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Should There Be a Pre-Pregnancy Contract?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Being intentional -- thinking about the parenting process, having conversations and negotiating with your co-parent along the way, knowing who you are and what's most important to you -- makes a world of difference in the quality and experience of raising your child.

Where Do Our Children Feel Safe?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Few people would disagree that we've become a divided society with our own thoughts and beliefs taking precedence over tolerance and understanding. But what is it doing to our children?

What I Learned When I Stopped To Be Present In My Life

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 06.20.2014 | Women
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

When was the last time you stopped -- for a day, an hour, or even a few minutes to fully experience whatever is happening in your life? You may be avoiding some uncomfortable feelings, but what incredible moments are you missing out on also?

The Perspective of a Child

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 06.13.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

We can only guess at what life is like at the different stages of our children's lives. But if we pay attention to who our children are and how they react to new situations, we can share in their experiences and help them learn and adapt to the world.

Are Our Children Prepared to Meet the World?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 06.06.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Who is raising our children? Where do they get their information on how to present themselves and interact with others? Are we each doing enough to have a positive influence on their behavior and guiding them according to the values we've identified for ourselves?

10 Valuable Lessons I Learned After Two Weeks With My Grandchild

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 05.26.2014 | Fifty
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Two weeks with a two-year-old and I've learned lessons that I never learned in school or from the 20 years I've spent working with families. It's easy to give advice until you find yourself in the trenches with a determined, impulsive two-year-old.

The Dance This Dad Will Never Forget

Tony Posnanski | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

When you get older you will not want to dance with your dad. You will want to dance with other boys. Boys that I will never think are good enough for you.

All You Need Is Love?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

What stops us from feeling and exhibiting that love? Maybe we're so fearful of doing the wrong things that we get paralyzed.

The Club All Mothers of Daughters Should Join

Lori Day | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Lori Day

We knew it was becoming increasingly difficult to raise happy, healthy girls with good self-esteem in our increasingly shallow, beauty-obsessed society. We felt we could do a better job at this together than separately.

Feeding My Kids Processed Foods Is Not Child Abuse

Tony Posnanski | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

I refuse to respond to someone with a warped view of abuse. I suggest she Google child abuse to really understand what it means.

Why My Son Knows Bon Jovi Sings the Best Song Ever... Not One Direction

Tony Posnanski | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

My son remembers every song he has heard and can tell me the name and artist. It is pretty amazing for a 4-year-old, actually. I can barely remember to pack his lunch, yet he knows that Paramore sings "Ain't It Fun."

To the Critics of Daniel Murphy's Paternity Leave

Tony Posnanski | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

My wife went through labor and then hours later had an emergency C-section. It is funny how you both consider a C-section a quick "pop a baby out and have dinner after." It is major surgery. There is a lot of recovery.

The Hardest Part of Parenting

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

I think letting go is one of the most challenging and rarely thought about experiences in parenting. I know I had many moments when I wondered if I was holding on too tight as my son was growing up.

4 Reasons Parents Buy Into The Culture Of Gender Stereotyping

Lori Day | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Lori Day

Parents are buying this stuff because they're unsure, they're torn, they're tired, they're confused, and they're feeling bombarded... but be clear, they're not buying this stuff because there is an unmet demand for more gender stereotypes for their children.

Bullying Has Nothing To Do With A 'My Little Pony' Lunch Box

Tony Posnanski | Posted 05.21.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

You see, if a child does not wear a "My Little Pony" backpack/lunch box, then they will be bullied for something else. Bullying has nothing to do with a lunch box. If it was not a lunch box, then it would be for their weight, their height, their gender or their skin color.

4 Action Steps to Take When Times Are Tough

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

When a family faces challenging times -- illness, loss of a job, the end of the marriage, financial stress or a myriad of other problems life sometimes throws our way -- parenting can be even more difficult, especially when there is just not enough time, energy or resources.

How Sharing Pringles Saved My Flight to Hawaii

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 05.19.2014 | Fifty
Bonni Brodnick

On a recent trip to Hawaii, during the first six-hour leg and headed to Arizona, I settled in and looked forward to a relaxing flight. Until two children took the seats next to me.

An Open Letter To The 'Sh*tty' Teens

Tony Posnanski | Posted 05.11.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

What Rachel Canning is going through is something I went through too. A lot of adults did and honestly, I would bet that your parents went through it as well. It is called the "sh*tty teenage" stage.

What About Dad

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

It seems to happen so quickly -- Mom feels taken advantage of and Dad feels like an outsider with no power; Mom becomes "the boss" and Dad spends less time at home; an outing with Dad becomes a treat instead of the norm. But with a little bit of intention the trap can be avoided.

What's Your Legacy?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Are you creating a legacy you can be proud of? Are there any areas you'd like to develop more fully?

50 Super Quick Things I Want My Kindergartner To Know On Her 100th Day

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

Just be you. No one can do it better... But, call your mother while you're at it.

Parenting With Grace

John McCormick | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

The magic of storytelling has helped my sons and I connect with a kindred spirit half a world away. Now if that isn't grace, I don't know what is.

Why Don't You Listen?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

As our children get older, even before they can speak, we can learn so much from their behavior. Why don't we trust children enough to know what they need?

Rosemary Strembicki: Holiday Presence

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 02.11.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

The universal tradition of giving during the holidays has exploded into a circus of spending, stress and unfulfilled expectations. Let's take a breath and think about how we can reframe the message we're sending to our children.

Gather Around Celebrating the Stories of the Season

John McCormick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

The time I've spent telling stories with my sons is one of the greatest treasures of my life. It has created a special bond between us, something that no one else does for them.