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Talking to Kids

Talking to Kids About Ukraine

Richard Greenberg | Posted 03.20.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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.

5 Questions to Ask Your Kids About Their Online Life

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

Studies show that parental involvement is the number one factor in keeping kids safe online. As with any other activity, understanding what our kids do online means being involved and asking questions.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Their Online Life

Tony Loftis | Posted 04.02.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

The whole point of global connectivity is that information is everywhere. If your children don't want you -- or grandma, their soccer coach or their secret crush -- to read something or see a picture of it, it most certainly doesn't belong on the Internet.

Telling Your Children About Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

A golden rule that we learned in kindergarten is still a golden rule: Honesty is the best policy. Both of my boys, ages 6 and 4, know that I had cancer, and they know that I have to get checked every year to make sure that it doesn't come back.

The Truth About Santa

CT Working Moms | Posted 02.23.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

He is not someone who lives at the North Pole, makes toys, drinks hot cocoa and hangs out with elves, flying reindeer and Mrs. Claus. But he is real.

Talking to My Children About Sandy Hook

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Susan Deily-Swearingen

I hugged them much tighter, I was/am desperately sad for the families in Connecticut and exceedingly grateful that it was not my children who were harmed, and I lied to my kids.

Struggling to Talk to Your Teenager? The Greatest Lesson I Ever Learned.

Andy Braner | Posted 01.15.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

It's our job, our duty and our incredible responsibility to teach, to train and to mentor our teens so they can go on to have long-term healthy relationships.

How Do I Tell My Son That I Have Cancer?

Michael Solomon | Posted 11.26.2012 | Parents
Michael Solomon

I'm often stunned at the way people talk to children. I'm all in favor of honesty, but I recognize that children receive and process messages differently from adults.

What Every Mom Says, According To Their Kids

Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.10.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

I regularly find myself listening to harsh exchanges between parents and children out in public and think "is that how you ever thought you would sound back when you decided to have children?" And I also wonder, "do you even know how you sound?"

What Does It Mean To Be One Of 7 Billion?

Posted 07.13.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: The Earth’s seven billionth person was born this past October -- ...

My Daughter's Teacher Killed Her Children -- What Do I Tell My Kid?

Ron Dicker | Posted 09.05.2012 | Parents
Ron Dicker

My daughter and I are on a collision course with the most brutal kind of truth -- and I better make sure I'm fully there for impact.

Tips for Parents on Talking to Kids About Sexual Abuse

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Once they reach a certain age, our children spend the majority of their waking hours away from us, and in the end it is incumbent upon them to know when to steer clear, when to say no, and, most importantly, when to speak up -- and loudly.

Let Your Kids Know You Can Handle The Truth

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.24.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, My 12-year old used to tell me everything, but recently I found out that she lied to my face. She said she was at the home of a friend wh...

When Very Young Children Ask Very Hard Questions

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.31.2012 | Parents

Tara Crean's four-year-old daughter loves books. On the weekly family trip to the library she chooses a stack bigger than she can carry, and delights ...