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Dear Family Whisperer: How to NOT Be 'The Bad Guy'

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Getting enough sleep and eating well are critical for your child's growth and development. However, a few sugary treats and the occasional late night won't compromise his health in the long run.

5 Secrets of Raising Charitable Kids

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Charity begins at home -- as does empathy, generosity, kindness, responsibility, honesty and a host of other relationship-building traits that make life worth living.

5 Ways Your Last Kid Gets The Short End Of The Stick

Melissa Chapman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

4. He doesn't get a front row seat to the live stage show du jour... but he does get to watch anything he wants on TV, which he will be sitting in front of for 16 hours a day.

5 Highly Unconventional Parenting Techniques, Explained

Posted 05.16.2014 | Parents

In his recent book, Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask, sociologist Dalton...

When Parenting Styles Clash

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 05.26.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

What is "no big deal" to one parent, may be a big deal to the other. But nevertheless, it is never appropriate to sabotage another parent's discipline in front of your child.

I Can't Get My Husband to Parent MY Way!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

If you scold him, you will come across not as his caring wife, but as his shaming mother. This will no doubt trigger his old childhood pain, reinforcing his resistance to your input.

Parental Guidance

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 12.07.2013 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Where do you look for advice on how to parent? Do you follow what you read or hear because you think you should? Or because it resonates with what feels right to you?

Lisa Belkin

The Only Parenting 'Philosophy' You Really Need

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.04.2013 | Parents

My two boys are standing at the top of a hill at the edge of our dead end street. Each has a scooter, and a helmet, and an eye on the slope stretched ...

Hands Off! Parenting Wisdom From Around the World: A Review of Christine Gross-Loh's Parenting Without Borders

Emma Jenner | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Being a good parent means putting our children's needs before our own. We should monitor children's TV habits to protect them from inappropriate media exposure. Most American and British parents trust in these fundamental truths. But what if some of them weren't universal at all?

Why Your Child May Not Need Snacks

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.23.2013 | Parents

American parents usually have a stockpile of snacks for whenever their children get hungry. But are they really necessary? Christine Gross-Loh, aut...

Every Mom Deserves Your Nod

Jenn Horton | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Jenn Horton

Moms of the World: Look up. There we are, looking back at you, nodding, smiling. You're in the thick of it, or it's just a thick day, and we get it.

Have American Parents Got It All Backwards?

Christine Gross-Loh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Christine Gross-Loh

Though parents around the world have the same goals, American parents like me (despite our very best intentions) have gotten it all backwards.

You Don't Have to Choose a Parenting Method to Be a Great Parent

Beth Woolsey | Posted 07.03.2013 | Parents
Beth Woolsey

If something's not working, you can ditch it. Pitch it. Without ruining your baby or yourself or your mind. If something's not working, you can do something else. You can, if you want. You can.

Am I Overprotective?

Jill Patir | Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents
Jill Patir

Am I overprotective? Absolutely. Do I feel bad for judging "those" parents for caring too much? You bet.

The Only Parenting Label That Matters

Devon Corneal | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Devon Corneal

You can chart your own path because, and this is important, no one else has ever raised your kids before.

How I Finally Got Over My Barbie Angst

Tracey Stewart | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Tracey Stewart

Parenting has given me so many gifts. The gift of never being certain that there is one right way to do anything has been a profound one.

Why I Will Never 'Pop' My Grandkids

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 01.21.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Carpenter

With the holidays upon us, what other grandmas might do may be tested. Families will gather and children will act up. Some grandparents will spank or send kids into corners. Some parents will bristle. Or not. To each his own.

Lisa Belkin

Which Type Of Parent Are You?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.15.2012 | Parents

What kind of parent are you? There are bookshelves filled with options: Tiger Mom or free-range, attachment or laissez-faire. Pick a guide, and b...

10 Renegade Rules For Raising Kids

Heather Shumaker | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Heather Shumaker

Who hasn't said "Be nice and share your toys?" From the earliest age, we want our children to be generous. The trouble is, we're going about it all wrong.

The Improvisational Parent

Liz Joynt Sandberg | Posted 10.07.2012 | Chicago
Liz Joynt Sandberg

Well hello there! My name is Liz and I'm making it up as I go. To a certain extent, I think we'll all admit that this is true of ourselves. But this truth -- that we're basically winging it -- becomes especially pronounced when we become parents.

When Will The Parenting Hate-Reads End?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents

Written by Allison Benedikt for Slate “This makes me want to never have children.” That was the IM I got from a fellow Slate contributor aft...

The Benefits Of Spoiling Kids In America

Lisa Belkin | Posted 08.26.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

For the sake of argument, let's explore the possibility that spoiling our children -- creating "brats" who are very comfortable being waited and doted upon -- is good for them.

Is Your Child's Temperament A Good Fit With Yours?

AP | BETH J. HARPAZ | Posted 07.02.2012 | Parents

NEW YORK -- It's a concept that parents may not be familiar with, but experts say it can explain a lot about family conflicts: Is your child's tempera...

'I Don't Like Your Kid'

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.30.2011 | Parents
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Parents, it's about finding the right balance and that means taking into account not just your family, including that little darling emptying salt & pepper shakers on the table, but the people all around you as well.

Because I Said So? Not Anymore

Amy McCready | Posted 10.10.2011 | Parents
Amy McCready

Ever tried any of these on your kids? "Wait until your father gets home." "Don't make me come in there." Or the famous, "You'll do it because I said so." How'd it work?