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Teens, Sex and Why Talking Matters

Cecile Richards | Posted 12.11.2012 | Parents
Cecile Richards

If we want to help our kids to make healthy decisions, we have to be clear about our values and about the information we give them on how to stay safe. Nowhere is this truer than those seemingly awkward conversations with teens about sex.

Why I Read The Sad Things

Devon Corneal | Posted 12.11.2012 | Parents
Devon Corneal

We don't get to stop because things get hard -- we are supposed to save our weaknesses for the quiet hours of the night.

How To Handle A Daughter-In-Law You Hate

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 12.11.2012 | Weddings
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

Your son is in love and marrying the girl of his dreams so... what do you do if she is the girl of your nightmares? We'd love to tell you that all sons marry women their mothers love as much as they do but honestly, that just wouldn't be true.

A Subtle and Powerful Book About Classroom Exclusion: Jacqueline Woodson's Each Kindness

Monica Edinger | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Monica Edinger

Woodson lets her child readers know that actions are not always reversible, sometimes you have to live with your mistakes. But she also makes it clear that you can learn from them.

The True Bane of Suburbia: Teenage Wannabe Gangstas

Jenny Isenman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

Beware their 8 Mile lingo, t-shirts with moderately offensive sayings and fro-yo addiction. They're hoodlums alright. Well, they wear hoodies and they live in the hood, well, the suburban gated neighbor'hood.

Be You

Abbie Rumbach | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents
Abbie Rumbach

Last year, my daughter was apprehensive about starting kindergarten, and by apprehensive I mean she spent hours and hours sobbing. My efforts to console and calm her were met with no success, so I decided I'd have to bribe her by buying a nice little back-to-school gift.

Excuses, Excuses

Joseph Hill | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents
Joseph Hill

When the time came to help him my son with his homework, I told myself I was "busy" doing "work." What was I doing? Answering an email and checking my app's Facebook page. *Facepalm*

Dear Lunch Ladies, Thank You. Sincerely, The Parents.

Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D. | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents
Marlene Schwartz, Ph.D.

Change is hard, but if all of us who care about student nutrition in school work together, we'll get there.

The Disturbing Sexualization of Really Young Girls

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.09.2012 | Media
Dr. Jim Taylor

Is there any chance that we can convince the companies that sell sexuality to young girls to just stop it because it is wrong? No way! So, as is so often the case with children, the buck stops with us.

Is One Child Enough?

Francine Jay | Posted 12.08.2012 | Parents
Francine Jay

The one-child household is the fastest growing family unit in the U.S., and now outnumbers those with two children. On my own street, four of the nine families with kids have a single child. So our daughter is unlikely to be the only "only" in her kindergarten class.

Why Should Little Girls Have to Stop Shouting 'Hurray for Me'?

Carrie Goldman | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Society dictates that a male athlete can do a crazy hilarious victory dance again and again after scoring a touchdown, and it is fine, but woe to the girl who openly displays too much pride in her accomplishments.

I Really Should Stop Giving My Daughters Stupid Nicknames

Rob Sachs | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents
Rob Sachs

My wife and I underwent a series of intense analytical sessions when deciding what to name our children. We drew up lists, consulted census reports and cross-checked our top contenders to make sure they didn't correlate to any sitcom characters and/or reality stars.

The Problem With Making 'Mommy Friends'

Heather Wood Rudúlph | Posted 12.08.2012 | Parents
Heather Wood Rudúlph

Making friends with other parents is hard and awkward for so many reasons.

Down With "The Talk"!: What Would a New Paradigm Look and Feel Like? (Part 4 of 4)

Deborah M. Roffman | Posted 12.08.2012 | Books
Deborah M. Roffman

Here's the point all of us need to recognize: The "how to's" of nurturing sexually healthy children are precisely the same as the "how to's" of nurturing healthy children, period.

October Is National Bullying Awareness Month: What Adults Can Do Right Now

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

October is National Bullying Awareness Month, and as we ask our children and our schools to prevent bullying, we ought to take a hard look at ourselves too. Recent attacks on an overweight female Wisconsin TV anchor -- and her response -- illustrate the point.

The Moment I Realized Our Struggles Weren't Going Away

Corbyn Hightower | Posted 12.08.2012 | Parents
Corbyn Hightower

Outside of places like Portland and maybe New York City, not having a car -- especially when you are a suburban mother of three -- is a sign and symbol of having Blown It Big Time. But we are without a car. It was an easy decision at the time: We couldn't pay the rent.

Why It's So Hard To Forgive Yourself

Karin Kasdin | Posted 12.08.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

This year I forgave myself for not being as talented as Jonathan Franzen, as thin as Jennifer Aniston, or as driven as Hillary Clinton. I forgave myself for not making it to Broadway, and even more for not having the nerve to try or the perseverance to keep on trying.

A Lesson From Russia: Teach Your Kids to Quit

Karen Dukess | Posted 12.06.2012 | Fifty
Karen Dukess

We stayed in Moscow for six years, years that we wouldn't have had if we each hadn't been bold enough to give up something good for the promise of something we thought would be better.

It Gets Better Project - Parent's Edition

Kathy Carter Woods | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Kathy Carter Woods

The parenting experience can be, well, rigorous.

College Prep for Preschoolers?

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

I received an email about a college prep lecture for parents and children. It had a bold title like "College Prep From K thru 12: It's Never To (sic) Early To Start". Besides the fear factor, I was also struck by the typo, but that's another story.

Allowing Your Child to Blossom

Sadhguru | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents

Every child has the necessary intelligence to live his or her life fully.

Mom and Dad and TMI: Are You an Over-Sharer?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We're always hearing about children and teenagers who share too much: with their friends; with their parents; online, with the world. But what happens when it's Mom and Dad dabbling in TMI? How do we know how much--and what sort of--information our kids can handle?

Bedtime Math: Counting Sheep and Pennies

Women & Co | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

You read your kids bedtime stories most nights. But do you ever give them bedtime math problems instead?

I Stayed Home With My Babies -- Now, Everything Is Changing

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

Motherhood is a compass, a careful truth that allows me, no matter where the path leads, to know home lives within me.

Bullying: The Really Big Problem Behind the Really Big Problem

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
Jonathan Hewitt

October is also now recognized as National Bullying Prevention Month. On the one hand, I'm thrilled that we are giving this critical issue such focused attention. But on the other hand, I am deeply saddened that bullying in our nation has reached such epidemic proportions.