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Wax On, Wax Off Parenting: How to Stay Focused and Calm While Getting Things Done

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 08.01.2013 | Parents
Jonathan Hewitt

With a present mind and an open heart, not only can you be a compass of strength and calm to your family, but your experience of parenting and life itself will be richer and more fulfilling.

5 Ways To Deal With Kids' Anxiety

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.08.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, My fourth grader is experiencing anxiety now that school has started. Not necessarily about school, but about everything else: What if ...

Kids and Funerals -- Do They Belong Together?

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Open your own heart and understand that children benefit when they participate in a family event that includes both celebration and pain. Together you can face the sorrow, share the tears, and always, always, hold the love in your hearts.

10 Back to School Tips for Parents of Tweens

Marcy Winograd | Posted 11.05.2012 | Parents
Marcy Winograd

The key question to ask yourself as a parent is "How can I empower my tween?"

4 Ways To Keep Your Cool When Kids Misbehave

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 09.03.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, I love my kids, but I yell at them much more often than I'd like. What can I do to keep my cool when they act badly? Signed, Always...

Why It's Important To Let Your Child Make Mistakes

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 11.01.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

As parents, our responsibility is to keep kids unharmed. That doesn't mean shielding them from all possibility of defeat. It means letting them fail safely. Here's how to help your child take risks -- and make mistakes, inevitably -- safely.

How to Be Truly Happy

Melissa Van Rossum | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Melissa Van Rossum

I tend to think the hallmark of good parenting is more about how well you teach your children to do for themselves. And I think what you teach them to do for themselves will largely determine their success and happiness in life.

6 Ways for Parents to Bring More Zen into Their Life

Marva Soogrim | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Marva Soogrim

I often say that the most important thing to do first is "fix the parents, not the kids." Here are six ways to find your Zen in the midst of back to school chaos.

5 Easy Ways To Help Your Kids Be Happy

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

If you weave gratitude and appreciation into your family's day-to-day life, happiness will occur naturally.

7 Ways To Help Your Child Adjust To A New Baby

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, My husband and I just had a baby boy, and our 4-year-old daughter is not adjusting well. She was happy that she was finally going to ha...

No More Mr. Rogers: How Simplicity Parenting is the Way to Prepare Kids for a Complex Future

Kim John Payne | Posted 08.27.2012 | Parents
Kim John Payne

Subjecting a child to a life of highly structured and fast-paced activity in order to prepare him/her for the world is a well-meaning falsehood and a more than serious mistake.

8 Ways To Stop Your Preschooler From Name-Calling

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.25.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, When my 3-year-old is angry or frustrated with me, which is pretty often these days, she calls me names like "stupid poo-poo head." I h...

YouTube's Most Famous Parents Shay Carl and Katilette Share Their Child-Rearing Tips (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents
Shira Lazar

Shay Carl and Katilette, head honchos of the most famous family on YouTube -- The Shaytards -- joined me and YouTube's The Will of DC in the What's Tr...

Our Summer of Self-Sufficiency

Kerry Lyons | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

If I decided to take a more introspective look at our "DIY Summer," I would have to admit that I can be an impediment to our children's self-sufficiency. It's hard for me to accept "their" way of doing things. After all, no one can make "hospital corners" like I can or load the dishwasher just so.

8 Steps To Help Your Teen Unplug

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.23.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, My 14-year-old daughter used to be very social. She was always going to her friends' houses or having them over. But now she is very la...

The Key to Raising Confident Kids? Stop Complimenting Them!

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.04.2013 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The point isn't to criticize children. But it's to recognize that self-esteem really, truly comes as the result of achievement -- in the classroom, on the field, at home -- rather than false accomplishments.

Patience And Parenting

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 10.20.2012 | Parents
Garry Gilfoy

As an educator of teachers and counsellors, I never have to wait long to hear the next sentence that contains an expletive alongside the word "teenager." Having raised three of my own, I'm not unrealistic about the challenges that they can bring.

Unprepared As a Parent

John Willey | Posted 10.18.2012 | Parents
John Willey

No one ever prepared me for the emotions involved in this whole parenting thing.

10 Websites to Help Teach Kids about Money

Women & Co | Posted 10.17.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

If you want to raise a money-savvy child in the 21st century, there are plenty of commercial, government and non-profit websites out there to help.

New Mobile App Helps Parents Make Sure Kids Get Playtime

Megan Rosker | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Megan Rosker

With all the guidelines handed out by pediatricians and experts on screen time, homework and diet, there is a lot of information a busy parent must keep track of. A new app can help.

'My Kids' Grandparents Won't Enforce My Rules'

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.16.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, I have a lot of trouble getting my parents to enforce my rules about bedtime, appropriate snack foods, etc. when my children spend the ...

Online Games for Kids: Essential Safety Lessons

Scott Steinberg | Posted 10.15.2012 | Parents
Scott Steinberg

While parents of online game-playing children often focus on time and search limits, of equal concern to them should be establishing standards of online behavior for their children.

Madeline Levine Talks To HuffPost Parents

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents

California psychologist Madeline Levine’s new book, "Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success," has been generating a lot of attent...

Raising My Rebellious Girl

Liz Joynt Sandberg | Posted 10.13.2012 | Chicago
Liz Joynt Sandberg

Having grown up as a rebellious girl myself, it's hard not to be nervous for my daughter, knowing that she'll have to navigate a world that is at turns opposed to her flourishing. But then she wows me again and I feel a wild sense of pride well up inside me.

Parenting Teenagers: Translating Teen Speak

Michelle Lamar | Posted 10.10.2012 | Parents
Michelle Lamar

If you are a parent with teenagers, one of the first things you need is a translator.