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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 08.03.2015 | 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.

The Challenge of Holding My Child's Feelings, And My Own

Pamela Boccia | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Pamela Boccia

I used to think a spiritual life would have to be put on hold while I had children. Instead, I have come to realize there's probably no better spiritual practice for the "warrior" than raising children.

Why the Things My Husband Does That Make Me Insane Are Great for Our Kids

Jess Kapp | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Jess Kapp

All the crap our husbands do that make us want to tear our hair out could actually be helping to balance out the crap we do that makes our kids want to tear their hair out. Our husbands are different than us.

5 Ways to Connect With Our Kids and Why We Should Start Practicing Them Now

Allison Chawla | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Allison Chawla

In all of my studies surrounding parenting, there is one reoccurring variable that continues to support healthy child-parent relationships, and that is making the effort to genuinely connect with kids.

An Open Letter To My Kids About Summer

M. Blazoned | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
M. Blazoned

Feel free to leave your stuff wherever you want this summer. Half-finished smoothies in the family room? No problem. I got it. Socks in the hall. I'm on it. Dishes in the sink? Keep 'em coming.

10 Thoughts on the First Week of Summer

Melissa Fenton | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Melissa Fenton

We've been off the school roller coaster for several days now. Time is subtlety slowing down, the sun is setting later, and I am embracing the longer days and much deserved downtime surrounded by my kids. But then again, I've had a few thoughts on these first days of unscheduled bliss...

Ten Days to a Totally P.C. Toddler

Heather Kasdan | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Heather Kasdan

Is your toddler embarrassing you with his or her inability to grasp basic societal concepts? Have you noticed your daughter just playing with her babies and totally ignoring the "boy toys" in the house?

'Sleep While the Baby Sleeps' and Other Unhelpful Advice

Rachel Toalson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

They say sleep deprivation is a lot like walking around drunk. That must be why I keep running into doors and passing out on the couch and forgetting where in the world I put the baby's clean diaper when it's literally right in front of my face.

Are Your Kids 'Addicted' to Mobile Games?

Catriona Wallis | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Catriona Wallis

As a parent of vivacious boys aged 5 and 8 obsessed with breaking-up and creating blocks and hiding from the Enderman in the mobile version of Minecraft, I have conflicting feelings about my kids playing this game.

I Missed the Memo on Mom Guilt

Julia Bensfield | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Julia Bensfield

Mom guilt (also known as #momguilt) is a thing. It's the feeling a mother, or any parent, gets when something happens to her child and she blames herself, whether or not the blame is warranted.

Kids Do the Darndest Things

Eldonie Mason | Posted 06.04.2015 | Women
Eldonie Mason

When I was around 9, I hatched a plan to get my reading done and still watch my cartoons. I decided to memorize my entire reading book! I took the time to practice for weeks until I got it right.

4 Inspiring Life Lessons I Learned From My Teenage Son

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Erris Langer Klapper

There is nothing more humbling and rewarding than taking advice from your kids. Can I make myself feel better by taking credit for my son's intuitive words of wisdom? Maybe not. But I can be smart enough to pay attention. He's making good sense, so perhaps I'm not screwing up 100 percent of the time.

The Lost Art of Skipping Rocks

Jennifer Bly | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

As we stood there, it occurred to me how much we've lost to the hectic pace of a technologically advanced society.