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Anti-Gay Bullying at School, but Not Like We Expected

Amelia | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices

My oldest son is now in the fourth grade, and he's never had an incident of anti-gay bullying at school. And that may have lulled me into a false sense of security, because I was caught totally off guard when it happened to his little brother.

Decoding the 'Screen Time' Paradox

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Confounded by the conflicting studies and recommendations seemingly at loggerheads? At this point, it is better to tread with caution and limit screen time to the recommended two hours a day, especially in the primary ages, and carefully evaluate the quality of screen time at older ages.

Why I Want My Daughter to Learn Ballet

Mommy Nearest | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I am so excited for my 3-year-old daughter to start ballet class next week. She has been wearing her ballet shoes and leotard around the house and practicing her twirling in anticipation of the big day. She's excited because she adores dancing and pretty outfits. I'm excited for different reasons.

Meet The Mom Who Takes Her Sitter EVERYWHERE (and 10 Reasons Why)

Lynn Perkins | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Have you ever scoffed at the Mom who doesn't seem to leave home without her sitter or nanny in tow -- at birthday parties, school drop-off, Mommy and Me class? Maybe you even judged her for it, wondering why she can't go at it alone with her own kids.

Priorities... and a Newborn

Caitlin Fisch | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Caitlin Fisch

After reveling in the glory of solitude and hot water for about 30 seconds, I heard my 2-year-old say, "Poop, floor!"

Show-and-Tell Feminism For Dads of Daughters

Ariel Chesler | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

Women are rightly frustrated that it takes reproducing a girl from their own genetic material for many men to be aware of what it's truly like to be female in our society.

Motherhood Is an Extreme Sport

Angela Keck | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

I think we've overlooked the incredible agility, athleticism and dedication that mothers exhibit on a daily basis. That's OK, though, because really, motherhood is much more X-Games than it is the stately and prestigious Olympics, anyway.

An Open Letter to My Friends Who Don't Have Kids

Janie Porter | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

Here's the ugly truth: We suck at doing it all. The moment the doctor handed me my crying newborn, it all stopped. I was not just Janie. I was Janie, the Mother of Sullivan. I became a mom, and for a time, I didn't care about anything else but my kid.

7 Tips For Surviving a Sleepover Party

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

You may think, "How hard can it be to have a sleepover birthday party for a bunch of 8-year-olds?" Please allow me to be the one to throw a bucket of cold water on your naïve fantasies.

6 Ways Infertility Prepared Me For Parenthood

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

In the end, I can't really tell you the exact combination of diet changes and baby magic that caused us to conceive a child. What I can say is that those four years of infertility prepared me for the Adventure of Parenthood in six very specific ways.

Divided Mom Stands. United she Falls.

Alisa Schindler | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

At times, I had relied on their division somewhat to keep from doing things I didn't want to do. Alone they were a single, sometimes whiny voice, but united they were a force, their powers tripled. If they really started working together, they would be unstoppable!

Reinventing the Fairy Tale

Alishia Osborn | Posted 09.19.2014 | Arts
Alishia Osborn

I have fond memories as a kid imagining myself within the confines of some of my favorite stories. Living amongst the old woman and all her children i...

Do The Math, Just Not With Your Mother

Wendi Aarons | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Wendi Aarons

Sam, I'm sorry! I just don't know how to help you with math. I've been telling you that ever since Kindergarten when your teacher made fun of me for thinking there was a number called "eleventeen."

How to Teach Our Children to Celebrate the Extraordinary Ordinary

Christine Organ | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Christine Organ

We tell our kids that they can be whatever they want. We tell them to shoot for the stars. But in our quest to teach them to be strong and daring and, dare I say, extraordinary, I can't help but wonder if we are somehow forgetting to teach them to appreciate the ordinary?

How I Met My 'Mother'

Ipsita Paul | Posted 09.19.2014 | Women
Ipsita Paul

As the visit was winding down and we got up to leave, Bio Mom was crying. I felt terrible that I felt nothing for her.

A Good Evening Spoiled

Claire Wapole | Posted 09.18.2014 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

So, as another school year begins, I am anxiously hoping. Anxiously hoping that little if any homework muscles it's way into my home, commandeering time and energy away from my family.

13 Things Parents of School-Age Kids Should Know

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

5. If you are a stay-at-home parent, avoid saying out loud that you are a stay-at-home parent. These words morph mid-air, entering administrative ears as "I am looking for a full-time, unpaid job with your school!"

Dumpster on Wheels: My Car After Kids

Lisa Oppenheimer | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Lisa Oppenheimer

The metamorphosis is insidious. One day you're behind the wheel of a cute little wagon, and the next you're driving a mobile garbage dump with fossilized Goldfish on the floor and previously undiscovered life forms multiplying under the seat.

Let Your Kids Tie Their Own Shoelaces

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Dana Westreich Hirt

If we continue to insert ourselves into their lives whenever things don't go their way, we do not give them room to develop the skills they need.

5 Helpful Hints for New Moms

GalTime | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents

Like any first-time mom, I have been riddled with parenting advice since the day we conceived. Some of the opinions are helpful and others... totally useless.

Parenting Facts and Fairy Tales

Marilynn Halas | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Marilynn Halas

We've all been there. You look at your new baby and deep joy settles into your soul, but the days to come may not be exactly what you planned. The joy is soon colored by the realities of sleep deprivation, worry and more advice than any human being could ever possibly use.

I've Been Holding My Daughter Back For My Son's Sake. Not Anymore.

Jamie Krug | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Saying "yes" to her, often means saying "no" to him -- or forcing him to watch from the sidelines. Saying "no" to both seems easier -- more fair -- though I am now seeing that it is the former rather than the latter.

What You Miss Out On When You Rely on Punishment and Reward

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

Relying on punishment and reward is a lot like relying on fast food; in the moment it can be instantly gratifying, but nothing is really achieved.

How To Tell A First-Time Parent From All The Rest

Lauren Cormier | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

When given the opportunity to go somewhere by themselves, they spend half the time missing their child and half the time calling home to check on their child.

If Toddlers Ruled the World

Chris Cate | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Chris Cate

Naps would be banned and only free-sleep (the act of naturally falling asleep, such as comfortably in a car seat or face down in a cereal bowl) would be permissible, though still frowned upon.