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Raising Kids

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.

10 Things I Want My Daughter To Know Before She Turns 10

Jamie Harrington | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Jamie Harrington

Boys will break your heart, and you will break theirs, and it will probably happen again and again. But I will be here every single time to talk you through it. Promise.

Can I Get Some Space, Please?

Elaine Alguire | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Elaine Alguire

n motherhood, our space is constantly compromised. It happens from the beginning, when we have babies nursing and sleeping on our chests. Then, soon after, we have toddlers climbing into our beds in the middle of the night, drinking out of our cups

What Raising Kids Alone After Divorce Feels Like

Dina Strada | Posted 05.22.2015 | Divorce
Dina Strada

The other night, I had a few friends over to what I consider to be my lovely new home. It's all mine. Paid for by me. Decorated by me. Infused 100% with my style, taste and spirit. When friends walk into my new home, they all say the same thing, "Now this house is so YOU." And it is.

10 Life Lessons I Learned From My Newborn Twins

MeiMei Fox | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
MeiMei Fox

It's pretty amazing how we can rise to the challenges that are placed before us. And when we do, we realize how powerful we truly are.

Raising Children, Raising Citizens

Jennifer Bly | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

We're not just raising children, we're raising a future. We're raising hope. We're raising the next generation of citizens.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On July 10, 2011, Joan T. Daniels, Esq. posted the following comment on the listserv for the members of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

Raising Conscious Children

Dina Strada | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Dina Strada

We all want the very best for our children. We instill in them morals, values and traditions, hoping that they will turn out to be good, upstanding people in society.

How to Write the Perfect Mother's Day Card

Natalie Thomas | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

Men: Listen up. A lot of you need help in the letter writing department. My husband is actually pretty good at it, but I've dated a lot of you and sat...

There Should Be a Stepmother's Day, Too

Samantha Daniels | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents
Samantha Daniels

For all you fellow stepmoms out there, until we get our "own day", here are 10 things you should be celebrating about yourself on Mother's Day, even if you don't get to spend the day with the kids...

Did This Home Video Incriminate A Grandpa In Abuse Case Involving His Step-Grandson?

Posted 05.08.2015 | Dr. Phil

Watch this cell phone video of Bill, a grandpa — who pleaded no contest to felony child abuse — interacting with his 5-year-old step-grandson. ...

Only 6 American Men Identified As Stay-At-Home Dads In The 1970s. Today, It's A Different Story

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 05.08.2015 | Business

My husband is a pioneer, traveling through uncharted and sometimes hostile territory. He is one of a select group of brave men who are upending stale ...