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What I Would Do Differently With My Son, If I Could Do It Over

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Can you persuade a teenager that one day he will be an adult who feels differently? Should you try? Can you capture the past in pixels? What exactly is lost when photos are never taken, or go up in smoke?

Why I Fired My Mormon Handyman

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 09.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

I've done my fair share of welcoming strangers into my home, not knowing how they will react when they see our kiss-the-bride wedding portrait hanging on the wall. For all my nervousness, though, none of these encounters had broken badly. And then we met Dick.

Here's What Happens When Parents Blink

Jim Higley | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents
Jim Higley

I remember noticing my son's shoelace -- a little too long -- and telling myself that I needed to retie it so he didn't trip. Then I blinked. That little boy just took his last college exam.

Finding Calm in the Chaos: Family and Mindfulness

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

One truth of family life is that it is inherently uncertain.

The Pressure to Attend Every Game

Nina Badzin | Posted 08.31.2012 | Parents
Nina Badzin

I feel a sense of dread and panic if I cannot attend Sam's soccer and baseball games. Okay, exaggeration. I'm fine if I'm not the one there, but it's not an overstatement to say that I arrange the entire week around making sure that someone is there.

The Last Inning

Lanny Davis | Posted 09.01.2012 | Sports
Lanny Davis

There was magic on a baseball field late on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012, in Potomac, Md.

Spanking: Parenthood's Dirty Little Secret Is Alarmingly Common

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Although I understand why spanking is parenthood's dirty little secret (nobody wants social services at the door), I wish we could find a way to talk more openly about it.

5 Things I Discovered while Home Alone

Maria Rodale | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Maria Rodale

Everyone's lives are different, just like every person is different. What's most different about my life, it seems to me, is that I've had small kids ...

Obamacare & Parental Peace of Mind

Dan Siegel | Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics
Dan Siegel

On July 4, the country celebrates our independence from foreign tyranny. Can we now come together -- unlike the raging Tea Party summer of two years ago -- to recognize our interdependence of caring?

Learning and Development Starts at Age Zero

Kris Jamsa, Ph.D., MBA | Posted 08.31.2012 | Impact
Kris Jamsa, Ph.D., MBA

Every action a mother takes (or fails to take) with respect to developing her child's learning skills, directly affect the child's ability to succeed in the future.

The Story I Can't Stop Telling

Lindsey Mead | Posted 08.31.2012 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

My eyes blurred as I held my son against me, my awareness of how numbered these days are so piercing I couldn't have spoken without sobbing.

5 Ways Parenting is Like The Newsroom

Liz Kozak | Posted 08.31.2012 | Parents
Liz Kozak

The news never stops, and neither does parenting. Disaster can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone.

Why Equal Custody Should Be The Legal Norm

Fred Silberberg | Posted 08.29.2012 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

There is one presumption that seems to be missing from the body of legal presumptions in family law: the presumption that equal custody timesharing is appropriate for children involved in divorce and paternity custody disputes.

A Bedtime Story ... For Mom And Dad

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 08.29.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

At one in the morning my toddler screams from her room, "Mommy, I need you!" she wails with gloom. With eyes half open and feet full of lead, I make my way down the hall to her bed.

Gay Parents Face Same Sexual, Relationship Challenges As Their Straight Counterparts: Study

Posted 06.29.2012 | Gay Voices

Whether it's finding time for sex or ensuring a monogamous relationship, the trials and tribulations of same-sex couples' parenting aren't much differ...

The Week's Best Parenting Tweets

Posted 06.29.2012 | Parents

Ah, summer. The golden days of camp, cargo shorts and "party rockin'." Not to mention magic shows, sweet treats and (maybe) exercise. If you're ...

Parents Would Rather Talk About Drugs Than Dollars

Beth Kobliner | Posted 08.29.2012 | Money
Beth Kobliner

I get it. Money is an awkward subject to begin with. And the topic of finances can seem complicated when compared to drugs and smoking, where the lesson for kids is a simple: "Just say no!"

DNA Tests Can Now Be Done In The Womb

elev8.com | Posted 06.29.2012 | Black Voices

New DNA tests that can be done while the woman is still pregant may be the next rage....

A Warning Against A Culture Where Every Child Wins

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 08.29.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We may think that rewarding every child will make them feel good -- and it may, for a moment. But it may also make them feel that they are entitled to praise and recognition for merely existing. And that does no one any favors.

Tips for Planning Your Child's Next Birthday Party

Anjali Varma | Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents
Anjali Varma

Enjoy this big milestone in your child's life. Time goes by fast -- before you know it, they'll be planning their own birthday parties!

I Can't Have it All, But I'll Make Do with What I Can Get

JJ Keith | Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents
JJ Keith

I didn't get to choose my side in the "mommy wars," and I hope that my students and my children don't have to. While I can't have it all, I'll make do with what I can get.

Why Men Don't Have It All, Either

John McCormick | Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

For this working dad, rediscovering my own pursuit of happiness starts not at the office, but at home with my family.

'Parenting Made Me More Brave'

LisaLeonardOnline.com | Lisa Leonard | Posted 06.28.2012 | Healthy Living

Since [my son] David is about to turn 10 years old (gasp!), I’ve been reflecting on how his life has changed and molded me and made me more brave....

Eco-Friendly Summer Fun for Kids

Margaret Hyde | Posted 06.27.2012 | Parents
Margaret Hyde

If space is an issue or you have older children, a pizza garden is a lot fun and keeps them really engaged. In a small bed or pots, plant a few tomato plants, basil and oregano -- all of the garden ingredients that you need for a pizza.

5 Hidden Summer Camp Costs

Women & Co | Posted 08.27.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

Around this time of year, parents can find themselves dishing out additional cash for the "hidden costs" of camp -- costs that were unanticipated during budgeting and registration.