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Using Kids' Mobile Apps As an Effective Parenting Tool

Catriona Wallis | Posted 04.22.2014 | Parents
Catriona Wallis

Used in moderation with time limits applied, mobile apps can become a blessed parenting tool that works for your family.

One Thousand "Likes," No Friends: 5 Times to Put Down Your Phone and Save Your Relationships

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

Perhaps it's time to establish some basic "Rules of Civility" for technological use. These are circumstances in which you will absolutely, positively damage your relationships if you are on your phone.

9 Ways You Can Help Your Stay-At-Home Husband

Chris Bernholdt | Posted 04.18.2014 | Parents
Chris Bernholdt

If your husband is staying at home or thinking about it, you may want to keep these suggestions in mind.

Teaching Children to Be Responsible

Robin Kevles-Necowitz | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Robin Kevles-Necowitz

If we remove reward and punishment, what do we put in its place? The key to effective discipline is to establish mutual respect and to expect cooperation

Game of Thrones: Toddler Edition

Christopher Byrne | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Christopher Byrne

Call me old fashioned. Toilet training is a rite of passage. It is something children need to master before entering school. Toilet training is not an epic drama, a game of thrones for the preschool set, if you will.

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.

6 Tips for Avoiding Toddler Tantrums Over Mobile Games

Catriona Wallis | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Catriona Wallis

As the founder of a startup developing mobile learning games for toddlers, I firmly believe in the power of good quality mobile learning games to stimulate little ones' minds. However, as a parent of two children aged 4 and 7 years, I encounter the same problems as parents of young children with mobile devices; playing games inevitably leads to tantrums!

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.

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).


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.

How to Avoid Making Your Lawyer Rich or Damaging Your Children

Krista Barth | Posted 04.01.2014 | Divorce
Krista Barth

4. You can be the parent better at organizing schoolwork or coaching football, just like in an intact marriage, but you cannot "replace" the other parent for the child.

Cyber-Bullying: Taking on the Tormentors

Risa Ferman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Risa Ferman

Whereas years ago kids could at least retreat to their homes for escape, there is no escape for kids today. Relentless tormenting through multiple technology platforms makes it virtually impossible for kids who are victims to find a safe sanctuary or a few hours of peace away from the reach of their bullies.

9 Common Parent-Teacher Conference Phrases, Decoded

Jeff Bogle | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

I have, just today, finally and once and for all, decoded the common phrases spoken by teachers at all elementary school parent-teacher conferences from coast to coast.

Recruiting the Modern High School Athlete

Kai Sato | Posted 03.28.2014 | Parents
Kai Sato

For any parent of an aspiring college athlete, it's important to remember that the greatest catalyst in helping your child get recruited is his or her coach.

Strangers in a Strange Land

Kate Gace Walton | Posted 03.27.2014 | Parents
Kate Gace Walton

The powerful dissonance of motherhood occurs, I think, when love and irritation come together in nearly equal parts, which they do -- often.

When Parenting Styles Clash

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 03.26.2014 | 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.

Have We Taken the Common Sense Out of Parenting?

Kelli Catana | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Kelli Catana

I am a bad parent. And I am a good parent. I am your typical, average parent. I had four kids in five years and I'm pretty sure that was a bit insane for about three and a half of them. I am guilty of being bossy and I am guilty of shoving electronics into my children's hands if it buys me peace.

10 Things The Experts Won't Tell You About Parenting

Kristen Hansen Brakeman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hansen Brakeman

I've read a ton of parenting books over the years, often desperate for insight or answers. But what I've found is that most parenting advice is just trite hooey.

6 Ways to Stop Sibling Rivalry

KnowMore TV | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

When tweens and teens feel valued as unique individuals, they're better able to both appreciate their sibling's strengths and engage in a deeply beneficial relationship.

9 Things Never To Say To The Parents Of A Newborn

Beau Coffron | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

Now that I have a 1-month-old child again, it has become abundantly clear that there are times when people just don't know what to say to me.

And Now We're Solid... Solid As a Food

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

You wait for these big milestones. You read books about them. It's exciting. You write about them in the baby book... three months later, when you actually find it. But with my second child, I see these milestones as lightning-fast speedballs that mean my squish ball is growing up.

5 Great Spring Break Travel Tips for Families

Lisa Lori | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
Lisa Lori

Before you go away for a week, weekend or even just a much needed overnight getaway, here are a few of my travel tips to make the most of your getaway.

Electronics and Anxiety: A Family Affair

Dr. Kathleen Trainor | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Dr. Kathleen Trainor

While we typically feel compelled to respond to the constant barrage of emails, texts, calls, etc., we are not connecting in a meaningful way. And ironically, if we try to extricate ourselves from our gadgets, we often feel anxious that we are missing something important.