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39 Reasons Why My Son Won't Eat Dinner

Beau Coffron | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

My 4-year-old son has a new reason every day for why he won't eat.

As A Mom In Recovery, How Do I Explain My Addiction To My Kids?

Substance.com | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Substance.com

All this not drinking sometimes made me want to drink. The realization that my sons would need to understand my recovery made me want to drink even more.

Parent Like There's No One Watching

Janel Mills | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Janel Mills

My worst parenting moments, the ones I am least proud of, happened because I was trying to impress a bunch of strangers I'll probably never see again.

7 Reasons Why I Love Sending My Son to Sleepaway Camp

Mommy Nearest | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I truly believe that sleepaway camp is one of the best gifts you can give your child -- and here's why.

She Could Have Been a Doctor, But She's Just My Mom

Rebecca Gallagher | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Rebecca Gallagher

I know she was a regular little girl, a person with her own hopes and dreams before she was my mom. It's hard for us as children to picture our parents as people. I mean, you're telling me they had lives before they devoted it all to us? Indeed.

Teen Trends: There's Good News and Bad News

Tim Elmore | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

The latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention just came out. It reveals the results of their regular "Youth Risk Behavior Survey" and contains both good news and bad news about the lifestyle of today's teenagers.

Boys Kissing Boys

Brent Almond | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

I don't want my boy to stop being the loving, hugging, kissing free spirit he's been up till now. I guess I just want the world to know it, and to stop telling him it's not okay.

New Moms Talk About Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents

For new moms, heading back into the office after maternity leave can be tough. In a HuffPost Live conversation, mothers shared their experiences with ...

How to Live With Children: How to Have a Conversation at Dinner

Dan Milledge | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Dan Milledge

Dan: Okay Trixie, after dinner, you're going to have your poop try. T: (very enthusiastically) Okay!

Our Little Girl With Autism, And Her Changing World

Shanell Mouland | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

She's getting so big. Every time I look at her I can't believe she's ours. This little turtle-loving doll, that gives so much more love to the world than she could ever take, is our girl.

Confessions of a (Reformed) Helicopter Mom

Christine French Cully | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

Last weekend, my husband and I were totally flummoxed by a robin who crashed into our dining room window over and over again. We were desperate to hel...

The Actual Risks Of Vaccines (It Turns Out There Aren't Many)

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

They couldn't find anything for the DTaP vaccine or the HIB vaccine. They couldn't find any association with autism. And they couldn't find any risk from giving a lot of vaccines at once; in fact, one study found that getting several vaccines may help protect children against leukemia.

Billionaire and 'Shark' Mark Cuban Reveals his Softer Side as a Father

Caroline Presno | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

In a revealing Q&A, I learned how fatherhood changed the self-made mogul, the concerns about his kids' future, and the lessons he wants them to learn.

How To Say 'NO!' To A Toddler or Young Child

Diana Grycan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

As a mother, grandmother and teacher of many, many years, I have either read about or learned about or tried just about every suggestion that has ever been made about making boundaries for children.

Note to Self: 'No-Gifts' Birthday Parties Don't Work

Hinda Mandell | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Hinda Mandell

You thought you were being enlightened and anti-consumerist. You thought you were saving your friends money, a trip to the toy store and the hassle of gift shopping. Your intentions might well have been sincere, but really, you were just being annoying.

How Parents Tell Their Kids They Have No Value

Christopher Norris | Posted 07.08.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Growing up I heard countless adults say: "children are to be seen and not heard."

Why I Couldn't Have It All

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

When I tried to do it all, I cut corners everywhere. I made sacrifices with everything: my work, my kids, my marriage, my home. And I was miserable. Our crazy, hectic lifestyle wasn't working.

Dear Moms, You'll Always Be in the Shadows

Anjali Joshi | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

I'm OK with being in your shadows. When you're busy exploring this complicated world, you won't think twice about me. You won't look back to see if I'm still there. Because you won't need to. You'll know.

10 Ways Raising House Plants and Kids Are Similar

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Since my daughter has left the nest and seems to be taking wonderful care of herself with, of course, several attempts on my part to always remain important and necessary, I have noticed that I have become a bit motherly with my plants. I know exactly what it is like to be motherly because I have been in the parenting game for over 20 years.

It's the Relationship That Heals

Robin Kevles-Necowitz | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Robin Kevles-Necowitz

Being a perfect parent wasn't necessary. Being a near-perfect parent wasn't necessary either. What was required was a fierce focus on nurturing the relationship I have with my children.

Savvy Kitchen Gadgets for Parents

Anita Mirchandani | Posted 07.07.2014 | Taste
Anita Mirchandani

As a soon to be mom, it is important for me to be able to maintain a healthy kitchen without spending too much time there. As a result, I've shortlisted a few items that are worth securing if you're interested.

10 Tips for Divorced Parents Seeking a Parenting Coordinator

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 07.07.2014 | Divorce
Dr. Kate Roberts

A parenting coordinator is defined as a neutral third party who assists in the resolution of disputes between the parties concerning parental responsibilities, including but not limited to implementation of court-ordered parenting plans.

Not That Kind of Shark!

Carrie Kenny | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

I muster my courage. I tell myself to react reasonably and put my hands in my pockets just to be safe. I open the family room door, but close my eyes. I don't smell anything, that's got to be a good sign.

How To Really Change Your Children's Lives This Summer

Glennon Melton | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

It's important to cultivate and encourage open minds and healthy bodies. And it is at least as important to cultivate and encourage tender hearts in our little ones and in ourselves.

How to Learn the Lyrics to a Song in 27 Easy Steps

Mary E. Graham | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Mary E. Graham

How will we teach our children character, patience and shorthand if all their song lyrics are just a few clicks away? As a parent, I think this skill is paramount to the success of our youth. The perseverance, work ethic and focus it took to learn a song you loved prepared you for adulthood.