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The One Question You Must Stop Asking Your Kids

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Asking our kids to continually gauge the majority of their life experiences through fun binoculars (and to present them that way on social media) isn't just annoying and unrealistic, it's potentially harmful.

Teach Your Kids To Talk To Strangers

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We may think we're teaching safety when we tell them to disregard the unfamiliar, when we tell them to turn away from strangers, but what we're teaching is intolerance and indifference.

Do No Harm

Ann marie Houghtailing | Posted 05.22.2015 | Women
Ann marie Houghtailing

My father had only one goal as a parent: His one goal was to never hit me for any reason and he never did. His primary concern was to do no harm.

Why In My Family, I'm Both The Mom And Dad

Eli Bendet-Taicher | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Eli Bendet-Taicher

My husband and I knew we wanted to be parents even before we got married. One problem: we are two men.

4 Questions I Ask My Kid Every Day

Jamie Harrington | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Jamie Harrington

Every single day, I make it a point to start a conversation with her that leaves a door open for her to tell me anything she wants.

5 Reasons to Hate School Spirit Week!

Nancy Laws | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Nancy Laws

Although most of this year's experiences have been incredible, the moment I saw the Spirit Week form this past Friday, I cringed, and got five new reasons to hate Spirit Week.

Ask Her More

Annie Flavin | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Annie Flavin

The questions for him are different. The variance is faint, but it's there, if you're listening. The comments and questions move on quickly from how he looks to what he can do, which super powers he has.

Turn Prince Charming Into Your Parenting Friend

Michelle Cove | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Let's hope for more children's narratives with strong girls and women who enjoy romance without it being the only driving force in their lives. Maybe sometimes the stories don't have to include romance at all.

How To Get Your Family Out The Door In The Morning In 73 Easy Steps

Ali Wilkinson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Ali Wilkinson

Step 54. Clean up three pounds of cereal from the floor. Wish for a dog. Step 55. Explain that you don't care if they think they washed their hands, they are still completely covered with Nutella and they need to do it again. Step 56. Go find your shoes rather than hear screaming at close distance.

My 7-Year-Old Asked For a Fairytale, But What I Shared Could Be Any Parent's Nightmare

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

There are certainly times when magic can be created in an instant. But more often than not, it takes time and nurturing to cultivate something magical. So once we have it, it needs to be both cherished and protected. That way, if someday it leaves you forever, you will appreciate it all the more.

Parent Like a CEO

Christi Bostwick | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Christi Bostwick

The answer to the question, "How can I be a good parent?" may be as simple as applying what we know about what makes a good corporate manager to parenting.

How To Have It All

Aimee Chan | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Aimee Chan

Career woman. Involved mother. Loving partner. Is it really possible to have it all -- and not have a nervous breakdown from the stress?

Occupation: Stay-at-Home Dad

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

Since I quit paid employment, I'm pretty sure I've filled in a few forms using the term "unemployed" instead of stay-at-home dad. Which, when I think about it, it is quite strange.

Helping Children Cope With Disaster and Violence

Lisa Witherspoon | Posted 04.30.2015 | Parents
Lisa Witherspoon

Try as we may, it is impossible to completely shield our children from exposure to stories like these. Kids will see it as they flip through TV channels or, if they are older, as they scroll through their own social media. We simply cannot insulate them from it entirely.

Who Has it Harder: The Working Or The Stay-at-Home Parent?

Natalie Thomas | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

We're no longer on an even playing field. We haven't been for some time now. The ground seems slanted, the court warped,the turf tainted. Whatever sports analogy you conjure, things are far from even. And the "call" is in the eye of the beaten-down beholder.

2 Things Parents Need to Grow

Anastasia Gavalas | Posted 04.30.2015 | Parents
Anastasia Gavalas

Providing children with opportunities to build self-confidence and a strong sense of self is what roots them. Individuals who successfully navigate parenthood construct a solid foundation.

I'm Afraid to Let My Kids Roam

Rachel Toalson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Do you know what we had to cross to get to the store? A HIGHWAY. By ourselves. All alone. At 10, 9 and 6.

On Postpartum

Tramanh Phi | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Tramanh Phi

I consider myself a pretty even-keeled person and have a pretty firm grasp over my emotions. Those first two weeks, though... WHEW. It was a side of myself I did not expect to see.

Empathy

Kim Kalicky | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Kim Kalicky

It takes a willingness to listen to our kids emphatically, watch from afar, feel the pain of their mistakes made, but wait in the wings at a respectful distance and allow (and celebrate) their true selves.

What To Do When Your Life Hits A Plateau

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

Maybe I can learn to embrace the flat spots in life, the place between the peaks and valleys. It's not a white surrender flag that there isn't more to do... it's just an acknowledgement that it's OK to be where I am right now and to take my time to get where I'm going.

Mothering Without A Past

Rachel Sherman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Rachel Sherman

All mothering attempts seem to be a reaction: you either emulate your own experience, or you rebel against it.

Fabulous Examples That Connect Science and Stories, Part 3

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

What matters is the potential of these stories to fire up sparks all over their little heads. What matters is the potential of all cultures and mythological contexts to make similar connections.

10 Questions Answered About Fathers and Daughters

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Traditionally, fathers and daughters have struggled to regain the connection they shared when the girl was very young: the time of shoulder rides and tickle attacks. But fathers are learning to be role models for their daughters throughout adolescence and into adulthood.

Fabulous Examples That Connect Science and Stories Part 2

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

This series is about taking storytelling beyond storytelling and letting your children connect the dots between stories and science. Part 1 carried some great examples. Here are some more fabulous ones.

I Took Charge When The Wife Was Sick (Now Where's My Reward!)

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

she was getting sick. We were so screwed. By the weekend, she was in full-fledged illness with the raspy Kathleen Turner voice and a waste basket full of tissues. An achy, feverish, sadness filled the house. And I knew we were going down in flames. Or were we?