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How the European Debt Crisis Helped me Part From My Son for a Little

Dafna Maor | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

I checked my email for the last time and found out that my editor wanted me to go to Greece to cover the elections there. The last time I left my son for more than a day was when he was 3 1/2.

Take the Father's Day Challenge

John McCormick | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

My family recently complained that Father's Day has turned me into a lazy bum. So this Father's Day, instead of just receiving gifts, I'm going to give back to my family.

What Parents Want for Their Children, Autistic or Otherwise

Dafna Maor | Posted 08.11.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

Sometimes people choose to make life more difficult for themselves, even if they don't have to. They go looking for unnecessary challenges to heap on their plates, which are already quite full.

Remembering D-Day this Father's Day

John McCormick | Posted 08.05.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When I became a father, I realized for the first time what it might be like to send a child off to war.

Storytelling in the Age of Screens

John McCormick | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

How do I tear the kids away from flashing lights and explosions and get them to sit with a book or tell a story?

Airlines Respond About Keeping Families Together

Corinne McDermott | Posted 07.30.2012 | Travel
Corinne McDermott

I figured if an airline would not guarantee a young child be seated with their parent or guardian, they were in violation of their own unaccompanied minor policies. In order to get to the bottom of this, I reached out to the airlines.

The One Thing Politicians Can Agree on

Michael Zacka | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Michael Zacka

The magic that happens over shared meals can help preserve the American family, strengthen all of its members and enrich their lives. I'm sure America's Republicans and Democrats both agree that more families should be sitting together at dinner.

The Same Story? Again?! Storytelling as an Emotional Security Blanket

John McCormick | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

I used to wonder why my sons asked for the same story night after night. I came to the conclusion that kids simply enjoy the comfort of repetition. Think of it as an emotional security blanket.

It's Not Porn, People, It's Food

Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.15.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Can we look at a woman nursing and think "lunch"? We have learned to stop blushing at the sight of a pregnant woman. It's more than time to give nursing mothers the same break. 

Flying The (Still) Friendly Skies. With Kids!

Corinne McDermott | Posted 07.06.2012 | Travel
Corinne McDermott

Regardless of what Internet commenters would have you believe, people are polite, courteous, even, when you're traveling with small children.

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?

Lots Of Cake Indeed: Anna Quindlen Looks Back On Motherhood

Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.25.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

While most of Anna Quindlen's columns were from the trenches, this book is a look back with a widened lens -- and her message, as she prepares to turn 60, is that it just gets better (hence the cake).

Autism and the Hypothetical Child

Todd Drezner | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

Given how many autistic people there are in the world, it's odd how much of the conversation about autism revolves around children who don't exist.

We're Not the Bad Guys, the Executives at Disney Are

Lori Day | Posted 06.24.2012 | Parents
Lori Day

It's not about anti-girly, anti-pink, anti-sparkle or anti-princess; it's about anti-limitation.

Humiliating Children In Public: A New Parenting Trend?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.04.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Maybe it's because the weather has been unseasonably calm this year, but there has been a rash of examples of parents forcing their children to stand out in the open with signs declaring the ways in which the youngsters have misbehaved.

Surrounded By Child Obesity Advice, What Is A Parent To Do?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.15.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

We are lucky enough to live in an age of scientific parenting, which allows us to make choices based on fact and data. Except when it leads to utter paralysis and confusion.

Why Our Daughters Are Going in 'One Direction' (and Why It's Mother Approved)

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 06.04.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I, for one, am thrilled that our girls have the opportunity to experience something close to what iyr generation had with the Beatles.

Everything There Is To Say About Parenting Has Already Been Said. Often.

Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.04.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

A study will come out, or an essay will be written, or a blogger will opine. Few will notice that the same was asked, and answered, days, or months, or years ago. Because for you, back then, it was just noise. You can't know what you don't know until you need to know it.

Mom, There's A Tracking Chip In My Shirt!

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.28.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

In one school district, student uniforms are equipped with tracking chips that send confirmation texts to parents when children enter the school building, along with notification texts once a child is 20 minutes late.

How To Manage Toddler Meltdowns

Anjali Varma | Posted 05.27.2012 | Parents
Anjali Varma

The scene was one I had been judgmental about before I became a parent. My youngest child was lying in the dairy aisle kicking and screaming -- it was a full-fledged tantrum.

Why Men Opting Out Should Make You Angry -- And Create Change

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.23.2012 | Women
Lisa Belkin

I have always wondered whether there would be the same anger at a story about men choosing to ratchet back their careers -- work less, earn less, climb less of the ladder. It looks like I am getting the chance to find out.

Whose Pink Hair Rules Rule? Parents Or Teachers?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.23.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

The story of 12-year-old Brianna Moore being suspended last week for something her parents said she could do hit a little close to home for me. I have gotten my child in trouble more than once for my own behavior.

Why Do Some See My Daughter's Life As 'Wrongful'?

Amy Julia Becker | Posted 05.16.2012 | Parents
Amy Julia Becker

We live in a culture where disability is celebrated as a mark of human diversity (think of Becky on Glee) and even, in some cases, genius (think of Stephen Hawking). We also live in a culture where disability is viewed as an obstacle to be overcome through prenatal testing.

Who Cares If My Child Can't Tie His Shoes?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.16.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

My father was a whiz with an abacus. His father wrote with an inkwell pen. My sons use their laptops to take notes, write letters, and do math. Is our job as parents to raise our children to master the world we grew up in or the one we can't fully envision yet?

Teens Will Do WHAT For Their Phones

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.15.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Watch your back -- and your teens' -- if anything comes between them and what one researcher calls their "electronic security blanket."