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Why I'm Counting Down the Days Until School Starts

Alison Patton | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Alison Patton

Summer started out so promising -- the lazy mornings, long days without the burdens of school and homework, sports and driving. But as the months passed, the honeymoon began to wane.

Should Your Child Pay for Back-to-School Shopping?

Beth Kobliner | Posted 10.29.2012 | Money
Beth Kobliner

Even though 85 percent of parents say they'll find sales, here's one surefire way parents can save a little money and teach a valuable lesson: let kids pitch in.

A Locker Chandelier?

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

Thanks to some exceptional pre-tween marketing, Katie now views the locker as an "extension of her style." She's 7.

Back to School Nightmares

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 08.29.2012 | Fifty
Bonni Brodnick

I was trying to run down the hall to put my books away so that I could get to gym class on time but I couldn't find my locker. I suddenly remembered that it was five flights up and down a long hallway. When I finally got to my locker, I blanked on the combination. Was it 24-left or right?

Baby Love Black Voices Style: An Expectant Dad Returns From Afghanistan For The Birth Of His Child

Posted 08.29.2012 | Black Voices

Mom-To-Be: Karima Essahel Ingram, 32 Dad-To-Be: Vernon Dexter Ingram II, 41 Hometown: Washington, DC area Due Date: August 18, 2012 How many month...

Of Lice and Men: II

Devon O'Brien | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Devon O'Brien

The school nurse caught some hair in a comb and the two of us leaned in, peering into the numberless strands. Our faces were side by side, within kissing distance. I had not been this close to another grown up for a whole year. It was intimate and weird.

Mommy Wars? Media Myth!

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

I think it's time to send the Mommy Wars off to bed once and for all.

Helping Your Kids Break the Law Is Never Cool

Eva Glettner | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

What is beautiful to some may be absolutely ugly and offensive to others. There are laws set up to respect people's property.

Are You Worried?

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.28.2012 | Women
Holly Robinson

I had a boyfriend in college who told me, "I thought you must be kind of a ditz because you were laughing all the time." Right. I'm laughing because otherwise I wouldn't step out of my house.

On (Not) Keeping Up With The Dads

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 10.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

I hobbled to my computer and spent an hour reading articles with titles like "Top 10 Ways to Be a Good Dad," to see what I might be missing. Turns out these articles were not so much about being a good dad as they were about being a good parent. Huh.

Why I Circumcised My Sons

Jordana Horn | Posted 10.28.2012 | Religion
Jordana Horn

By having a bris for each of my sons, I was implicitly and explicitly telling each boy something that I will continue to convey each day of their lives: You are Jews.

The Lesson Your Kids Won't Learn in School

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

Let you kids hear you say no. Life lessons like prioritizing and saying no aren't taught in school. They are taught by example.

Back to School: Pause to Prepare

Stephen Cowan, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Stephen Cowan, M.D.

This time of transition can be a wonderful opportunity for your family to pause and prepare your child for the coming school year with a sense of heightened joy and anticipation.

My Wardrobe Malfunction on my Daughter's First Day of Kindergarten

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

It seems only fair to share with fellow Moms my anxiety-fueled wardrobe malfunction on the morning of my daughter's first day of kindergarten.

LOOK: 11 Classic Films Explained By A 6-Year-Old | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents

Written by Sunny Chanel for A while ago I asked my 6-year-old daughter to do something we usually don't encourage in our household: to jud...

Movie Review: Sparkle

Ambre Anderson | Posted 10.28.2012 | Black Voices
Ambre Anderson

Not exactly fireworks but definitely a lot of sparkle. With the exception of some unanswered questions it generates during the film, I thought Sparkle was pretty good.

Of Lice and Men: I

Devon O'Brien | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Devon O'Brien

"I know you're going to hate getting this call," she began, "But, your son's in the office. He can't go back to class." "What-? Why-?" "We found lice on him."

Polls, Politics and Education

Jeanne Allen | Posted 10.27.2012 | Education
Jeanne Allen

Polls and survey aside, let's hope that these next two weeks of convention mania yield the understanding that education reform is central to our future solvency.

Keeping Kids Safe in Cyberspace

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

When my children were old enough to have screen names, I ran a benevolent dictatorship. This meant that I was not always right, but I was never wrong.

Coming of Age Rites Are Growing Up

Marta Segal Block | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Marta Segal Block

Although many cultures have coming of age rituals, in most of the U.S. three kinds of parties take center stage: Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, QuinceaƱeras and Sweet 16 parties. Like the children who have them, these parties are undergoing changes and those changes have become big business.

Parents Must Step Up to the Technology Challenge!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

We parents must look long and hard at the relationships that our children are developing with technology as "digital natives."

3 Essential School Supplies That Aren't on Your List

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

Like a lot of parents, I assumed for years that success in school would be a safe route to happiness in life.

Ban Parents on the Sidelines?

Rosalyn Hoffman | Posted 10.26.2012 | Parents
Rosalyn Hoffman

Youth sports bring out the worst in parents.

Back to School Stress

Darryl Sollerh | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Darryl Sollerh

Funny how when we need sleep most, we can often find ourselves sleep-deprived.

The Emptier Nest

Julie Halpert | Posted 10.27.2012 | Fifty
Julie Halpert

Before you know it, those little ones will be heading out the door for good, and you will be looking at your child's unmade bed and empty room, wondering where the time has gone.