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Why My Son Believes In A Dad He Can't See

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 06.08.2012 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

Our son is no less certain of his own name, or of the existence of his right hand, than he is of our presence in the house as he sleeps at night. This is a wonderful thing to give a child.

Dipping the Pacifier in Wine, and Other 1970s-Inspired Parenting Tricks

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 06.06.2012 | Comedy
Davis Schneiderman

My mother claims I sucked down several wine-dipped pacifiers at my circumcision, and she continued the practice for a year in an attempt to abate my near-constant wailing. That's right, you read correctly, I was a baby wino.

The Great Allowance Debate

Beth Kobliner | Posted 06.04.2012 | Money
Beth Kobliner

With discussion, consistency and some sensible rules, an allowance can be an important tool for teaching your kids about money -- and getting them to stop pestering you for handouts all the time.

How to Diffuse a Tantrum in 10 Seconds Flat

The Stir | Posted 06.03.2012 | Parents
The Stir

It's a hard place to be -- in public with a toddler who is having a complete meltdown. Here are a few ways to stop those nasty tantrums dead in their tracks.

It's Hard Being Mean

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 06.02.2012 | Parents
Kelly Dorfman

In a world of too many choices, kids need parents to create a structure for healthy eating.

4 Things Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin Can Teach Kids

Dave Schwartz | Posted 05.29.2012 | Parents
Dave Schwartz

There's the time Lin parted the Red Sea. And the time Tebow turned water into wine. Who can forget that awesome book they co-authored, the one King James, the Miami Heat player, updated?

How To Manage Toddler Meltdowns

Anjali Varma | Posted 05.27.2012 | Parents
Anjali Varma

The scene was one I had been judgmental about before I became a parent. My youngest child was lying in the dairy aisle kicking and screaming -- it was a full-fledged tantrum.

Vive La France? Revolutions in Parenting

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.22.2012 | Parents
Sam Chaltain

Our well-intended quest for ever-higher achievement has bred a nation of helicopter parents and a generation of children with plenty of love and precious few limits.

The 4 Questions Anyone Struggling with Work-Life Balance Should Ask

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It's not about balance. It's about life, and what we cram into it, either out of necessity or choice or both.

4 Out-Of-The-Box Art Projects To Try With Your Kids

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 05.10.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

As mothers, we can nurture our children's artistic impulses and, as they grow up, offer them opportunities for their creativity to blossom.

Holding on to the Memories, One Photo at a Time

Anjali Varma | Posted 05.09.2012 | Parents
Anjali Varma

In this digital era, we all have photos of our children floating around on various devices and it takes added effort to organize and archive these photos. Here are a couple of best practices that I have found to be effective:

Rebel Without a Cause (and the Kids)

David Kersh | Posted 05.06.2012 | Parents
David Kersh

You say to yourself, upon watching a Rebel Without a Cause after so many years, this time around with your middle school sons, that there is no better way to convey coolness and compassion.

Four Rainy Day Family Fun Activities

Anjali Varma | Posted 04.25.2012 | Parents
Anjali Varma

No matter how much we love our kids, how creative we are, or how many play dates we arrange, parents are always looking for new and exciting activities to keep our little ones entertained indoors.

The Last PB&J

Julie Tilsner | Posted 04.23.2012 | Parents
Julie Tilsner

I can take all those little plastic bowls and cups from Ikea out of my cupboards, I guess. It's a whole new parenting enchilada, this 'tween/teen thing.

5 Mistakes Stepfamilies Make

Deborah Gaines | Posted 04.22.2012 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

There's something hilarious about the phrase "blended family." As though you can throw two sets of hostile people in the blender and serve them poolside with fruit kebabs and little paper umbrellas.

Bringing Up Bébé, Idonomics and the American Dream

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Parents
Hoyt Hilsman

The answer may not be to embrace French or Chinese parenting techniques, but as a society we need to examine our helter skelter approach to the American dream.

Freak Out or Geek Out?: Children's Emotional Reactions to Achievement

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.15.2012 | Denver
Dr. Jim Taylor

These days, children seem to be given every opportunity by their parents to achieve success in school, sports, and the performing arts. Sadly, the final piece of the achievement puzzle is rarely among the other pieces.

Mentoring or Meddling - When Do You Stop Parenting?

Jim Medalia | Posted 04.11.2012 | Parents
Jim Medalia

It started off as casual and friendly banter but moved quickly into an exchange of fairly different opinions and principles of parenting. The ensuing conversation revealed stark differences in how parents view their responsibilities when preparing their children for college life and beyond.

Having "The Talk" With Your Kids

Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2012 | San Francisco
Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D.

Have you had "the talk" with your children? If this question instantly makes you think of the classic birds-and-bees chat, I was actually talking about the healthy relationship chat.

Parent Aptitude Test

Linda Flanagan | Posted 04.07.2012 | Parents
Linda Flanagan

Today is SAT day -- our daughter's first. It's 6:10. "I don't know where her admission ticket is. Or the pencil sharpener I bought yesterday, or all those Number Two pencils. And her passport. I put all of that stuff together on my desk. Did someone move it?"

Teen Responsibility Doesn't Happen -- It's Nurtured

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 03.28.2012 | Parents
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

Do you feel kids today are as responsible as kids a generation ago? This recent conversation with a mom opened my eyes to this age-old concern.

Child Sleep And Your 9-Year-Old: Tips From Moms

The Huffington Post | Jane Ellis | Posted 01.27.2012 | Parents

Nine-year-old children don't always sleep well through the night. And when they don't sleep well, you don't sleep well, either. As part of a Huffingto...

Please, Don't Save for College

Jacoba Urist | Posted 03.25.2012 | College
Jacoba Urist

Here are the four financial goals I believe every family should reach before they think about putting cash in their kiddo's college fund.

3 Healthy Ways To Bond With Your Kids

Erika Katz | Posted 03.14.2012 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

Jan. 1 has come and gone. The membership to that expensive gym has never been used because you had the flu, the no-carbs diet was impossible and your kids are still eating in front of the TV even though you promised yourself that would stop. How can you really make changes, not just for you but for your family?

How to Get Along With Your Teen: Talking, Rules, and Conflict

Dr. Shannon Kolakowski | Posted 03.11.2012 | Parents
Dr. Shannon Kolakowski

Parents, do not despair. You are every bit as important in your teens life now as when they were younger.