...

Come Out to Play

Darell Hammond | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
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Darell Hammond

"Go outside and play; just be home before dark!" Sound familiar? It's a line that encapsulates our own childhood, when the hours after school and just before dinner were ours for the taking.

The Reason Ice Cream Made Me Cry

Al DeLuise | Posted 06.19.2015 | Divorce
Al DeLuise

No, I'm not lactose intolerant. The reason ice cream made me cry is not that straightforward. To explain my bizarre reaction to ice cream I have to ...

A Year Ago and a Year Later

Jessica Kahan | Posted 06.18.2015 | Divorce
Jessica Kahan

Eighteen months ago we made the decision to get divorced. Fifteen months ago we were separated. Five months ago our divorce was official. But it's the year I'm coming upon that seems the most significant.

5 Ways to Connect With Our Kids and Why We Should Start Practicing Them Now

Allison Chawla | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Allison Chawla

In all of my studies surrounding parenting, there is one reoccurring variable that continues to support healthy child-parent relationships, and that is making the effort to genuinely connect with kids.

An Open Letter To My Kids About Summer

M. Blazoned | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
M. Blazoned

Feel free to leave your stuff wherever you want this summer. Half-finished smoothies in the family room? No problem. I got it. Socks in the hall. I'm on it. Dishes in the sink? Keep 'em coming.

Parents: Less Stress Travel with Kids!

Rachel Hollis | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Rachel Hollis

Summer is the perfect time to travel as a family, but it requires a lot of planning ahead. What I like to do is think of all the scenarios that may cause a complete meltdown and plan ways to avoid them. These are some of my tips for a peaceful and much more enjoyable family vacation.