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How to Raise "Includers"

Whitney Fleming | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

The cars in the drop-off line moved exceedingly slow one cold morning, and I tried to keep my patience while silently chanting, "Pull forward!" My da...

A Little Girl's Heartbreaking Picture For Her Stepdad Who Has Fits Of Rage

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 03.09.2016 | Dr. Phil

Lexi and Jared, who have been married for five years, admit they fight viciously in front of their young children. Jared, who acknowledges that he has...

How Parenthood Gave Me The Courage To Face A Lifelong Fear

Keryn Means | Posted 03.08.2016 | Parents
Keryn Means

"Fear has a time and place, but it shouldn’t take away our ability to have fun with our children or stop seeing the world as the magical place it is."

Parenting, Not Policing, the Social Media Revolution

Frida Berrigan | Posted 03.04.2016 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

Teens are still kids, and they still need love, limits and direction. They need more from us than our toddlers do in some ways. We cannot abandon them to their devices.

Hey, World? I Haven't Lost My Value Just Because I Have Kids.

Rachel Toalson | Posted 03.01.2016 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Parents don't lose their value just because they have kids. Please don't treat them like they do.

What Is a "Normal" kid?

Danielle Lindner | Posted 03.01.2016 | Parents
Danielle Lindner

It was a busy afternoon. I picked up both kids from school and made what seemed like my daily run to Whole Foods. I frantically filled up my cart wi...

These Moments Are Just Passing Through

Katie Mitchell | Posted 02.29.2016 | Divorce
Katie Mitchell

As I emerge from a difficult divorce and move forward to a brave new chapter on my own, the past year has felt like a trial by fire for me. It's strengthened me and molded me when I willed myself to sit still and weather the storm.

What Your 'Difficult' Child Is Trying to Tell You

Cate Scolnik | Posted 02.25.2016 | Parents
Cate Scolnik

What happens when you do something wrong? We all make mistakes. Sometimes they're honest mistakes, where we don't know any better -- like when we're in a new job.

Why Does it Have to Be a Boy and a Girl?

Alyson Seligman | Posted 02.17.2016 | Women
Alyson Seligman

I've learned over time that a family is only complete when it has one boy and one girl. I mean, how can a family be happy with three girls or four bo...

A day in the life...

Cynthia Jennings | Posted 02.12.2016 | Parents
Cynthia Jennings

Morning "Morning baby, time to get up." I rub her back and push back the golden halo of hair that surrounds her. "I'm tired," she mumbles in a small...

What Kids Are Really Watching on YouTube

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.11.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

What passes for funny on YouTube may not be your cup of tea, but somehow the folks below have hit upon formulas that draw millions of viewers. Language and content can be an issue on many of these channels.

6: Not Just Blossom's Friend. In Her Opinionation, The Sun Is Gonna Surely Shine!

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

Last year on my daughter's fifth birthday I wrote "Forever Young. Want Her to Be Forever Young". On her sixth birthday I think how this year is so dif...

Racy Super Bowl Ads Aren't Dead -- They're Just Online

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.05.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Everyone knows that half the fun of the Super Bowl is the commercials. With advertisers paying $5 million per 30-second spot, the results are usually pretty spectacular -- and often sexist, stereotypical, and age-inappropriate. This year, though, things look different.

Free Pass: My Son Was Drifting Away

Heidi Allen | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
Heidi Allen

Please remember this story I told him. In the very near future you will have a 13-year-old of your own, and you'll be tested just like I was. Enjoy your free pass. You won't get another.

Can We Start Over? How to Apologize To Kids and Why

Psyched in San Francisco | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Psyched in San Francisco

Believing you could be jeopardizing their healthy development can be paralyzing. Lots of parents find themselves here at one point or another. If you find yourself tossing and turning, know that you are not alone and listening to this worry will help you turn things around.

Quick Guide: Being a Boy Mom

Kristen Borgnini | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Kristen Borgnini

Being a boy mom is like entering in a secret society of women who have each other's backs. We just "get" each other without saying a word.

3 Tips For Parallel Parenting With An Ex Who Won't Co-Parent

Cherie Morris | Posted 01.27.2016 | Divorce
Cherie Morris

When my ex acts in an indefensible manner, I simply remind my kids they can work on their skills for dealing with a difficult person without criticizing their dad. Although it may be tempting to offer your critique of what the other parent is or is not doing, even if the other parent does it when with the kids, you shouldn't.

The Cruel Reality of Parenting

Katy Humphrey | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Katy Humphrey

Parenting is hard. Like really hard. No one prepares you for it, you can read so many books, articles and advice but nothing will prepare you for any of it.

Your Kids Are Embarrassed by You (And Why That's a Good Thing)

Bryan Behar | Posted 01.24.2016 | Parents
Bryan Behar

Like most parenting moves, the high of being the cool, with-it, socially-connected dad lasted about all of no seconds. Or the time it took my daughter to say, "Oh God, why did you join Tumblr? Didn't you know it's just for 12-year-old girls to complain about their thigh gap?" In my head, I heard all the records everywhere scratch at once.

Really? A Few Frozen Spinach Stars Made Me Mom of the Year?

Danielle Lindner | Posted 01.20.2016 | Parents
Danielle Lindner

Right now, what makes them proud are just the mom things. The crust being cut off their sandwich, the day I come home early for a playdate, the extra five minutes I sit with them at night before bed. Today what makes me a superstar are the frozen spinach dinosaurs... and I'm really good with that.

Stop Sneaking Those Vegetables Into Your Kids' Dinners

Little Global Chefs | Posted 01.19.2016 | Taste
Little Global Chefs

Guys, stop trying to sneak those vegetables into your kids' dinners. Yeah, we see you. We know you've found all sorts of clever ways to sneak spinach, asparagus, and rutabaga into their chicken nuggets. But we're telling you, it's not as brilliant as you think.

Dad Puts His Kid Up For Sale As A Human Alarm Clock

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents

A UK dad is offering up the services of his toddler, who has one very useful skill -- acting as a human alarm clock. Kevin Davies of Liverpool, Engla...

Scenes From a Field Trip

Caroline Judge Mehta | Posted 01.14.2016 | Parents
Caroline Judge Mehta

I hope that if Kian doesn't remember this field trip, he will recall a day when he was still little, and he fell asleep on the Metro, and his mom was there.

Advice for Parents Who Suck

Marlaina Schiavo | Posted 01.14.2016 | Comedy
Marlaina Schiavo

I am fully aware that a child's behavior is not always a direct result of one's parenting style. There are many factors that contribute to the way a kid is acting. However, this does not make your child any less annoying.

Why Do 75 Million Non-Voting Citizens Need Your Vote?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

There are the 75 million kids under 18 who cannot vote, but who will live for the rest of this century in a world largely determined by decisions made now. And most of these decisions have to do with science. Nothing will change the future as much -- and the the public knows it.