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Energy Drink Ads Still Reach Young Kids

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Two very different studies crossed my desk this week and, when read together, they point to a disturbing problem.

Climate Change This Week: Lightning Increasing, Solar Cloth, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Stephen Colbert takes the Polar Plunge here, highlighting the dim lights who don't ...

The Myth Is Over, But The Magic Remains

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Kelly Suellentrop

We will still make lists, still bake cookies, still receive gifts. The only difference is that now she knows her dad and I are the ones checking those lists, eating the cookies, giving the gifts.

Disney Snacks With A Cult Following

The Daily Meal | Posted 11.24.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Disney hits it out of the park with its specialty snacks.

12 Best YouTube Channels for Kids and Teens

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

We set out to find the 10 best channels for kids on YouTube; we wound up with 12. Along the way, we learned a lot, laughed out loud, and fell in love with what YouTube -- at its best -- can bring to your kids. (We estimated age targets and recommend you watch with your kid to familiarize yourself with the content.)

What No One Told Me About Becoming A Dad

Bobby McMahon | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Bobby McMahon

I'm glad I'm in good company, but while I'm all for learning valuable life lessons, it would have been really nice if someone had given us a heads-up about this one.

What He Doesn't Know

Debra Pickett | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Debra Pickett

My boy was as amazing as I'd ever dared dream him to be. His "school self" was what I aspire to be on my best days. It was a joy to watch. I could have stayed forever in that moment.

Chasing the Proverbial Rabbit's Foot

Wendy Francis | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Wendy Francis

"Nicholas, did you do this?" I exclaimed. He smiled and nodded. "It's fantastic! I love it. This part looks like the Empire State Building," I said, perhaps a little too eagerly. He peered at it closely, then shrugged. "Maybe."

The One Question Every Parent Should Quit Asking

Scott Dannemiller | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Scott Dannemiller

In an effort to prepare our kids for the dog-eat-dog, competitive world before them, we fill their days with activity. Schedule them from dawn to dusk to maximize their potential. So they can learn. And grow. But I fear that in our quest to help them, we may actually be hurting them.

Advice on Kids' Hair: 'You Want to Do What?'

Gina Rivera | Posted 11.19.2014 | Style
Gina Rivera

Times have changed and I think that's a good thing, particularly for our kids. I'm inclined to let my kids chose the hair they want, with a few exceptions. I think that letting them decide about their own hair is better for them, which is truly the point.

Why We Must Honor the Teaching Profession

Laura Wellington | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Laura Wellington

To begin righting the U.S. education system, our nation needs to reclaim the belief that the teaching profession is a highly regarded, extraordinarily valuable position in society.

The Flash's Patrick Sabongui, Who Plays a Gay Police Captain, Gives Us Insight to His Character and Home Life

Ilana Rapp | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Playing a complex character, let alone a a character from a comic book, is not an easy task. The actor has to think about how to make the character his own while not misrepresenting how the fans view the character.

My 'Mommy Problem' Problem

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

One of the things I most feared prior to motherhood, and one of the things that most annoys me about it now that I actually have children, is the way women with children are reduced to "mommies" and mommies alone, not allowed or not able to have an identity outside of their relationship to their children.

Not Many Of Us Land The Dream Jobs We Wanted As Kids

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.18.2014 | Science

If the job you have isn't the one you always dreamed of, you have lots of company. A new study shows that only about six percent of adults wind up...

Stir-Crazy Solutions: 7 Inventive Indoor Family Games

Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents

For some people, a rainy Saturday means camping out in pajamas with a large supply of baked goods and a carefully curated movie streaming lineup. ...

Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. South Florida and Sea Level Rise - A Slow Motion Catastrophe - latest in the This I...

How to Be a More Mindful Parent

Cliff Hsia | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Cliff Hsia

Being a mindful parent starts by being present for your children -- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

10 Excellent Uses For Your Household Toddler

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

With an eye on getting some return on my investment, which included 10 months gestation, 12 hours of labor, opportunity cost of maternity leave and part-time work, as well as expensive hair appointments (okay fine, boxes of color bought at Rite Aid) to cover the gray hairs she has caused me, I have come up with some uses for my toddler.

Your Elf, My Stalker

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

He's a creepy little informant with a creepy little smile that looks like he just peed in someone's Solo cup. This elf's sole job, his raison d'etre, is to report your kids' behavior to Santa. He's like a one-man magical surveillance team.

Little Girl Proves You Don't Have To Be A Grown-Up To Get Emotional About A Movie

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents

You know that great cry you get while watching a deeply sad film? This little girl can relate. Of course, in her case, it's "The Chipmunk Adventure," ...

These Kids May Have Just Put Jimmy Fallon Out Of A Job

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.13.2014 | Comedy

Jimmy Fallon might have some new late night competition. "The Tonight Show" host thought it'd be fun to write some jokes for kids and have them del...

Woman Attacked By a Mother of Tantruming Child and Parents Side With Mother?

Stacey Gill | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gill

I'm with Natalie Bree Hajek-Richardson on this one. That's the woman who got punched in the face outside of a California Nordstrom for asking the mother of a child throwing a tantrum if she could calm her child.

The Benefits of Being a Relaxed Mom

Monica Swanson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Hawaii
Monica Swanson

let's shift our focus just a bit. Let's evaluate ourselves at the end of the weekend on the fun we have had, on the joy in the home, and the memories made, and not on how clean the house is or how much we've checked off of our list.

Want To Be Happier? Quit Yelling At Your Kids

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents

Most parents can relate to the seemingly endless struggle of creating balance within their households. It can be tough to determine when punishment of...

I'm Trading In The Words 'Be Careful'

Sara Goldstein | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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.