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Thinking Of Dating Your Ex? How To Tell The Kids]

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 01.30.2012 | Divorce
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

No matter how old they are -- nine, or nineteen -- it seems that children of divorce harbor fantasies of their parents reconciling and thereby bringing their family back together

Peggy Orenstein on Girls Trying to Look Grown Up and Adults Trying to Look Girlish

Jane Shure | Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents
Jane Shure

From the earliest of ages, girls are now being targeted to become overly focused on their bodies and to think of themselves as sexy.

Language Over Time: What Do Hook-Ups, Blunts, and Lollipops Have in Common?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

When we were teens we'd ask someone to hook up after school and it simply meant that we wanted to spend time together. Now, when teens request a hook-up you can expect some random entanglement of body parts to occur.

A Change is Gonna Come

Devon Corneal | Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents
Devon Corneal

I've learned the hard way that nothing, absolutely nothing, stays constant in the life of a child. Which means that everything, absolutely everything, is in constant flux for parents.

Boomerology 101: Gangster Father

Alan Thicke | Posted 01.30.2012 | Fifty
Alan Thicke

I have a 14 yr-old son, as well as two grown sons from a previous litigation, and my line of work has appealed to my youngest in spite of my exhortations to pursue a more reliable future in dentistry: "Show biz can be fickle but gum disease is forever."

Fine. Whatever! Eight Common Passive Aggressive Phrases to Know

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.29.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Passive aggressive behavior thrives in many families because it is often a more comfortable -- and effective -- way of dealing with anger than honest self-expression.

What to Say When You and Your Partner Get "Caught" in Bed by Your Kid

Dr. G | Posted 01.29.2012 | Parents
Dr. G

My 9-year-old son knocks. The noises in our bedroom stop, abruptly. "Yes?" he hears. "Ummm, is everything OK?" "Yes, honey, get back in bed. I'll be there in a few minutes." So what did we tell him? Brace yourself. We told him the truth.

The New Epidemic: Chronic Boredom

Nancy Colier | Posted 01.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Technology is encouraging our belief that open time, or free play as it used to be called in pre-school, means boredom. What happened to our delight in not knowing what might unfold? Where has our interest and faith in creating something out of nothing gone?

The Dilemma: Caring For Elderly Parents

Salon | Posted 11.28.2011 | Fifty

It has become the baby boom generation's latest and, in some ways, most agonizing life crisis: what to do when the parents who once took care of you c...

Merry Birthday! Is Your Birthday During the Holidays?

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 01.28.2012 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

Let's face it; where your birthday falls can be directly proportional to how much attention you get, and things like that are darn important. They affect self-esteem. They affect sibling relations. And, of course, they affect presents.

Martin Scorsese's Hugo: A Delight for Kids and Grownups Alike

Monica Edinger | Posted 01.25.2012 | Home
Monica Edinger

I was skeptical when I first heard that Martin Scorcese was taking on Brian Selznick's award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Its original mix of text and illustration had me all the more dubious; how on earth would that unique reading experience translate to film?

Why American Parents Should Drink More Wine

Debra Ollivier | Posted 01.25.2012 | Parents
Debra Ollivier

As a dual Franco-American citizen who lived over ten years in Paris (where not drinking a daily glass of wine is considered a Crime Against the State), I couldn't help but wonder why we Anglo Saxons take so long to embrace what Europeans have known ever since the Gauls invented the wine barrel.

Thankful For Mondays

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 01.24.2012 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

Families are messy. Work is neater. It is a blessing to be able to draw on both for satisfaction and affirmation. As the Thank God It's Monday Club confirmed for me, one often compensates for the other.

Bring on a Stripy, Dotty South Pole

Juliet Linley | Posted 01.23.2012 | Parents
Juliet Linley

Creativity shouldn't be piloted; it shouldn't be channeled. It needs to simply flow. That's the true beauty of childhood, seeing as we spend the rest of our lives following rules and instructions.

Spur the Global Economy -- Stay Home and Make a Difference This Thanksgiving

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Homa Sabet Tavangar

My family has found a way to support the global economy by staying home and acquiring nothing -- with a game that's become a tradition.

The Other Side of Reproductive Justice: How Sterilization and Other Forms of Coercion Are Used Against "Unworthy" Parents

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Coerced sterilization and castration are in many ways no different from other limitations on individual reproductive choice: they violate a number of fundamental rights, including the rights to health, privacy, and physical integrity.

A Yawner: New Dads Are Tired

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.23.2012 | Parents
Ann Brenoff

To hear that scientific research has determined that new dads are tired reminds me of the scientific team that studied navel fluff. Poor sleepy dears. Babies are keeping them awake at night? Welcome to our world, papas.

Are You A Slut Shamer?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.21.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

I'm not saying girls should be "like boys" (whatever that means) or that I think promiscuity is a good thing. I'm saying there should be the same standard of behavior for both sexes.

A Mom Who Bakes Cookies

Janice Harper | Posted 01.22.2012 | Parents
Janice Harper

"I wish you were the kind of mommy who baked cookies," my little girl said to me one day a few years back, while I was taking dinner out of the microwave.

3 (Unconventional) Career Lessons Learned

Kristin Maschka | Posted 01.22.2012 | Women
Kristin Maschka

Understanding the unpleasant reality of how motherhood impacts my career gave me the motivation to forge my own path, start my own business and find ways to do the work I loved.

Kids Win When We Replace Stigma With Best Practices for Gay Parents

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.21.2012 | Parents
Adam Pertman

News flash: Today, in every state in America, gay fathers and lesbian mothers are raising children. For a range of reasons, not everyone in our countr...

How to Raise a Secure Child in Anxious Times: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 01.22.2012 | Parents
Mark Goulston, M.D.

I recently spoke with Regina Pally, M.D., Co-Founder and Assistant Director of the Center for Reflective Parenting about how and where children learn to do what they do and beyond that to where they get their sense of security or insecurity.

What Kids Love (And Hate) About Family Travel

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.22.2012 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Is taking the kids along all it's cracked up to be? Despite frequent complaints, for many adults the answer must be yes. Families are like roaming packs these days, and kids are now included on more than just the traditional car trips.

What We Need To Teach Younger Men

Ken Solin | Posted 01.22.2012 | Fifty
Ken Solin

Young men need the counsel of Boomers who've figured out how to function emotionally as men. Mentoring hasn't been part of our cultural tradition, but men can--and need to--begin mentoring each other.

Why I Honor My Post-Divorce Sadness

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.21.2012 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Even though I haven't been with my son's dad for 10 years and we clearly weren't right for one another, it is still a significant loss, and deserves to be treated as such.