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Confronting my daughter's addiction. To Snapchat.

Julie Kelly | Posted 02.02.2016 | Parents
Julie Kelly

Like most parents, we didn't want to accept that our daughter had a problem. Her addiction started out innocently enough. Just experimenting, we told...

What Parents Say and What They Mean

DannyUK | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents

I've had to write this list so that my four kids -- whose ages range from 9 to 15 -- understand what I'm saying.

Parenting Tip-off for the Super Bowl

Michelle Cove | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Super Bowl Sunday is February 7th, and the countdown is on, including the hype about whose ads will land in those coveted few top spots. Last year's S...

14 Fun Questions to Ask Your Child

Ms. Canyon Girl | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Ms. Canyon Girl

This exercise cemented for me the idea that there is simply nothing better than looking at the world from a child's perspective. The little things matter to them. Our children offer us their awareness, innocence and optimism. Correct me if I am wrong, but couldn't all of us use a little bit more of this in our life

The One Thing We Should Never Tell Girls About Sex

Lisa M. Hayes | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Lisa M. Hayes

I hear it all the time. I hear it from mothers. I hear it from fathers. It's a warning intended to keep a daughter safe that comes with a lot of shame lurking in the background.

Dads Know What They're Doing. We Should Let Them Do It.

Rachel Toalson | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

I recently made a few waves with an essay I'd written in response to a friend venting to me about how her girlfriends kept saying that their husband...

Your Kids Are Embarrassed by You (And Why That's a Good Thing)

Bryan Behar | Posted 01.24.2016 | Parents
Bryan Behar

Like most parenting moves, the high of being the cool, with-it, socially-connected dad lasted about all of no seconds. Or the time it took my daughter to say, "Oh God, why did you join Tumblr? Didn't you know it's just for 12-year-old girls to complain about their thigh gap?" In my head, I heard all the records everywhere scratch at once.

I'm the World's Worst Mother... and I Don't Plan to Change

Debra Richardson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Debra Richardson

I refuse to hinder his fondness for certain colors, prevent him from innocently wearing certain clothing or narrowing his creativity because society doesn't deem it proper or fitting for his gender.

An Open Letter to All the Children

Emily Ballard | Posted 01.21.2016 | Parents
Emily Ballard

Along with all of this new independence -- with all of the new words you're constantly learning and trying out, with all of the things you think you know -- there's one thing I want to draw your attention to: your parents are people, too.

How To Convince Your Parents To Say Yes To Tech In 10 Easy Steps

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 01.12.2016 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

Know this: It's a process. It's an expense. It's a responsibility -- for you and your parents.

Why Share Our Story?

Janna Barkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janna Barkin

I share my story as a parent of a trans child because my child's life depends on it. There are still many people in America who are ignorant and fearful, of trans people, often simply because they have no direct experience with anyone who is transgender.

Don't Do It, Kids. Mom ALWAYS Knows.

Rachel Toalson | Posted 01.12.2016 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Your quiet isn't fooling me at all.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 43. Words and Music.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When a baby takes his first steps it's hugely significant--but it pales in comparison to a child learning to speak. Going mobile matters. But it's merely mechanical. Learning to speak is like the moment the caveman first discovered fire. It's a game changer.

8 Ways to Launch Your Tween Art Star

Hilary Harkness | Posted 01.08.2016 | Parents
Hilary Harkness

Hopefully this tale of my experiences has been helpful as you wonder what to do with your little Warhol. And know that along the way, there may be some cabinets defaced with crayons or car leather pencil sketches that don't erase completely. Count to ten. Take deep breaths. One day your child may remember how understanding you were and just how much that meant on their way to art stardom.

What Your Princess Daughter Can Learn from Miley Cyrus and Caitlyn Jenner

Julie Mencher | Posted 01.05.2016 | Women
Julie Mencher

The gender revolution offers an opportunity for every parent to teach our kids that there's not just a spectrum of masculinity to femininity out there in the world -- but inside each of us as well.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 42. Good Cop, Bad Cop.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Full disclosure: I have been peeing on the roof deck of my apartment lately. That sounds really Soviet-era mental patient, but wait. I have an excuse.

Judgy Grandparent Disorder: Does Your Family Suffer From It?

Whitny Braun | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Whitny Braun

"I think the fact that I was a good kid is now coming back to bite me in the ass," said my friend Jana over coffee last week. I asked her to elaborat...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 42. Who's Your Diddy?

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Here I am, abdicating all responsibilty and enjoying this buzz of love, while my son doesn't know how to ask for breakfast and keeps shouting for Diddy to come save him. Spoiler alert. Diddy's not going to save you.

17 Things I Probably Won't Miss Now That The Kids Are Back In School

Devorah Blachor | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Devorah Blachor

13. Explaining why we can't always win every game we play.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 41 - To Buy or Rent?

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.31.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When historians look back at this era, I think one of the seismic cultural shifts that will be associated with millennials is that kids these days don't think about owning stuff. Instead of buying music on CDs, they stream it on Spotify.

New Year's Resolution for Your Relationship: More Kissing

Tamar Chansky | Posted 12.31.2015 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

What does a kiss do? Well, it may just do more than you think and everything you need.

It Sucks to Be a Mom

Nikki Stephens | Posted 12.30.2015 | Parents
Nikki Stephens

We say that being a mom is the most beautiful, powerful thing a woman can do. We say that being a mom is amazing and you become overfilled with joy immediately. Sometimes though, being a mom is tough. It's messy. It's exhausting. It's downright annoying.

10 Things You Can Do to Be a Better Parent in 2016 | Posted 12.31.2015 | Parents

The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect on how much we have grown and on what areas of our lives we would like to improve upon. For th...

My Low-Expectation Parenting Goals For The New Year

Rachel Toalson | Posted 12.29.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

1. Get more sleep. Or nap more. Or pretend I've passed out for 15 minutes on the couch. Anything to get the kids to leave me alone.

An iPhone Contract For My Second Son, With Love

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 12.28.2015 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

This phone is a privilege, not a right -- need and want are very different things. I gave it and I can take it away. It really is that simple.