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The Right Parenting Style

Tami Shaikh | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Tami Shaikh

As parent, I think our parenting style has changed also. We want our children to be critical thinkers and leaders, so we encourage them to question us and believe in their own decision. Yet we are sometimes shocked at their independence and confidence.

A Letter To Dad: Thank You For Everything I Never Saw

Jordan Gray | Posted 08.25.2014 | Good News
Jordan Gray

I want to thank you for the times that you let me see you cry, so I could understand that when my friends told me that "boys don't cry," they weren't telling the truth.

Are You Ready for College?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

This felt like just another trip we were taking together. Returning home without Katie was impossible to process.

A Stranger Shamed Me Right Before My Eyes

Wendy Cray Kaufman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Wendy Cray Kaufman

I'm seeing a lot of "let's stop judging" pleas lately, but I don't think that's the answer. I judge. Most of us do. Just keep that nonsense to yourself.

5 Things Parents Need to Stop Doing This School Year

Dynamom | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Dynamom

Step away from the laptop, keyboard crusaders! Your kid is fine and their fully capable teacher will let you know if there's anything she feels you should be aware of in class that day.

Dealership Deal With My 4-Year-Old Son

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

We talked about different truck models, colors and engines. You name it; we chatted about it. But since I personally love cars, I put myself in his shoes and totally got it.

First Day of School Photos and Social Media: Ripe Pickings for Child Pornography

Sue Scheff | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

We often hear about teens oversharing content, however when it comes to parenting, experts agree, it is time parents put on the brakes before they post pictures of their children and other private family gatherings.

What Is Loving to You, Is Loving to Others

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Whatever we do that is truly loving to ourselves -- that is in the highest good of our soul's journey on the planet -- is also loving to others. It is never in our highest good to be mean to others, or to disregard other's feelings and needs. But it is in our highest good follow our higher guidance and do what really brings us joy and fulfillment.

My Recovery From Addiction

Debra Jenkins | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Debra Jenkins

Anger was my go-to guy the minute drugs showed up in my life. I spent years being angry with Austin, being angry with myself for all the mistakes I made as a parent, being angry that addiction made itself at home in my life at all.

11 Things to Think About As You Start Your College Life

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Dana Westreich Hirt

So many of us parents are worried about the wrong things as we prepare our kids for the start of a college career. We fail to use this seminal moment as an opportunity to share values. The reasons are many.

With a Conscience: "The Educational White Elephant"

Claudia King | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Claudia King

My job as a teacher, her experiences in school, and of course, parenting. I've never been a parent. But I know what good parenting is and I'm fairly sure it's a combination of the following elements.

10 Things I'd Rather Be Doing Than Waiting in School Drop-off Line

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

I don't remember reading about this in the "What to Expect" book. I mean, I knew there would be poopy diapers, tantrums, picky eaters and preschool rebellion. But sitting in line on the first day of school for 92 minutes?

I Might Forget You, But Please Remember Me

Patrick Quinn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Patrick Quinn

You guys make me laugh all the time and I know you look at me as your infallible leader in goofiness, make-believe and storytelling. But right now I have to admit, I'm scared. There's a chance I might forget you one day.

Dear Students

Katie Manley | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Katie Manley

If you think no one cares, we do. If you think no one wants to see you succeed, we want nothing more than that. If you think no one understands you, we will try. If you think you can't do it, we think you can. If you think you aren't special, we think you are. We are in your corner.

When You Buy A Minivan

Kate Baer | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Kate Baer

My plan when we picked up the van was to take a picture of me lying dramatically on the hood, giving my saddest "I've been dethroned from coolness" face. But after driving it for .08 seconds, I realized my shame was vain and THERE ARE TWELVE CUP HOLDERS.

An Apology Letter To My Second Child

Jenifer DeMattia | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Jenifer DeMattia

I'm sorry you look like a candidate for "What Not To Wear," baby edition. Your brother had all brand-new, super-cute clothes, and you wear mostly his hand-me-downs, so that's why it's hard for me to figure out why you are always so disheveled.

When You Empty Your Nest and Your Child Gets Lost

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Parents are left trying to decide how much to help. Whether or not to back away. They often blame themselves. Or go through a period of time where they deeply question what they could have done.

When I Realized My Kids Are Good Kids

Gina Jacobs Thomas | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Gina Jacobs Thomas

I ate my meal in a state of heightened alertness, whispering quick reminders to my kids not to use the butter knife as a drum stick, and to "please use your napkin to wipe off that glob of fruit on your chin instead of your forearm."

On the Road to The Emmys With My Entourage aka My Kids

Stephanie Laing | Posted 08.24.2014 | Entertainment
Stephanie Laing

I've been producing comedy for 15 years and producing my family for 11. Some days it feels like I have 150 kids, if I count the cast and crew on my shows. This year I got another Emmy nomination as a producer on the HBO series, Veep starring Julia Louis Dreyfus.

8 Ways to Get Grandparents Involved in Your Child's Classroom

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Lisa Carpenter

Grandparents are often ready, willing and happy to attend school activities, but may fear overstepping their boundaries when it comes to helping out with educational matters.

5 Tips To Make Parenting Your Teen a Joy (For Real)

KnowMore TV | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

Teenagers are close to their peak of physical strength and intellectual capacity, but the part of the brain responsible for impulse control is among the last to mature and the circuitry that controls the intensity of emotional responses is overactive in the teen brain.

Tips And Tricks To Get Ready For 'Back to School'

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Most K-12 schools are back in session (in the U.S.) over the next few weeks. It is time to prepare to get back into the routine and get things in orde...

The Deep Water Testd

David Kirsch | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
David Kirsch

Parenting is a series of "deep water tests." How we love, guide, teach and nurture our children through life's tests will help our children be all that they can be.

Sometimes, You Just Have to Laugh

Amber Sabathia | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Amber Sabathia

If you find yourself getting upset or angry over a situation, always remember it could be worse and try to laugh. I find myself laughing at a range of incidents with my four children.

The Spaces Between

Kristin Shaw | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Some days, I struggle to focus, and I deliberately call out each sense by name in my head after he falls asleep, nestled next to me. The scent of baby mixed with little-boy sweat. The sight of his eyelashes brushing his cheeks. The touch of his small arm against mine.