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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.

My Daughter Almost Drowned Today, So We Kept Swimming

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I wanted to blanket her with kisses, and walk her far, far away from the hostile sea. Instead, after she calmed down a little, while she was still sniffling and clingy, I took her hand, and we walked back to the water's edge.

15 Reminders You're A Working Mom

Jenn Delekta | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Jenn Delekta

It's the occasional princess sticker stuck on my high heel shoes or the temporary tattoo on my arm that I don't notice until halfway through the work day. I am constantly reminded throughout my day that I am a mom first and my work takes a clear second place.

Should You Ever Allow Teens To Have Sex In Your Home?

High50 | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
High50

It's no secret that sex is a big deal for teenagers. They think about it, they talk about it. And usually, they do it. On average, both males and females in the US and UK first have sex at 16. Which, if you're the parent of a teenager or young adult, can suddenly start to feel very real. Have you ever wondered where all those teenagers are doing it?

How To Survive And Thrive In Your New Empty Nest

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

The college kids have headed back to their messy apartments or moved for the first time into their dorm rooms. So how are you feeling, parents? Will you miss those kids? Other than when our children are born, there's no bigger change in our lives as parents than when our children leave home. It's a shock to the system -- but there are good things about empty nesting, too.

How A Race Riot During Childhood Stayed With Me Forever

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

My mother's parting words were about tear gas. 'If you're hit by some and can't breathe and your eyes begin to burn, cover your face with this cloth,' she said. It was 1968 and my family was living in Washington, D.C., where I was born.

How Teens Become Responsible Adults

Todd Kestin | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Todd Kestin

Responsibility can be defined as the ability to be answerable or accountable for something within one's power, control or management. So, how can a teen develop a sense of responsibility and the accountability to go with it?

My 9-Year-Old's Homework is Killing Me

Maria Colaco | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Maria Colaco

As a parent of a 9-year-old, I want to tell all of you coming up the parenting pipeline to get ready for it. If you thought homework was bad when YOU were a student... it's HORRID when you are a parent.

6 Things I Let My Third Child Do

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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.

I Took My Kids to the Jeff Koons Retrospective (Oops)

Em & Lo | Posted 09.12.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

What I should have done was acted normal and unfazed, gotten through the museum in a calm and orderly fashion, then asked my daughter what she thought of the show and if she had any questions about what she had seen

101 Things I Will Teach My Daughter

Sierra Vandervort | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Sierra Vandervort

Don't regret the times you feel sad. How else will you appreciate the times you feel good?

Your Baby's Brain, Part 3: Windows of Opportunity

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

There are windows of opportunity when your child's brain is highly susceptible to environmental experiences.