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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 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 02.02.2015 | 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.