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Self-Regulation: Just as Important as Learning Your ABCs and 123s

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 08.14.2014 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Most adults think the focus should be on academic skills, such as counting or knowing the letters of the alphabet. However, it is just as important to teach children to regulate their emotions, thoughts and behavior.

The Truth About Our Autism

Jessica Woodbury | Posted 08.14.2014 | Parents
Jessica Woodbury

Our autism is no longer a thing that brings me to my knees constantly. It is growing and changing every day.

10 Reasons Why I Am Done With 10 Reasons Why Lists

Megan Egbert | Posted 08.14.2014 | Parents
Megan Egbert

I didn't have to think twice about whether I should reply back to the blog site and offer up my 10 Reasons article, or even offer to create another one. I knew after writing one of these lists, and being exposed to hundreds of them daily, I was done.

A Stranger Saw What I Couldn't

Casey Carey-Brown | Posted 08.14.2014 | Parents
Casey Carey-Brown

Sometimes it takes a stranger at a restaurant to turn the volume up on the lovely a bit.

The Garden Of Good Intentions

Marie Zullo | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Marie Zullo

Walking through the yard, I came across some irises I had purchased 4 years ago. They were thriving, right along with the weeds, even though they were still in the pot they came in when I purchased them. I really need to plant those, I thought. I thought that every time I walked by these irises, but this time, I was going to do it.

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Talk to Kids About Robin Williams (Or Any Suicide)

Dr. G | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Dr. G

Many parents feel that Robin Williams has been a part of our lives since childhood, and were excited to watch some of his movies with our kids. Today I've had half a dozen questions submitted to my website and Facebook page from parents wondering if -- and how -- to talk to their kids about this. I have questions in return.

Back to School: Inspiring a Caring School Year When Study Reveals Kindness Is Taking a Backseat

Sue Scheff | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

It was revealed parents need to step up to the plate when it came to implementing concern for others. It seemed that many kids believe their parent's actions tell them they are more concerned about their achievement rather than kindness to others.

You're Competing With Netflix and It Isn't a Fair Fight

Shanell Mouland | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I am not sure how healthy this is to admit, but the truth is Netflix has become my new obsession. I hide my addiction like a prison boyfriend but I can easily binge on a whole season of Damages in two days. When you ask me to do something on the weekend you are really competing with Netflix.

To The Women Watching My Kids At The Gym Daycare

Janie Porter | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

First, I plan to shower in silence (aside from the occasional toilet flush of a fellow member). The hot water will feel so amazing that it won't even bother me that the water pressure is exceptionally low and I have to wear my workout socks because I forgot flip-flops.

Why Don't We Tell Women The Truth About Motherhood?

Mia Redrick | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Mia Redrick

The truth about motherhood is that you have to design and create a working formula for your own life. Someone else's DNA isn't your story or your obstacle.

The Parental Blame Game

David Lesser | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
David Lesser

When they were born, they were all potential. We couldn't do anything but start screwing them up from day one. So, when we see characteristics in our kids that are reflections of our best selves, it's a big check in the win column.

Autism In Our Family

Courtney Fitzgerald | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Courtney Fitzgerald

He alone makes me a better mother than I thought I would ever have to be. Every point he makes, I see his side -- and I pray he understands that I'm ALWAYS on his team.

An Entrepreneur and God Walk Into a Café ...

Steven Crandell | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

"I don't believe in you," says the entrepreneur. "I just want to make that clear." "Okay," God says. "But in the interests of transparency, I think you should know that I believe in you." They order their coffees in ceramic cups to avoid adding to the landfill.

Birth Order and How Being the Oldest Stinks

Erica Ford | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

New stuff is pretty much the only advantage you're going to have over your siblings, besides the right to pull rank and boss them around.

Family Engagement: The Top of Everyone's Back-to-School Checklist

Carla Thompson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

With the start of the school year just around the corner, now is an excellent time for all of us to renew our commitment to ensuring all children succeed. So what should be at the top of to-do lists as children head back to school?

Why I Don't Want to Hear About How Much You Love Your Kid

Emily Ballard | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

We should be able to share our war stories. Instead, we shine them up, telling just enough of our tales of woe to feel like we're "relating" without putting ourselves in danger of being deemed the worst mother at the table.

Here's What All Divorced Dads Need To Know

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 08.12.2014 | Divorce
Joel Schwartzberg

While dozens of factors can make divorced and remarried dads feel insecure, one fact puts them to rest: Kids are brought into this world by one and only one man. If you're a divorced dad, here's a hint: IT'S YOU.

The Monster Strikes at Midnight

Bridgette White | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Bridgette White

Depression isn't something to be taken lightly or that can be "willed away" by people who love you. Sometimes all the good, wonderful things in the world aren't enough.

Visiting Kids: Tips for Non-Custodial Parents

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Redefine your idea of "quality time." Quality doesn't have to mean expensive, intense, or uninterrupted attention. Instead, quality comes with becoming comfortable with each other.

Peanut Butter Cheerios Campaign's Spot-On Portrayal of Fathers

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

General Mills Canada recognizes that the company doesn't have to denigrate dads to sell a product. This campaign reflects the growing influence of dads as moms' partners in raising children in all aspects of domestic life.

Dear Mom, Can You Tell Me How You've Done It?

Leah Vidal | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Leah Vidal

It isn't about teaching them their first words, but about being their voice when they can't speak for themselves. It isn't about cheering them on when they take their first steps, but about walking alongside them no matter what their journey entails

I Didn't Know How She Was Going to Fit into the World So I Made the World Fit Her

Janelle McLeod | Posted 08.12.2014 | Small Business
Janelle McLeod

I struggled day in and day out to find fashion for little people. I would see clothes for the big and tall but nothing for the little or small. Then I said to myself "God, if I am struggling this way and I am sure all the little people struggling like this too?!"

Should You Put Yourself Before Your Kids?

Crystal Ponti | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Crystal Ponti

I've always put my kids first, whether it's forgoing new clothes to pay for youth sports fees, prioritizing their doctor and dentist appointments over my own, or missing leisurely adult activities to make sure they enjoy their childhoods. If my kids are happy, I'm happy.

35 Reasons Why Summer Needs To Be Over Now

Allison Tate | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Allison Tate

33. My kids' hair has so much chlorine in it, it stands up on its own and has a slight green tint.

The 7 Stages of Summer Vacation

Chara Campanella | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Chara Campanella

You are going on vacation! As many parents have noted in the past, vacationing with kids is just parenting in a different location with fewer resources and more expense, but it's still crazy exciting. You are going someplace else! You might take a plane!