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Parents, Please Stop Saying 'OK'

Andrea Nair | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Andrea Nair

In our quest to attach properly, attune deeply, and respect thoroughly, many parents (me included!) have adopted the bad habit of saying, "OK?" when asking a child to do something.

How To Help A Friend Who Just Had A Baby

Posted 11.03.2014 | Good News

We recently posed a question to the HuffPost Parents Facebook page: What was the most helpful thing a friend did for you when your baby was born? The ...

What I'm Not Afraid to Say About Parenthood

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

People judge you if you don't confess undying love for parenting every single second of the day. But, here's the thing: It sucks. It consumes you. It takes away your life

How To Be An Empathetic Parent, Even When It Feels Hard

Andrea Nair | Posted 09.21.2014 | Parents
Andrea Nair

Being more empathetic is one of my parenting and personal goals this year, so I started digging more deeply into this concept to understand how to put empathy into action.

Suarez Bites: Why Children (and Some Adults) Bite and How to Stop It

Andrea Nair | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Andrea Nair

Sorry parents, there is no quick fix for this -- it takes time and LOTS of repetition to teach a child (and adult) how to "catch his or her bites/ throws/ kicks/ yells." Let's talk specifically about biting since it was Luis Suarez's reaction when he had had enough.

7 Steps to Being Less Hard On Our Kids

Andrea Nair | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Andrea Nair

The most important thing to remember is that we have a choice. We can actively choose to be friendly instead of harsh. The trick is to have a strategy in place. I call this a calm-down plan, which helps when you don't feel friendly.

What to Do When a Child Won't Listen

Andrea Nair | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Andrea Nair

There are several factors involved in a child's willingness to cooperate. A child not doing what she is told is less about "not listening" and more about how able she feels to do what you want her to do.

Long-Distance Parenting Is Hard On Us All

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Parenting a teen is difficult enough; trying to do so from afar certainly adds its challenges. Still, location isn't everything.

Taming Parental Fears

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Fear can be a useful tool. It can keep us out of danger and guide us in considering different options but when it paralyzes us and makes us question everything we do it's time to take a closer look at what we're afraid of and how we can remedy it.

Is There a 'Right Way' to Parent?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 04.28.2012 | Parents
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Loving parenting means that you do not become rigid in your parenting, believing that you have found the right way to parent. It means that you stay tuned into each child, tuned into your own inner guidance with each child and with each situation.

Mentoring or Meddling - When Do You Stop Parenting?

Jim Medalia | Posted 04.11.2012 | Parents
Jim Medalia

It started off as casual and friendly banter but moved quickly into an exchange of fairly different opinions and principles of parenting. The ensuing conversation revealed stark differences in how parents view their responsibilities when preparing their children for college life and beyond.

No Mom Is an Island

Harvey Karp | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Harvey Karp

In truth, all parents need support. That's why the ancient adage, "It takes a village to raise a child," has stuck over the years. Far from indicating failure, asking for help is actually a sign of courage and strength.

How To Talk To Your Tween About Personal Hygiene

Rosalind Wiseman | Posted 11.27.2011 | Healthy Living
Rosalind Wiseman

Don't you remember how wonderful your kids smelled as babies? Well, they grow up -- and they smell. Here's how to painlessly teach them to keep their body odor in check.

To Spank or Not to Spank, That Is the Question!

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 10.24.2011 | Parents
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

This child didn't need to be given reason; he needed parameters. One could even argue that he needed a firm hand. Sometimes, children push so hard because they need to know their limits and, on some level, want those limits enforced.

Me? I Am Supposed To Teach My Girls About Boys?

Pamela Kripke | Posted 09.24.2011 | Women
Pamela Kripke

Some might say I could have waited until we were wheeled out of the operating room, but I began the conversation early. "Listen, there will be male people in the nursery," I warned, the moment her beanie-clad head hit my bosom. "Do not worry."

Are Chinese Mothers Superior? You Can Decide for Yourself

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Basically Amy Chua wrote the book we didn't. Which means my own Tiger Mother was right: my laziness was going to be my "downfall" one day.

Revisiting The Family Vacation--With Baby

Brian Gresko | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brian Gresko

In college I declared liberation from The Gresko Family Vacation. And for 20 years no amount of free booze, ice cream and skee ball could lure me down. Until they threw in babysitting.

When Walking Away, Look Back

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

Walking away is a physical action, as well as emotionally and mentally symbolic. It can feel empowering, and it also can hurt deep down inside.

7 Tips For Keeping School Day Mornings Calm And Cheery

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

I want a calm, unrushed, cheerful morning -- not one with lots of whining, yelling and searching for misplaced items. (And that's just me!)

The Emotional Labor of Parenting

Jamie Woolf | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jamie Woolf

Managing our emotions is crucial to our success but it comes at a price: stress, emotional exhaustion, dissatisfaction with the "job," health problems.

What Happens When You Put Ego Over Family (VIDEOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Rick and Melissa Lawson had been married for 12 years and had five sons. After chasing her dream of being a singer for three decades, Melissa struck g...

Parents: Fear Of Failure Is A Childhood Epidemic

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

To protect children from popular culture's destructive definitions of failure, give them positive definitions of failure.

Confessions of a Failed Parent

Jonathan Black | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Black

I envisioned sitting down with the boys on a bed and starting with, "When boys and girls get older... " only to have them roll their eyes and groan, "We know about that, dad."

Attention Parents: YOU Have a Favorite Child, Whether You Like it or Not

Dr. Ellen Libby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ellen Libby

There are a lot of parents who describe having a child who receives special treatment, but still, parents have a hard time admitting that they favor one child over others.

How a Parent's Anxious Mind Impacts a Child

David Code | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Code

Perhaps the mind-body connection is much more powerful than we realize. We all know kids pick up on everything, so perhaps a parent's anxious mind affects a child's sensitive body.