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Rate Yourself As A Mom On A Scale of 1 to 10

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 03.27.2015 | Parents
Eva Lesko Natiello

Between forkfuls of asparagus risotto, she asked, "What if someone asked you to rate yourself as a mother? What would you say, on a scale of 1 to 10?" It's a waste of time to skirt my daughter's hypotheticals. "Umm, I don't know. An 8?" "What? Why an 8? Who's better than you?" she asked.

Building a Child's Self Esteem On Stage and Off

Robin Gorman Newman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Robin Gorman Newman

While I certainly want my son to have a positive academic experience, there is more to school, life and ultimate success than grades. Building self esteem comes from more sources than that.

Your Tween's Private Photo Could Go Viral. Here's How.

Galit Breen | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

Our kids aren't all that different then we were at this age. But their access to social media makes their quickly made decisions capable of being a little bigger, a little louder, have a little more impact, a bigger punch, if you will.

Why Alone Time For You Is Good For Your Kids

Cheryl Elizabeth | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Cheryl Elizabeth

If my kids never saw me take time to refuel and rest, often through pursuing my hobbies and passions, would they grow up thinking they always have to be working, serving and doing?

3 Major Perks Of My Parents' Divorce (And I Don't Mean Double Christmas)

Toria Sheffield | Posted 03.17.2015 | Divorce
Toria Sheffield

We're so indoctrinated to think of divorce as a bad thing for children, but the more I think about my own life and perspectives on relationships, the more I am certain that they were shaped -- and shaped positively -- by my parent's divorce.

4 'Mommy-Shaming' Victims Share Their Stories, Speak Out Against The Disturbing Trend

Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents

Most jobs require a degree, certification or, at the very least, an adequate amount of training. Want to get married? Yeah, you’ll need a license fo...

That Frightening Time When Your Child Is Learning Autonomy

Rachel Toalson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

2-year-olds: It doesn't matter if shoes don't match or if they're different sizes. Just put them on. Shoes are shoes are shoes. Stop trying to match them and put them on the right feet, parents.

Trust Your Inner Compass

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.13.2015 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

Always a seeker, my journey has now taken me in the direction of unraveling my self talk. By that I mean the voice in my head that is hell bent on me being a "good girl." It's the voice that shames, cajoles and judges everything I do. It's been with me for as long as I can remember.

Parenting Advice: Don't Kill Them

Ijeoma Oluo | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Ijeoma Oluo

You deserve an award for not evicting what is surely the world's worst houseguest. Acknowledge that, and instead of beating yourself up for feeling the way anybody would feel if a fellow human had just literally sh*t all over them, pat yourself on the back.

My Baby Girl Mimics My Mothering (And That's Not Always a Good Thing)

Melanie McKinnon | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Melanie McKinnon

My adorable baby girl, barely broaching the world of full sentences, just taught me something I will never forget. She simply mirrored my own actions, and I did not like what I saw.

All Gone?

Marcia Liss | Posted 02.26.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Louis C.K., Parenting Buddha

Sara Goldstein | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

I've long since given up the notion that children are magical, spirited snowflakes, or that I have to maintain the illusion I have any idea what I'm doing as a parent.

Why I Took My Daughter to a Homeless Shelter On Her Birthday

Rudri Bhatt Patel | Posted 02.20.2015 | Parents
Rudri Bhatt Patel

During my daughter's birthday celebration last month, I took an unconventional approach and introduced another way to commemorate her special day.

I Wish Someone Had Told Me it Would Be So Fast

Mara Shapiro | Posted 02.20.2015 | Parents
Mara Shapiro

If only I'd known how little time I'd have with them. If only I'd known that it would be over even faster than it started. Just slow it down.

The Timer And The Ticking Clock Of Parenting

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

Parents are in a mortal battle and locked in an eternal death match with time. Except the only way we survive it on a daily basis without losing our damn minds is by keeping it on the back burner and putting it out of sight and out of mind for brief periods of time.

We Bet You Won't Be Able Tell Who Made These Messes: Kids Or Dogs?

Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents

Dogs and kids! Photos and videos of their antics account for approximately 1 million percent of the most adorable things on the Internet. But beneath ...

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

When you're a parent you have to make lots of decisions. I haven't check the stats, but I'm guessing it's something like a million decisions every day and it can be exhausting! So it definitely helps to have short cuts to make things easier on yourself.

5 Tips for When Your Kid Argues About Everything

Monica Swanson | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Monica Swanson

I like a kid with an opinion. I appreciate a kid who thinks about things, and isn't afraid to speak their mind. They've got spunk. They're usually a lot of fun to be around. There are plenty of positives about these kids.

What I Changed For The Sake Of My Kids

Wendy Bradford | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

I had tried many times to be a different, gentler kind of mother -- but what I've finally come to realize is that I couldn't be a gentler kind of mother until I could be a gentler kind of person with myself.

What Happened When I Gave Away My Son's Birthday Presents

Anjali Joshi | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

Our children show us they are listening, watching and internalizing the life lessons we're trying so hard to teach.

Mom Says She's Afraid Of 16-Year-Old Daughter And Sleeps With A Bat

Posted 01.30.2015 | Dr. Phil

Ann and Mike describe their existence as parents to 16-year-old Kristi as a living nightmare. “I’m afraid of Kristi when she gets violent,” ...

Despite What You May Have Read, New York Is a Terrific Place to Raise a Baby

Natalie Thomas | Posted 01.28.2015 | New York
Natalie Thomas

We're the beneficiaries of every great service that most New Yorkers are privy too: Tons of parks and playgrounds, classes, building playrooms, museums, culture, diversity... and getting to our New York offerings in a New York minute.

Are You a Highly Sensitive Parent?

Seleni Institute | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Seleni Institute

Highly sensitive people are more vulnerable to getting hurt, overstimulated, overwhelmed, and tired. And that also means motherhood can be even more of a challenge.

Why Do I Have To Be A Stay-At-Home Mom?

Rachel Toalson | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

We get really good at debating what's best for the children, but sometimes what's best for the children is what's best for us.

Why Being Your Child's Friend Instead Of Parent Can Be Dangerous

Posted 03.24.2015 | Dr. Phil

Vicki says her 15-year-old daughter, Josie, has been kicked out of school, steals, drinks, uses drugs, has been caught sneaking boys into her bedroom ...