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The Hope Tank

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

God knows that we have hope tanks. He know this about us better than anyone. That's why he gave us a Book full of promises, packed with vivid descriptions of what we have to look forward to as Christians.

Daughters, Too, Benefit From Influence of Good Dads

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.07.2013 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Increasingly dads are showing their daughters how to be strong and effective navigators of their lives much as they have always done with their sons.

'Too Much Mother Love': Proving the Necessity of Nurture

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Lisa Wade

"All that rot they teach to children about the little raindrop fairies with their buckets washing down the window panes must go. We need less sentimentality and more spanking." Or so said Granville Stanley Hall, founder of child psychology, in 1899

Sibling Rivalry: How Can I Make the Fighting Stop?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.27.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

It's natural that the mother lion in you roars when someone hurts one of your children, even if the offender is another one of your kids. But unless you address the underlying cause of your son's torments, things aren't likely to improve.

How to Stay Guilt-Free This Holiday Season

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 02.21.2013 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

This year, remind yourself that you do a lot for your children every single day. Keep your efforts turned inward, and resist the temptation to use others' experiences as personal motivation even when it seems like everyone else is giving their kid the perfect holiday.

Common Core Standards for Parents Part 2

Rob Furman | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
Rob Furman

The need for parents to once again accept accountability for their own children is paramount. The following is Part 2 of the Common Core Standards for Parents. Again, please feel free to add your own standards below in the comments section.

10 Sanity-Saving Tips for Traveling With Kids

Tamar Lowell | Posted 02.20.2013 | Travel
Tamar Lowell

I had visions of trekking below 20,000-foot Himalayan peaks with my child strapped to a yak. I had visions of tossing my kid in the back up a beat up car and driving across the grassy plains of Central Asia in the Mongol Rally.

Parents Taking Control

Michael M. Osit, Ed.D. | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents
Michael M. Osit, Ed.D.

Kids have an inordinate amount of power and control in their families. Many parents seem unwilling to be the authority, take control and be firm with their kids. It's as if parents are afraid of "damaging" their kids or their relationship with them if they say, "no."

Is Your Child a Limit-Tester? How to Avoid No-Win Conflict Cycles

Signe Whitson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Do you have a child who follows the letter of the law, but violates its spirit entirely? How do you respond when your little one defends her defiance with thinly-veiled justifications and argues with the cleverness of a courtroom attorney?

Responding in Newtown

Mark Shriver | Posted 12.19.2012 | Parents
Mark Shriver

We all struggle with how to respond to a crisis like this, but Save the Children knows, from decades of responding to emergencies, the little things make a big difference. I found these 10 Tips for Helping Children Cope very helpful and hope you do too.

Be Willing to Feel

Richard Melnick | Posted 03.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Melnick

Thirteen years ago, as a cancer patient with 3 and 5-year-old boys, I was afraid. I gained peace by asking myself over and over, "What am I afraid of right now, in this moment?" And the answer was always the same: nothing. My fears were all based on the future.

A Gift for the Holidays: 5 Tips for Dads to Help their Daughters Succeed in Life

Helen Drinan | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Helen Drinan

Fathers occupy a unique and important role in building self-esteem and confidence in their daughters. They are the first male role models for our girls, and can play a powerful role in how their daughters develop and succeed in the world.

From Entitled to Thankful: Raising Children with an Attitude of Gratitude

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
David Sack, M.D.

It isn't until later in life that most people discover one of the keys to happiness: gratitude. The concept of thankfulness can be difficult for adults to embrace, and even harder for children and teens who believe the world revolves around them. Here's how to begin.

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids This Holiday

Richard Melnick | Posted 03.21.2014 | Parents
Richard Melnick

Your kids have the dexterity and intelligence to contribute. You'll be shocked by what they're capable of and the pleasure they may take in being helpful.

10 Things All Parents Can Learn From Special Needs Families

Hannah Brown | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Hannah Brown

There are sports, and then there are extreme sports. I like to think of raising a child with autism as extreme parenting. That said, in some ways, it's not as different as you might think.

How to Talk to Your Child's Teacher

Diana Grycan | Posted 02.04.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

My son had difficulty sitting for a long time in his chair in kindergarten. The teacher called me in to let me know that she had nicknamed him "toast" because he kept popping up from his chair! I was so happy when she sought my advice.

The Point of Parenthood -- and 4 Tips for Making it Through Adolescence With Your Kids

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.30.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I just got back from spending Thanksgiving in Paris with my eldest child, and it got me thinking about the point of parenthood.

5 Incredibly Annoying Parenting Terms

The Stir | Posted 01.30.2013 | Parents
The Stir

Before I became a mom I was blissfully unaware of parenting terminology. I naively assumed that when you have a baby, you simply become a mom. Needless to say, I was wrong.

Gift Ideas for Dad -- From 'the Kids'

Women & Co | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Women & Co

While Dad appreciated those gifts because they came from his kids, nowadays it seems there are so many options. Kids can definitely do better -- with a little help from you. Here are some gift ideas for Dad that I think he'll not only appreciate, but he'll love and use!

An Open Letter to New Mama Me

Beth Woolsey | Posted 01.27.2013 | Parents
Beth Woolsey

In the night, when you're sitting on the hard floor with your crying baby and your crying self and your despair because you want to just stop it but you don't know how, I wish you could zoom out and see that you're one of an ocean of mamas rocking on the floor in the night.

Don't Let Black Friday Put You In The Red

Neale Godfrey | Posted 01.21.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Doing your homework can save you some hard-earned cash as well as prove to be a fun experience for you and your loved ones this Black Friday.

Parenting Perfectionists: From Supermom To Nervous Breakdown

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents

Tameka McFaul went from a severely depressed mother to CEO of her own company, Driven Dream Girls. On a segment for HuffPost Live, she shared with hos...

Put the 'Giving' Back in Thanksgiving

Neale Godfrey | Posted 01.15.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

When we learn to be charitable at an early age it becomes part of who we are.

How to Introduce Taxes to Your Children

Neale Godfrey | Posted 01.06.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

As we walk, I'll point to different things and ask my granddaughter to tell me how they came to be. For example, I'll point to the road, and she'll say something like 'the men with the giant roller put it there.' I'll then ask her how she thought those men had the money to build the road.

Talking to Kids About Politics

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Talking to kids about politics helps them understand the world and their place in it, and starts to shift their thinking from "me" to "we." That is why it's important to discuss with kids, even those too young to yet understand all the specific policy points or platforms, why politics matters.