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Kids, Do Not Call Mom

Deborah Divine | Posted 01.18.2012 | Fifty
Deborah Divine

I've told my adult children that for their own good - for their own, beautiful, hopeful, optimistic good, they are not to call me. No contact I said, until I can find a way to finally wrangle this malady to the mat.

Looking Back at a Story of Bullying

Amelia | Posted 01.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

Kevin and I recently met up for a drink, and the subject of those torturous skits came up. What amazes us as adults is how the boys involved never even got a mild talking to, much less disciplined for their outrageously homophobic behavior.

Protecting Your Kids Online: Is Your Child a Social Network Risk-Taker?

George Garrick | Posted 01.16.2012 | Parents
George Garrick

Many parents still don't understand the risks their kids are exposed to on social networks; or they think that the potential dangers only involve "oth...

Pumpkin Pudding & Falling in Love

Emily Franklin | Posted 01.17.2012 | Food
Emily Franklin

This is not pudding the way we might think of it -- less custardy and more solid.

The Weekend Occupy Came Home

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.17.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Turns out, all I needed to remind me that God is moving somehow and some way in all of this were a few moments of laughter with my wife, the grace-filled joy of my kids and a tent in the living room.

A Great New Kids' Book On The Creation Of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

Monica Edinger | Posted 01.16.2012 | Books
Monica Edinger

Melissa Sweet's new children's book, Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, uses brilliant illustrations to help tell the story of character balloon inventor Tony Sarg, the man behind the iconic Thanksgiving parade.

Confessions of a Social Media Mom...

April Rudin | Posted 12.27.2011 | Parents
April Rudin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAcimdt8Po0 There is a lot of talk about the relatively, newly-coined term, "helicopter parent." In a broad definit...

Kik Me Baby One More Time

Jane Buckingham | Posted 01.17.2012 | Los Angeles
Jane Buckingham

I am a fan of technology for my children, and I love their iTouches and that they can FaceTime with grandparents in England, discover new music, do educational games, and yes, even entertain themselves sometimes. But KIKing. Kiking is killing me.

If My Child Doesn't Get Graded, How Will I Know I'm A Good Parent?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.01.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

The grades our children bring home are one of the few measures we get -- or so it can sometime seem -- of how we parents are doing. That explains why too many of us become too invested.

Thanks And Giving At St. Jude Research Hospital

Posted 01.16.2012 | Women

In an extraordinary show of support, many leading product brands and some of the most respected companies in the country are partnering with St. Jude ...

Let's Talk About Sex, Baby

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 01.16.2012 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

Traditional romance can get watered down once there are kids in the picture. With light-sleeping children, the vision of years of potential therapy bills surrounds us every time my husband and I try to remember how we made them in the first place.

News Flash: Online Teens Actually Heed Parents' Advice

Larry Magid | Posted 01.15.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

A study released last week by the Pew Internet and American Life Project had what might be surprising news about online teens. They actually listen to parental advice.

Children Need One On One Time, From Rosie O'Donnell

Posted 01.15.2012 | Women

Talk-show host and mom of four Rosie O'Donnell talks about the importance of spending one on one time with each of your children. if(typeof AOLVP_cfg...

Too Many Real Moms

Katherine Malmo | Posted 01.15.2012 | Parents
Katherine Malmo

If the biological parent is the "real" parent then what is the term for the parent who raised the child? The parent-in-practice? Parent-in-life? Bed-sheet-changer? At some point, it seems like 18 years of lunch-packing should earn a parent the title of "real," no?

Dear Mom and Dad, Now That I'm a Mom, I Resent You Even More

Teresa Strasser | Posted 01.15.2012 | Parents
Teresa Strasser

I stopped being the woman who whines about her childhood, but now that I understand at the core of my being the sort of attachment you feel for your own baby, I am incredulous all over again at all the slights I had put behind me.

The Best Holiday Gift Divorced Parents Can Give Their Kids

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 01.14.2012 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Parents who could never cooperate while married often find that the holiday season throws them back into the same kinds of arguments and stressful interactions that led to the divorce.

Teaching Compassion to Kids

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.14.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Fostering compassion in young people is among the best ways to prevent verbal, physical, and emotional aggression from taking root. Here are 7 ways to develop compassion in your child.

Prolonging Girlhood: An Inconvenient Truth

Monica Gallagher Sakala | Posted 01.14.2012 | DC
Monica Gallagher Sakala

It's not Disney's job to teach my child that there is more to life than marrying a prince, despite how aggressively all major media outlets promoted that notion during the Royal Wedding. It's my job to be aware of what she is watching.

How to Raise a Secure Child in Anxious Times, Part 1

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 01.14.2012 | Parents
Mark Goulston, M.D.

How do you teach a child to become centered, strong and effective in dealing with setbacks, obstacles so that they will be able to handle them on their own without you?

What Parents Need to Know to Protect Their Kids From Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.12.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

"Taking a long view" is difficult for young people who, by their very nature, live in the here and now. Teaching kids to think about the future is a critical factor in helping them move past the torturous moments of the present.

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.

Sexual Harassment: Not Really About Sex at All

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.11.2012 | Education
Marianne Mollmann

To be a bit more blunt about it: sexual harassment in middle and high schools today is motivated by either misogyny or homophobia. Neither has to do with sex.

New Mom Having a Hard Time Making New Friends

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 01.11.2012 | Parents
Dr. Irene S. Levine

When we're lonely, it's natural to think about reaching back into the past to resurrect relationships with old school chums -- but be cautious. You may realize that you have even less in common with these friends -- except for your shared history.

Protecting Your Kids Online: How to Choose the Best Solution for Monitoring Your Kids' Social Network Activity

George Garrick | Posted 01.11.2012 | Parents
George Garrick

Parents are concerned about the dangers that social networks pose for their children today. And with good reason. The powerful rise and ubiquitous ...

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.