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On The Days I Struggle the Most With My Little Ones

Regan Long | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

I'm given one shot with my children. They are given one childhood with me. The amazing, yet scary part of all of this, I'm the author of this part of their lives.

4 Ways My 'Paternity Leave' Shaped Me As A Father And Strengthened My Family

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

My paternity leave fundamentally shaped me as a person, parent and spouse, and I believe it contributed to the strength and resiliency of my family. I wish all fathers and families had the same opportunity.

Extreme Parenting: More Drama, New Foray By Bravo

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 07.29.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Hirschman Weiss

When I saw a Facebook post about a new Bravo show called Extreme Guide to Parenting, I felt compelled to find out more. You might think that aromatherapy is no substitute for Ritalin, or that there is no way a teeny-tiny infant can communicate her need to go potty, but these parents have their own creeds.

The Cadence of Co-Parenting: Staying Close Even After Divorce

John McElhenney | Posted 07.28.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

There are not fewer things to coordinate when you become a single parent, in fact there are more. The things you once traded equitably, now fall 100 percent in your lap when it is your parenting time

Letter to My Daughter of Love and Forgviness

Laura Loterszpil | Posted 07.28.2014 | Divorce
Laura Loterszpil

I know our relationship hasn't been easy. Starting from conception, I know the choice you have made to come into this physical world was a huge challenge to say, YES, I will come down. From conception, I know your life hasn't been a "bowl of cherries."

A Love Letter to Emilia and Francesca

David Kirsch | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
David Kirsch

I have learned that children are very forgiving. To their credit, they don't hold onto negative energy for any extended period of time.

Sorry, 'British Nanny,' I Let My Kids Choose Their Sippy Cups

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

My kids are human beings. With whom I am in relationship. It is one characterized by affection, trust, and attachment. I believe my children heed my influence because they feel secure and loved and free to make wise choices and empowered to behave well.

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 09.20.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.23.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.10.2014 | 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 08.10.2014 | 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 08.10.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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 08.03.2014 | 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?