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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.

Trying to Explain Hate to My Son

Amelia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Amelia

While walking through the Pride crowd, my 6-year-old son noticed a protester for the first time. This guy was on his own, shouting Bible verses. My son studied him seriously for a moment, then turned to me: "Mommy, why is he so angry?"

Music for Young Learners

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Movement and creative dance lead to creativity in young children and help them explore how their bodies move in space and to different beats.

What They Didn't Tell Me About My Child's Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Having a child with autism may cause you to feel things you never dreamed possible. You may know moments of joy and moments of despair you could not have imagined.

Our Dangerous Childhood

Patricia Aranka Smith | Posted 01.09.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Aranka Smith

Childhood in my day was brutal, I tell ya. From the beginning, we were abused with cloth diapers. Not one of us sprouted water or blood from being accidentally poked by safety pins.

Let Kids Be Kids

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 01.09.2012 | Parents
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

Being a good parent isn't about providing every experience in the world before your kids are off to college. Being a good parent is about recognizing your kids are kids... and letting them exercise those muscles, at much as possible.

Some Traditions Should Be Changed

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 01.09.2012 | Education
Maggie Lamond Simone

Bullying, some would argue, is also a tradition. It's been happening for generations, and is often even passed down within families. The weapons change through the years, but the victims tend to remain constant, kids who are different.

Changing a Workaholic Culture: Sloan Awards Announced

Katherine Reynolds Lewis | Posted 01.09.2012 | Business
Katherine Reynolds Lewis

"People work the same amount of hours we were working before, but we're getting much more done," she says. "There aren't people there on the weekends. People have gotten a comfort level that face time is not what's necessary."

Explaining What 'Fortunate' Means

Amber Dusick | Posted 01.09.2012 | Parents
Amber Dusick

My four-year-old and I went to the post office and I gave my change to a homeless man who always sits outside with a sign. On this particular day, my son questioned why I gave him my change.

How To Avoid Holiday Hell: 10 Essentials From Our Experts

Posted 01.08.2012 | Divorce

The holidays conjure warm, fuzzy images of roasted Thanksgiving turkeys, adults toasting eggnog and children unwrapping presents. But what happens whe...

Happy Hour

Robert Rave | Posted 01.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Robert Rave

This memoir is the merging of two worlds: my 20-something gay life in New York City and my mom's empty nest back in a small Illinois town. People often ask if I'd describe this book as a coming-out memoir. The answer is no -- at least not in the traditional sense.

Rock the Cradle, Rule the World

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 01.08.2012 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

The moms and dads who are part of our Blogger Network are our first line of defense in the fight to protect children's environmental health. The amazing thing is that most of them are also business owners, community activists and professionals.

It's Not the Sugar's Fault That Your Kid Is Hyper

Alan Paul | Posted 01.08.2012 | Parents
Alan Paul

Few urban legends annoy me as much as "sugar makes kids hyper." It's so widespread that I don't even bother correcting it any more.

Preschool Peer Pressure: Yes, I Only Have One Child

Jessica Berger Gross | Posted 01.08.2012 | Parents
Jessica Berger Gross

When my son was two and all the other mothers were remembering to have a second, I was still exhausted (and breastfeeding) and wanting to find time to write and think and sit down for a minute.

It Takes a Village: The Impact of Communal Parenting

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 01.07.2012 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

While the course of action taken to raise a child is solely to the discretion of the parent, what I find to be most effective method is the impact of communal parenting.

Apparently Idiots Can Be Level-headed, Too

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.07.2012 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I am so grateful for the people in my life who need me to be there for them and at the same time remind me that I am not in this chaotic world left to fend for myself.

How to Bully-Proof Your Children by Building Their Resilience

Lisa Firestone | Posted 01.07.2012 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

With new data revealing that both bullies and victims are at higher risk for suicide, our eyes are opening to the fact that we're faced with a potentially life-threatening situation. So what can we do to protect our children against the painful effects of bullying?

The 9 Scariest Playgrounds In America (And Their Wild Makeovers)

Darell Hammond | Posted 01.07.2012 | Parents
Darell Hammond

The winners of our 'Scary Playgrounds!' contest are committed to turning these decrepit playgrounds, pictured below, into vibrant community playspaces that encourage healthy, creative, unstructured outdoor play.

Parenting in the Age of YouTube

Missy Chase Lapine | Posted 01.04.2012 | Parents
Missy Chase Lapine

It's a good question to ask ourselves as parents -- it's a good exercise to imagine yourself being videotaped, and to ask yourself whether you'd make any real changes to your style.

College Anxiety: Modern Families Caught in The Middle

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 01.04.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Just when I thought I was one of a handful to embrace the comedy in college-bound families, Hollywood put its hand on the pulse of family angst.

The General Strike Is A Teachable Moment For Families

Turnstyle | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact
Turnstyle

By: Denise Tejada Photo Credit: DENISE TEJADA/Turnstyle News Protesters at Occupy Oakland. On Wednesday November 2, 2011 an estimated 4,500 protest...

A Mother's Love for a Daughter Who Is a Son

Amelia | Posted 01.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

As everyone was getting settled into their separate conversations, I turned to Monica and asked about her kids, a daughter and a son. And that's when she told me her 18-year-old daughter was now her son, Dominic.

Do You Want To Dance? Not Like That, Say Schools To Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.03.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Parents at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland are concerned about their teens' dancing styles. The dance moves are called "Freaki...