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Parenting Rules

The 3 Rules Of My House

Sara Goldstein | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

I will take my coffee peacefully. No, I'm not making some for you. You want to help me make it? Fine. Take notes on my ratios. That could actually be useful information for Sunday. How old do you have to be to drink coffee? I don't care how old you are, you just have to have a job.

6 Things I Let My Third Child Do

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

I used to get so annoyed when outdoor toys found their way indoors: sand buckets and pool noodles, hula hoops and soccer balls, the tricycle, the scooter. Now, I just take three deep breaths and look away.

5 Things Parents Are Not Obligated To Enjoy

Sara Goldstein | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

I'm not about to bring another free loader with bodily fluids into my house. I've occasionally considered a goldfish and deemed them too much hassle less than 24 hours later. We are gloriously pet-free and I refuse to feel bad about that.

Dreading Visit From Wild Nieces And Nephews!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Your brother's children need to know that he is their dad, not their buddy; knowing he is what I refer to as the "captain of the ship" in their family actually deepens their sense of safety and closeness with him.

7 Laws Of Good Parenting

Babble.com | Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

There are many measuring sticks we use to see how well we're doing at this impossible game of parenting. There is no scoreboard, there is no game clock, there are only arbitrary milestones.

What Would You Do if Your Child Committed a Crime?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

How do we know when normal teen acting-out is a preamble to something far more sinister? Is it our parental responsibility to expose our children's suspicious activity and turn them over to authorities, or do we defend and protect them at all costs?

The Lies Every Parent Tells

Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.07.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

I lied not to protect myself, but because these were not my truths to tell. In all of these cases and so many more (I can't tell you about the more, for the same reason I didn't admit to these in real time) it was their privacy I was guarding, their secrets I was keeping.

"Get Off The Roller Coaster" And Other Rules Of Parenting

Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.23.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

"A mother is only as happy as her saddest child," the saying goes. She's only as anchored, and grounded and reassuring, too. But another part of this parenting job is to do a damn good impression of having our feet solidly on the ground. 

An Infant's Pierced Ears, A Teen's Pierced Nose?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.02.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Pierced ears? Pierced nose? Nose ring? Intricate tattoos? Where are your parenting lines?