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Talking to Kids

Why Sex Is a Difficult Topic for People

Angela Skurtu | Posted 04.19.2016 | Women
Angela Skurtu

If we want to learn how to talk about sex, we need to start talking about sex comfortably at younger ages. We, as a country, need to offer more comprehensive sex education to children so they learn how to talk about sex in more effective ways.

Talking To Your Kids About Important Facts And Figures In Black History 

Ari Adams | Posted 02.04.2016 | Parents
Ari Adams

With it now being Black History Month, my husband and I found this to be a great opportunity for us to introduce a much more candid and honest approach to teaching our kids about not only Martin Luther King, but also the many other important figures in Black History.

Take Time to Connect With Your Child

Natalie Tanner, The Educational Tourist | Posted 10.23.2015 | Parents
Natalie Tanner, The Educational Tourist

Travel adventures with extra time together is the perfect opportunity to connect with your child. Sometimes the day to day nitty gritty of dinner time and soccer practice and ball games and grocery shopping get in the way of bonding time. Once you get away on your travel adventure you'll have lots of time together.

Games Joyful Parents Play

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 09.04.2016 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

Here are a few fun games I like to play with my little people when we need to feel more connected (or less bored!) Feel free to take them and make the...

Amazing Family Dinner-Time Conversations

Nicole Scobie | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Nicole Scobie

Supper tonight was a family favorite: steaks smothered in tomato and olive sauce served with pasta. After supper, we stay sitting around the table and chat for a while. Which is nice, right? Nice, normal family, chatting about nice, normal things.

5 Things I Learned About Applying to College and Getting Financial Aid

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Sheila Blanchette

For families that need financial aid to help pay for college, there are no dream schools. There is no early acceptance application. Your child can certainly apply to their dream school, but they need to understand that the Rolling Stones got it right: "You don't always get what you want."

Open-Ended, Mouth Shut

Peyton Price | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Peyton Price

As you can see, the key is to continue asking questions with increasing levels of specificity. Under no circumstances should you allow your child to leave the room until you are satisfied.

Should Parents Punish Their Children?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 03.08.2015 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

The most important thing to understand about consequences is this: when simple rules and consequences are not working, when children refuse to cooperate or continue to misbehave, there is a deeper problem that will not be solved with more rules and more consequences.

6 Ways to Develop Early Vocabulary Skills

R.C. Liley | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
R.C. Liley

When you start life as an at-home parent your infant, silence is inevitable and expected. Sure, there's crying and cooing, but unless you're caring for other kids at the talking age, you have no one to actually converse with when at home.

I'm Trading In The Words 'Be Careful'

Sara Goldstein | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

I want my words to have weight as I set them in the hands of my children, when they put them in their pockets to pull out long after they've left my lips.

Big Deals In Disguise

Christine French Cully | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Christine French Cully

We may think these questions are humorous or simply small potatoes. But to the kids who pose these questions, they are not. They want answers, and although they can't articulate it, they are asking for a moment of genuine engagement

The 3 Best Ways to Boost Your Baby's Language Development

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

Speak with your baby in a certain way, new research shows, and your baby is far more likely to pick up on language. The difference is big -- more than double the vocabulary by age 2.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Ebola... Without Scaring the Sh*t Out of Them

Tara Kennedy-Kline | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Tara Kennedy-Kline

Ebola is a very scary virus and we do need to educate our children on how to stay safe and be aware of their actions. However, what we DO NOT need to do is talk around or to our children about our frustrations, fears and conspiracy theories regarding our personal beliefs.

Parenthood Doesn't Come with A Manual

Dani Alpert | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Dani Alpert

Listening to her speak about her experiences, I empathized, as I put myself in the child role. I shared some of the same feelings; disappointment, frustration and anger.

Optimism: The Silver Lining in a Chaotic World

Christine French Cully | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

How do we shield our children from news of these horrific events? Is it even possible? I talk to a colleague whose kindergartner has missed several days of school while the manhunt for the shooter in the woods ensues.

When the End Is in Sight: Handling the Conversations, and Your Life

Martha Nelson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

Nothing seems to shock us more than a diagnosis of cancer. I suspect it's terrifying because, deep inside, each of us knows it could happen to us. We pause when a friend or family member is stricken, our frightened minds turning to mush. Oh, no, we think. Am I next?

25 Ways To Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'

liZ Evans | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
liZ Evans

As my kids get older, I know I am going to have to work harder and harder to stay engaged with them -- but I know it's going to be worth the work.

Three Simple Ways to Prepare Your Child For the Complications of Life

Debra Fine | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Allowing children to hone the skills needed to become productive members of society may cause a few bumps in the road now, but by doing so, they will be able to successfully navigate the twists and turns of the future so they, too, can enjoy the ride.

No News Is Good News

Monica Cox | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Monica Cox

There's plenty of time for them to understand the real world. For now, I want them to believe that the world is compassionate, fair and attainable.

How I Spoke to My 8-Year-Old About Suicide and Depression

Sara Goldstein | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

It wasn't a discussion I expected to have with a kid young enough to require interrupting a Disney channel show to do it. But as parents we aren't always afforded the luxury of shining a light on what a bitch the world can be when it's convenient for us.

The Top 10 Games Every Parent Should Play to Encourage Their Baby to Talk

Tracey Blake | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Tracey Blake

The more children babble, the more practice they have at forming the proper sounds to develop language skills.

Talking to Kids About Ukraine

Richard Greenberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

I would counsel that there is absolutely no reason to tell a small child about what's going on in Ukraine, because I think that child really only cares about what's going on in the kitchen.

Explaining Ray Rice to My 6-Year-Old

Oren Miller | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Oren Miller

"Remember yesterday, when you wanted to wear your Ray Rice shirt, and I said you couldn't, and you asked me why, and I told you I'd explain later, but I didn't?

Mom, Is 'Gay' a Bad Word?

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

B-Man leans forward and whispers in my ear, "When we were writing '-ay' words on our spelling boards today, someone wrote 'gay' and circled it as their favorite word. But someone else said 'gay' was a bad word. But it isn't, right?"

Reflections of a White Parent in a Racist Society

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

I'm not a celebrity, but I share a trait with many famous actresses -- I am a white woman raising an adopted child who is not white.