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Raising Kids

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 01.23.2015 | 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 01.23.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 ...

The Struggles And Joys Of Raising Children In An Interfaith Family

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | BETTY ROLLIN | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion

How do interfaith couples decide which faith their children should adopt? “We both wanted to keep our own religions and our own identity for ourselv...

Somebody Give This Kid a Trophy

Amy Arndt | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Amy Arndt

My daughter's analysis of her meager trophy collection made me think. Should we encourage her more? Are the kids with more after-school activities better off? Even though I personally think trophies are cheesy, is there a correlation between awards and self-esteem?

Words of Wisdom From a 7-Year-Old

Jill Topol | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Jill Topol

I was watching TV with Max and this elaborate commercial with fireworks comes on for KY Jelly. Max turns to me, dead serious, and says, "Mommy, would you like me to buy some KY for you as a present?" I told him, "That's okay, you already got me a lovely Christmas gift, but thank you."

'Remember: I Will Always Be Your Little Brother'

Dr. Tim Cavell | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Dr. Tim Cavell

This week, I've been thinking about A, the first boy I mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters. It was his birthday this week, and I try to send him birthday wishes each year, even though I'm no longer his Big Brother.

5 Tips For A Successful Negotiation With Your Child

Posted 01.13.2015 | Dr. Phil

Negotiations are the absolute lifeblood of relationships. Consciously or unconsciously, we put negotiations into play in every relationship and in eve...

What a Million 'Moms of Boys Only' and a Viral Article Taught Me About Having Sons

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

One satisfying byproduct of writing the article was that it struck a chord with hundreds of thousands of others around the globe. But I got way more from writing the article than the readers it resonated with.

Why A Grown Man Blames His Addictions On His Mom

Posted 01.09.2015 | Dr. Phil

Justin’s mom, Laura, got pregnant with him when she was 17 years old. She admits that she smoked marijuana, including in front of her kids, and she ...

5 Things No One Tells You About Being a Parent

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 01.08.2015 | Parents
Kimanzi Constable

When we have children, we know that we'll be parents for life, but what we don't realize is that you're on call 24/7 and that never ends. When they have problems, you have to be there. When they eventually go off on their own and have problems, guess who they're calling?

How To Get Your Kids To Be The Best They Can Be

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

In his "Tip of the Day," Dr. Phil talks about how parents can get their kids to be the absolute best people they're capable of being. "It's not a...

Letters to Hadley: Boy Friends

Liz Olson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

My first best friend was a boy. His name was Nicholas, and I met him in Kindergarten. He was very good at the monkey bars and so was I, and so we became friends.

5 Ways To Stop Screwing Up Our Kids

Jeff Bogle | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

What we seem to be forgetting is that without struggle, there can be no progress. Without embarrassment, there can be no empathy. Without failure, there can be no success.

Want To Be More Productive? Have Kids.

Irina Jordan | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Irina Jordan

You stop going to large networking events or meeting with numerous people for 'coffee.' You start tracking what activities generate the most impact for your business and personal life and let go of those that don't.

The Words I Can't Believe I Heard On The Playground

Marina Sbrochi | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Marina Sbrochi

I almost instantly threw up in mouth. I turned around to check to see if I had suddenly been transported to the 1950s, but the cars looked pretty new and people were wearing modern clothes.

The 50 Steps of Mommy Morning Mayhem

Jodi Meltzer | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Jodi Meltzer

Echoes of temper tantrums reverberate in your head. You sit down slowly (careful to protect yourself from stray LEGOs), look around, and shake your head in disbelief that you survived.

Little Feet To Love And Let Go

Shari Medini | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

There are two little pairs of feet that I brought into this world and I love them dearly. I have kissed those feet, washed them, tickled them and watched them grow.

I Used to Know Where My Stuff Was...

Teri Biebel | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Teri Biebel

I've taken to hiding things that I just refuse to part with. My deodorant is now in my sock drawer. Shampoo and conditioner? I hide those in my closet under my shoe rack and take them in when I shower each day. Razor? Underwear drawer. Shaving cream? The garage, where else?

Confession: I Am Raising a Quitter

Dana Talusani | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Dana Talusani

I'm not sure if I can change my daughter's nature, either. I'm not even sure I should. So much about her is beautiful and kind and right, and even if it's all wrapped up in a shell more fragile than others, is it my place to judge?

6 Things I Didn't Need To Raise A Child In Nepal

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

Looking back 27 years later, I marvel at how little it took to raise a child in a Nepali village in the late '80s and early '90s. Most raised their children the way people have been doing for centuries, with abundant love and not too many things.

How to Raise A Slob

Stephanie Lessing | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Lessing

The first thing I did when I had kids of my own was tell them, "Never, ever try to make a bed. It can't be done." And because I believe in leading by example, I only make mine when people come over and insist on looking at it.

Have An Out-Of-Control Child? You Could Be Part Of The Problem

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

Parents say their 24-year-old son, Johnny, has extreme rage issues, and they fear he may kill them. They claim they’ve done everything to help their...

7 Ways College Football Is Like Raising Kids

Melissa Fenton | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Melissa Fenton

Oozing southern hospitality and a football I.Q. that could rival an ESPN commentator, you'll find us southern women happily dishing out pimento cheese dip, fried chicken and smoked pulled pork.