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What I Learned From the Other Team

Beth Diane Bradley | Posted 04.24.2015 | Parents
Beth Diane Bradley

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails -- or sugar and spice. There was a recent conversation around the office water cooler about the pros and cons of sons or daughters. The consensus was that, if given a choice, more women would choose girls, more men would choose boys, and most wanted to know the gender before birth.

How to Get Your Kids to Do Their Chores

Jennifer Breheny Wallace | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Breheny Wallace

As with untied shoe laces, with chores I'm learning to take the long-view -- a little short-term pain for long-term gain. I'm also finding that these chores are not just teaching my kids some important life lessons, they're also teaching me, as a parent, how to be a little more disciplined and accountable myself.

Learning To Pop The Bubble

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

When I was a child, we played outside for hours without any adult supervision. My mom checked on us and gave us lunch while she was inside "getting things done." We spent hours using our imaginations and making our own decisions.

5 Things No One Tells You About Potty Training

Melanie McKinnon | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Melanie McKinnon

Yep, potty training blows. But take heart! The key is to find what works for you, and not determine your successes or failures based on someone else's opinion of how potty training should be.

9 Questions All Parents Need To Ask Themselves

Posted 04.21.2015 | Dr. Phil

As a parent, you're the head of your family, and therefore you occupy an unbelievably powerful role in shaping the tone, texture, mood and quality of ...

No Do-Overs: 10 Ways to Avoid Regret Later and Be a Better Mom Now

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 04.18.2015 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

I did a lot of things right with my kids. I know that. But there were many things I could've done better. So, here's my self-assessed parenting report card in the hopes you'll end up with better grades.

Characteristics in Children That Are Given a Bad Rap

Jennifer Bly | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

When you think of qualities you would like to see in your children you may think of empathy, kindness, gentleness, or politeness. But there are some attributes that are often underappreciated or even discouraged.

Woman Who Claims She Had A Painful Childhood Reunites With Her Mom

Posted 04.16.2015 | Dr. Phil

Beth claims she grew up in a “house of horrors” filled with abuse allegedly at the hands of her mother. “Living through the abuse from my mother...

How Not to Raise Your Kids

Susan Vernicek | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Susan Vernicek

I want to share a few parenting tips that have saved my husband and I from added stress, anger, jealousy and feelings of failure as new parents.

I Still Don't Have All the Answers and Other Parenting Nuggets of Wisdom

Melissa Chapman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I have to admit that this past year -- her first as a teenager and my first parenting a teen -- has been a major learning experience for me and has forced me to re-examine our relationship as well as my parenting fails.

A Birthday Letter to My Tween Son

Amy Heinz | Posted 04.14.2015 | Parents
Amy Heinz

I realize it's your birthday and you get to make the wish, but tonight, as you blow out your candles, I will be hoping with all my might that your tween years are filled with kindness.

How A Social Media Post Led A Teen Into Sex Trafficking

Posted 04.10.2015 | Dr. Phil

Hope, 17, says three years ago, she was abducted by someone she met online and forced into prostitution. “It all started because I posted on a socia...

It's Payback Time

Allison Hart | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents
Allison Hart

My mother will read this and tell me that it's not about vindication. That she would prefer it if I never had to endure this stuff. But that's not all true, and I know it.

5 Key Things This Grandmother Forgot About Motherhood

Teresa Kindred | Posted 04.08.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

My babies will be 23-years-old this year and even though my husband and I raised five children there are some things about motherhood that I had forgotten. Maybe I forgot because I didn't want to remember.

Introducing PowerToFly Connect: An App For The World's Fastest-Growing Women's Placement Platform

Katharine Zaleski | Posted 03.31.2015 | Women
Katharine Zaleski

Today we're introducing PowerToFly Connect, a free app on iOS and Android devices. It's clear that as we continue to match women with work that valu...

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.