Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease, but, fortunately, we can prevent it with immunizations. I understand that some parents are concerned about vaccines. The evidence about the MMR vaccine's safety and benefits is strong and consistent. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions I get...
I wish my children could answer a question without shifting their eyes to the floor and biting their lips. I wish they would open up, just a little bit, and show others what truly amazing little people they really are. I wish I could, too.
He sort of looked down, defeated, and handed the cookie to me. I pulled him over for a hug and a snuggle and told him it was OK and that he could have it. He opened the cookie up and handed me the fortune from inside.
Children need to grow, flourish and become independent under a parent's protection and with us helping them to become their best. If one's children are already independent, chances are the parent did a good job providing them with the belief that they are competent and capable of taking care of themselves.
Gee, thanks so much for taunting me and showering me (no pun intended) with an endless parade of freshly-cleaned, coiffed and manicured individuals of both genders, none of whom is wearing stickers.
Nowhere else in history has there been a reverse relationship between parent and child as in the domain of the Internet. The common belief that the child learns from the parent and influence primarily flows from parent to child is often negated in the area of Internet
When my daughter Lily came home saying she wanted to start a book club, I was excited -- I'm a writer after all, so this was music to my ears -- but also a bit skeptical. Right away, I started to fret about the mechanics of it.
So my prayer today is this. That I stop defining myself by my doing, and start defining myself by my being. That I stop measuring time by the clock on the wall, and start measuring it by the experiences I share with those around me. And that I stop seeing my life as "busy," and instead, see it for what it truly is. Full.
If you expose your children to as much of the world as possible they will learn where they fit and how lucky they are. Just by spending time with you in a different country or even just environment, they can learn about history, cultures, languages, conservation and, yes, poverty in a way that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Ditch the admonitions to play nicely. Life isn't fair and nice is for suckers. Focus on the resume and tell your kid to toddler-up. The sooner your kid understands that reality, the sooner he can start to amass a resume of victories, conquests and other toddler superlatives that will knock the socks off of the college admissions committees.
In the 11th and 12th grade, I had a student whose mother was in jail. He did not have much of a relationship with her. She had been incarcerated on and off for most of his life. One Friday afternoon, he told me she was going to be released. He had a car and planned to meet her after school across town.
Tomorrow morning I will slow down, back down, and remember that we are all battling something when we wake up each day.
While each day a mom makes sure her family's to-do list is done, she often struggles to find time for herself. Without mommy care, fatigue can set in and energies may deplete causing a physical breakdown.
A recent study out of Brown University has concluded that routines and habits in children, including household chores and responsibilities, are unlikely to vary after the age of 9.
Forget soccer games and violin lessons, teach your kids something really cool -- bridge. Sure the average age of bridge players is closer to 70 than 7, but there are some really awesome reasons to teach your child this amazing game. Here are seven!
I love this thing. I grew up with two sisters, so we lived by "majority rules." But I'm tellin' ya, parents of two kids, The Decider Coin is the perfect solution to sibling bickering. Stop throwing your hands up in the air; throw The Decider Coin instead.