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Take Back the Birthday Tiara!

Melina Bellows | Posted 08.11.2012 | Parents
Melina Bellows

I'm doing something radical, rebellious and perhaps even ridiculous. At the age of 47, I'm throwing myself a birthday party.

These Are the Days

Lindsey Mead | Posted 08.11.2012 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

These are the days when most of the time you feel 18, but once in a while you feel excruciatingly aware of every single hour you've lived.

When A Child Loses A Dad: Lessons From My Daughter's Preschool

Paige Bradley Frost | Posted 08.11.2012 | Parents
Paige Bradley Frost

I found myself wondering about the "best age" for a child to lose a parent. Does such a thing exist?

Who Needs Father's Day? I Do

Jim Moret | Posted 08.11.2012 | Parents
Jim Moret

Being a real dad has nothing to do with blood lines. It has everything to do with commitment and love and understanding.

The Bullying Myth

Bethany St. James | Posted 06.11.2012 | Parents
Bethany St. James

The world can be a dangerous place. Children and teenagers should be equipped with the tools needed to battle a bully or anyone else who poses a threat to their well-being.

Scared to Death

Meredith Israel Thomas | Posted 08.11.2012 | Parents
Meredith Israel Thomas

My daughter is only turning 5 years old this year and the thought of not being there for her as she grows up into a young girl, teenager, young adult and a lady breaks my heart into pieces. Nothing scares me more.

Paranoid Parents Are a Bigger Threat to Kids

James Peron | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
James Peron

Our kids are suffering from an orgy of bad parenting. Yes, there are real dangers to kids, but the main harm they face is imposed by their own parents.

In Defense of Family Dinner

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Family dinners are a practical, tangible way to send a clear message that you care about what is going on with your children and that they are part of a family.

Live Discussion: Thirteen Year-Olds on Facebook?

Alicia Menendez | Posted 06.26.2012 | Parents

Join us Tuesday for a live chat: Should pre-teens be allowed to have their own Facebook accounts?

Untangling Me From My Daughter

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Emma is without inhibitions. She is without embarrassment. She is without shame. Female neuro-typicals could learn a thing or two from Emma. I could learn a thing or two from Emma.

Do You Teach Your Kids To Obey?

Dr. G | Posted 08.07.2012 | Parents
Dr. G

If my children can trust me to have their best interests at heart (and I believe they can), then they can show that trust by doing as I ask, even when my reasoning is not clear to them.

Lessons from Dad: Yes, We Can Learn from Him

Jennifer Owens | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

Working Mother magazine rounded up the top 10 lessons we can learn from the guys. Here's a quick rundown.

An Ugly Conversation

Sharon Van Epps | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
Sharon Van Epps

Should I probe my son about what he might have understood about the restaurant conversation, souring his birthday, or convince myself that he hadn't heard a thing?

The No-Gifts Birthday Party For Toddlers -- A Great Idea

Pauline Millard | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
Pauline Millard

Toying with a giftless party for a toddler is a great idea. It takes the heat off the guests to dig something up and cuts down on clutter in your home.

One Kid, Medium-Well Done: An Autism Mystery

Hannah Brown | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
Hannah Brown

I think everyone on the planet can be described as medium-functioning, meaning we are all high-functioning in certain areas, but low-functioning in others. So what does it mean when its applied to people with autism?

The Week's Best Parenting Tweets

Posted 06.08.2012 | Parents

It's a familiar proverb: "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." Where kids are concerned, early bedtimes and 5 a.m. ...

How Do I Explain Romantic Chemistry to My Teen?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.07.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Dear Dr. G., I am really stuck and need your help badly. I am a 49-year-old woman and don't know how to answer my 17-year-old daughter's question. Yo...

Are Kids With Special Needs Really A Burden To Society?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 08.08.2012 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

No person's merit (let alone a child's) should be irrevocably determined by how his muscles move, the way his brain works, or whether he speaks in the way that people typically speak or looks the way people typically look.

What Boomer Parents Are Doing Wrong

Debra Ollivier | Posted 08.12.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

In Slouching Toward Adulthood, Koslow chronicles the year she spent trying to better understand what's going on with Americans between the ages of 22 and 35 who find themselves back at home, largely supported by their parents.

Why You Shouldn't Write Off Your Childhood Dreams (Even At 100!)

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Nothing we ever dreamed of or did in the past is a waste or meant to be written off as a flight of fancy.

The One Thing I Swore Off After My Split (And Why I Did It Anyway)

Kristin Tennant | Posted 08.07.2012 | Divorce
Kristin Tennant

Five years ago, I did something I thought I'd never do: I said "yes" to marriage again.

How Much Should You Pay For A Babysitter? (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 06.07.2012 | Parents

As every parent knows, going out -- like on a real grownup date -- gets a lot more expensive when you have little kids in the house. On top of the exo...

Parenting Is a Dance

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 08.07.2012 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

We dance in some ways every day: We parent.

4 Signs Your Kids Are Not Alright

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 08.07.2012 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

For the kids to be alright, the adults need to remember that whatever their differences, their struggles, or their feelings about each other, their kids need them whenever possible to act as a team in being responsive and responsible parents.

Teaching My Daughter About The 'F Word'

Dan Bucatinsky | Posted 08.07.2012 | Parents
Dan Bucatinsky

This is my one shot to teach my kid about acceptance and body image and compassion and the importance of good nutrition all at the same time. But no pressure.