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The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 5

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

In short, I'm a totally normal dad. I divide most of my time between sitting around the house trying not to go insane, and rocking back and forth in a fetal position in the bathtub, or hiding in the coat closet. Nothing gets to me.

The Top 5 Things I Want To Teach My Son

Brianna Upton | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Brianna Upton

Our children deserve our guidance in the purest form, and they deserve the chance to become independent thinkers. I encourage you to embrace the present moment and just sit back and be in awe of the brilliance of your child. For they see, hear and feel on such a deeper level than one would imagine.

A Parent's Guide to Managing a Bullying Child

Sean Grover | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Sean Grover

Reinforcing your kid's strengths will boost her confidence and make mature communication more rewarding -- and effective -- than bullying. Remember, when it comes to defusing bullying and establishing mutual respect in your household, self-mastery is your greatest parenting tool.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 4

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

For some reason, long before Michelle was ever pregnant, I had a weird feeling I was really going to enjoy bathing my baby. But who wouldn't enjoy bathing a baby? It's basically like rinsing off a hamster, with less risk of getting bitten.

5 Things I Swore I'd Never Do When I Had Kids

Mommy Nearest | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I thought I had it all figured out. I was almost smug in my insistence that when I became a parent there were so many things that I would never do. I wasn't going to let my child run my life. It would be the other way around, of course. How wrong I was!

The Daddy Diaries Chapter 3

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

This is the oft-spoken of irony of parenthood. You have taken on a job with 24-hour workdays, no pay, no vacation, no rest and it requires you to handle someone else's poo, and yet you are happier than you've ever been in your life.

How is Your Own Meeting of Families?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.22.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

With all the excitement about Pope Francis's upcoming visit to Philadelphia, I've been thinking about my own family, hoping that I'm on the right path. And this is what I realized: that most of us have two types of personalities inside us and the only way to balance them is through God.

In Defense of Education

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 08.21.2015 | Education
Lynsi Freitag

It is this misplaced view of education that is leading society astray. Education is not tests. It is not essays. It is knowledge. And it is important.

Before Maternity Leave: Giving Birth and Getting (Right) Back to Work

Katherine Wintsch | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Katherine Wintsch

It was astonishing to realize that just one generation ago almost none of today's modern -- albeit often mediocre -- maternity policies even existed.

Why Not Talking About Over-Eating Might Be the Healthiest Option For Your Family

Lola Reed | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Lola Reed

One of the simplest things we can do at any age to avoid overeating is to slow down so that there's time for our brains and stomachs to signal that we're full. Wolfing down our dinners in a pit stop mindset or mindlessly munching our way through our favorite show are doing us a disservice on so many levels.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 2

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Mike Tyson once said that everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face. The same might be said of having a baby. You get home, put your newborn in his carefully decorated baby room, and then the doody hits the fan. Literally.

Introducing Your Child to Your Dating World

Jessica Denis | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Jessica Denis

The majority of planning comes down to communication. Communication with your child, your ex-spouse, and your new love interest. Communication that all focuses on what is best for the child involved.

Handling Those Back-to-School Meltdowns

Patty Wipfler | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Patty Wipfler

Most of us understand that emotion can get in the way of learning and reasoning. But the conclusion many come to is that we need to sanitize the emotion out of our children's lives. Tamp it down. Stamp it out. Forbid it.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 1

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Even when you know a baby is going to be born, nothing can prepare you for the gut punch. Tears popped out of my eyes, because this small, purplish-yellow little gerbil covered in goo was staring at me with a look in his eyes that said: "Don't just stand there you idiot, do something."

Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Parenting, Goodnight Guilt: How To Be A Better Parent Than You Have Ever Been

Margaret Hession | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Margaret Hession

To somehow yoke the term parenting with the concept of an obstacle course of terrors seems somewhat frightening, and honestly an unlikely partnership of sorts. And yet, ironically, this description actually comes close to describing the profound mystery of parenting Americans are faced almost every day.

On When To Call 911

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Bronwyn Lea

We call 911 when danger is imminent. Sometimes we don't know how dangerous that danger might be. Identifying at-risk teens had never been on my radar as a situation in which I might call 911. It is, however, a situation which I now know 911 does respond to and wants to know about.

Why I'm Terrified To Come Out Trans To My Stepson

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Some who know me and my work would be very surprised that I have been slow to come out to my stepson. Even for a hard core transgender activist and sex educator, confronting the shame that I may be dumping on my kids head in the middle of teenage angst and middle school has been hard to bear.

What I Wish I'd Known Before Becoming A Stay-At-Home Mom

Women’s iLab | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Women’s iLab

Don't expect to know it all right away, in the first few weeks, or ever. You will find your groove over time, but you will probably never have it all down all the time, and that is normal!

The Truth About Motherhood I Discovered Now That My Kids Are Grown

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 08.07.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

The lessons we hand to our children, the messages we believe we are giving, and sometimes the very experiences that we all shared together, are not always seen and experienced the way we intended or believed they were delivered.

The Parenting Trick That Has Saved My Sanity

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

One of the most basic things parents teach their children is that sharing and taking-turns is important to help maintain order and preserve feelings. After all, what's more fair than taking turns?

The 7 Types of Millennials

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.05.2015 | Parents
Sajeel Qureshi

Millennials started off as a great generation, but along the way we've turned into the idiots described above. Maybe it's because we've seen so many heroes feed us lies or end up being something they aren't.

8 Ways To Make A Not-So-Good Day Better

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 08.07.2015 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the tasks ahead of you, remind yourself that you do not have to do them all at once -- just one. Just start with one

I Didn't Know That Would Happen #257

Claire Wapole | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Claire Wapole

Ever since my first pregnancy, I developed a super sonic sense of smell. During each pregnancy it caused me to pretty much hate the scent of everything except Ivory soap and lemons. With the delivery of my last child, the intensity of scent aversion diminished, but it's still there and it's often the cause of some heated arguments.

Parenting Anxiety Centers Around How Kids Will Turn Out

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 08.01.2015 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Our Utah trip tested the fears of at least one of us. Together, we marveled at the vast landscape, the untouched earth, and as a pair, we found a home in the great outdoors. I'm sure it's a concept that resonates with many of us, but which is actually attained so rarely. It's what keeps us enjoying our beautiful country. But I still asked myself: Was it the place? Was it my daughter? Or was it me?

Family Camping: A Breath of Fresh Air for Kids

Christine French Cully | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Christine French Cully

Of course, there are other ways to moderate screen time and move the kids outside for Vitamin D and physical activity. But as I hear the delighted shrieks of children having fun, I know that camping is one very good way.