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The Funniest Parenting Quiz You Will Ever Take

Brian Leaf | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

Artwork that you are dying to recycle but are not allowed to recycle and that you will recycle in seven months when your kid forgets about it... 20 points

Sorry, Kids -- I Will Never 'Let' You Beat Me

Beau Coffron | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

The thing is, games aren't always just about fun. Sometimes they can teach us about life.

7 Apologies From A Perfectly Imperfect Mother

Leigh Ann Torres | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
Leigh Ann Torres

As your typical flawed mother, I've been apologizing to my children pretty much since the day they were born. Now I have the chance to use my apologizing skills for a whole new set of screw ups.

Wish List for Our Children: Be Kind, Be Strong, and Love Who You Are

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

We make sure you eat your vegetables and cross our fingers that you will sleep through the night. We encourage you to say "please" and share your toys. These are important lessons, but you will soon learn that our hopes for you are much bigger than the day to day tasks that take up so much of our times as parents.

10 Tips for Divorced Parents Seeking a Parenting Coordinator

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 07.07.2014 | Divorce
Dr. Kate Roberts

A parenting coordinator is defined as a neutral third party who assists in the resolution of disputes between the parties concerning parental responsibilities, including but not limited to implementation of court-ordered parenting plans.

Prayer for Single Parents, and My Ex

John McElhenney | Posted 07.07.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

Communication is the key. The less we communicate... The more we communicate... It can be hard. And it is often the cause for friction in this co-parenting dance.

A Day Of Yes

Brittany Gibbons | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Brittany Gibbons

Around strangers and friends whom I care considerably less about, I seem to struggle with limits and "no"s, and yet when it comes to my kids, "no" is almost reflexive at this point.

A Return to Wholeness After Divorce

John McElhenney | Posted 06.24.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

There's no way sugar coat it. Divorce is the single biggest event that has happened in the lives of my family, ever. As amicable as you want to make it (and we tried) things get rough, sad, hurtful, complicated, and confusing.

Can Better, Smarter Movies Make Better, Smarter Children?

John Farr | Posted 06.19.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Here's a bold statement: Giving your children the chance to watch classic films can be just as vital as anything they learn in school.

Parenthood: An Artist's Way

Jennifer Paz | Posted 06.19.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Paz

Being a parent is hard enough. Becoming a parent while navigating your way through the entertainment business is super hard. Having both parents as artists, well that can be damn near impossible... OR it can be the most rewarding and fulfilling journey for the entire family.

Disagreeing on Discipline: How Parents Can Resolve Conflict and Present a Unified Front

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 06.13.2014 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

Once upon a time, were you one of those couples who agreed on everything? You know the ones -- the pair everyone was jealous of, because you seemed so perfectly matched? Chances are, once you had kids, you had a rude awakening.

We Have Extraordinary Fathers in Our Family

Karen Sewell | Posted 06.13.2014 | Parents
Karen Sewell

Raising my daughters to know two fathers is challenging. It is special, and it's joyous at times, and it's also confusing and heartbreaking.

How to Stop Resenting Your Spouse After Having a Baby

Suzanne Barston | Posted 06.12.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Barston

Between hormones, physical discomfort after birth and a complete upheaval of your daily routine, it's perfectly normal to feel resentful of a partner who gets to walk about pain-free without breastmilk-stained shirts or a child clinging to his body.

5 Ways to Tell If You Are a Hipster Parent

Andrea Bonior | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Spending the weekend at an organic farmer's market, buying a variety of exotic foods to encourage a sophisticated palate in your child, shelling out a lot of dough for environmentally-responsible means of travel... for a certain set of parents, these are activities to be proud of.

My Green Mama Confessions

Joelle Wisler | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

I live in organic kale smoothie, non-BPA, gluten-free, cloth diaperin', homebirthin', breastfeed-them-till-they-go-to-college, crunchy green land. And I am an active participator in this culture. Well, not the whole placenta-eating-part. But I do have some confessions to make to my friends and neighbors.

'Blended' -- A Fine Plan B

Tara Fass | Posted 06.10.2014 | Divorce
Tara Fass

The children are drawn towards a need -- a void they want filled -- as parents do their best to keep their lives afloat. Just because a way of life or method worked in the past, one doesn't necessarily keep working in that same manner.

TLC With Backbone: 8 Tips for Better Parenting From Permission to Parent

Tara Fass | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Tara Fass

Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love and Limits, has created quite a splash since its recent publication. The message: Parents need...

Can Work Ethic Be Learned?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Is work ethic always instilled -- by parents, in young children? Can it be learned later on or, in fact, even be inherent?

4 Parents, 2 Gay Dads, 1 Straight Son | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

LGBT parents raising children are increasingly visible -- allowing us to see more situations of a real life "Modern Family" rather than the traditional concept of a nuclear family.

The Friends Who Were My Son's ‘Best Medicine'

Julie Guillot | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Julie Guillot

There is no way to adequately thank "BFF" Julia and the kids who made time for and stuck with him -- those who brought doses of the best medicine known to Man -- doses of "normal" during his years-long illness.

Some Reasons You Are A Bad Parent

David Lesser | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
David Lesser

This post isn't about making you feel bad about yourself. It's a reminder: Don't judge yourself too harshly against the idealized versions of family that people put out there. Also, don't judge other parents too harshly when the choices they make are different than your own.

Say Cheese! Documenting Our Lives in Every Imaginable Pose

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 07.19.2014 | Women
Christy Heitger-Ewing

There are poses beside the limo. In the limo. On top of the limo. There are solo poses. Group poses. Date poses. And then a nice mixture of all the aforementioned. There are poses by ponds with ducks. Poses with duck faces. This picture extravaganza is not just limited to prom night.

A Revolutionary Way To Relate To Your Children

OWN | Posted 05.16.2014 | OWN

Dr. Shefali Tsabary, clinical psychologist and author of The Conscious Parent, has made a name for herself by calling for a radical restructuring of t...

10 Ways Twitter Is Like Parenting A Toddler

Lacy Crawford | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Lacy Crawford

There's a familiar sensation that there is something we should be attending to, a need we should be paying attention to... But what is it? What else is so permanently distracting as this? Aha.

Why Parents Need To Celebrate Their 'Ordinary' Children

OWN | Posted 05.16.2014 | OWN

Dr. Shefali Tsabary has a unique take on parenting -- revolutionary, many say. The clinical psychologist, author and mother believes that the traditio...