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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.

My Daughters, Trixie Pixie and The SheVil Dead

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.09.2012 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

In Trixie Pixie and the rest of the skaters, they saw adult women who embodied the many things that we try to teach them about being a strong and secure person in the world.

The Hazards of Duking It Out: Why You Can't Fight In Front Of The Kids

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 10.09.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Raised voices and uncontrollable tears happen -- we're all human, and raising kids is never easy. But calm discussions, by contrast, teach kids that disagreements needn't be drama-filled.

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.

WATCH: Kelly Ripa On Different Approaches To Parenting

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

Emmy Award-winning talk show host, Kelly Ripa, recently joined me on Mondays with Marlo, and we talked Tiger Moms. She shared her thoughts on parents ...

How I'm Celebrating Non-Parents Day

Melody Moezzi | Posted 10.01.2012 | Women
Melody Moezzi

Considering roughly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, it makes you wonder: Why don't people give nearly as much consideration to childbearing as they do to pet adoption?

How to Talk to Kids About the New Normal

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.30.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Sexuality is a big deal. But when talking about gay, straight, or anything else, the principles of how we want to teach our kids to live are the same as any other discussion about growing up right: Practice kindness and love and treat others as you'd like to be treated. Plain and simple.

On "Exotic" Parenting

Bhakti Shringarpure | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Bhakti Shringarpure

The urban mom is obsessed with making a science of parenting. This is healthy and completely normal. But here is where I draw the line: looking for solutions through cultural stereotyping and engaging in quasi-racist discourse under the guise of doing what's best for your child.

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Parenthood

Eva Glettner | Posted 09.25.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

What are your plans for Treat Yo Self 2012?

The Insecurity Generation: How Our Over Reliance On Parenting Experts Is Threatening Parenthood

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.24.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Despite popularity and acclaim, most child-rearing experts don't account for different personalities, growth patterns, and situations. And that's their fatal flaw.

Parenting: How Money Struggles Change Things -- And How They Don't

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.22.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Children living in poverty face immeasurably greater challenges than those who are better off. They need social supports and, often, support from the government. But most of all, children need caring, resourceful parents who give them time and attention.

Five 'Christian Parenting' Ideas To Let Go Of

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We tell our kids about how scary, dirty, dangerous and evil even thinking about sex is, but then we tell them it's precious gift to save for the one person you love and plan to live with forever. This is a setup for sexual confusion.

What You Need to Know about Technology and Your Family

Scott Steinberg | Posted 09.18.2012 | Parents
Scott Steinberg

Technology can be a hugely beneficial part of kids' lives. But to realize its full potential, you've got to prepare them to meet its ups and downs.

6 Steps To Stress-Free Playdates

Common Sense Media | Posted 09.17.2012 | Parents
Common Sense Media

I don't have a problem with a movie or video game here and there, but I've found that too much of either makes my kids a little nutty. And some of the movies they'd watched at my friend's house made me feel uncomfortable, too.

6 Old-School Habits That Will Make Your Kid a Success

LearnVest | Posted 09.12.2012 | Parents

Ask any parent out there, and he or she will say the same thing: Of course I want to raise my kids to be polite and well-mannered. But what specific h...

Returning from Maternity Leave? Tips for a (Somewhat) Tear-Free Transition

Women & Co | Posted 09.11.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

You're finally starting to get the hang of the whole motherhood thing, but it's almost time to go back to work. Take comfort in knowing that the transition may not be as bad as you think.

How to Encourage Healthy Friendships Among Boys

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.11.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Making friends, and keeping them, is a primary activity among school-aged boys. For both boys and girls, these early friendships help define who they are and who they become.

How to Raise Good (and Safe) Kids These Days

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.09.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

This is a question that all parents ask themselves... constantly. There are no easy answers and, realistically, there is probably not one single answer. The important thing for parents is to at least ask and try to answer the question for their own family.

Experts Recommend 8 Alternatives To Spanking

Posted 07.03.2012 | Parents

A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics found connections between spanking and “mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse/depend...

How To Discipline -- Without Spanking

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.02.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We want to keep our kids safe, and teach them right from wrong. But doing that is often much more difficult than it sounds.

5 Ways Parenting is Like The Newsroom

Liz Kozak | Posted 08.31.2012 | Parents
Liz Kozak

The news never stops, and neither does parenting. Disaster can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone.

Gay Parents Face Same Sexual, Relationship Challenges As Their Straight Counterparts: Study

Posted 06.29.2012 | Gay Voices

Whether it's finding time for sex or ensuring a monogamous relationship, the trials and tribulations of same-sex couples' parenting aren't much differ...

Tips for Planning Your Child's Next Birthday Party

Anjali Varma | Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents
Anjali Varma

Enjoy this big milestone in your child's life. Time goes by fast -- before you know it, they'll be planning their own birthday parties!

Teaching Impulsive Kids To Slow Down

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.27.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, I have a 10-year-old son who is a sweet boy but frequently acts without thinking. This has gotten him into a lot of trouble at school a...