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How Summer Movies and Books Can Provide Parallels to Real Life's Challenges For Your Kids

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

How can we as parents accept, nurture and facilitate understanding within our children while witnessing the more painful subjects in life portrayed through popular culture?

Is Fall the New Summer? 10 Tips to Save Summer

Katherine Eskovitz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Katherine Eskovitz

In the short time we have together this summer, without the pressures of school and extracurricular activities, (and in an effort to distract myself from the camp website), I am sharing a plan for how to savor the summer with family:

Should There Be a Pre-Pregnancy Contract?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Being intentional -- thinking about the parenting process, having conversations and negotiating with your co-parent along the way, knowing who you are and what's most important to you -- makes a world of difference in the quality and experience of raising your child.

23 Texts That Sound Sexy Once You Become A Parent

Jessica Martin-Weber | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Jessica Martin-Weber

With kids around, my husband and I have to get creative with how we flirt, communicate desire and find privacy. And it's amazing the things we now find to be quite flirtatious and sexy.

Hot Mess Is the New Hot

Tara Kennedy-Kline | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Tara Kennedy-Kline

In her most offended and obnoxious voice, she asked if I had heard the rumor that some of the fathers had been at a bonfire and apparently "came up with a "MILF" list!" Of course she was on it, but according to her, so was I!

The Omnivore Dad's Dilemma

Cort Ruddy | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

Ugh. Why couldn't she just give up television? Or discover punk rock music? Or become a Mets fan?

Play for Children: Form and Freedom

Megan Rosker | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Megan Rosker

We need to strive for a more balanced parenting approach in which kids are receiving several hours of free play, devoid of screen time, and also receiving a lot of form and structure in their day that will help them to plan their next great invention and feel confident that they can create a great life for themselves.

How Dare You Bring My Kids Into This!

Monique Honaman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Divorce
Monique Honaman

Last time I saw her, nearly 10 months ago, she was bursting at the seams with joy. After surviving an ugly divorce, and slugging through the ups and down of the dating pool, she had finally met "Mr. Wonderful."

Whatever happened to G-Rated Movies for Kids?

Vincent Daly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Vincent Daly

How can parents collectively wield their economic power to sway movie studios and the toy industry alike to change their ways?

8 Ways to Teach Compassion to Kids

Signe Whitson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Signe Whitson

In turn, experts agree that fostering compassion in young people is among the best ways to prevent verbal, physical, and emotional aggression from taking root.

What I Learned From My Daughter's Dance Class

Anne Josephson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Anne Josephson

One of the mysteries of parenting, teaching or coaching; you never really know which moments or events make an impact on a child's life.

Top 10 Things We Will Tell Our Daughters About Sex

Em & Lo | Posted 07.10.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

Writing about sex for the past 15 years has also given us plenty of time to think about how we'd like to raise our daughters, and how we will talk to them (and in some cases, are talking to them) about sex. Here are the top 10 things we want them -- eventually -- to know and understand.

Wish List for Our Children: Be Kind, Be Strong, and Love Who You Are

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

We make sure you eat your vegetables and cross our fingers that you will sleep through the night. We encourage you to say "please" and share your toys. These are important lessons, but you will soon learn that our hopes for you are much bigger than the day to day tasks that take up so much of our times as parents.

The Parent's Guide to 'Vamping'

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The hashtag '#vamping' is used by kids and teens camping out like vampires on social media -- think Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp, among others -- late into the night, unbeknownst to parents.

Six Flags Summer

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

The music blaring from the speakers made me feel as if the entire park had frozen since I'd last been there as a teenager, only to start up again as I walked through the gates.

Permission to Cry

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldfarb

nd then I knew. She didn't need me to tell her it was going to be OK. Or to stop crying. Or to move on. She needed permission to feel it.

Why It Meant The World To Me To See My Daughter Cry

Shanell Mouland | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

The tears you shed that day made me smile, not because I wanted to see you sad, but because I can see that Kate means everything to you and that means everything to me.

What I Think My 3-Year-Old Wants To Be When He Grows Up

Melissa Sher | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

A noodle twirler, bug collector, Frisbee hurler, toy inspector, finger snapper, maze constructor, gift unwrapper, train conductor, hula hooper, snowball thrower...

Sunne's Gift's: 10 Reasons Why All Little Black Girls Should Rock Natural Hair

Ama Yawson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

I have a four year-old and a one year-old and I can't imagine putting a relaxer in their hair because, like most kids their ages, they are busy-bodies. My mother relaxed my hair when I was four years old and my sister got her first relaxer when she was three. It really boggles my mind now.

Only Child Week

Lisa McElroy | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

It wasn't that we didn't know our daughter. It was that Only Child Week gave us a chance to bring her into sharp focus, without the distractions of work and school and French horn practice and babysitting commitments.

It's Official... I'm THAT Mom, With THAT Kid

April McCormick | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
April McCormick

I had no clue that babies could ONLY communicate through crying. I never imagined that toddlers were actually little humans that needed to constantly test the world. I never imagined that 5 and 6-year-olds were so sure they had life all figured out, thanks to the toddler testing phase.

4 Lessons From My Daughter

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

Every year as my daughter's birthday approaches, I take time to think about what parenting has taught me. I reflect on the lessons I want to pass down to her and the stories I want to share. And every year, I realize that she is one of my best teachers.

The Phrase I Used to Hate

Christine Burke | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Christine Burke

Before my son's birth, I envisioned long afternoons of cuddling and bonding, making gourmet meals for my husband and catching up on the books on my nightstand that had gone ignored while I worked full-time. It was going to be fabulous... and then our son got here.

Why a Mommy-Only Getaway May Be Just What You Need

KnowMore TV | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

It takes a lot for moms to take a little time off. I mean, motherhood is a 24/7 job, right? And we love it. Well, most of the time. But even moms need a day or two to unwind.

8 Lessons I Want To Teach My Daughter

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

All your actions and words should come from a place of love. But not everyone will be loving back. And that is OK.