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Raising Children

Life lessons from Charlotte's Web

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP

My young children are fortunate enough to have never experienced the harsh realities of life and death. The closest they have come is an imaginary spider dying.

We Turned Off the TV

Allison Hart | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Allison Hart

Five hours. It took five hours for my 7.5 year old to figure out how to play without the help of technology or the undivided attention of an adult.

The Real Responsibility of Motherhood

Laura Campbell | Posted 09.22.2014 | Women
Laura Campbell

As a mother, it is my responsibility and commitment to model for my children not just what I hope for them as they reach adulthood, but HOW to do it. I must give them the raw and real truth about how it is done so that they learn how to do it for themselves.

How Hard Should You Try To Contain Little Boys?

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

Increasingly the boys feel like a force of nature. When they do something that's obviously wrong or dangerous, I feel comfortable getting mad at them. When they're obviously exhausted, I know the best thing to do is to take a deep breath and patiently pack them off to bed.

Anti-Gay Bullying at School, but Not Like We Expected

Amelia | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices

My oldest son is now in the fourth grade, and he's never had an incident of anti-gay bullying at school. And that may have lulled me into a false sense of security, because I was caught totally off guard when it happened to his little brother.

The World Has Problems? Ask Your Kids to Solve Them!

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Fifty
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!

Show-and-Tell Feminism For Dads of Daughters

Ariel Chesler | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

Women are rightly frustrated that it takes reproducing a girl from their own genetic material for many men to be aware of what it's truly like to be female in our society.

10 Ways To Guarantee Your Kids Get Into Therapy

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Stephanie D. Lewis

Well one child (in private) that he has always been your favorite and you love him more. Warn him if the others EVER found out, they would be devastated. Repeat with however many kids you have. Bonus: This will be the hot topic of the day at your funeral, when the beans are finally spilled.

5 Creative Ways to Inspire Children to Become Eco-Friendly

Dawn Wynne | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Dawn Wynne

If we educate children about the effects of our actions and give them practical tasks they can begin to create a healthier environment. Here are some unique and hopefully fun activities that will inspire your children to take green to a new meaning.

I'm Not Here to Make Life Easy for You: A Love Letter to My Future Children

Neal Samudre | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Neal Samudre

Work is often a prerequisite for great beauty. Every laugh involves a heave of the chest. Every deep, fulfilling breath moves the diaphragm. Every smile requires the movement of muscles and every glance above requires your neck to fold behind you. Every beautiful thing requires work.

Never Too Young to Give Back

Brad Jamison | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

Having watched my older sister raise her kids, who are 11 and 13, to be service-minded, I know what a great tool service can be in teaching kids about the world and their role in it.

How To Survive And Thrive In Your New Empty Nest

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

The college kids have headed back to their messy apartments or moved for the first time into their dorm rooms. So how are you feeling, parents? Will you miss those kids? Other than when our children are born, there's no bigger change in our lives as parents than when our children leave home. It's a shock to the system -- but there are good things about empty nesting, too.

7 Steps To Becoming A Well-Behaved Parent:

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Let's just say that children do not do what we say, they do what we do. If you are not liking the behavior of your children, maybe it is time to take a look in the mirror.

Dear Husband of Mine

Erin Dullea | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Erin Dullea

When you pass me on my way out tonight, please give me a smile, or a "go get 'em," even if putting the three kids to bed, after your own busy day, is the last thing you want to do.

Your Child's School Success? It's All in Your Head

Hilary Wilce | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Schools and teachers work hard to offer a good education to their students, and a cheerful, willing child who is able to meet them halfway and absorb what they have to offer will do well in their care.

My Big Secret: The Best Summer Ever

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 09.09.2014 | Hawaii
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

As a parent, I have to admit a guilty secret that I have been carrying all summer. It is one that I am not so proud of, but I will continue to wear the cloak of shame unless I get this off of my chest. Over the summer, my kids had fun.

San Pasqual Academy Grandparents Program: A Unique Volunteer Living Option for Seniors

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.05.2014 | Impact
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This is a narrative about volunteer surrogate grandparents living among teens (who are not related) in a rural, residential school setting far from the crowds of urban Southern California -- and loving it.

Why You Should Never Tell Your Child A Fairy Tale

Gramma Good | Posted 09.05.2014 | Fifty
Gramma Good

Your child tells you the truth about his or her wrongdoing. How do you handle yourself?

Back-to-School Anxiety

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Richard Weissbourd

Whether or not your child is feeling anxious about the start of school, you can use this time to talk to principals, guidance counselors and teachers about the importance of creating a classroom and school that feels safe and welcoming.

How to Have a Friendly Meeting with Your Ex

Sheila Blagg | Posted 09.02.2014 | Divorce
Sheila Blagg

Keeping things friendly with the ex is a subject that often perplexes even those involved in the tamest of divorces. Many people ask "can I really have a 'friendly' meeting with my ex?"

One Last Bedtime Story

Perry Block | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Perry Block

My son Brandon was 19 years old on April 25, 2014. I'm proud that he is turning into a happy, healthy, and intelligent young man with a wide variety of interests and a well-adjusted and positive outlook on life and the future. Just one thing. Why the hell can't he still be 6?

To My Sons: 20 Lessons for a Meaningful Life (That I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age)

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 08.30.2014 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Author and artist Austin Kleon writes that when people give advice, they're really just talking to themselves in the past. I'll buy that. And by midli...


Maura Horton | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Maura Horton

My children will never "return to an original shape." Their lives have been completely altered. Their hearts pulled and their minds stretched to limits that I truly wonder where the ceiling will be before breaking. Children are not prepared to see someone they love deeply suffer.

Why You Should Get Your Kids Outside

MeiMei Fox | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
MeiMei Fox

you don't have to take your kids hundreds of miles away to a national park or wait for your next vacation in order to enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors.

10 Ways for Parents to Fight Racism

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 08.28.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

Hogwarts is run by white people, and let's not touch racism and Tolkien. Where are the South Asian superheroes? The Black people in Dr. Seuss? Make sure your kids know the world they see has missing pieces, missing people and missing stories.