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8 Things I Wish Your Kids Knew About Autism

Babble.com | Posted 06.04.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

When you talk to your kids about autism, please take that extra step and mention not just how people with autism are different from people without it -- talk about how they're the same, too. To get you started, here are 10 things I wish everyone's kids knew about autism:

When Good Parents Grow Ugly

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

Who says that the second we have kids, we're supposed to behave like saints, suddenly free of the baggage we've carried around for years? I personally wish someone had pulled me aside at a young age and explained that parents are just trying to find their way as they go.

Why You Shouldn't Stay Together For The Kids

Rosalind Sedacca | Posted 06.02.2013 | Divorce
Rosalind Sedacca

Stay together for the sake of the kids? Generations of miserable parents followed that, advice hoping their sacrifices would pay off for their children in the end.

The Smartphone Rules My Toddler And I Live By

Babble.com | Posted 06.01.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

By valuing your time in the real world, you'll teach your children to do the same. Smart smartphone usage starts now, when they're young, and it begins with the parent.

Tweens and Instagram: How to Do It Right

Scott Shamberg | Posted 06.01.2013 | Parents
Scott Shamberg

Do you, as a parent, get involved when a feed you're following through your child looks like a modern day Mean Girls? Instagram is today's digital diary with one big difference -- everyone CAN read it and you can't throw it away.

Are You Satisfied or Stuffed? Teaching Kids When to Say 'When' at the Table

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Here in America, where "super-sizing" and Value Meals are the norm, achieving a state of maximum fullness seems to be the goal. So, how do we teach our kids when to say "when" at the table?

Celebrating a Decade of NYC's Landmark Smoke-free Law

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 05.26.2013 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

If we want to spare the next generation from the tobacco-caused disease and death that afflicts ours, we need to renew our commitment to tobacco prevention and control so we can continue shifting attitudes and norms toward tobacco.

Successful Women in the Workforce: Is it Really All or Nothing?

A.G.S. Johnson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Women
A.G.S. Johnson

It's not just women that get caught up in the corporate game. Why is it so alluring? At a distance from it now, it's easy to answer the question. Where else in one's life does a man or woman get regular reviews, pats on the backs, atta-boys, praise and recognition?

Putting Kids In Solitary Confinement: A Cruel And Unwise Decision

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

I want a future community for my grandchildren which is marked by health and wholeness. By working to end the practice of the solitary confinement of youth, I hope to contribute to that kind of community.

What Many Adults Confess About Their Parents’ Split

M. Gary Neuman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Divorce
M. Gary Neuman

There are millions of adults who experienced the trauma of their parents' divorce 20, 30 or 40 plus years ago. Some have found closure, but many more have not.

Teenagers, Nudity, Cell Phones and Social Media: The Parenting Nightmare of 2013

Kirsten Bischoff | Posted 05.19.2013 | Parents
Kirsten Bischoff

Parents need creative solutions. We all know that the best defense is a good offense, so as a parent I try to constantly stay abreast of what the "cool" social media sites are, and where my daughter is engaging.

How to Teach Our Kids About the Perils of Lying

The Chopra Well | Posted 05.19.2013 | Parents
The Chopra Well

"As a pediatrician and as a mom, my rule is that lying is never OK. This is a boundary -- and an important one at that -- because it keeps kids safe."

Boys and Public Restrooms: When Is It Okay to Go Alone?

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 05.19.2013 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

Out of all of the "When is my child old enough" scenarios, this is one that gets my heart racing and palms sweating. I regularly tell them that my job is to keep them safe and healthy and, I'm sorry, but sometimes that means doing stuff they don't want to do and not getting to do things they would rather.

Holy Sh*t! That Pistol Packin' Granny Is... My Mom?

Tony Potts | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Tony Potts

I was heading up the 405 freeway here in Los Angeles to pick up my daughter from school and decided to check-in with my mom in Florida to see how her day was and what was new.

My Response to a Six-Year Old Boy's Hypothetical Question

Tim Mattingly | Posted 05.18.2013 | Comedy
Tim Mattingly

I used to give guitar lessons to little kids. One day my six-year old student Sam brought the lesson to a dead halt to ask me a pressing guitar-related question. He asked, "Would you rather have an ice cream cone for a hand... or a slice of pizza for a foot?"

What My Kids Have Taught Me About Homophobia

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

So as my family progresses across the choppy emotional sea of social change, though I still face resistance every time I meet up with pain, instead of ignoring the hurt, I'm trying to make space for it.

Texting While Parenting: Can It Wait?

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Some experts are linking the rise in smartphone ownership with a spike in emergency room visits for kids under 5. As a parent of two kids and an avid iPhone user, I can attest to plenty of distracted parenting moments -- not something I'm terribly proud of.

10 Passover Books for Kids

Rocco Staino | Posted 05.13.2013 | Books
Rocco Staino

This collection of Passover literature for children ranges from a serious story of how Jews in hiding during the war celebrated to a humorous tale of a robot that helps with the ritual cleaning.

WATCH: You Will Not Believe This Kid's Beatboxing Skills

Posted 03.13.2013 | Parents

The dance moves are pretty impressive too.

The End of Innocence

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

The precise moment my own innocence was lost is a mystery. To which it is doomed to stay for as much as I reflect back on my youth I simply cannot -- will not? -- process the required innocence-losing memories.

What I Focus On As The Mother Of A Child With Autism

Babble.com | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

I know autism is called a spectrum. But most days it feels more like a see-saw and we're constantly trying to find balance to stay right in the middle.

Chicago Play Features Real Stories Of Youth Violence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Steppenwolf Theater (Left to right: Pastor Brooks (Mark Smith) comforts a grieving mother (Celeste Williams) and her son (Charles Gardn...

The 30 Seconds Of Advice I Give Every New Parent

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 05.11.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

This week, on my way out of a restaurant after lunch with a coworker -- a restaurant filled with moms in their 20s and children under three, one that uses paper plates in the event a food fight erupts -- I smiled and waved at a baby in a car seat perched on a table between both her parents.

Technology and Schools: 10 High-Tech Lessons Every Teacher Should Know

Scott Steinberg | Posted 05.05.2013 | Technology
Scott Steinberg

It's important for teachers to consider how kids' seemingly constant use of technology when outside the classroom impacts both their everyday lives and educational development.

Do You Feel Like You're The Only Parent Spinning Out Of Control?

Andy Braner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

I believe there are steps to getting off the rat wheel of parental stress, but we all have to join together and stop trying to out perform each other. Rest. Relax. Take a Deep Breath. The world is still spinning. The sun is probably going to come up tomorrow. And everything is going to be OK.