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9 Things Teens Desperately Want (But Will Never Tell You They Need)

Bobbi DePorter | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Bobbi DePorter

Teens crave meaningful connections with you, with teachers, and with peers. Unfortunately, teens are often stopped by fear. They're figuring out who they are and what their place is in the world. As a result, teens may feel vulnerable and hide their confident, capable selves.

DIY Organic Baby Food

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

By guest blogger Robyn Jasko, cofounder of Grow Indie Now that my son Ajax has reached 9 months, we've been having a lot of fun getting him to try ...

Tips on Creating a Safe In-App Environment for Kids and Parents

Catriona Wallis | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Catriona Wallis

As a parent of two boys aged 4 and 7 years, bringing up young kids in the age of mobile apps, I, like many parents, was adversely affected by In-App purchases appearing on my credit card that I did not authorize.

F*ck Judgment

Sarah Fader | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

Parenting is stressful enough as it is. So do us all a favor and can the judgment. We're all in this together, y'all.

The 26-Step Program For Good Parents Gone Bad

Dr. Wendy Mogel | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Dr. Wendy Mogel

I've written these steps to provide encouragement to well-intentioned, devoted, loving, intelligent parents who feel powerless to stop themselves from overindulging, overprotecting and over-scheduling their children.

Exhausted By My Boys' Constant Motion!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

They are reasonably new inhabitants of the planet, programmed to discover all they can about the world around them. For some, that takes place through reading or making art, but for many children, learning about the world is a very physical experience.

11 Things All New Parents Should Know

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

No one knows if your baby is gassy, but everyone will say, "Maybe he's gassy!" because it's not something they can help you with.

She Is Not Your Yardstick

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

By Ellen and Erin There is no shortage of judgment on the Internet. Erin: It's like End of Days. Ellen: You've watched the fights... Erin: Munc...

Who's in Charge? Are You a Wimpy Parent?

Richard Greenberg | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

Children are not equipped to have the responsibility that we give them by letting them be our boss. It's just not fair -- they have far less life experience than we do and they are much more comfortable being led than they are being asked to make decisions.

Am I the Only Parent Who Calls Before Sleepovers?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

When we focus on being their friend, we abdicate the far more important job of being our children's parent.

Here's an Idea... Don't Clean Up!

Rachel Cedar | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cedar

If you sense that your child may be reluctant to put his toys or projects away, acknowledge the importance of his work by telling him he does NOT have to clean up.

Black Dad Interrupted

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 04.07.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

I haven't even barely started this fatherhood thing yet, and I already feel powerless in my ability to accomplish my main duty -- keeping my child safe.

The Miracle of Putting Co-Sleeping to Bed Thanks to Gabrielle Bernstein's Miracles Now

Christine Bronstein | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Christine Bronstein

My husband and I deserve to lounge in our room alone. We are a happier family when my husband and I do not have to sneak around for sex (thank god for our bathrooms and closets!)

Did My Young Child Tell Me a Lie?

Diana Grycan | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Give consequences that are appropriate, and let the punishment fit the crime. Expect that your child will try to "bend the truth," but remember to give praise for behavior that is forthright.

7 Steps To Raising Stellar, Successful, Self-Sufficient Children

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Self-awareness is at the core of emotional intelligence and is crucial to your children reaching their academic and personal goals throughout their lives.

Vindication for Lazy Parents (Like Me)

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Kids need to learn how to fail, take responsibility for themselves, and love learning.

The Duality of Raising Children

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

The best days of my life. I've been turning the phrase around in my head for the last few days. I've been trying it on, tentatively, like a dress that might get stuck around my hips, the fabric taut and puckery. The phrase tumbles and floats, scatters and reconvenes.

Is It Okay to Take Serious Risks as a Parent If It's for the Greater Good?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

I grew up with parents who took risks like those taken by the Raines' and yet I worry that I could be sheltering my own kids too much like the parents described in All Joy and No Fun.

Let Your Teenager Sleep -- the Brain Needs It

Bobbi DePorter | Posted 04.04.2014 | Parents
Bobbi DePorter

It's easy for teen's to forgo sleep because they have so many things competing for their time and attention, including homework, social functions and after-school activities. However, teens will ultimately function better in all of these areas when they make time for adequate rest.

5 Quick Parenting Tips to Save Your Sanity

Robin Kevles-Necowitz | Posted 04.04.2014 | Parents
Robin Kevles-Necowitz

Let's replace "I'll take care of it" with an enthusiastic and encouraging "You can do this!" Your children will thank you (many years from now, of course).

The Hardest Part of Parenting

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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.

How to Party Without Pinterest

Kristen Kennedy | Posted 04.04.2014 | Parents
Kristen Kennedy

Like a lot of 8-year-olds, my daughter is really into space -- planets, the moon landing, Apollo 13, all of it -- so like any good mom, I scoured Pinterest for space-themed birthday party ideas.

I Am THAT PARENT

Marina Sbrochi | Posted 04.03.2014 | Parents
Marina Sbrochi

I've breastfed and I've formula fed and I double dog dare you to be correct when you tell me which child is which.

Too Much Supervision Is Hurting Our Kids

Today's Mama | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Today's Mama

Don't you remember how you used to disappear with your friends for hours at a time? Exploring, building, hiding, playing, making up songs and dances, fighting, tossing a ball, always playing in the street, coming up with strict hierarchical kid societies, disappearing into nature?

What You SHOULD Say To A Special Needs Parent

Jamie Krug | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Here's a shocking secret: We are just like you. Except we're different.