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A day in the life...

Cynthia Jennings | Posted 02.12.2016 | Parents
Cynthia Jennings

Morning "Morning baby, time to get up." I rub her back and push back the golden halo of hair that surrounds her. "I'm tired," she mumbles in a small...

What Kids Are Really Watching on YouTube

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.11.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

What passes for funny on YouTube may not be your cup of tea, but somehow the folks below have hit upon formulas that draw millions of viewers. Language and content can be an issue on many of these channels.

6: Not Just Blossom's Friend. In Her Opinionation, The Sun Is Gonna Surely Shine!

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

Last year on my daughter's fifth birthday I wrote "Forever Young. Want Her to Be Forever Young". On her sixth birthday I think how this year is so dif...

Racy Super Bowl Ads Aren't Dead -- They're Just Online

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.05.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Everyone knows that half the fun of the Super Bowl is the commercials. With advertisers paying $5 million per 30-second spot, the results are usually pretty spectacular -- and often sexist, stereotypical, and age-inappropriate. This year, though, things look different.

Free Pass: My Son Was Drifting Away

Heidi Allen | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
Heidi Allen

Please remember this story I told him. In the very near future you will have a 13-year-old of your own, and you'll be tested just like I was. Enjoy your free pass. You won't get another.

Can We Start Over? How to Apologize To Kids and Why

Psyched in San Francisco | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Psyched in San Francisco

Believing you could be jeopardizing their healthy development can be paralyzing. Lots of parents find themselves here at one point or another. If you find yourself tossing and turning, know that you are not alone and listening to this worry will help you turn things around.

Quick Guide: Being a Boy Mom

Kristen Borgnini | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Kristen Borgnini

Being a boy mom is like entering in a secret society of women who have each other's backs. We just "get" each other without saying a word.

3 Tips For Parallel Parenting With An Ex Who Won't Co-Parent

Cherie Morris | Posted 01.27.2016 | Divorce
Cherie Morris

When my ex acts in an indefensible manner, I simply remind my kids they can work on their skills for dealing with a difficult person without criticizing their dad. Although it may be tempting to offer your critique of what the other parent is or is not doing, even if the other parent does it when with the kids, you shouldn't.

The Cruel Reality of Parenting

Katy Humphrey | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Katy Humphrey

Parenting is hard. Like really hard. No one prepares you for it, you can read so many books, articles and advice but nothing will prepare you for any of it.

Your Kids Are Embarrassed by You (And Why That's a Good Thing)

Bryan Behar | Posted 01.24.2016 | Parents
Bryan Behar

Like most parenting moves, the high of being the cool, with-it, socially-connected dad lasted about all of no seconds. Or the time it took my daughter to say, "Oh God, why did you join Tumblr? Didn't you know it's just for 12-year-old girls to complain about their thigh gap?" In my head, I heard all the records everywhere scratch at once.

Really? A Few Frozen Spinach Stars Made Me Mom of the Year?

Danielle Lindner | Posted 01.20.2016 | Parents
Danielle Lindner

Right now, what makes them proud are just the mom things. The crust being cut off their sandwich, the day I come home early for a playdate, the extra five minutes I sit with them at night before bed. Today what makes me a superstar are the frozen spinach dinosaurs... and I'm really good with that.

Stop Sneaking Those Vegetables Into Your Kids' Dinners

Little Global Chefs | Posted 01.19.2016 | Taste
Little Global Chefs

Guys, stop trying to sneak those vegetables into your kids' dinners. Yeah, we see you. We know you've found all sorts of clever ways to sneak spinach, asparagus, and rutabaga into their chicken nuggets. But we're telling you, it's not as brilliant as you think.

Dad Puts His Kid Up For Sale As A Human Alarm Clock

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents

A UK dad is offering up the services of his toddler, who has one very useful skill -- acting as a human alarm clock.  Kevin Davies of Liverpool, ...

Scenes From a Field Trip

Caroline Judge Mehta | Posted 01.14.2016 | Parents
Caroline Judge Mehta

I hope that if Kian doesn't remember this field trip, he will recall a day when he was still little, and he fell asleep on the Metro, and his mom was there.

Advice for Parents Who Suck

Marlaina Schiavo | Posted 01.14.2016 | Comedy
Marlaina Schiavo

I am fully aware that a child's behavior is not always a direct result of one's parenting style. There are many factors that contribute to the way a kid is acting. However, this does not make your child any less annoying.

Why Do 75 Million Non-Voting Citizens Need Your Vote?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

There are the 75 million kids under 18 who cannot vote, but who will live for the rest of this century in a world largely determined by decisions made now. And most of these decisions have to do with science. Nothing will change the future as much -- and the the public knows it.

7 Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Happy in 2016 | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living

Now that the new year is upon us, many of us are focused on self-betterment, whether breaking bad habits or starting healthy ones. As parents, we ...

How Bad Pets Make Good Kids

Paul Boorstin | Posted 01.06.2016 | Parents
Paul Boorstin

After I got married and had two kids of my own, I vowed that I would give them the pet experience I never had. We adopted a dog -- an irresistible floppy-eared basset hound named Darwin -- soon followed by cats, each lovable in its own disdainful way.

5 Tips for Raising "Happy" Successful Children

Dr. Vanita Braver | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Dr. Vanita Braver

Photo credit to Teresa Goldman Without a doubt, parenting is simultaneously the most rewarding and difficult job we have as adults. As a child ps...

I Post Silly Things My Kids Say on Facebook -- And Why You Should Too

Jennifer Barrows | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Barrows

Posting about my kids helps me to stay in touch with people who live far away, and share small snippets about our lives with friends. I hope you share things about your kids too, because they are huge parts of your lives and identities.

How To Get Kids and Adults Off Their Phones

Rodale's Organic Life | Posted 12.31.2015 | HuffPost Home
Rodale's Organic Life

Break out the craft supplies, and leave your screens alone.

When Your Kid Emotionally Throws Up on You

Kristen Lee Costa | Posted 12.13.2015 | Parents
Kristen Lee Costa

How can we work to clean things up with them, not for them? Here are some ways to help our kids without taking their woes so literally and personally that we worry ourselves sick.

How A Parent Could Unknowingly Contribute To A Child’s Negative Behavior

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 12.11.2015 | Dr. Phil

Kim says her daughter Taylor is a liar, manipulator and drama queen who thrives on attention – any way she can get it. She claims Taylor...

Working With Kids Is a No-Brainer

Brandon Marshall | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Brandon Marshall

Not enough people realize that three quarters of all psychiatric illness has its onset before the age of 24, and half before 14. And because kids are still developing, the earlier treatment is started, the better the prognosis.

What Kayaking With Whales Taught Me About My Kids

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

So very often, as parents, our schemes do not pay off. It rained on our camping trip. The hike to the waterfall was a bust. But, finally, here was an adventure that exceeded all of our expectations.