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Perfecting Parenthood: Canning the 'Yell'

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 03.05.2012 | Parents
Shira Hirschman Weiss

What can I do when I yell? I'd like to be one of those incredibly even-tempered, enviably "laid back and easygoing" parents at all times.

The Gift of Presence: An Uncommon Practice in a Busy World

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 02.20.2012 | Parents
Akoshia Yoba

My greatest gift to my children this holiday season will be to practice being fully present when I am with them. I will wrap myself in a bow and regularly give them my undivided attention.

Lights, Presents, Sugar... Action! Minimizing Holiday Overload, Maximizing Holiday Family Fun

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 02.19.2012 | Parents
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

The countdown has begun, for young and old. This is one of my most favorite times of the year, except for one thing: Christmas Day starts too early in the Dr. Gwenn house.

How My Father's Brain Cancer Taught Me to Parent

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Parents
Davis Schneiderman

These days, I sometimes sit with my father, silently, amazed at how he has completely transformed. And how I am now a parent of two constantly transforming daughters.

Hey McDonald's, How Do You Like Them Apples? Why I'm Not Unhappy With the New Happy Meal.

Dina R. Rose | Posted 02.08.2012 | Parents
Dina R. Rose

These changes don't amount to a hill of beans from a nutrition perspective. From a habits perspective, though, the changes are worth considering. Let me explain.

Are Pediatricians Hurting Your Toddler's Eating Habits?

Dina R. Rose | Posted 01.31.2012 | Parents
Dina R. Rose

Parents wouldn't have to resort to the "two more bites" tactic if they thought their toddlers were eating well. Ironically, it's the emphasis on nutrition that produces the problem.

When Good Parents Leave Their Baby Home Alone

Jacoba Urist | Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents
Jacoba Urist

At a party last week, a couple told us a "funny" parenting story. They were staying in Paris, and decided to leave their 1-year-old asleep in his Pack 'n Play, and get a drink at a place nearby. No need for a babysitter.

From Patient to Parent: Raising a Special Needs Child

Carla Lohr | Posted 01.31.2012 | Parents
Carla Lohr

I firmly believe that, as parents, we hold more power than the disability does in the lives of our children.

How to Deal With Mother's Guilt

Mia Redrick | Posted 01.29.2012 | Parents
Mia Redrick

Mother's guilt is only natural and is the consequence of wanting to be a good mother to your children. However, in the end it will only weigh you down.

5 Things I've Told My Kids
5,000 Times

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Forgive me if I've already written this blog before, but it occurred to me last weekend as I was telling my 5-year-old for the fifth time that day to ...

Why Divorced Parents Should 'Suck It Up' For Their Kids

Alison Patton | Posted 01.16.2012 | Divorce
Alison Patton

When you're sucking it up until it hurts, that's when you will know your sacrifice is making a difference for your kids.

Anthea Anka: My Kid Is A Brain Surgeon. Or So I'm Hoping.

Red Room | Posted 01.21.2012 | Parents
Red Room

The most amusing sort of parents -- to me of course -- are the ones that push the bounds of what their kids can do because they simply can't help themselves.

Nurturing Your Inner Adult

John Duffy, Psy.D. | Posted 01.11.2012 | Parents
John Duffy, Psy.D.

I pose this challenge to anyone engaged in the lifelong process of nurturing the inner child: nurture your inner adult. Allow yourself to revisit the past. Process the pain. And then get a life.

The Non-Perfect Parent

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

It is because I have vowed not to be the best, and began employing numerous parenting short-cuts (my two year old will often arrive at preschool still in her pajamas) that I am able to be the fun, loving, patient, and honest mother I am.

Losing Hope With Your Defiant Teen? Heed This Advice

Evan Allis | Posted 12.19.2011 | Fifty

Many parents have a difficult time knowing what to do with their defiant teens. Sometimes it might seem like all of your efforts are worthless, and at...

Failure Is the Best Option

Brandy Williams | Posted 12.28.2011 | Education
Brandy Williams

Failure, after all, is a scary thought. Therefore, people often want to avoid what they do not want to face. The bottom line is this: When kids do not learn how to cope with failing, they learn how to escape it.

Stop Bullying Month Over... Now What?

Janet Hubert | Posted 12.28.2011 | Black Voices
Janet Hubert

Now that we are coming to the end of National Bully Prevention month, now what? Bullies move on because it's easy for them; they have suffered no collateral damage, but the bullied sometimes never get the chance to.

Choosing Common Sense over Sexy Banter and Bra Size

Hillary St. Pierre | Posted 12.27.2011 | Women
Hillary St. Pierre

Life is different for beautiful women. I know: I used to be one.

Healthy Eating Habits for Halloween

Dina R. Rose | Posted 12.27.2011 | Parents
Dina R. Rose

By some reports, our kids stuff 5% of their yearly candy consumption into their Halloween candy bags. From a habits perspective, 5% is no big deal. But flip the statistic around and that's another story.

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents

Marisa Moore | Posted 12.12.2011 | Black Voices
Marisa Moore

We could debate why childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years but that won't do much to reverse the trend. Here are some ways to ward off childhood obesity starting with your own home today.

Mom on Mom

Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, CCE | Posted 12.11.2011 | Parents
Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, CCE

New mothers sometimes snark hatefully at each other with the intent to cause pain. It starts with some article about breastfeeding, epidural, c-section, co-sleeping, whatever, and devolves rapidly. Some people call this Mommy Wars. I call this cyber-bullying.

Parenting Advice from a Non-Parent

Demetria Irwin | Posted 12.07.2011 | Black Voices
Demetria Irwin

I have no children. None. Not one. Yet and still, Moms and Dads, I have some parental advice for you. Hear me out, these are just some of my outside-in observations. See if these things hit home.

Sticky Faith: What Can Parents Do To Help Teenagers Have Faith That Lasts

Kara Powell | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Kara Powell

One of the repeated themes in the research was the importance of parents giving their kids space to wrestle with tough faith questions until they pinned down their own answers.

Message Blockers: Why Your Children Don't Get Your Messages

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.04.2011 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Have you noticed that sometimes your children just need to hear a message once and they get it? And, frustratingly, you can send a message dozens upon dozens of times and it is as if they had never sent the message at all?

Say Hello, Please, Thank You!

Sophie Chiche | Posted 11.28.2011 | Parents
Sophie Chiche

Making kids say "Thank you" only to avoid getting a disapproving look is one thing. Inspiring them to appreciate things and be thankful is a totally different ball game. Here are four ideas for inspiring good manners and kindness in a young child.