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Talking to Kids

6 Ways to Develop Early Vocabulary Skills

R.C. Liley | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

When you start life as an at-home parent your infant, silence is inevitable and expected. Sure, there's crying and cooing, but unless you're caring for other kids at the talking age, you have no one to actually converse with when at home.

I'm Trading In The Words 'Be Careful'

Sara Goldstein | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

I want my words to have weight as I set them in the hands of my children, when they put them in their pockets to pull out long after they've left my lips.

Big Deals In Disguise

Christine French Cully | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

We may think these questions are humorous or simply small potatoes. But to the kids who pose these questions, they are not. They want answers, and although they can't articulate it, they are asking for a moment of genuine engagement

The 3 Best Ways to Boost Your Baby's Language Development

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

Speak with your baby in a certain way, new research shows, and your baby is far more likely to pick up on language. The difference is big -- more than double the vocabulary by age 2.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Ebola... Without Scaring the Sh*t Out of Them

Tara Kennedy-Kline | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Tara Kennedy-Kline

Ebola is a very scary virus and we do need to educate our children on how to stay safe and be aware of their actions. However, what we DO NOT need to do is talk around or to our children about our frustrations, fears and conspiracy theories regarding our personal beliefs.

Parenthood Doesn't Come with A Manual

Dani Alpert | Posted 10.17.2014 | Parents
Dani Alpert

Listening to her speak about her experiences, I empathized, as I put myself in the child role. I shared some of the same feelings; disappointment, frustration and anger.

Optimism: The Silver Lining in a Chaotic World

Christine French Cully | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

How do we shield our children from news of these horrific events? Is it even possible? I talk to a colleague whose kindergartner has missed several days of school while the manhunt for the shooter in the woods ensues.

When the End Is in Sight: Handling the Conversations, and Your Life

Martha Nelson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

Nothing seems to shock us more than a diagnosis of cancer. I suspect it's terrifying because, deep inside, each of us knows it could happen to us. We pause when a friend or family member is stricken, our frightened minds turning to mush. Oh, no, we think. Am I next?

25 Ways To Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'

liZ Evans | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
liZ Evans

As my kids get older, I know I am going to have to work harder and harder to stay engaged with them -- but I know it's going to be worth the work.

Three Simple Ways to Prepare Your Child For the Complications of Life

Debra Fine | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Allowing children to hone the skills needed to become productive members of society may cause a few bumps in the road now, but by doing so, they will be able to successfully navigate the twists and turns of the future so they, too, can enjoy the ride.

No News Is Good News

Monica Cox | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Monica Cox

There's plenty of time for them to understand the real world. For now, I want them to believe that the world is compassionate, fair and attainable.

How I Spoke to My 8-Year-Old About Suicide and Depression

Sara Goldstein | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

It wasn't a discussion I expected to have with a kid young enough to require interrupting a Disney channel show to do it. But as parents we aren't always afforded the luxury of shining a light on what a bitch the world can be when it's convenient for us.

The Top 10 Games Every Parent Should Play to Encourage Their Baby to Talk

Tracey Blake | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Tracey Blake

The more children babble, the more practice they have at forming the proper sounds to develop language skills.

Talking to Kids About Ukraine

Richard Greenberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

I would counsel that there is absolutely no reason to tell a small child about what's going on in Ukraine, because I think that child really only cares about what's going on in the kitchen.

Explaining Ray Rice to My 6-Year-Old

Oren Miller | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Oren Miller

"Remember yesterday, when you wanted to wear your Ray Rice shirt, and I said you couldn't, and you asked me why, and I told you I'd explain later, but I didn't?

Mom, Is 'Gay' a Bad Word?

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 12.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

B-Man leans forward and whispers in my ear, "When we were writing '-ay' words on our spelling boards today, someone wrote 'gay' and circled it as their favorite word. But someone else said 'gay' was a bad word. But it isn't, right?"

Reflections of a White Parent in a Racist Society

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

I'm not a celebrity, but I share a trait with many famous actresses -- I am a white woman raising an adopted child who is not white.

Lisa Belkin

Apparently You Only Need 12 Minutes A Day To Bond With Your Child

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.26.2013 | Parents

Not spending enough time with your children? No worries. A British drink maker has the answer: more than two dozen ways you can “reconnect” with y...

The Word I Wasn't Ready To Hear My First Grader Say

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

After school one day a few months ago, Emma perched on the kitchen counter while I cooked dinner and chattered away. Then out of the blue she said, "Somebody said The Aff word at school today!"

Bad Things Happen to Good Parents: Digital Parenting Tips

Tony Loftis | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

"Answer me this -- do you know who your child made friends with on Facebook yesterday?" Tim Woda, co-founder of UknowKids.com, poses this question whenever he discusses Internet safety with concerned parents.

My Daughter's Awkward Question That I Wasn't Ready To Answer

Babble.com | Posted 05.25.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

The ability to talk about boys with my daughter will definitely come in handy soon. We're going to be at "that age" in no time. I don't know if me being gay is going to make it easier for her to confide in me, but if it does, great.

The Toddler Words That Parents Will Miss The Most

Posted 03.21.2013 | Parents

As your kids grow out of toddlerhood, they learn that their favorite color is "yellow," not "lello," and that a trip to the zoo is to see the "animals...

The 10 Toddler Words That I'll Miss Most

John Kinnear | Posted 05.15.2013 | Parents
John Kinnear

What she always says with outstretched arms.

'You're Making Mama Sad' Is a Dirty, Dirty Lie

Sara Lind | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Sara Lind

If I try to stop the tantrums by telling my daughter that she's making me unhappy, the not-so-subtle message is that I am not in control of my own happiness. And nothing could be more dangerous.

5 More Questions to Ask Your Kids About Their Digital Life

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

Talking with your kids about what they do online should be as natural as asking about what they did in school and as important as the other really big talk.