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American Business Should Take the Lead on Paid Parental Leave

David Hanrahan | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
David Hanrahan

The state of parental leave in the U.S. sucks. As these charts show, the U.S. is one of only three countries (the other two are Oman and Papua New Guinea) to not mandate some level of paid parental leave at the federal level.

The Pallbearers Club

Dave Heiges | Posted 10.21.2014 | Divorce
Dave Heiges

I had just lost half my community in the divorce and my best friends were no longer talking to me. I had scared them away. My only local friend it seemed was my therapist and I practically begged him to have a beer with me.

The ABCs Of Parenting Today, With A Hipster Twist

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents

ABC books are a great way to teach kids the alphabet. But Author Joel Rickett's Q is for Quinoa: A Modern Parent's ABC shows that they're not just for...

20 Divorce Lessons I Wish I Could Have Told My Younger Self

Dave Heiges | Posted 10.17.2014 | Divorce
Dave Heiges

The days of wine and roses may have been replaced with whines and Legos, but it certainly was an affair to remember.

Parenting Suggestions for Totally Clueless Parents

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Confidence can be a rare commodity most particularly for mothers, especially when there's always someone out there critiquing parenting performance. Thankfully, confidence, like parenting, can be learned.

Motherhood Isn't Beautiful... or Maybe It Is

Emily Gallo | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Emily Gallo

It's not at all the peaceful goodnights in a Pampers commercial. There's far less cuddling than we've been led to believe. Maybe there's something to the weird inspirational "Achievement" poster hanging on the ceiling above the exam table in my gynecologist's office. Maybe.

It's Time to Let Parents Be Parents And Kids Be Kids

Jessica Rosenberg | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rosenberg

The job of a parent isn't to solely keep their child safe; It's to teach them to be ready to live in the world.

The Secrets to Raising a Confident Daughter

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

We moms want our daughters to feel strong, smart and powerful. But in an overstimulating world of mixed messages -- from school, friends, magazines and TV shows -- the goal of raising a confident daughter can feel understandably daunting.

6 Reasons You Really Need Your Kids

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Nicole Rosengren

Long line for the loo at Starbucks? No problem. Tell your kid to cross their legs, grab at their crotch and do the pee dance while loudly proclaiming that the "poo is coming NOW, mommy."

No Amount of Yelling Was Going to Fix This Problem

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

I never cease to be amazed at the power that using problem solving over punishment or reward can have on actually making situations better. Problem solving has never let us down. Yelling, however, has never worked.

At What Age Can You Teach a Global Mindset?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Education
Amelia Friedman

You can't just take your kid on a vacation to Spain and consider your work done, nor can you sign up for a language course during sophomore year of college and check "global mindset" off your to-do list. Developing a global mindset should begin before birth and continue for a lifetime.

Mom Guilt

Justine Solot | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Justine Solot

Why did I get so impatient when my 4-year-old treated the minivan like a jungle gym? I raise my voice too often. I tell them to hurry too much. I'm not a fun mom. I don't read enough with the baby.

How To Deal With Your Teen's Broken Heart

High50 | Posted 10.03.2014 | Fifty

Teenage heartbreak. Whether they've ended the relationship or been dumped, one thing's for sure. Their world has completely stopped spinning. And now, it's up to you to help them pick up the pieces and move on. But where do you start?

The Lucky Ones: Personal Reflections for LGBTQ History Month

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 10.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

It is LGBTQ History Month, which got me thinking about my own history. When I came out to my mother her struggle was largely based on worrying what the neighbors would think.

This 4-Year-Old Has A Powerful Message For The World

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

My 4-year-old daughter loves to create imaginative stories as she flips through her books, but will only recite them aloud if she believes she is alone. Sneaking upon her one afternoon, I heard the most incredible thing.

How To Say No To Your Child Without Actually Saying 'No'

OWN | Posted 09.29.2014 | OWN

If there's one word parents would say they use the most around their children, it's probably the word, "No." These two simple letters often spark a ba...

Emotional Currency, the Underlying Exchange

Jenny Florence | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

Our capacity to learn an emotional language and our ability to relate primarily to ourselves, as well as to others, will dictate whether or not we can learn to process, understand and indeed move on from any of our past emotionally laden experiences.

The Important Character Trait That Most Parents Don't Prioritize

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents

A new report from the Pew Research Center reveals that parents aren't so different from one another after all. For the most part, they care about maki...

The Powerful Message All Children Need To Hear

OWN | Posted 09.24.2014 | OWN

In hopes of instilling confidence in their children, many parents dole out praise that focuses on the child's achievements and image. You're so smart....

Dumpster on Wheels: My Car After Kids

Lisa Oppenheimer | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Lisa Oppenheimer

The metamorphosis is insidious. One day you're behind the wheel of a cute little wagon, and the next you're driving a mobile garbage dump with fossilized Goldfish on the floor and previously undiscovered life forms multiplying under the seat.

Should You Ever Allow Teens To Have Sex In Your Home?

High50 | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty

It's no secret that sex is a big deal for teenagers. They think about it, they talk about it. And usually, they do it. On average, both males and females in the US and UK first have sex at 16. Which, if you're the parent of a teenager or young adult, can suddenly start to feel very real. Have you ever wondered where all those teenagers are doing it?

If We Get Out Of This Rite Aid Alive

Kelly Fig Smith | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Kelly Fig Smith

You forget what the first two stages of grief are and decide to land squarely in stage three: bargaining. You'll buy him a new toothbrush. A candy bar. A pony. Whatever he wants, if for the love of God he stops throwing up now. This instant. Immediately.

The Princess's New Clothes

Mical Darley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Mical Darley

I want to be wary of making her embarrassed or ashamed of what she likes, especially if it seems girly. Because misogyny gets internalized. Because fantasy is the one game in which we all have autonomy. Because that unembarrassed power is a thing I want to preserve for my daughter.

Why I Pulled My Kid Out Of School To Visit Namibia

Irene Lane | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Irene Lane

When our son was born, my husband and I decided to make a concerted effort to expose him to as many different languages, cultures, religions, foods, historical sites and natural wonders as possible early in life as we believed that it would be beneficial for his development.

Do You Know Where Your Kids Are Tonight? Yep.

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Cornelia Seigneur

I believe we need to think of our house as a home, as a refuge, as an outreach, as a place of belonging and security. It is not ours to hoard, but ours to share.