iOS app Android app

Parenting

Accepting Your 'Good Enough' Kid

Seleni Institute | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

The good enough mother is not perfect. And in her humanity, she demonstrates to her children how to learn from mistakes, apologize and forgive, be disappointed and have faith that tomorrow will be better. I think the concept of "good enough" should apply to another person: your child.

The Best, Bravest Thing My Husband And I Ever Did

Brain, Child | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Brain, Child

Sometimes it's tentative and other times it's brazen, but at some point people almost always ask if my husband and I got pregnant on purpose.

Desiderata of Families Living With Autism

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Gather your child in your arms, or take them by the hand, and walk willfully in this world. If you capture a judgmental glance, cast by a careless citizen, do your part to ensure that judgment yields to compassion and understanding. Do this for yourself, your kith, and your kin.

Why Stay-at-Home Moms Get Nothing Done All Day

Janie Porter | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

When I was a childless TV news reporter, I would laugh when my stay-at-home mom friends would tell me that their houses were a mess. How on earth do you stay home all day and you don't get anything done?

My Love-Hate Relationship With Summer Camp

Samantha McGarry | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

I hate camp songs. Sure, they are cute at first. But when your kids sing them over and over, morning and evening and all weekend -- especially those "repeat after me" songs -- it's enough to drive me loony.

What Can We Do? In Response to the 3 Israeli Boys Who Were Kidnapped and Murdered

Jill Patir | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

It may not solve the crisis in the Middle East, and it may not put an end to war, but if we can raise a generation of more tolerant and accepting humans, it certainly is a step in the right direction.

Why Women Need Their Girlfriends Even More As They Get Older

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

While I'd always treasured my girlfriends, I'd never thought about needing them MORE with age.

5 Steps Toward Parental Perfection

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Most of us are in the pursuit of perfection, but how many among us would know what to do with it if we ever actually attained it? Despite this, we continue to chase it.

5 Ways Your Last Kid Gets The Short End Of The Stick

Melissa Chapman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

4. He doesn't get a front row seat to the live stage show du jour... but he does get to watch anything he wants on TV, which he will be sitting in front of for 16 hours a day.

Independence Day Came Early for Our Little Girl

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

We might be less than a week away from the Fourth of July, but Sienna's been in the throes of a sudden independence streak.

The 2 Biggest Questions About Cosleeping

Brian Leaf | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

Gwen and I have decided to cosleep. That means that little baby Noah sleeps in bed with us. Cosleeping brings up a few questions and concerns and sometimes even an angry mob with pitchforks and torches.

Can We All Just Relax About Casual Sexism?

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

Sexism is real. It's subtle and it's damaging. And I do agree with the (poorly-conveyed) message of this video: If we treat our daughters like they're adorable morons, persistently and insistently, they'll probably grow up thinking exactly that. But people, I am so sick of fear-based parenting.

Step Back and Watch Your Child Build His Own Self-Esteem

Todd Kestin | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Todd Kestin

When we tell them they're the best at everything or the smartest of all, it creates a problem when they figure out they aren't. Let's not raise a bunch of ego maniacs who don't have the skills to live healthy rounded lives.

How Candace Cameron Bure Uses Faith as a Foundation for Parenting in a Culture of Social Media, Mean Girls and Hook-Ups

Caroline Presno | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

Bure is comfortable being outspoken and honest about her beliefs, which is one of the things that brought her so much attention recently as guest co-host of ABC's The View.

Sexual Rejection From Your Partner Damages Your Self-Esteem

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

When your partner consistently avoids sex and intimacy, or on the rare occasion when they are willing, are obviously doing so reluctantly -- the accumulations of repeated rejections are likely to have a big impact on your self-esteem.

I'm Glad My Son Ate Cat Poop

Dr. Jessica Michaelson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jessica Michaelson

The remainder of the turd -- or the part that had drooled out of his mouth as he savored his current mouthful -- was next to him, and undeniably, it was poop.

4 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was Parenting Toddlers The First Time Around

Stephanie Gates | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Gates

Like every mother, I want to see all of my kids grow into happy, fully functioning people. But now I am now convinced that endeavor can only begin when I accept who they naturally are.

What Is It Like to Raise Unschooled Kids?

Quora | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Quora

As unschoolers, we live as though school (K-12) doesn't even exist. When my son shows an interest in any particular thing, I find ways to help him explore his interests in a way that will be productive and fulfilling for him in the long run.

Potty Training In 17 Easy Steps

Karen Cordano | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Day 85 million: The entire house reeks of urine. I believe I will have to send this child to college wearing pull-ups. His thighs should be big enough by then.

Melting Down in the Frozen Foods Aisle

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lisa Abeyta

At the other end of the aisle was a young mother, her back to me. She raised her arms to her head, holding it for a moment, and then pressed her hands to her eyes, her back straight and shoulders tensed. A young boy was busy pulling a box of cereal from the stroller in front her.

Never Trust a Whisperer

Pamela Brill | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Pamela Brill

I think the kindest thing we can do for our kids is to tell them that the experience they're about to embark on -- whether it be summer camp, school, college, a new relationship -- may be great, may be mediocre or may suck hard.

Is Compassion Children's Most Admirable Quality?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

We are assured by experts that compassion is hardwired into all human beings because such qualities help us to become functioning members of society. But, if you're like me, you would swear that children are born without an ounce of compassion in them.

10 Words Every Girl Should Learn

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Listener bias results in most people thinking that women are hogging the floor when men are actually dominating.

The Bittersweet Loneliness Of Motherhood

Kate Rope | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Kate Rope

I have discovered that feeling alone at times is a small price to pay for the experience of bringing another person into your life and growing up together.

Let Your Kids Live in the Present

Michaela Fox | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Michaela Fox

Children have the extraordinary capacity to disappear into the moment.As parents, we are the gatekeepers of time. And we are preoccupied with it. We are constantly clock watching to see when we need to race out the door to the next activity.