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California's Early Learning Momentum Goes on

Deborah Kong | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

We must continue to raise quality in order to provide children with the kind of early experiences that are proven to boost high school graduation, increase college enrollment and completion, reduce crime and prepare a skilled workforce for the 21st century.

How Your Vote in November Could Harm or Help Children

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Christopher A. Brown

As we approach the culmination in November of yet another election cycle, I decided to stake stock of what so many people these days are voting against -- marriage.

What You Haven't Heard in Coverage of the Adrian Peterson Child Abuse Allegations

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 09.18.2014 | Sports
Christopher A. Brown

Taking a switch to a 4-year-old in today's world, or in the world of the recent or distant past, is simply a form of abusive, fear-based punishment meant to inflict pain. It in no way teaches or guides.

7 Great Tips To Help You Cope When Your Kid Leaves For College

Susan Pace | Posted 10.16.2014 | Fifty
Susan Pace

So your kid is going off to college and you're dreading it. Every time you walk past his or her room, all you can see are the bags from Target or Walmart filled with towels, extra long twin sheets, pillows, socks, a shower caddy and Ramen noodles. Your heart is breaking, right?

Here's What All Divorced Dads Need To Know

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 10.12.2014 | Divorce
Joel Schwartzberg

While dozens of factors can make divorced and remarried dads feel insecure, one fact puts them to rest: Kids are brought into this world by one and only one man. If you're a divorced dad, here's a hint: IT'S YOU.

Why Parents Shouldn't Be Concerned About Their Children's Texting

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

My assumption had been that when children use incorrectly spelled words, poor grammar, change the way words look in print, and substitute symbols and images (e.g. emoticons) to communicate, it will have a negative effect on their spelling, grammar, and reading and writing skills. Logical, don't you think?

A Warning For Parents Of Millennials

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

All of us should be very concerned about the picture that's emerging around two of the most profound choices today's young adults will face, marriage and parenthood, because they are bearing the next generation of children.

3 Big Perfectionism Struggles For Women

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 09.23.2014 | Women
Paula Davis-Laack

Many of us think it's the key to our success, when in fact, it's the very thing leading us away from our true purpose and completely wipes out our energy in the process.

It Takes Over a Village: Calling Out American 'Mommyism'

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Joel Schwartzberg

I want my daughters to grow up feeling vital and empowered based on what's inside them, not on what comes out. I want my son to recognize women as inherently whole and complete, without regard to their present or potential offspring.

Premonition of a Parent's Worst Nightmare

Terry K Carr | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Terry K Carr

Any parent who has lost a child will tell you that you never get over it. What is not talked about so much is the haunting thought of losing another.

7 Steps to Effective Fathering

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

The role of father became marginalized as men moved their work from the farm to the factory. An availability and presence faded from the fields and the rap-around porches, as fathers picked up lunch pails in place of shovels and plows.

Without Integrity, Nothing Works?

Tony Smith | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Tony Smith

Without integrity, nothing really, fully, works. The many costs of ignoring it, or taking it for granted.... are too steep and too persistent to continue.

Dear Family Whisperer: Which Father Do I Celebrate?

Melinda Blau | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Regardless of the past, the important issue is how you might better these relationships in the present. One father might be happy with a sincere, carefully conceived letter summing up what he means to you. Another might need to be part of a celebration or want to cook dinner for you.

10 Ways to Parent Your Parent Who Has Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 08.09.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People who have Alzheimer's disease will gradually lose the ability to manage their own affairs and carry out routine activities of daily living. When this happens you will need to step in and help out. In effect you become the parent, caring for them as they cared for you when you were growing up.

Smartening up About End-of-the-Year Teachers' Gifts

Laura Wellington | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Laura Wellington

Well, it's that time of year again, folks -- the time of year when parents grapple with what to get their children's teachers in appreciation for their year-long service.

Addiction Stigma Interferes With Legislation

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

We are conditioned and taught to detach, to make it alone. That strategy has not worked -- we have detached much too long.

Primary School Teaching Parents? How ParentJobNet impacts low-income families through adult learning and entrepreneurship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.03.2014 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Pat Craddick founded ParentJobNet "PJN" 9 years ago after leaving a career in finance to raise her daughter, Christina. While volunteering at P.S. 87 Elementary School on the Upper West Side, she found frustrated, under- or unemployed parents, disconnected from the workforce.

Obituaries and Valentines

Pat Taylor | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Pat Taylor

Obituaries and valentines: two words that one rarely sees side by side on the greeting card rack at the drugstore or on the list of options provided b...

Foster the Big Moment: A Parent's Mandate

John Duffy, Psy.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
John Duffy, Psy.D.

As my wife Julie and I approached the pool, I was filled with anticipation and no small degree of bittersweet dread. This was the end of an era for George, and for us. I did not want to be the dad doubled over and bawling, yet that knot in my chest just kept growing.

Maxed Out Parents: 5 Strategies to Ease Burnout

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Paula Davis-Laack

Six specific sources of burnout have been identified, and to date, much of the research about these sources has been related to work; however, I am surprised at how well they translate to non-work and specifically, to parenting.

What Getting a Job Feels Like Once You're a Mother

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Katie Mgongolwa

Here's the thing: I don't completely want to get back in the game. I want to spend every minute soaking up my daughter's sunshine. You miss stuff when you're gone.

Moving Forward

Joanne De Simone | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Joanne De Simone

Another young boy sped toward us on his bike. I made comparisons, knowing I was breaking another rule. Don't compare your child to anyone else. I couldn't help it. The sight of him seemed to reaffirm the success of our experiment. We were having a normal day in the park.

12 Easy Resolutions for a Healthier Home

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Don't microwave food in plastic -- transfer it to glass or dishware instead, where it's also safe for storage. If you have to use plastic, look for those labeled "BPA-free," and always let food cool before you store in plastic.

Qualities of an Ideal Parent

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Robert C. Jameson

If you were to create an ideal parent, what qualities would s/he have? What would they look like? What would they say or do?

An Open Letter to Cyberbullies

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

You, the faceless one, who hides behind empty words. You, the unhappy one, spreading your misery through harassment and humiliation. You, the angry one, trying to feel powerful by intimidating others with your hate. I refuse to let you hurt me.