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Four-Year College Isn't the Only Road

Amy Fortney Parks | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Amy Fortney Parks

He is taking a different route -- I am so grateful that he is still on the road, honestly. He is going to community college this fall. Maybe he'll transfer one day -- maybe he'll go to work -- or move to India.

How To Talk To Kids About Tragedy (And What Not To Say)

Dr. Phil | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 08.27.2015 | Dr. Phil

Opening up an age-appropriate dialogue with your children about a tragedy can be difficult, but it's necessary in order to help them process, cope an...

Raising a Mets Fan

Jennifer Meer | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

Being a Mets fan (and similarly loving them) means you know all too well that many times the story does not end the way you want. But it doesn't change your ability to believe in the happy ending, no matter how much you hide that belief.

The Hard Part of Fostering Independance

Natalie Romero | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

No one wants to see their child struggle. Yet seeing them fall and pick themselves back up again is better than not seeing them struggle at all.

7 Tips For Communicating With Your Teen (So You Might Actually Be Heard)

Dr. Phil | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 08.25.2015 | Dr. Phil

Effective communication isn’t just a free-for-all and it certainly isn’t a no-holds-barred argument where disrespect from your children i...

Is Parenthood Truly As Bad As That New Study Suggests?

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents

A recent survey found that the first two years with a new baby take quite a toll on new parents. After studying more than 2,000 Germans...

5 Special Back to School Treats for Kids and Mom

Rachel Hollis | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Rachel Hollis

It's that time of year again. The time where we head to Target to stock up on school supplies and send the kiddos on their way. Since back to school season can get pretty hectic I've come up with a few ways to help make this year a little more special for everyone... even moms!

16-Year-Old’s Shocking Texts To Her Mom

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Dr. Phil

Ann and Mike say they live in fear of their 16-year-old daughter Kristi -- so much so that they now sleep with a baseball bat as a precautio...

Is This Teen 'Bullying' Her Parents?

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Dr. Phil

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How To Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem

Dr. Phil | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Dr. Phil

All parents want their children to be authentically who they are, to realize all of their potential and to rise to the challenge of being the best th...

8 Ways To Make A Not-So-Good Day Better

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 08.07.2015 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the tasks ahead of you, remind yourself that you do not have to do them all at once -- just one. Just start with one

Why I'll Break My Daughter's Heart Over and Over Again

Jennifer Bly | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

Our direction sets a precedent for how our children will behave tomorrow, next week, and next year. Our guidance is the map by which they will navigate life's challenges and disappointments. How do I discipline my child without breaking her heart?

How Elmo Taught My Kids About Death

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

I started with a very basic definition of dead: something that's not moving or breathing. Then I explained how some things are never alive and others are alive for a while and then they die. And finally, I used Elmo's World type questions to help him sort out the ideas and the differences.

Mom Whose Bullied Daughter Committed Suicide Is On A Crusade

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 08.14.2015 | Dr. Phil

Tricia’s 12-year-old daughter, Rebecca, tragically took her own life after being bullied mercilessly on social media. “I immedia...

Welcome Aboard the SS Summer Fun Cruise Ship!

Erin Janda Rawlings | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Erin Janda Rawlings

Years and years ago, I went on my first and only (as of yet) cruise. It was the glorious Jubilee from Carnival (and by glorious, I mean it *was* glorious . . . circa 1987).

How To Help Your Kids Stand On Their Own

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 08.03.2015 | Dr. Phil

While parenting can be one of the most rewarding jobs, it can also be daunting. "There is a natural age-old tension that all parents face be...

Little Liars

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

To kids, time is a very abstract concept and sometimes little people just forget or tell you what they think will make you happy. Maybe your kids aren't consciously lying at all; maybe they're just telling you their own personal version of reality.

My Daughters and I Embrace Nudity

Lorraine C. Ladish | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Lorraine C. Ladish

I have no qualms walking around in the buff in front of my daughters. And they do the same with me. We even take showers together if we´re pressed for time. My girls are now 14 and 11, but we've taken baths together since they were born.

Cool Dad Transforms Pop-Punk Classics Into Bedtime Lullabies

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.01.2015 | Parents
Van Winkle's

Even the loudest songs can be turned into a lullaby. Change the tempo, make a few instrument swaps and Blink 182's "All The Small Things" could beco...

When My Son Went to Camp

Louise Chapman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Parents
Louise Chapman

As soon as we dropped off our oldest son at his first-time camp experience, I felt uneasy. Did we make the right decision encouraging him to go? Why didn't we ask a friend to go with him? Would he tell someone if he was lonely? What if he needed me?

27 Things That Happen at My Pool Everyday

Eileen O'Connor | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Eileen O'Connor

I love having a pool. It's like an instant party all summer long. And if there's one thing I love, it's a party. And if there's another thing I love, it's relaxing. Having a pool means having people over all the time. Which I also totally love. I can't imagine what summer would be like without a pool.

Four Great Summer E-books to Teach Children While School's Out of Session

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 07.10.2015 | Books
Danielle Wolffe

As summer is only halfway over, many exhausted parents have reluctantly given over partial babysitting duties to the ghost behind the screen. There is no need to feel guilty, if you choose the right materials. Here are some great summer reading picks that can sharpen your child's mind before school is back in session.

14 Screen-Free Ways To Stimulate Your Child's Mind

Posted 08.03.2015 | Dr. Phil

As a young child’s brain develops, trillions of connections are formed between brain cells and developed through such stimuli as light, color, smell...

Yes, I Know My Kid Is Small

Jill Robbins | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Jill Robbins

My son just had turned five. This was the first birthday where he really understood the importance of his big day and the magic that comes with no longer being four years-old. I wish I got that excited about my birthdays.

Want to Make Sure Your Kids Get Over the Divorce? First, Let Them Go Through It

Anastasia Higginbotham | Posted 06.25.2015 | Divorce
Anastasia Higginbotham

Just as sex education doesn't "give" young people the idea to have sex, acknowledging that divorce is disruptive, life-changing and often hard isn't what makes it so.