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Yes, Virginia, We Did Have to Get Up to Change the Channel

Jane L. Rosen | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Jane L. Rosen

Even a "chill" mother like myself has heard the following leave my lips: "Why aren't you texting me back? Why did I buy you the latest phone if you were not going to answer it? Why did you change your status to 'in a relationship' with Susie Sassler? Honey, are you gay? You can tell me anything."

8 Rules for Naming Your Future Child

Conor Grennan | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Conor Grennan

I've been through The Child Naming Process. When you get to this point in your life, my future-parent friends, you have just wandered into one hell of a minefield. To spare you from the disaster that awaits, I'm going to share 8 Rules for Naming Your Future Child. Ignore them at your peril.

College-Bound Excess: Competitive Parenting or Retail Therapy?

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

While some might roll their eyes, it shouldn't surprise us that designer dorm rooms have popped up on campus or that parents are snapping up non-essentials for their students. Is it a good idea? That's a whole other story, but here are a few reasons why parents might break the bank....

How Children Succeed: An Interview with Paul Tough

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

I wonder if our adult kids' pervasive fear of failure hasn't returned them to their childhood bedrooms, dissatisfied and unemployed. Yes, it's a tough economy out there, but have we made them afraid to take chances, to bypass meaningful engagement and social justice opportunities?

Sex, Drugs and Raising Kids

Sam Sommers | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents
Sam Sommers

Does a taste of champagne at a family wedding consign your son to a life of AA meetings? Will the mere mention of sex at home ensure your daughter of a future reality show appearance as a teen mom?

INSPIRING: Father Invents App To Talk To Son, Helps People All Over The World (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 09.23.2012 | Latino Voices

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation research on Medicaid (PDF), the reasons immigrant families have poor access to technological advancements in h...

10 Ways to Deal With a Child's New Diagnosis

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

At about 2 ½, M was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. From that point on, it was an emotional roller coaster filled with ups and downs, different doctors, confusing information, conflicting info from school and of course way too much Googling by Mom.

Sibling Revelry

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

I never wanted a child. I always wanted children.

A Letter to My Daughter on Her 6th Birthday

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Wendy Fontaine

When I was pregnant, I tried to imagine what you'd be like. I thought you might like flowers and the color pink, so I decorated your room in violets and made you a rose-colored quilt. Today, your bedroom is covered in Star Wars posters and pictures of sharks.

Why This Mom Runs

Bethany Meyer | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Bethany Meyer

Running brings me clarity. Balance. An outlet. Trusted confidantes. A feeling of power. A sense of achievement. Strong legs. Toned arms. I run because being an adult is hard. And being a runner makes it less hard.

Is the American Happiness Formula Making our Kids Depressed?

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Jonathan Hewitt

We have become approval junkies always looking for the next fix, the next hit of validation and approval. The problem is that our goals (Look Good + Perform Well + Get Approval) are all extrinsically based.

Trading Tech for T-Ball: How to Raise Healthy, Active Kids

Women & Co | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

With a little nudging (okay, a lot of nudging), it is possible for parents to teach even the most technologically inclined 21st-century kids that staying active and healthy is an important part of their lives.

Cosmic Payback: The Day My Baby Pulled Bro Code on Me

Adrian Kulp | Posted 09.20.2012 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

He couldn't hang and he knew it. He had to crash. And I had to look the other way. Because of bro code.

10 Secret Regrets Teens Never Talk About

Kevin A. Hansen | Posted 11.18.2012 | Parents
Kevin A. Hansen

Social media has teens living their lives out online for everyone to see -- friends and family as well as their enemies and bullies. All too often, when problems arise, teens hold everything inside instead of reaching out for help.

Family Photos on Facebook: What Are We Trying to Prove?

Aidan Donnelley Rowley | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Aidan Donnelley Rowley

d I found myself checking my page every few hours to see if more friends had liked my photo, my family. This is something I'm not proud to admit.

Identical Triplets Start Preschool Amid Wonder and Whispers

Kerry Lyons | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

People I don't know are whispering about me, pointing and staring. It is September 2008 and I am 34 weeks pregnant with triplets. I refuse to stay home; I will not miss Parents Night at my son's preschool. He is almost 4. And the fate of the three babies inside my belly is unknown.

What I Want My Daughter To Understand About Her Body

Babble.com | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Babble.com

My 7-year-old daughter doesn't need to grow up wondering if she needs to go on a diet because her mom went on a diet.

Why I Am Definitely Not Having Any More Babies

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

When my 8-year-old semi-regularly requests another sibling, I give him a choice: "sibling or mom, because you can't have both." (Fortunately for me, he picks mom every time -- at least for now.)

Highway Nannies and Drive-Thrus

Juliet Linley | Posted 11.18.2012 | Parents
Juliet Linley

Let's be honest: When the kids wake up and need to break free of Car Seat Prison, giving them a dry AutoGrill sandwich and letting them run wild down the aisles isn't quite ideal.

My Child's Perfect School Lunch

Ricky Choi, MD, MPH | Posted 11.18.2012 | Parents
Ricky Choi, MD, MPH

Our ultimate goal as parents is to raise children who will make good choices, and that includes having a healthy relationship with food.

A Parent's Unconditional Love

Rob Furman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Parents
Rob Furman

Parenting is the most important and difficult job for which we will ever apply. The best advice I can give is to lay the strongest foundation for your child's healthy development and then get out of the way and trust that your child will "make you proud!"

6 Ways To Make Great Memories With Your Kids Post-Split

Lois Tarter | Posted 11.17.2012 | Divorce
Lois Tarter

You kids have probably been through a lot and need some really special memories to keep with them.

Is This Irresponsible?

Posted 09.17.2012 | Parents

"I hope people who see this will ... take an interest in the work that we're doing at the Aspinall Foundation, and help gorillas in the wild," British...

Parenting Long-Distance: Troubleshooting College Problems

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

How can a parent provide positive support when college kids phone or text home with complaints? Below are five common college kid complaints and some solutions to get you started.

Conversations I Don't Want To Have With My Son

Amelia | Posted 11.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

I think every parent has those discussions they don't want to have with their children. But now that my oldest son, at 7 years old, identifies as gay, I find myself facing a whole new set of things I just don't want to say to him.