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Teach Your Children to Be Truly Thoughtful This Holiday Season

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

I am not a big planner, I like to go with the flow, and live in the moment. Yet, as a parent I have learned that simply living in the moment, and handling things as they arise is not always the most effective, responsible, or thoughtful thing to do.

I Am Not a Clueless Parent, Can I Say That?

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

Why is it OK to be openly clueless"as a parent, but not openly confident? Is it all a backlash against Tiger Moms and Helicopter Parents? Whatever the case, it seems that it is not acceptable to openly strive for competence in the most important role that we will ever have.

Tim Allen Admits He Talks To ... Cats.

Pat Gallagher | Posted 03.30.2014 | Celebrity
Pat Gallagher

These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's eas...

Dr. Toy Talks About Play and Toys

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 11.21.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

After many years studying and selecting toys of all kind I strongly believe the toys a child plays with can help to unlock the door to learning. Each new play experience helps to turn the key and unlock doors to experiences that influence mental, social and other aspects of the child's fullest development.

Parenting Inspiration From Mother Goose

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

It was so fascinating to watch her teaching her offspring how to fend for themselves. I realized that this mother goose and her family provided a great example of one of the most important aspects of parenting.

Things I Can Do Since I Became a Mom

Mara Shapiro | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Mara Shapiro

Since I've been in the Mom game for a while (19 years to be exact), I've learned a few things. Not about motherhood per se, because motherhood is crafty. Other things.

Being a Parent = Becoming a Superhero

Jill Patir | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents
Jill Patir

I've always known that becoming a parent changed your life, but I didn't realize how until I had my own child. There's a big secret that nobody tells you before you have kids: Parents have superpowers.

Why You're Never Failing As A Mother

Amy Morrison | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
Amy Morrison

We live in a time when we can Google everything, share ideas and expose our children to amazing opportunities, but anyone that implies that they have it figured out is either drunk or lying (or both), so don't be too hard on yourself.

The Truth I Didn't Want to Acknowledge About My Parenting

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 11.05.2012 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

Having identified the ways in which we compound each other's stress, it's easier to laugh at ourselves: "Oh, we're doing that thing again."

5 Reasons 'My Kids Are My Whole Life' is a Stupid Thing to Say

Leslie Irish Evans | Posted 06.01.2012 | Parents
Leslie Irish Evans

Motherhood is, by its very nature, a "giving" job. We give physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually to our children. But we need a sense of proportion and limits when it comes to our kids.

What Makes a Terrific Parent?

Alfie Kohn | Posted 06.23.2012 | Parents
Alfie Kohn

That may sound obvious, but some parents use their children to meet their own emotional needs -- and seem unaware that they're doing so.

Battles Of Will With Kids And Teens: When To Win, When To Surrender

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

The challenge is not that you are going to have conflicts with your children, but whether they develop into full-scale war that drives you and your children apart.

In 4,000 Word Story on Marriage Education, Washington Post Only Quotes True Believers

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bella DePaulo

Have you read The Marriage Myth story in the Washington Post? The subtitle of reporter Ellen McCarthy's article is "Why do so many couples divorce? Ma...

Live Like Your Kids Are Watching

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Stiffelman

It's easy to espouse wise counsel when things are going well. But the truth is, the way we handle the curve balls matters most. Because the truth is, we aren't raising children; we're raising adults.

Study: Some Women Born To Be Bad Mothers

AOL Health | Marrecca Fiore | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Researchers from Virginia's University of Richmond say that some women are just biologically programmed with a "bad mothering" brain switch....

LEGO Mania: 5 Ways to Prevent the Pain of Stepping on a LEGO Brick

Jonathan Bender | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Bender

Here are the five ways you can prevent the trauma of stepping on LEGO bricks.

Stressed Parents Make Their Kids Sick, Research Suggests

BBC | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Parents with stressful lives may be making their children as well as themselves vulnerable to illness, research suggests. A University of Rochester s...