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Every Child Deserves a Trophy... Really?

Kelly Trotter King | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kelly Trotter King

When did lying to a child in order to foster confidence become more important than teaching him coping skills and how to accept weakness or manage failure? When did babying a child become more imperative than teaching her the lesson that not all kids are winners all the time and in every arena?

Keeping Your Child Emotionally Safe During the Storm

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Jonathan Hewitt

We all know that children thrive when they feel safe and feel a sense of control in their lives. When the great forces of nature manifest in a Frankenstorm, the time before, during or after can be downright scary for a child.

8 Ways To Get Your Kid To Clean Up

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Keep in mind one of my favorite ideas: We're not raising children; we're raising adults. While it may be easier in the short term to just clean up after your daughter, it's very important that she develop the sense of responsibility that comes from knowing she can sort out her own messes.

The Cost of Halloween Can Be Spooky

Neale Godfrey | Posted 12.24.2012 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

With a little creativity, you can save money and spend more time creating lifelong memories while teaching valuable lessons to your children.

Rejecting the Balance Myth

Beth Woolsey | Posted 12.24.2012 | Parents
Beth Woolsey

God knows I've asked busy moms how they do it all, hoping they'll share the secret. Or the magic. Or the pills. I'm not picky, really; I just want some of whatever they've got.

Nothing to Fear

Grown And Flown | Posted 12.23.2012 | Parents
Grown And Flown

The danger, the real danger, was never in food or movies or video games, and it was not in the people they would meet online.

It's Hard Being the Youngest

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.22.2012 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

So win or lose, regardless of what her older sisters have done in the past, today is Youngest's day... hers, all hers.

When Siblings Fight: Should You Step In?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.20.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

It's tempting to think that our children will be best friends, naturally and without conflict. But while we can encourage our kids to treat each other with kindness and respect, we can't force them to get along.

How to Never fall for the 'Bad Boy' Again

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.19.2012 | Women
Brandi Megan Granett

From now on, I am not going to tell any child that someone tormenting her really just "likes" her and doesn't know how to show it.

Giving In to Your Kids' Nagging Does Not Make You a Good Parent

Neale Godfrey | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Children will nag; it's in their nature. We parents feel bad not giving in, and that's in our nature. It's all OK. You're not alone in wanting to be good parents in your eyes and your children's at the same time.

Happy, Healthy Halloween

David Kirsch | Posted 12.12.2012 | Healthy Living
David Kirsch

Halloween can be fun and relatively healthy. The key is using moderation and making the best choice of the things available.

Effectively Parenting Teens: Leading by Example

Sandra Dupont | Posted 12.12.2012 | Parents
Sandra Dupont

During the teen years, it is vital that parents understand their teen's behavior rather than merely react to it.

Do Our Kids Really 'Need' the Newest, Coolest, Bestest Toy?

Neale Godfrey | Posted 12.11.2012 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

"I can't afford it" means nothing to a 4-year-old. My son Rhett's solution was swift and simple: "Oh Mommy, don't use real money. Use that magic piece of plastic."

I Really Should Stop Giving My Daughters Stupid Nicknames

Rob Sachs | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents
Rob Sachs

My wife and I underwent a series of intense analytical sessions when deciding what to name our children. We drew up lists, consulted census reports and cross-checked our top contenders to make sure they didn't correlate to any sitcom characters and/or reality stars.

Allowing Your Child to Blossom

Sadhguru | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Sadhguru

Every child has the necessary intelligence to live his or her life fully.

Mom and Dad and TMI: Are You an Over-Sharer?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We're always hearing about children and teenagers who share too much: with their friends; with their parents; online, with the world. But what happens when it's Mom and Dad dabbling in TMI? How do we know how much--and what sort of--information our kids can handle?

Bedtime Math: Counting Sheep and Pennies

Women & Co | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

You read your kids bedtime stories most nights. But do you ever give them bedtime math problems instead?

Preventing Your Kids From Becoming Bullies, From Carrie Goldman (WATCH)

Posted 10.08.2013 | MarloThomas

Recently, Carrie Goldman, parenting expert and author of "Bullied", joined me on Mondays with Marlo and I just had to ask her if she had any advice on...

When Parents Have Different Styles: Does It Spell Disaster?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.29.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

When your parenting style differs from that of your partner, it can be frustrating at best and destructive at worst, creating dissonance and distance between partners and confusion among the kids. But different parenting styles needn't spell disaster. Divergent styles can help prepare kids for a world of negotiating various types of people.

6 Ways To Stop Kids From Fighting

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.28.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, My neighbor and I have preschool-aged sons who have a lot of fun together. But lately, the other boy has been pushing my child when he ...

How To Create Allies Out Of Bystanders, From Carrie Goldman (WATCH)

Posted 08.20.2013 | MarloThomas

Carrie Goldman, parenting expert and author of "Bullied", recently joined me on Mondays with Marlo and she told me how important it is that everyone, ...

Is the American Happiness Formula Making our Kids Depressed?

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Jonathan Hewitt

We have become approval junkies always looking for the next fix, the next hit of validation and approval. The problem is that our goals (Look Good + Perform Well + Get Approval) are all extrinsically based.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Lisa Price | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Lisa Price

Once again, Becca and I made the walk of shame to the office for another late slip. The second one in three days. Becca smiled at me and said, "It's okay, Mommy. It's a new school. You hats to get used to it, just like me."

A Parent's Unconditional Love

Rob Furman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Parents
Rob Furman

Parenting is the most important and difficult job for which we will ever apply. The best advice I can give is to lay the strongest foundation for your child's healthy development and then get out of the way and trust that your child will "make you proud!"

Is a Child's Behavior Always a Reflection of His Parents?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.15.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Being away from parents is a good thing. It gives kids room to grow and explore in new ways. We will still be the most influential people in our children's lives, but they don't have to be -- and shouldn't be -- our mirror image.