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The Words I Can't Believe I Heard On The Playground

Marina Sbrochi | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Marina Sbrochi

I almost instantly threw up in mouth. I turned around to check to see if I had suddenly been transported to the 1950s, but the cars looked pretty new and people were wearing modern clothes.

The 50 Steps of Mommy Morning Mayhem

Jodi Meltzer | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Jodi Meltzer

Echoes of temper tantrums reverberate in your head. You sit down slowly (careful to protect yourself from stray LEGOs), look around, and shake your head in disbelief that you survived.

Little Feet To Love And Let Go

Shari Medini | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Shari Medini

There are two little pairs of feet that I brought into this world and I love them dearly. I have kissed those feet, washed them, tickled them and watched them grow.

I Used to Know Where My Stuff Was...

Teri Biebel | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Teri Biebel

I've taken to hiding things that I just refuse to part with. My deodorant is now in my sock drawer. Shampoo and conditioner? I hide those in my closet under my shoe rack and take them in when I shower each day. Razor? Underwear drawer. Shaving cream? The garage, where else?

Confession: I Am Raising a Quitter

Dana Talusani | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Dana Talusani

I'm not sure if I can change my daughter's nature, either. I'm not even sure I should. So much about her is beautiful and kind and right, and even if it's all wrapped up in a shell more fragile than others, is it my place to judge?

6 Things I Didn't Need To Raise A Child In Nepal

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

Looking back 27 years later, I marvel at how little it took to raise a child in a Nepali village in the late '80s and early '90s. Most raised their children the way people have been doing for centuries, with abundant love and not too many things.

How to Raise A Slob

Stephanie Lessing | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Lessing

The first thing I did when I had kids of my own was tell them, "Never, ever try to make a bed. It can't be done." And because I believe in leading by example, I only make mine when people come over and insist on looking at it.

Have An Out-Of-Control Child? You Could Be Part Of The Problem

Posted 10.14.2014 | Dr. Phil

Parents say their 24-year-old son, Johnny, has extreme rage issues, and they fear he may kill them. They claim they’ve done everything to help their...

7 Ways College Football Is Like Raising Kids

Melissa Fenton | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
Melissa Fenton

Oozing southern hospitality and a football I.Q. that could rival an ESPN commentator, you'll find us southern women happily dishing out pimento cheese dip, fried chicken and smoked pulled pork.

Why Your Child Is Having Temper Tantrums – And How To Tame Them

Posted 10.09.2014 | Dr. Phil

When a child has a temper tantrum, he/she is trying to communicate a need. It’s your job as a parent to figure out the need, teach the child a bette...

So, Are You Bored? A Stay-at-Home Mom's Favorite Question

Erica Ford | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

The last thing I wanted to do was play trains. I wanted to make a fresh pot of coffee and find my wallet. But that nagging voice said, "When you look back on this time, you'll wish you played trains with her while you had the chance." So, I sat down. "Build it, b*tch!" she said excitedly.

6 Tips For Creating A Peaceful Parent/Teen Relationship

Posted 10.03.2014 | Dr. Phil

Six tips for parents to help teens break their bad habits.

Why I Want My Daughter To Curse

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I'm not ready for Sienna to have her mom's sailor mouth, but eventually, when she's a teen, I don't want her to be afraid of speaking the language of her classmates and once she reaches adulthood, I hope to be ready for her to speak such words in my presence as part of normal conversation because the reality is that cursing is ordinary and sometimes, often even, acts as a release for pent up stress.

ADHD: Bad Kid Good Kid

The Next Family | Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents
The Next Family

I often hear my friends describe a child as "a nice kid" and I know they do not say that about my son. My son is wild and unpredictable, always the first to hatch a plan with friends, sometimes a good plan and sometimes a mischievous one.

6 Things That Surprise Me About My Kids

Mommy Nearest | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

At night I write down things in my journal that surprised me most that day, along with moments that spoke to my heart and inspired me. Most of the time, I'm writing about my son and daughter. Here are a few ways they have surprised me most.

To Hug or Not To Hug That is the Question

Al DeLuise | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I am not a 'hugger'. I don't think I ever have been a hugger but I notice I get even more distant the older I get. I'm not saying I don't like to be...

The KID Pro Quo

Richard Greenberg | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

Over the years, I have observed that by expressing gratitude for the things around us, we have taught our children (and others) to appreciate the things we all have in life -- whether it's a meal, a beautiful sunset, a car that works or a spouse who is an excellent Mom.

5 Common Sense Parenting Tips

Posted 10.01.2014 | Dr. Phil

Core parenting tips to help bring you and your child closer.

9 Ways To Stop Fighting In Front Of Your Kids

Posted 09.25.2014 | Dr. Phil

Make the decision to never fight in front of your kids, and use these tools to stick to your plan.

I Fought the Lice and the Lice Won

Lori Ungemah | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Lori Ungemah

No, we are not festering beneath a pile of bugs at the present moment. In fact, the LiceEnders ladies came to my kids' public school yesterday and did not find lice on my children, just a week after we found them. But oh, what a week it has been.

10 Signs You've Had Kids and Moved Out of the City

Meredith Hale | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

You put on a pair of sensible flats because the idea of trekking around the city in heels makes you want to curl up in bed and watch Orange Is the New Black. You then take off your flats, curl up in bed, and watch Orange Is the New Black.

Parenting Facts and Fairy Tales

Marilynn Halas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Marilynn Halas

We've all been there. You look at your new baby and deep joy settles into your soul, but the days to come may not be exactly what you planned. The joy is soon colored by the realities of sleep deprivation, worry and more advice than any human being could ever possibly use.

Pink Is My Son's Favorite Color, And He Doesn't Care What You Think

Emily Gallo | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Emily Gallo

Pink is my boy's favorite color. While I draw the line at hot pink walls in his bedroom, I can identify him on the ice by the pink laces in his hockey skates. Ask Noah, and he'll do his best to convince you that pink is for boys.

The Importance of Sleep

Stephanie Preusse | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Preusse

Being woken up in the middle of the night on occasion is one more moment, one more memory, one more incredible experience I get to have with my son. I wouldn't trade these moments for anything in this world -- not even several blissful hours of much needed sleep.

Just Say No... To Your Kids

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Dana Westreich Hirt

Why do we struggle so to say NO? We don't want our kids to be mad at us. We don't want to disappoint them. We don't want to sit in the blistering storm of their rage.