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Why I'm Not Raising A 'Good Girl'

Galit Breen | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

In the midst of young motherhood, I believed that having well-behaved kids, ones who didn't make waves, meant that I was being a good mom. And while I think that polite words and gentle hearts make the world go round, what changes the world, what also matters, is confidence.

Here's Proof That Tween Girl Halloween Costumes Are Way Too Sexed-Up

Lindsay Ferrier | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Lindsay Ferrier

My daughter has officially entered the tween years -- and Halloween just got a hell of a lot more problematic.

11 Great Things About Preschoolers

Chana Frid | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
Chana Frid

I wish I had savored my son's preschool years the same way I am enjoying his current tween phase. Ten is great, but he'll never be 3 again, and that makes me feel a little... not sad, quite, but wistful, perhaps. Because 3-year-olds have a lot to offer, too.

The 10 Commandments Of Instagram

Rachel Simmons | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Rachel Simmons

It's time for some guidelines on how to be a good human on Instagram. I came up with these with input from a bunch of kids, teens, parents and educators. I encourage you to talk about them with your kids and share them with teachers.

5 Tips for Powering Up Your Parenting in the New Year

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 03.01.2014 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

Let's talk about resolving to make some changes in your parenting -- small adjustments that you can do and keep up, that will make a big difference in your life with your child.

How A Conversation I Dreaded Turned Into A True Christmas Gift

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

I never imagined that she would thank me. That she would be the one to make sure our holiday magic remains, by reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas and how special our family time together will always be -- even without Santa.

When The Boys Start To Call

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 11.28.2013 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I want to hide my beautiful blue-eyed, golden-haired daughter from the wandering eyes of the world. Instead, we practiced using the telephone today. We role-played conversations beforehand. Then she called him back.

3 Rules To Survive Shopping With Your Tween Daughter

Michelle Cove | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Our daughters, for better and worse, learn how to think about their bodies based on the way we think of our bodies. If we well up with tears in the dressing room, curse our thighs, our muffin-top or our too-big or too little breasts, they are likely to do the same

What I Want My Son To Know About Women

Nate Pyle | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Nate Pyle

If you truly love a person, do not reduce them to an object. The moment you objectify another human -- woman or man, you give up your humanity.

Growing Pains

Allison Tate | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

He will be OK. He is ready, and he can do this, and it is going to get a lot better than it was today. That doesn't mean that this is going to be awesome. Growing up can kind of suck sometimes -- for kids and for parents.

7 Things To Avoid Saying To Your Teen -- And What To Say Instead

GalTime | Posted 11.03.2013 | Parents

Talking with an adolescent can be like walking through a minefield; at any moment, you could be asking what you thought was a simple, sincere question only to find it triggering an explosive response.

What I Want For My Daughter When It Comes To Sex

Ferrett Steinmetz | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Ferrett Steinmetz

I refuse to perpetuate, even through the plausible deniability of humor, the idea that the people my daughter is attracted to are my enemy.

PHOTOS: Dads At The One Direction Concert Would Rather Be Anywhere Else

Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents

It takes a dedicated father to accompany his screaming, swooning daughter to a One Direction concert. But, if these dads could pick the direction they...

Why Can't 'No' Mean 'No'?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.29.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

My 13-year-old son refuses to take 'no' for an answer. No matter how much I explain why I won't raise his allowance or let him watch an inappropriate movie, he follows me around, demanding better reasons. It makes me so angry! Why can't 'no' mean 'no'?"

'You Can't Be Friends With Anyone But Me!'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

By helping your daughter honor herself and stand up for what she deserves in a loving friendship, you will be giving her the tools for healthy relationships down the road.

No Longer a Mom to Single-Digits: Parenting Two Preteens

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Rachel Blaufeld

I was excited to watch my big guy hit these marks because they were all so new, and I had no idea what it would ultimately mean. This time, I know. I know it is the end of an era. It means saying goodbye to a much simpler time.

Kids Growing Up: How Wonderful and How Sad

Jill Herzig | Posted 07.13.2013 | Parents
Jill Herzig

I remember thinking as I was reading it, Well, this isn't a very original idea. Every mom goes through it, so what's the big deal? And then I found that I was crying.

What I Discovered After Writing An iPhone Contract For My Son

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 05.20.2013 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

I'm tougher than I was three months ago. My head is clearer. My voice, more certain. I was unexpectedly asked to stand up for my family, to model a belief system of integrity and authenticity to a global audience.