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The World Has Problems? Ask Your Kids to Solve Them!

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Fifty
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!

3 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude With Your Kids

Karem Ensley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Karem Ensley

During years of teaching children of many ages, I have observed how much they benefit from learning simple ways to guide their perspectives about what it means to be happy.

3 Data Protection Questions to Ask at Your Child's Back to School Night

Jim Steyer | Posted 09.19.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

By raising some of these important questions about data privacy, you will let them know that it's an issue that is a priority for you and should be for school administrators and teachers as well.

Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wishes You Knew

Rachel Vail | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Rachel Vail

I like it when you think I'm funny. Or interesting. Or awesome. I actually do care what you think about me. Please find something specific you actually like about me because sometimes I can't find anything in myself to like at all.

13 Things Parents of School-Age Kids Should Know

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

5. If you are a stay-at-home parent, avoid saying out loud that you are a stay-at-home parent. These words morph mid-air, entering administrative ears as "I am looking for a full-time, unpaid job with your school!"

How To Tell A First-Time Parent From All The Rest

Lauren Cormier | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

When given the opportunity to go somewhere by themselves, they spend half the time missing their child and half the time calling home to check on their child.

What Matters Most About Being a Father

Cliff Hsia | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Cliff Hsia

Your kids need you to really love them. And loving them is more than just financially providing for them. You need to love them for who they are and who they want to become.

I Wish Red Delicious Apples Would Just Go Away

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD | Posted 09.18.2014 | Taste
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

Most students take a few nibbles and push them aside. Who could blame them?

Playgrounds, The New Bar Hopping

Linda Roy | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Linda Roy

Before kids, I bar hopped. My rock band played in them. It was a lot of monkeying around minus the monkey bars; a pretty swinging lifestyle.

Getting Kids 10 and Under Into The Swing of Tennis

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

Tennis is often overlooked as a good sport for children who may be busy with the more popular children's pastimes of soccer and softball. But, tennis has great benefits for children and can be a nice complement to sports children already play and love.

What Happened When My 4-Year-Old Received Her First 'Blonde' Joke

Mike Reynolds | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

Well, my 4-year-old daughter has been presented with her very own blonde joke and like many things that happen to my oldest child I find myself wondering if this is a milestone I'm supposed to be celebrating or one I should be shuddering from.

Raising Kids, One Letter At A Time

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

I said to my wife, "Someone is c-r-a-b-b-y and needs an n-a-p." In the middle of throwing a bit of 'tude, my son turned to me and said, "I don't need a nap." Damn. At that point, I certainly did.

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.

A Good Mom Is a Happy Mom

Amber Sabathia | Posted 09.15.2014 | Good News
Amber Sabathia

I had to sit back and decide what makes me happy and finally made the decision after my third child that Mom does what makes her happy.

9 Things I Didn't Realize Before Signing My Daughter Up For Dance Class

Joelle Wisler | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

There was only one tiny side window in which we could all see about half the class at any one time. There may have some polite shoving involved. I don't really remember. We were all very excited.

6 Ways to Be a More Present Parent

Debra Fine | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Debra Fine

Why are we so surprised that the teens in the world are attached to their smartphones? Addicted to their devices? Aren't we, too, "just checking Facebook" or "sending a quick text" or "making a call" when we are with our children? Aren't we teaching them by example?

Action Movie Kid Runs Over Falling Bridge, Is Basically A Superhero

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents

When you've got super duper superpowers like this kid, nothing -- not even the flimsiest of wooden bridges -- can stand in your way. In the video ...

The Jaw-Dropping Way This Preschooler Stood Up To A Bully

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

My son charmed most of the kids except for one boy who was playing by himself. This kid's dad was standing behind him and completely absorbed with texting. Not being one to ever give up on making new friends, my son tried to play with the shy boy. But he got dad blocked.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Jobs Rise, So Does Global Heat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.

Report: Illinois is the Worst State in the Midwest to Raise Kids

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.12.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Whether you live in an urban/suburban or rural area has a significant effect, as does household pre-tax annual income.

One New Food

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

We are introducing one new food a week to our kids, and are insisting they try (and swallow) at least two bites.

The Giving Tree

Carolyn Ossorio | Posted 09.12.2014 | Green
Carolyn Ossorio

Did you know that Seattle is one of the only major cities in the U.S. that has a vast network of urban fruit trees?

In This Awesome Version Of 'La Bamba,' One Kid Is The Lead Singer AND The Band

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents

This boy is all about that bass -- and guitar, piano, drums and vocals. Six-year-old Jordan Bijan, of Brampton, Ontario, can do a fabulous renditio...

The Importance of Sleep

Stephanie Preusse | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Preusse

Being woken up in the middle of the night on occasion is one more moment, one more memory, one more incredible experience I get to have with my son. I wouldn't trade these moments for anything in this world -- not even several blissful hours of much needed sleep.

How to Find the Courage to Travel With Kids

Cliff Hsia | Posted 09.10.2014 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

We've done this in cities and countries all over the world. One week in Cabo, two weeks in Lima, four weeks in Nicaragua and five weeks in Buenos Aires. We've done it. And our kids are growing up to be better citizens of the world because we continue to do it.