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#Modern Parenting

Louis C.K., Parenting Buddha

Sara Goldstein | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

I've long since given up the notion that children are magical, spirited snowflakes, or that I have to maintain the illusion I have any idea what I'm doing as a parent.

'Help' Is A 4-Letter Word

Emily Gallo | Posted 02.20.2015 | Parents
Emily Gallo

I have a knight in shining armor. He's making dinner or taking Noah to hockey practice or peeling polish from his toenails. That guy has a knight in shining armor, too. It's me, the missing piece in archaic princess culture. We make it through together. We help each other.

Why Mommy and Me Programs Send The Wrong Message

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Society seems to be sending mixed messages -- dads should be more involved in their child's care, but spending some time at preschool, or Saturday morning teaching their child to swim or enjoy music, isn't something they need to be doing. That's the mom's domain.

5 Keys To Making Life And Career After Baby Feel Like A More Perfect Union

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
 Camalo Gaskin

Have a broad and detailed perspective of where you want to be, what you want to experience, what your values are, who you want to be around, what emotions you want to fuel you. These are all critical to devoting your time adequately to your grander purpose.

The Key To Parenting Perfectly -- Sometimes

Melissa Mowry | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Melissa Mowry

Sometimes I get down on the floor and assemble block towers and read books and sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"; sometimes I can't be bothered because I'm just so bored with entertaining a baby for 10 hours a day.

This Marvelous Mess

Lisa Witherspoon | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Lisa Witherspoon

If I take a deep breath and step back for a moment, though, I can see that these messes are reminders of all that is wonderful in my life. In the evening, when all is quiet and I finally sit down to relax, I look around surveying the chaos that lingers and recall all the mess represents.

One Thing Parents Need To Stop Apologizing For

Beau Coffron | Posted 02.11.2015 | Parents
Beau Coffron

The truth of the matter is that my baby has just as much right to be on a plane as any adult. When we are flying, I do my best to keep the chaos to a minimum, but chances are I'm more bothered by my child's crying than the guy across the row from me is.

Be Present

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 02.09.2015 | Hawaii
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

I have to admit though; my most significant memory of finding time to BE wasn't during selfie time. Believe it or not, I actually shared this moment with my daughter.

Why You Should Holiday With Baby

Aimee Chan | Posted 02.06.2015 | Travel
Aimee Chan

Don't wait until the kids are older. Traveling with a baby is actually relatively easy (versus, say, trying to travel with a toddler) and cost effective. But, beyond that, there are many reasons why taking infants out of their everyday environment and going on baby-friendly holidays is beneficial.

An Argument For Eliminating Valentine's Day

Doyin Richards | Posted 02.06.2015 | Parents
Doyin Richards

If we can all find a way to remove ourselves from the parenting routine to do thoughtful things -- big or small -- to consistently demonstrate how much we love the people in our lives (instead of just on February 14th), then we'll finally eliminate Valentine's Day once and for all.

Ballet Dads

Richard Greenberg | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

It doesn't matter if you're the dad or the mom, on a dance floor or on a ballfield, the things children need to be taught are all the same: kindness, respect, generosity and fair play.

To Expectant Mom From New Mom, With Love

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

Pregnancy can be an isolating experience, if only because it's your own. No one can know how you feel, because they aren't you. And you have no idea how to feel, because it's not something you've ever done before. Every day, every feeling, is new.

Why Travel With Kids, By Kids

Aimee Chan | Posted 01.30.2015 | Travel
Aimee Chan

I can give lots of reasons to pack up all the gear and invest in a family holiday -- phrases such as global citizen, cultural tolerance and lifelong shared memories come to mind.

Despite What You May Have Read, New York Is a Terrific Place to Raise a Baby

Natalie Thomas | Posted 01.28.2015 | New York
Natalie Thomas

We're the beneficiaries of every great service that most New Yorkers are privy too: Tons of parks and playgrounds, classes, building playrooms, museums, culture, diversity... and getting to our New York offerings in a New York minute.

8 Life Lessons Every Adult Should Learn From Kids

Lindsay Robin Christianson | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Lindsay Robin Christianson

It's easy to feel like we, as adults, are the teachers and it is our job to share everything that we know and have learned with the youth of today. It's funny how sometimes, the things we have "learned" are the same things that hold us back in our lives.

A Bully? My Kid? Impossible!

Annie Fox | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Annie Fox

This is about understanding your child. Be compassionately curious about his friendships and he's likely to open up.

How Nurses Are Empowering Poor, Young Moms To Succeed

The Atlantic | NANCY COOK | Posted 01.16.2015 | Impact

At the start of her junior year of college, 19-year-old Camille Wallace discovered she was pregnant. At the time, she lived in student housing with th...

What I Want U.S. Companies to Know About Maternity Leave

Emily Crocker Skyrm | Posted 01.15.2015 | Parents
Emily Crocker Skyrm

There are some high-level executives, business owners and heads of HR out there who just don't get it. They don't get the life cycle of a new mother and they don't get that the way things are going now in the world of maternity leave is costing businesses money and resources.

The Living We Do While We're Dying

Emily Ballard | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I want less "no." I want more laughter. I want less rushing and I want more intention. I want to work together. I want to hear the things they think about. I want to know who my children are, as much as we can know such things.

Embrace the Silliness

Lara Coffee | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Lara Coffee

"Bam, Bam, Bam, I am spinning a web on you." This is a constant daily occurrence in our house. Since going to his first year of preschool, my son has become a big fan of Spider-Man.

10 Ways to Give Your Kids an Honest to Goodness 2010s Experience

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

One day, my kids will be reading a Minority Report type of article on how awesome summers were when they were kids. I figured I'd give them a heads up with a real-time account of what life is really like in this decade.

Parenting Is Not About Me

Lauren Stevens | Posted 01.06.2015 | Parents
Lauren Stevens

Too often, I see parents caught up in a battle between their own wants and their child's, and it is typically a cause of stress and strife in their lives.

Ignore Your Children And Everyone Wins

Catherine Pearlman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Parents
Catherine Pearlman

They "forget" to empty the dishwasher. They put their wet bathing suit on the couch. They treat the backseat of your car as a garbage bin. They whistle. They whine. They nudge and fight for no reason. All of these annoying behaviors tend to provoke parents.

21st Century Parenthood: Newborns Are Useless, and Other Musings

Matthew Tolliver | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Matthew Tolliver

I am writing this exactly 35 days, 4 hours and 51 minutes into my life as a father. I can attest to the experience being grand and challenging. Incredibly pure joy and intoxicating elation felt for the smallest moments shared, of smiles and stares (and silence). Incredibly trying sleep deprivation creating zombie-like states and hair-trigger moods for my wife and me.

What My Weekend As A Solo Parent Taught Me

Seth Menachem | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Seth Menachem

When my wife comes back home, rested after a weekend by the pool at a Four Seasons Hotel, she grabs the kids excitedly, and thanks me for giving her the weekend off. "How bad was it?" she asks. "It was great," I say. "Pretty damn great."