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5 Mantras for Mindful Parenting

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

Taking a mindful pause is one of the most important actions we can take to make us more patient in our parenting. Yes, our children push our buttons; they challenge and frustrate us. But many of their behaviors are out of our control.

32 Feminist Lessons For My Daughter

Maureen Shaw | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Maureen Shaw

Having a period isn't a curse. It makes you uniquely qualified to create and sustain life, if you so choose. Speaking of choice, only you can/should make the choice of if/when you would like to become a parent.

10 YouTube Stars Your Kids Love

Common Sense Media | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

YouTube personalities become popular because they speak directly to their fans, with no network oversight, no whitewashing of their language and no fancy production. They say what they want. They're real. It's important that parents get clued in to who they are.

The Case Against Straight A's

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have seen too many kids get stressed out, anxious and even depressed in their mission to get straight A's. Let me tell you why I dislike the pursuit of straight A's.

The Lessons Brande Roderick Wants Her Kids to Learn About Bullies, Body Image, Sexuality and More

Caroline Presno | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

From Baywatch Hawaii, to starring in movies like Starsky & Hutch, as well as her book Bounce, Don't Break, Roderick has a full career. But this time, I wanted to find out more about Roderick's life as a mom.

The Limited Edition Female Scientist

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Kate Van Dellen

These sold-out limited edition Research Institute Legos have probably found their way to bright and high potential girls whose parents are positive STEM advocates in their education. What about the kids who don't have such strong advocates?

A Fistful of Jeans: How it Actually Feels to Lose a Parent

Joe DeProspero | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

The worst part of losing her wasn't finding her body; It wasn't even having to break the news to her mother (my grandmother) later that day. It was the moment I returned to my job and realized that I was expected to simply blend back into society as if I wasn't permanently damaged.

5 Creative Ways to Inspire Children to Become Eco-Friendly

Dawn Wynne | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Dawn Wynne

If we educate children about the effects of our actions and give them practical tasks they can begin to create a healthier environment. Here are some unique and hopefully fun activities that will inspire your children to take green to a new meaning.

Keeping Up With Tech-Savvy Kids

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The younger generation has always been a step ahead in adapting to new technologies and platforms. Modern smartphones and tablets have allowed them to evolve into true "digital natives" as opposed to their parents' generation of "digital immigrants."

Superheroes Who Are Deaf and the Power of Diversity

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

There are many types of superpower -- ranging from super strength to mind control. With such a wealth of fictional capabilities available, why should Superheroes be limited by their ability to hear?

I'm Not Here to Make Life Easy for You: A Love Letter to My Future Children

Neal Samudre | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Neal Samudre

Work is often a prerequisite for great beauty. Every laugh involves a heave of the chest. Every deep, fulfilling breath moves the diaphragm. Every smile requires the movement of muscles and every glance above requires your neck to fold behind you. Every beautiful thing requires work.

Autism: Early Intervention Makes A BIG Difference

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Recognizing more children with autism means more opportunity for intervention and a greater chance of a better future for these children.

Raising Kids, One Letter At A Time

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

I said to my wife, "Someone is c-r-a-b-b-y and needs an n-a-p." In the middle of throwing a bit of 'tude, my son turned to me and said, "I don't need a nap." Damn. At that point, I certainly did.

Revolution Is Actually Condensed Evolution

Jenny Florence | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

Learning to listen and be responsive to our emotions is possibly the biggest generational task that we face in our current time. It is both a challenge and an extraordinary opportunity.

5 Ways You Can Help An Overweight Child

Beth Rosen | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Beth Rosen

While scrolling through my timeline on Facebook last week, I came across a post about a child who had been put on a "cleanse" to lose weight. I cannot tell you how that made my blood boil!!

A Good Mom Is a Happy Mom

Amber Sabathia | Posted 09.15.2014 | Good News
Amber Sabathia

I had to sit back and decide what makes me happy and finally made the decision after my third child that Mom does what makes her happy.

8 Unrealistic Expectations Parents Have For Their Kids

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Kimanzi Constable

Our children mess up. They lie to us, they're sneaky, they don't listen and they know how to push all the wrong buttons. I'm not telling you something you don't already know. However, despite what our kids do to make us mad at times, we do things that are probably just as irritating.

9 Things I Didn't Realize Before Signing My Daughter Up For Dance Class

Joelle Wisler | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

There was only one tiny side window in which we could all see about half the class at any one time. There may have some polite shoving involved. I don't really remember. We were all very excited.

My Son Wore A Dress To School Today

Doug Gertner | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Doug Gertner

The blue cotton sundress he chose would be fitting for any teenage girl. Heck, it might actually be something his mom would wear. And he looked pretty darn good in it.

6 Ways to Be a More Present Parent

Debra Fine | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Debra Fine

Why are we so surprised that the teens in the world are attached to their smartphones? Addicted to their devices? Aren't we, too, "just checking Facebook" or "sending a quick text" or "making a call" when we are with our children? Aren't we teaching them by example?

8 Reasons Parents Really Hate Sending Their Kids Back To School

Jenny Isenman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

My daughter spent 25 minutes deciding whether the folder with the kitten popping out of a birthday present was "better" than the folder with the puppy looking at the kitten with sad eyes while the kitten batted him in the snout. Seriously.

The Jaw-Dropping Way This Preschooler Stood Up To A Bully

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

My son charmed most of the kids except for one boy who was playing by himself. This kid's dad was standing behind him and completely absorbed with texting. Not being one to ever give up on making new friends, my son tried to play with the shy boy. But he got dad blocked.

To Tell or Not to Tell: How to Take the High Road with Your Kids When Your Ex Had an Affair

Christina Pesoli | Posted 09.15.2014 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

When it comes to your kids, taking the high road requires putting their best interests first. But in this situation, it can be hard to tell what that means, exactly. Blind curves and poor signage make it difficult to tell one road from the next.

Parents -- What About You?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

She was beginning to see that the problem was not so much not being cared about by her family, but not caring about herself. She could begin to see that how her family treated her was a mirror for how she was treating herself.

How Should I Deal With The Aggressive Little Boy Next Door?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

When your choices for playmates are limited, it's hard to resist the convenience of a little boy next door. Still, your daughter needs to feel safe, and if there isn't an adult on hand to ensure that she will not come home in tears, you will need to take action.