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12 Lessons My Twins Taught Me In Their First 12 Months

Cara Paiuk | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

12. Time is the most precious commodity in the world. This last year has gone by faster than any before. And that scares me. I want it all to slow down so I can savor every crazy, wonderful minute.

5 Ways Little Kids Are Like Hippies

Vincent Daly | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Vincent Daly

Kids thrive on new experiences and revel in the joy of it all. Freedom, baby. Pure unADULTerated freedom.

It's Hard To Live Your Best Life With 'Poop' Written On Your Car

Melissa Sher | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

If I'm going to Live My Best Life, I need to do something about my car. It's a minivan. And it's dirty. Really dirty. I need to clean it immediately.

F*ck Judgment

Sarah Fader | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

Parenting is stressful enough as it is. So do us all a favor and can the judgment. We're all in this together, y'all.

The Challenge of Being Present With My Daughter As My Father Is Dying

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

It is so strange to go about your normal day-to-day activities when one of your loved ones is slowly dying. I find parenting to be particularly challenging right now. Being present with my daughter is hard. So is being patient. I am distracted. Full of emotions. On the edge.

The Paper Cuts That Don't Heal

Jamie Krug | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

There are moments lately -- a lot of moments -- when I have had enough of my 5-year-old and some of her recently-developed habits.

Exhausted By My Boys' Constant Motion!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

They are reasonably new inhabitants of the planet, programmed to discover all they can about the world around them. For some, that takes place through reading or making art, but for many children, learning about the world is a very physical experience.

The Must-Hear Poem From Dad To Boys (Or Girls) Who Want To Date His Daughter

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents

Jesse Parent wrote a poem addressed to the boys who might want to date his daughter. He begins with threats ("If you break her heart, I will hear i...

The Weekend I Talked -- And the Kids Listened

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 04.14.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Falconer Newhall

You know your kids have turned into grown-ups when they listen to your advice. Mind you, I don't mean take your advice. I mean listen -- gently and kindly -- as you talk away about how you did things when you were their age. Or how you did things last week.

Are We Too Focused on Our Kids' Happiness?

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Richard Weissbourd

Let us be clear -- we don't advocate suffering. And we're all in favor of happiness (and success and achievement). But we need to be wiser about how children truly become not only moral, but happier and high-achieving.

24 Applicants Were Terrified To Do This Job. Then They Found Out Why Billions Already Do It.

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents

Do you have what it takes to handle the World's Toughest Job? It requires more than 135 hours per week, constant mobility, keen coordination and adept...

11 Things All New Parents Should Know

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

No one knows if your baby is gassy, but everyone will say, "Maybe he's gassy!" because it's not something they can help you with.

Self-Confidence Begins at Home

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

A child's sense of self is shaped by every interaction he or she has, but it is shaped most powerfully by how they are loved and parented at home. How a child sees themselves will influence every aspect of their life from their education, relationships to their overall well-being.

Mindsets About Women and Work Need a Reboot

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

Mindsets are more critical than you may think. They are the implicit theories we hold about the way the world works. Furthermore, they govern our attitudes and our behavior. When expectations are out of sync with reality you get anger, disappointment, depression and guilt, just to name a few.

10 Ways Gaming Can Help or Harm Your Brain

Tom Lowery | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Lowery

Are the effects of gaming harmful? According to experts, it depends.

No Child Left Undiagnosed

Allen Frances | Posted 04.13.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Egged on by well meaning (and not so well meaning) experts and by greedy drug companies, we are fast approaching this dystopic wonderland of universal childhood mental illness.

Fathers, Daughters and the Second Shift

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.12.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Wives still report doing about twice as much housework and childcare as their husbands. One difference is that today's couples, even if they unconsciously embrace traditional gender stereotypes and live less-than-egalitarian lives, may publicly proclaim more egalitarian values.

What I Would Do If I Could Rewrite My Family's History

John Duffy, Psy.D. | Posted 04.12.2014 | Fifty
John Duffy, Psy.D.

Today is my father's birthday. He would have turned 84 years old today, had he survived beyond the way-too-impossibly-young age of 68. Though it's closing in on two decades since I last shared my day with him, road-tripped with him, or swam with him out to that little sand bar in the Gulf of Mexico, I can still hear his voice.

When Does the Bullying Start?

Rachael Clarke | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

Toddlers hit and push. They test and experiment. They want things their way. They navigate their feelings, how to treat others. They're learning what's right and wrong, cause and effect, action and consequence. I wonder though, when do kids get past that threshold? When should they know better?

A New Dad's Sincere Thank You To His Barista

Beau Coffron | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

Thanks for understanding that being a parent sometimes leaves me like this.

Why I Won't Be Sending My Child to Preschool... Yet

Anjali Joshi | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

I look down and my eyes well up. Immediately, I hug him tightly as if trying to shield him from the scary world he will eventually be a part of. He is startled with my response, but welcomes my embrace with a giggle.

Why You'll Never Hear Me Call Myself A 'Pothead Mom,' No Matter How High I Am

Morgan Shanahan | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Morgan Shanahan

I'm a mom. I'm a card-carrying medical marijuana user. Those are just two of about a million things about me.

Trust Me, It Gets Worse... Wait, Really?

Regan Long | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

It's tough being a parent for all of us. There are different worries that I'll endure and battles I'm sure to face, but I'm a mother -- it's my job to worry. There will never be another day for the rest of my life that I'm not worried about my children.

An Easy Way to Save Your Life

Maureen Anderson | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

You'll forget what you accomplished, what made you double over with laughter, and what mistakes threatened to derail everything -- only to teach you so much you'll eventually attribute much of your happiness to them.

Are Parents Really Threatening Their Children's Futures By Posting Bath Time Photos?

Jamie Krug | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Many people speak about keeping the anonymity of their children intact by leaving their names and photos out of articles they write, but with the technology available now, how much is that impeding the information being readily available to employers and college admissions officers?