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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?

Pick a Body Part You Love Between Your Neck and Knees

Michelle Cove | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Girls pick up on our every sigh when we try on jeans that are snug, every groan when we don't like how our dress fits. And they hate hearing our disparaging remarks. It makes them feel sad because they love us. Our comments also normalizing the act of trash-talking our bodies.

What's in a Name? A Tale of Prenatal Agony

Paul Ratner | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents
Paul Ratner

I doubt parents a hundred years ago had access to 100,000 names at their fingertips. You named kids after your parents, royals or religious heroes. But the sheer amount of currently available information makes any choice almost paralyzing.

When It Comes to Parenting, You Gotta Have Faith

Tammy Kahn | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Tammy Kahn

What if we replace guilt with faith? Faith that we can exist in a world where we work hard, take care of our kids but also take care of ourselves and trust that they will be ok.

My Baby's First Word Will be iPad (And Other Stupid Things I've Worried About)

Jenny Witte | Posted 04.14.2015 | Parents
Jenny Witte

Diet Coke. Fed to my pristinely exclusively organic baby. I had two choices: I could freak out and make a complete jerk of myself to someone who clearly had zero ill intentions toward my child, or I could let it go.

5 Lessons Becoming a Parent Taught Me About Life

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Kimanzi Constable

Our children see more than we think. We can tell them what to do, but they will follow the actions we take.

I Am "That" Parent

Smart Parents | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

I am that parent. Dear professionals: You know me, I am the one who asks questions. The one who will turn a 15 minute scheduled meeting into 45 minutes. The one who does not hesitate to let you know when things are not going well for her child.

The Ultimate Checklist for New Parents

Quora | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Quora

Don't buy onesies, your baby will quickly outgrow them. Buy two piece jammies that're slightly too big, and roll up the sleeves and pant legs.

Dear New Momma (Through Adoption)

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

Maybe you just came from the hospital with this little being snuggled to your chest, or perhaps you recently finalized with an older child who has never truly known "the forever" of family... either way, you are mommies. Real ones. No one can take that from you.

Plugged-in Takes on a Whole New Meaning

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 03.31.2015 | Hawaii
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

When people ask me how we enjoyed our spring break this year, I will proudly admit that our family had a marvelous time being plugged in... to each other.

Are You Parenting From Love or From Fear?

Hunter Clarke-Fields | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Hunter Clarke-Fields

In my anxiety, I was always trying to shape her into something. I wanted to control her because I wanted to "get it right." My fear and my love were all mixed up, in fact.

Easter Way Back When

Melissa Fenton | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Melissa Fenton

Easter Day involved family, not things. It was about being together for brunch, not getting on new bikes. And somehow, we felt loved and special without the excess. What a concept.

New York's Real Wealth Producers Hungry for Paid Family Leave

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 03.28.2015 | New York
Susan Ochshorn

The governor is ignoring parents -- the state's most significant wealth creators. They produce children, our human capital -- a job for which they receive no salary, pension benefits, profits, or dividends.

A Mom Speaks Out Against 'Mom Culture'

Louise Sloan | Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents
Louise Sloan

The way I see it, the culture of "Mom" hurts men, but possibly hurts women even worse. And it hurts children most of all, who would love to have Daddy nurture them and who may need to have Mommy provide.