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What Made You Decide To Stay At Home?

Janie Porter | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

For some reason, I feel the need to make my decision more understandable to the person asking the question. Justified. And -- dare I say it? -- politically correct.

The (Naughty) Joy Of Judging Other People's Parenting

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

At the end of a recent flight from San Francisco to Philadelphia, my neighbor took it upon himself to gnaw on the seat in front of me, coating the che...

Teen Interrupted

Alisa Schindler | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

I watch his hulking, itching to grow pre-teen body go. He's so far from that little boy in the crib, but there's still some baby left in there. And just like with all the milestones, this leap to teenager is bittersweet.

Surviving the New (Not So) Normal

Kara Gorski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.08.2014 | Women
Kara Gorski, Ph.D.

While there are a lot of things about life with my kids that make our reality as a family different than it would have been BC (that's, "before cancer" in our house), those things in the end are just our normal.

On Bedside Baptist

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

I recognized the heaviness and sadness to be a tremendous feeling of guilt. Guilt that I would somehow impairing or negatively impacting my children's spiritual development all in the name of a few extra winks.

A Love Letter to Emilia and Francesca

David Kirsch | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
David Kirsch

I have learned that children are very forgiving. To their credit, they don't hold onto negative energy for any extended period of time.

10 Reasons Why Being A Boy In The '80s Was The Best

Beau Coffron | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

The '80s epitomized great (and a few not so great) clothing styles. The shorts left little to the imagination, but kids today don't appreciate the natural air conditioning these provided.

Teaching Our Son About Death, One Fish At A Time

Beth Kae Kanter | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Beth Kae Kanter

I can still picture the bright Sunday afternoon my friend Melissa, also known as "Aunt Melissa," surprised us with the red betta fish.

Sorry, Kids -- I Will Never 'Let' You Beat Me

Beau Coffron | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

The thing is, games aren't always just about fun. Sometimes they can teach us about life.

Gynecomastia and My Traumatic Day at the Beach

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Lorne Jaffe

It took 10 years post-gynecomastia surgery for me to go to the beach and take off my shirt because I still felt those now phantom breasts and stares.

5 Secrets of Raising Charitable Kids

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Charity begins at home -- as does empathy, generosity, kindness, responsibility, honesty and a host of other relationship-building traits that make life worth living.

The Paths to My Heart

Sabina Khan-Ibarra | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Sabina Khan-Ibarra

Losing a child is like losing a limb that only the parents of the dead child can see missing. It is a limb that you must learn to function without.

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.

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.

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.

Buckle Up -- Things Are Getting Real With #TheStitch!

Matt Pipkin | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

You know those seasons in life that you look back on and think, "Whew, those were some amazing times!"? Well, that's how we're going to look back on what's happening right now.

Marijuana: Thief of Human Promise?

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

I am among a number of educators who intuitively believe drugs like pot are more insidiously harmful -- at least to kids -- than presently realized. Now a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience gives data to support this view.

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.

7 Ways to Redefine Happiness and Raise Caring Kids

Katie Hurley | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

Happiness isn't something students achieve through test scores, winning season and college acceptance letters. If we redefine happiness for our children and teach them that positive actions increase positive emotions, we send a message that prosocial behavior is important.

Somebody Call Security! My Scarf's In the Laundry!

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

What is it about this scarf that calms my daughter so? Why does she find such solace in it? Why does one thing call out to a toddler more than another be it a doll, a stuffed animal or a scarf?

I Win Every Race I Run

Mary E. Graham | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary E. Graham

I win every race I run. I win against the idea that all runners are a size two and should run in sports bras and teeny-tiny running shorts. I win against the negative body image that will one day try to convince my daughters that their bodies aren't beautiful, that they're not skinny enough.

Traveling Mom: The Ultimate Hypocrite

Janie Porter | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

Who goes to Paris and isn't head-over-heels, can't-stop-smiling excited about it? A Mom, that's who.

10 Ways To Give Your Kids An Honest-To-Goodness 1970s Summer

Melissa Fenton | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Melissa Fenton

You know what I want my kids to experience this summer? The same type of summer I would have experienced in the late 1970s. The exact same one. I survived it, and they will too.

11 New Parenting 'Lasts' That Will Make You Cry

Galit Breen | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

When our babies are little, there are so many lasts that people warn us about. We're on alert for the last time they pronounce that one word in that sweet, incorrect way. The last time they toddle. But as my girls get older, I realize that I'm entering a whole new round of lasts.

How I Scared the Pizza Man

Janie Porter | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

I want you to know that the 2-year-old who opened the door for you wearing just a diaper isn't allowed to open the door for strangers. And, you see, he's in just a diaper because I can barely keep up with keeping that clean and changed.