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Parenting Mistakes

Parents Confess The Various Ways They've Screwed Up

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents

Everyone knows that parents are perfect deity-like creatures who never doubt themselves and never make mistakes. Right? No? In this video from the fam...

Mother Accused Of Leaving Kid In Hot Car Does It Again At Courthouse

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.10.2015 | Crime

A Virginia woman is in jail this week after allegedly leaving two children in a hot car outside the Henrico County courthouse while she turned herself...

Rate Yourself As A Mom On A Scale of 1 to 10

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Eva Lesko Natiello

Between forkfuls of asparagus risotto, she asked, "What if someone asked you to rate yourself as a mother? What would you say, on a scale of 1 to 10?" It's a waste of time to skirt my daughter's hypotheticals. "Umm, I don't know. An 8?" "What? Why an 8? Who's better than you?" she asked.

5 Ways I Have Blown It As A Dad

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Justin Ricklefs

I need to be reminded daily that they are kids. I'm learning to enjoy their childish ways, because I don't want to speed up such a sweet season of life.

10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make (Me Included)

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

What we may justify as "good parenting" can hurt our children later. Unless we're mindful of that, it's easy to handicap them by making their lives too easy.

What I Hope My Own Mistakes Will Teach My Daughter

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

The old me would have handed out a mighty dose of blame and shame, but never an apology. But things are different now. Thank goodness, things are different now.

I'm Guilty Of These 5 Parenting Mistakes (And You Probably Are Too)

Susannah Lewis | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

I can only hope that the unconditional love that I possess for my precious offspring will keep them on the right path and make up for my countless mistakes.

Mistakes All Divorcing Parents Make

Kate Scharff | Posted 10.06.2013 | Divorce
Kate Scharff

"Will I be able to protect my children? Can I ease their pain?" If you're a divorcing parent, these primal anxieties dominate your daily thoughts and...

30 Reasons Moms Are Late

Jenny Isenman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

I'm not gonna sit here and tell you that I was always a punctual person, but becoming a parent has put a whole new spin on my excuses for being late to meetings, lunch dates, parties and appointments.

Telling Your Kids About the Split: The Six Most Common (Well-Intended) Mistakes

Kate Scharff | Posted 07.25.2013 | Divorce
Kate Scharff

It's devastating to feel you're inflicting injury on your own child. For parents, anticipating "The Talk" can be the worst part of divorce. Sometimes, in an effort to ease the pain, we cause more. Here are the six most common unintended mistakes made by well-intentioned parents.

4 Big Parenting Mistakes Boomers Have Made

Grown And Flown | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

Despite our generation's belief that "we turned out just fine," we decided to bring up our children entirely differently than we were brought up. In fact, we only trot out the phrase, "We turned out just fine," when something about our parenting has gone wrong.

The Big Parenting Mistake We All Make

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 07.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Suzanne Perryman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAdults are really good at understanding the thoughts of others. Children -- not so much. Rebecca Saxe tells us the part of the brain responsible for thinking about others' minds reaches maximum growth during adulthood.

The Most Common Parenting Mistake

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Persistent criticism breeds resentment and defiance, and undermines a child's initiative, self-confidence and sense of purpose. We need to prevent the buildup of these unhealthy attitudes in the minds of our children.

Spilled Milk: I'm a Horrible, Awful Parent

William Lucas Walker | Posted 07.07.2013 | Parents
William Lucas Walker

Serendipity is defined as the unexpected phenomenon of finding something delightful or valuable when you least expect it.

What Is Mindful Parenting?

Carla Naumburg | Posted 01.27.2013 | Parents
Carla Naumburg

I snap at my daughters when I'm frustrated, I'm terse with them, I'm distracted by my iPhone, my to-do list, what I'm going to make for dinner.

The 5 Dumbest Things I Thought Before I Had a Kid | Posted 12.02.2012 | Parents

Yeah, I had every intention of raising an all-natural, 100 percent organic kid who didn't have meltdowns at grocery stores but then I forgot the part about children having wills of their own.

The Worst Money Mistake Parents Make

LearnVest | Posted 09.25.2012 | Money

If you're considering funding an increasingly expensive college education, there's a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Taking out loans in your name that you might not be able to pay back? That's a financial road you don't want to go down.

Practicing With "Mistakes"

Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Rev. Zesho Susan O'Connell

Shame may be so strong that we could tend to not even acknowledge mistakes, or underestimate them. To want the mistake to go away is a not exactly a mistake -- it's just an impossibility.

Parenting Without Gender Expectations Means Accepting All Outcomes

Aly Windsor | Posted 06.26.2012 | Parents
Aly Windsor

I watched in horror as I recognized the following flicker of cognition in Avie's eyes. He saw the girl pile on the floor as a perfect opportunity for a pile-on.

Learning When (And When Not) To Say 'No'

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 05.12.2012 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

It was nice to remember that we could say "no" to behavior that makes our lives harder ... But there are other times when I can't decide whether it's appropriate to say "no."

The Only Parenting Advice You Need

Glennon Doyle Melton | Posted 04.25.2012 | Parents
Glennon Doyle Melton

We have to love ourselves if we want our kids to love themselves. We don't necessarily have to love them more, we have to love ourselves more. We have to be gentle with ourselves.

Five Mistakes My Parents Made That I'm Not Repeating

Len Filppu | Posted 03.27.2012 | Parents
Len Filppu

Can anyone say their parents were perfect? OK, those of you who raised your hands may now Google the word "denial."

How to Deal With Mother's Guilt

Mia Redrick | Posted 01.29.2012 | Parents
Mia Redrick

Mother's guilt is only natural and is the consequence of wanting to be a good mother to your children. However, in the end it will only weigh you down.