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A New Trick to Parenting Teens

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

I have 22 years of parenting experience. I've read hundreds of articles on how to parent. Often, I do find suggestions and insights that help, but parenting has a way of leaving me feeling humble, human and in need of more -- and so my quest for tools and tricks continues.

A Beta Parent Manifesto

Jen Nessel | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Jen Nessel

Contrary to what you might read, there are parents out there who don't hire bi-lingual nannies or fall to pieces when their kids brush up against a non-organic toy.

Love Your Children: Easier Said than Done?

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Our children are here to be as human as anyone else and their being human is not a poor reflection of us as parents.

Kids and Life Online: Are Parents' Fears Warranted?

Robert Weiss | Posted 01.26.2014 | Parents
Robert Weiss

Sometimes parents think that if they simply keep a watchful eye on their kids' digital activity, everything will be fine. It's a nice theory, but putting it into practice is significantly more difficult than one might think.

6 Ways To Survive Your Teenage Daughter

Posted 11.19.2013 | OWN

Lara Fox and Hilary Frankel, authors of Breaking the Code: Two Teens Reveal the Secrets to better Parent-Child Communication, give us their best a...

My Ex Keeps Trashing Me to the Kids! What Should I Do?

Kate Scharff | Posted 02.21.2014 | Divorce
Kate Scharff

It takes practice, but you can learn to address misinformation about you (and redress the emotional damage it causes) without resorting to counterattacks or pulling your kids into an alliance against their other parent.

Why I Want You To Judge My Parenting

JJ Keith | Posted 06.21.2013 | Parents
JJ Keith

Not all judgment is baseless. Sometimes I need horrified onlookers to make me realize that I could be doing better.

Are You the Parent You Want to Be?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

We all have something that triggers us as parents, be it defiance, tantrums, nagging, or whining. When we are triggered, we may not react to our kids appropriately. However, we often don't realize how much how we are reacting in the present has to do with feelings from our past.

Are a Lack of Boundaries Turning Our Children into Criminals?

Ashley Ryan | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Ashley Ryan

If we use punishment, this is the kind of communication our children will get used to, and, in turn, learn. Punishment sets an example of fear, aggression and pay back.

7 Laws Of Good Parenting

Babble.com | Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

There are many measuring sticks we use to see how well we're doing at this impossible game of parenting. There is no scoreboard, there is no game clock, there are only arbitrary milestones.

'Too Much Mother Love': Proving the Necessity of Nurture

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Lisa Wade

"All that rot they teach to children about the little raindrop fairies with their buckets washing down the window panes must go. We need less sentimentality and more spanking." Or so said Granville Stanley Hall, founder of child psychology, in 1899

Starting the New Year Right with Your Teen

Andy Braner | Posted 03.02.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

What if our New Year's Resolutions revolved around helping others achieve theirs? Stay with me for a second.

Why I Can't Say "No" In Midlife

Kathryn Livingston | Posted 01.17.2013 | Fifty
Kathryn Livingston

I'm sure there's a happy medium between yes and no (and I don't mean maybe)...a place where no excuses are needed, where there are just enough yeas and just enough nays, where one feels balanced and satisfied and content. I just haven't found it yet.

Trans Is A Teacher For All Of Us

Teo Bishop | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Teo Bishop

I like to think of trans people as agents of transition and transformation. They call on all of us to acknowledge that what we assume about the world is not always the case, and what we believe is fixed about humanity is often quite fluid. That's how special my kid is.

Is the American Happiness Formula Making our Kids Depressed?

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Jonathan Hewitt

We have become approval junkies always looking for the next fix, the next hit of validation and approval. The problem is that our goals (Look Good + Perform Well + Get Approval) are all extrinsically based.

Movie Review: Sparkle

Ambre Anderson | Posted 10.28.2012 | Black Voices
Ambre Anderson

Not exactly fireworks but definitely a lot of sparkle. With the exception of some unanswered questions it generates during the film, I thought Sparkle was pretty good.

Patience And Parenting

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 10.20.2012 | Parents
Garry Gilfoy

As an educator of teachers and counsellors, I never have to wait long to hear the next sentence that contains an expletive alongside the word "teenager." Having raised three of my own, I'm not unrealistic about the challenges that they can bring.

My Daughters, Trixie Pixie and The SheVil Dead

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.09.2012 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

In Trixie Pixie and the rest of the skaters, they saw adult women who embodied the many things that we try to teach them about being a strong and secure person in the world.

Ramadan Reflection Day 20: Is It OK To Dislike A Parent?

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Islam is about reality and it's time to start dealing with the reality that not every parent is a good one.

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Parenthood

Eva Glettner | Posted 09.25.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

What are your plans for Treat Yo Self 2012?

Apologies Don't Start with the Word 'You'

Linda Durnell | Posted 08.20.2012 | Women
Linda Durnell

How often do we listen only until we get the answers we are looking for?

Elders Reveal The One "Magic Bullet" To Successful Parenting

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 08.16.2012 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

In our interviews with over 1,200 of the oldest Americans in the Legacy Project, we asked them in detail for their advice about parenting. In our hectic and driven society, parents look endlessly for programs, gimmicks and therapies to improve their relationships with children. But what do the elders say?

Parenting Is a Dance

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 08.07.2012 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

We dance in some ways every day: We parent.

Do You Sound Like An Adult Or A Father?

Rabbi Manis Friedman | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Manis Friedman

Be thoughtful and mindful in your relationship with your children. That's when fatherhood comes across best. If you're mindfully paternal to your children, you will like them in addition to loving them.

Parenting Questions

Etan Thomas | Posted 05.08.2012 | Parents
Etan Thomas

When is right time to teach kids all the bad words that they are eventually going to hear at school anyway? Is it better to teach them early so at least then they know what words not to say that will get them in trouble?