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Why You Should Buy Fewer Toys for Your Kids!

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

I think there is credit in intentionally limiting toys for children. Amidst the constant bombardment of more advanced, more colorful, more stimulating, more educational, more this and more that, I humbly present my case for why less is more.

Wonder Moms: Ali Smith

Dana Holmes | Posted 07.28.2015 | Women
Dana Holmes

A confident and happy woman makes a better mother. And whatever it takes to get there should be done.

Ease the Anxiety of Back to School

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Discuss what to expect. Allow your child to express what they're afraid of, and make sure to follow-up with validating statements such as, "I know that must feel so scary. When I was a kid, I felt that way, too." If they don't open up, try asking, "How are you feeling about going to school?"

5 Lessons From Zen Summer Camp

Hunter Clarke-Fields | Posted 07.23.2015 | Parents
Hunter Clarke-Fields

My family gave up beer, hamburgers and the oldest 4th of July parade in the country to go there and practice mindfulness with other families. Yes, we bribed our girls with ice cream on the drive home. And here's what we learned.

Mystical Summer Fun for Kids: Part II

Laurie Lovekraft | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Laurie Lovekraft

Instead of an abundance of screen time this summer, how about weaving a story around the campfire that culminates in a kid-friendly ritual? Or camping with your children and building a labyrinth in the woods. Or taking a group of teens on a night hike that includes a silent meditation.

Unravelling Your Teenager's Brain: An Infographic

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

I met one of my old friends over lunch after a long time, and he lamented- " My daughter seems to have changed so much. She was an angel even till a year ago. Now we don't know what she is thinking!"

How to Enjoy the Often Exhausting Role of Parenthood

Vanessa Loder | Posted 07.16.2015 | Parents
Vanessa Loder

What if we felt a deep sense of satisfaction from our fatigue, rather than viewing it as yet another sign of our inherent inadequacy? I want to feel proud of the effort I make each day with my work, my family and my home, rather than believing there's something wrong with me if I'm exhausted.

Why I'm Not Giving My Daughter a Smartphone

Michelle Cove | Posted 07.14.2015 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Believe me, I know how lousy it feels to be the parent who says no when so many of my daughter's friends have heard "yes." It stinks to stand there while your child explains in tears that she is going to be the social outcast without a smartphone. But being the "bad guy" is what we sometimes sign on for when we became a parent

Don't Let a Selfie Ruin the Moment

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 07.14.2015 | Parents
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

As our families continue to enjoy the summer months, please keep creating those authentic memories, and work hard to push them into that long-term storage cabinet, filled with the scent of plumeria, roaring sounds of the ocean, or the resonating clucks of the`Alae`ula bird. Ask your children to put down their hand held games, gadgets, and yes, selfie sticks.

The Disappearance of America's Dads

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.08.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

So many children in our nation without strong male role models. So many children in our country with absent fathers. It's time to change that. It's time for our churches, schools, politicians, and our society to begin taking a stronger stand on this issue.

If You Do It For Your Child, You Should Do It For Yourself

Allison Chawla | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Allison Chawla

We parents need to realize that true self-nurturing doesn't come in the form of material things. It comes from giving ourselves the same type of love and reassurance that we give to our children each day.

Parenting Is Like Living in an Insane Asylum

Rachel Toalson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Sometimes I feel like I'm doing a pretty good job as a parent. Relationships are good, all those consequences we've put into our Family Playbook--a list of infractions and their expected consequences--are well understood, the house is in almost perfect order.

4 Words My Husband Says That Reflect the Importance of Parenting

Pamela Boccia | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Pamela Boccia

My husband is certainly not perfect, but he's pretty extraordinary in his recognition of the value of parenting. He lives out this value every day in his interactions with our children. He gives everything he has to them -- every ounce of energy, attention, patience and love that he has within.

Gas Bubbles or Why I Love My Children

Paul Ratner | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Paul Ratner

You might think you cherish your freedom but how can there be a stronger expression of freedom than taking on the responsibility of raising a new human being to the best of your ability and heart? That's when you can really define who you are.

What I Want My Daughter to Know About Self-Esteem

Jessica Hoefer-Land | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Jessica Hoefer-Land

While I have been trying to nurture my daughter in modeling healthy attitudes about body image all she is hearing is static because I have portrayed just the opposite. She is learning to hate her body because she has listened to me speak negatively about my own.

Why I Let My Son Wear a Dress

Frida Berrigan | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

My son Seamus wears a dress. Actually he has two: a dark pink long-sleeved ballerina number with a leotard top and a short sleeved princess dress with pearls and ribbons. I am trying to check my straight (but not narrow), hetero-normative biases. I am trying to give my son more than two choices.

11 Harrowing, Hilarious True Stories From The First Year Of Parenthood

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Danielle Campoamor

In the spirit of honesty, openness and pure transparency, here are true stories about the first year of parenthood. Some are mine, while others were generously shared by my like-minded and beautifully flawed parent friends.

6 Things I Said I'd Never Do When I Had Kids

Dina Strada | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Dina Strada

I hope all moms out there can give themselves a break if you're doing even half of the things I'm doing, which if I'm perfectly honest, I don't think are all that bad now.

Wonder Moms: Lindsey J. Boyd

Dana Holmes | Posted 06.25.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Lindsey lives in NYC and co-founded her eco-friendly company, The Laundress, ten years ago following a successful career at Chanel, and has since been reviving the lost art of laundry care one person at a time.

Religion, Race, Phobias and Four-Year-Olds

Trana Pittam | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Trana Pittam

As I stood sipping a cold and colorful beverage, I looked around at the faces that filled my daughter's 4th Birthday party and was amazed. I was amazed at the juxtaposition of her four-year-long life to that of my own 30 years before.

Don't Blame the Kids: The Truth About Relationship Issues

Lena Aburdene Derhally | Posted 06.18.2015 | Women
Lena Aburdene Derhally

It would be great if couples problems were solved simply by prioritizing each other but it doesn't work that way for most people.

Jillian Capewell

Why This Mom Is Helping Other Moms Find Each Other

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Capewell | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents

Hillary Frank calls the origins of the parenting-centered podcast she hosts “a selfish endeavor.” Today, it feels a strange descriptor for a p...

I Am Not A Saint. I Am A Foster Mom

Angelique Mattin Russell | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Angelique Mattin Russell

I did not "rescue" my boys any more than I rescued my daughter from my womb. I welcomed all of my children into my home as members of my family. We had no way to predict how successful it would be but we gave it our all. Did I get lucky? Absolutely, four times over.

The Business Concept That Changed the Way I Think About Parenting

Monika Szamko | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Monika Szamko

Too many of us want to learn "how" (concrete behaviors and techniques) rather than "why" (philosophy and greater purpose). If we first chose a philosophy that resonates with us, the set of necessary behaviors aligned with that philosophy might come more easily, or even naturally.

Girls Can't Play With Dinosaurs?

Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson

"Of course you can be a paleontologist when you grow up, you can be anything you put your mind to... You can't have dinosaurs they're for boys! What a...