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Who Taught My Perfect Child to Manipulate Me?

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I want my children to experience all that they can in order to prepare and educate them for the best decisions they can make as they grow. And, I want them to do so in the most truthful and upstanding way possible.

Tips For Quick and Easy Family Dinners

Anjali Varma | Posted 11.25.2013 | Parents
Anjali Varma

All busy moms have faced this all-too-familiar scenario: it's 6:00, the kids are starving, you're exhausted and you have no idea what you're serving for dinner tonight! Couple that with an empty pantry or fridge and a picky eater and it is a "recipe" for disaster.

3 Ways to Get Along With My Teenage Son

Pam Didner | Posted 11.25.2013 | Parents
Pam Didner

I've learned that how they dress and act does not represent who they really are. Funky clothes, an aloof attitude and big headset do not mean they don't want to talk or they don't care.

How to Stop Stealing a Kid's Ambition (Part 1)

Tim Elmore | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Tim Elmore

When a child gets to swing at a ball until he hits it (there are no strike outs), when coaches decide not to keep score (there are no losers), and when everyone gets the same award in the end (we are all equal), it can begin to de-motivate kids.

3 Rules To Survive Shopping With Your Tween Daughter

Michelle Cove | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Our daughters, for better and worse, learn how to think about their bodies based on the way we think of our bodies. If we well up with tears in the dressing room, curse our thighs, our muffin-top or our too-big or too little breasts, they are likely to do the same

My 7-Year Old Is Masturbating! Is This Normal? From Dr. Laura Berman (WATCH)

Posted 09.23.2013 | MarloThomas

Everyday Health Leader Dr. Laura Berman weighed in on what to do if you notice that your child is masturbating when she joined me on Mondays With Marl...

When Teens Think They Are Beyond Rules

GalTime | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents

As much as your teens would like to think that they are ready to set their own set of rules, they simply are not. They are inclined to take risks and often use bad judgment. So what are parents to do when teens announce by their actions or lack of actions that they are now marching to their own beat?

More From Mondays With Marlo

Posted 01.25.2014 | MarloThomas

Anderson Cooper award-winning journalist, joined me on Mondays With Marlo to answer questions from viewers and discuss a variety of topics like his ex...

Dear Parents With Young Children In Church

Jamie Bruesehoff | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Jamie Bruesehoff

I know it's hard, but thank you for what you do when you bring your children to church. Please know that your family -- with all of its noise, struggle, commotion, and joy -- are not simply tolerated, you are a vital part of the community gathered in worship.

How Is Technology Affecting Your Family?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 11.12.2013 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

As a parent, sometimes it's hard to know how to handle technology in our own lives, yet alone the lives of our children. What are the benefits? What are the costs? When is it too much?

Is Teaching Children to Recycle a Waste of Time?

Dawn Wynne | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Dawn Wynne

It's easy to throw a plastic bottle into a recycling bin and feel good. But eventually, that bottle will make its way to a landfill.

Easy, Protein-Packed School Lunch Recipes

Stacie Billis | Posted 11.10.2013 | Taste
Stacie Billis

When you make either recipe, be sure to whip up a double batch: I guarantee you'll want these for your lunch, too!

If It's Conditional, It's Not Love

Sheryl Paul | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Sheryl Paul

Love is a grace we give one another. Love is sometimes effortful, but it's not based on someone else's effort. Love is what happens when we open our hearts and allow the love that naturally lives inside to flow forth.

What Do You Do When Your Child's Friend Acts Rudely?

Michelle Cove | Posted 11.07.2013 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Now, here's the sticky wicket for many of us: Do you tell the kid's parents that their beloved has behaved poorly post-play-date?

Kids on Sweets: Are We Raising a Generation of Sugar Addicts?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

The food landscape in America is bleak, but the landscape in your home is of your own design. Here are a few ways to lay the groundwork for healthy habits.

Doesn't Parenting Impact the Learning Process?

Mark Baer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

If parents don't know how to discipline their own children, that is a parenting issue, not a teaching issue.

Keeping All the Balls in the Air, Or 'Calgon, Take Me Away!'

Laura Brady Saade | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Brady Saade

Most days I don't get my whole to-do list done, and some days I don't do any of the list at all. But it's not the end of the world -- I always have the list to come back to, like a compass showing me the right course, and know that these are the things in my life that matter to me.

The Best 21 Pieces Of Advice I'll Never Forget

Linda Wolff | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Linda Wolff

Last weekend as I was helping my daughter pack to go back to college to begin her second year I couldn't help myself from going into mommy mode and giving parental advice. It's the same spiel I've been giving her and her brother for years, and though they know it by heart, I say it anyway.

5 Ways a Parent Can Win the Back-to-School Season

Jeff Bogle | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

This back-to-school guide is more about how you can win the season during the first couple months after school starts than the last two weeks before the new year begins. So keep these ideas handy and your kid will soon realize they've got the greatest parent in the world.

WATCH: Why This Dad Wants His Sons To Play With Dolls

Posted 08.30.2013 | Parents

In many toy stores today, products are often separated by gender -- "pink stuff" and dolls are classified as "girl toys" and boys are directed to play...

7 Great Tips For Parenting 'Emerging Adults'

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 10.30.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

By the time you're in your 50s or beyond, you expect that your heavy-duty parenting is nearing an end. If your kids are between the ages of 18 to 29, a period called 'emerging adulthood,' you most likely expect that they'll gradually become more and more independent and your official empty nest period can get underway.

The Outing That Turned Into A Power Struggle With My Daughter

Judith Natelli McLaughlin | Posted 10.29.2013 | Fifty
Judith Natelli McLaughlin

She was bathed and dressed, wearing cute summer shorts and a matching top. Blue. We went to play on the bay beach for a few minutes before dinner. Swing on the swings. Dig in the sand. Sit on the teeter-totter. It was not time to play in the water. Re-read the first part of the first sentence -- she was bathed and dressed. She was also 4 years old and into testing both herself and me.

The Effects of Hurrying Children Through Childhood

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Children have a heavy burden to bear when they feel that their performance is connected with the love they receive and they are letting down their parents if they are not successful.

5 Big Misconceptions About Mindful Parenting

Posted 08.28.2013 | Parents

This post is part of Stress-Less Parenting Club's new workshop. Our leader Carla Naumburg is showing us how we can make our family life calmer and ha...

Why Mindful Parenting Works

Lisa Firestone | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

By being more mindful, we can pause before reacting, taking time to calm ourselves down. We can remind ourselves to breathe for a minute, become more aware of the present moment and choose to respond in a manner consistent with how we want to treat our child.