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Stages, Hugs and Jelly Shoes

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

Putting away the jellies of course feels like waving goodbye to summer, to warm weather, light clothes and celebrations of her first birthday and baptism. But the looming chore of putting the jellies away also reminds me of something that happened last year.

The Slow Medicine Incentive: Healthy People Have More Fun

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In my case 15 years ago, I wanted to be a better father and raise a healthy son. This motivation empowered me to make a lifestyle change that ended up transforming my life for the better.

An Open Letter to the Sanfords About Divorce

Vicki Larson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Having to deal with your former husband's cheating in such a public way must have been awful, Jenny. But to still be dragging him to court five years after you filed for divorce speaks more about you now than him, quite honestly.

6 Tried-And-True Ways To Effectively Handle Difficult People

Gramma Good | Posted 09.18.2014 | Fifty
Gramma Good

Everyone has dealt with difficult people. A one-time occurrence is survivable, but long-term relationships such as our families and business associates can be the most difficult of situations. Teaching our children and grandchildren how to handle these situations at an early age, is a valuable lesson.

Arrrr!... Parent Like a Pirate!

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

The consequence stung, but needless to say, the loss of an iPhone beats being sentenced to "sweating," a playful pirate punishment that involved the crew surrounding the transgressor around the ship's mizzenmast wielding cutlasses, swords and sharp tools.

An All-American Ass-Whoopin'

Mark Morford | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Mark Morford

America! You know what you need? Besides better bourbon, less Jesus and fewer conservatives? That's right: A good whoopin'. A serious spanking. Maybe ...

The Knowledge That Gets Me Through The Toughest Moments With My Son

Robyn Passante | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Robyn Passante

First they learn words: "Dada!" "Nana!" "Milk!" Then they learn how to use them: "I do it?" "Mine!" Then they learn how to use them against you: "Go away!" "I don't love you anymore." "I hate you."

Startups and Relationships: How to get Them Both Right

George Vou | Posted 09.17.2014 | Technology
George Vou

My job now is to try to keep our startup alive; there are no trips and no cars -- there are baby puppies though. My girlfriend is now my pregnant wife and we live at her mum's place. Glamorous, no?

How To Tame Normal Teen Anxiety

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Sometimes, kids just need to hear about others experiences so they cannot feel so alone and have the courage to talk to others.

To Our Future Baby:

Anthony Romeo | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

By the time you read this, we might all be in very different places in our life. I might be chubbier, your Dad might have more gray hair than he had when I wrote this. It might be 2024, it might be 2034, or later.

Mom vs. Food

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

7:31 a.m. -- Prepare whole wheat, whole grain toast. Oldest child prefers bagels. Prepare whole wheat, whole grain bagels with homemade jam. Oldest child prefers honey. Prepare whole wheat, whole grain bagels with local wildflower honey. Oldest child takes one bite and spills on shirt.

Back to School for the Soul

Rupa Mehta | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

Whether it's finding time just to be you, becoming proactive about challenging your brain, or taking a step outside, September can be an exciting and motivating time of the year. Just remember that you are the navigator of your own life.

Confessions Of A Divorced, Empty-Nesting Online Dater

Michelle Martin | Posted 09.17.2014 | Divorce
Michelle Martin

With each passing day I am becoming more okay with being way behind the starting line, because I'm just no longer all that interested in the race.

Weave Compassion into the Fabric of Your Family's Lives

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.17.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Jim Taylor

Your family life is rife with rituals that can send messages of compassion, kindness, and sharing to your children. When you sit down for a meal, yo...

Cancer Prevention: What Comes First?

Bill Couzens | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

In order to stop cancer before it starts, we must undergo a multifaceted cultural shift. Cancer prevention is a boundless canopy covering expansive territories of all facets of human health, lifestyle, the environment and social issues to include poverty.

The Anniversary We Didn't Know We Were Waiting For

Amy Heinz | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Amy Heinz

We stood there, with friends and family as our witnesses, in the hopes of building a home, a family, and a beautiful life together. And we've done just that.

Move Over, First Families: 'Blended' Families Are the New Game in Town

Beverly Willett | Posted 09.17.2014 | Divorce
Beverly Willett

Ads like Honey Maid's, however, place moms like me and dads like my ex potentially on the defensive, maybe even to be labeled bigots. But why should I ever need to defend myself for wanting to make sure that my children know that their dad is 'Dad' and their mom is 'Mom.'

Back-To-School: Tips for Teachers with ADHD Students

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

For teachers, there is no easy solution for the management of ADHD in the classroom. After all is said and done, the effectiveness of any treatment for ADHD at school depends upon the knowledge and the persistence of the school and the individual teacher.

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

Kids with a fixed mindset believe that you are stuck with however much intelligence you're born with. When they fail, these kids feel trapped. They start thinking they must not be as talented or smart as everyone's been telling them. They avoid challenges, fearful that they won't look smart.

Playgrounds, The New Bar Hopping

Linda Roy | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Linda Roy

Before kids, I bar hopped. My rock band played in them. It was a lot of monkeying around minus the monkey bars; a pretty swinging lifestyle.

NFL Has Opportunity to Enforce #NoHitting Policy

Areva Martin | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Areva Martin

We can't expect adults to refrain from violence if, as children, they learn it's acceptable when cloaked in terms of "discipline." We cannot interact in ways that rely on or revert to any form of physical and emotional battering, even if we label it "discipline" or "tough love."

5 Mantras for Mindful Parenting

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

Taking a mindful pause is one of the most important actions we can take to make us more patient in our parenting. Yes, our children push our buttons; they challenge and frustrate us. But many of their behaviors are out of our control.

32 Feminist Lessons For My Daughter

Maureen Shaw | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Maureen Shaw

Having a period isn't a curse. It makes you uniquely qualified to create and sustain life, if you so choose. Speaking of choice, only you can/should make the choice of if/when you would like to become a parent.

10 YouTube Stars Your Kids Love

Common Sense Media | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

YouTube personalities become popular because they speak directly to their fans, with no network oversight, no whitewashing of their language and no fancy production. They say what they want. They're real. It's important that parents get clued in to who they are.

The Case Against Straight A's

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have seen too many kids get stressed out, anxious and even depressed in their mission to get straight A's. Let me tell you why I dislike the pursuit of straight A's.