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Mother Child Bonding

How to Read Your Newborn's Cues for 'Engage With Me!' and 'I Need a Break!'

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

I was leaning over my newborn on a play mat, laughing and cooing, when baby suddenly turned her head to the left, lost in a million-mile stare.

Why Do We Love Boobs? In a Word: Bonding

Steph Thompson | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Steph Thompson

Sexuality is hard to explain, the desire for it and what exactly the protocol should be toward fulfilling that desire. Certainly there are multitudes of differing opinions, and as my boys get closer and closer to the point of exploring this question on their own, I am forced to think about it.

Extended Breastfeeding: My Uncensored Story

Mommy Nearest | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

The end is near, and even though I know we're both ready, it is still very bitter sweet. Just like carrying your baby in your womb and feeling their little kicks and punches, breastfeeding your child is something no one else will ever be able to experience.

I Struggled to Bond With My Second Son

Grete DeAngelo | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Grete DeAngelo

I have two sons, but because of circumstances surrounding their births, the bonding process felt instant and natural with my first child, but came much later with the second.

5 Ways to Bond With Baby

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

There are many possible reasons you feel an inability to bond with your new baby, and just because you feel this way today does not mean it will be this way forever.

Storytelling at Home for the Holidays

John McCormick | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

We spend too much time on shopping, entertaining, and shuttling around and too little time with the family. If only there was an alternative? Maybe there is. Try storytelling at home with the kids. It's the perfect activity for the holidays.

Is Having Children Ethical?

Paul Rasmussen | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Paul Rasmussen

Are parents who have large families because they believe it is a divine commandment or because they take pride in their family heritage any less capable of creating "life-enhancing relationships" with their children than, say, educated professionals who wait until there are financially stable?

School Cheating Scandals -- What's a Parent to Do?

John McCormick | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

Is there more that we as parents can do to find real solutions to cheating? What actions can parents take to affect real change so that cheating doesn't become an indelible part of our educational system?

Answering Kids' Awkward Questions

John McCormick | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

Last week, I sat down with my 11-year-old son to deliver that time-honored rite of passage -- for parents as well as kids -- our first "Birds and the Bees" talk. I was prepared for every possible question, except the one he asked.

It Starts with a Story

John McCormick | Posted 09.17.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

Storytelling, in short, teaches a child to walk in another's shoes.

Why Men Don't Have It All, Either

John McCormick | Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

For this working dad, rediscovering my own pursuit of happiness starts not at the office, but at home with my family.

Athletes on Trial: Explaining Steroid Use to Children

John McCormick | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When my baseball-loving son asks about Roger Clemens, what do I tell him?

Take the Father's Day Challenge

John McCormick | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

My family recently complained that Father's Day has turned me into a lazy bum. So this Father's Day, instead of just receiving gifts, I'm going to give back to my family.

Remembering D-Day this Father's Day

John McCormick | Posted 08.05.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When I became a father, I realized for the first time what it might be like to send a child off to war.

Storytelling in the Age of Screens

John McCormick | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

How do I tear the kids away from flashing lights and explosions and get them to sit with a book or tell a story?

The Same Story? Again?! Storytelling as an Emotional Security Blanket

John McCormick | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

I used to wonder why my sons asked for the same story night after night. I came to the conclusion that kids simply enjoy the comfort of repetition. Think of it as an emotional security blanket.

Are You Really Only Dreaming?

Melina Bellows | Posted 07.03.2012 | Parents
Melina Bellows

As a single working mother, it doesn't take much to feel insecure. I'm traveling, I'm at the office and, when I can, trying to fit in a yoga class so I can still feel connected to my old self.

Storytelling With Your Kids: How to Become a 'Story Dad'

John McCormick | Posted 07.02.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When dads tell me they don't know how to tell stories, what they're often saying is, they don't know how to talk with their kids.

Storytelling with Your Kids: Creating a Family Tradition One Story at a Time

John McCormick | Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

As an overworked Dad, I'm always looking for ways to find more time with my kids. I've found that storytelling is the ideal activity to enrich family time by creating a fun, free tradition.