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Progress for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On December 10th President Obama hosted a White House Summit on Early Education, bringing together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, child advocacy and elected leaders and other key stakeholders.

Cutting Family Ties: 5 Ways to Handle These Decisions When Children or Other Family Are Involved

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Making healthy choices for ourselves can be extremely painful. In many situations we may feel betrayed by those who are close to us who decide to stay connected to the family members we have chosen to cut ties with, who have hurt us so deeply.

Dear Family Whisperer: 5 Steps Toward Combating Homophobia in Your OWN Family

Melinda Blau | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

He asked me recently, "Do you have a husband?" I said, "No," but it bothered me later. I have a life partner whom I've been with for over 20 years, a woman Nicholas calls "Aunt Barbara."

Don't Neglect the Signs of Neglect in Young Children

Dr. Ann Mastergeorge | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
Dr. Ann Mastergeorge

More children suffer from neglect in the United States than from physical and sexual abuse combined, although neglect receives significantly less attention.

The Seed Experiment

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The case for providing the basics for all children in America is hard to refute. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.2 million children were lifted out of poverty by SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, in 2012. Yet right now we are fast approaching a critical time for hungry children: summer vacation.

Still Concerned About What's Next for Early Childhood Education

Laurel Bongiorno | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Laurel Bongiorno

There must be a vision for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classrooms as engaging, interactive environments, full of open-ended opportunities for play as learning, and focused on early childhood learning guidelines that address the whole child's learning and development, not just on early academics.

The Duality of Raising Children

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

The best days of my life. I've been turning the phrase around in my head for the last few days. I've been trying it on, tentatively, like a dress that might get stuck around my hips, the fabric taut and puckery. The phrase tumbles and floats, scatters and reconvenes.

Tips For Emerging Out Of Parenting The Young

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

Congratulations on surviving one of the wildest rides in town: parenting the young. Welcome to the world again! You thought it would be gone forever, but it's back: Time to yourself!

What I Noticed When I 'Stepped Away' From My Children

Cara McDonough | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Cara McDonough

I like having a break. I like seeing my husband care for our children in his own way. But what I really like, I learned, is catching a glimpse of my little family through an innocent bystander's eyes.

How To Set Limits For Kids Without Harshness, Fear Or Shame

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Kids need boundaries and limits to feel safe. But setting and enforcing them is tricky, especially if you are trying to avoid coercion, threats and bribes.

Dear Parents With Young Children In Church

Jamie Bruesehoff | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Jamie Bruesehoff

I know it's hard, but thank you for what you do when you bring your children to church. Please know that your family -- with all of its noise, struggle, commotion, and joy -- are not simply tolerated, you are a vital part of the community gathered in worship.

How Important Are Routines for Young Children?

Diana Grycan | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

How do we hold on to those few precious hours in the evening and still offer our children routines that will contribute to successful days at school?

New Study Reveals Real Toll Of War On Military Kids

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact

A new study finds that the half a million young children of parents on active duty are facing serious risks to their mental development. Child Tren...

A Limerick for the Mom of Littles

Rachel Joyce | Posted 08.24.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

Some mornings I wake up and think, "I'll lie here real, real still. I know! I'll fake at being sick! The questions quit when I am ill!"

A Third Child

Lindsey Mead | Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

I want to feel again that gasping, outrageous miracle of small feet pushing up into my ribs, to sense something somersaulting inside my body, to surrender once more to the incandescent pain of birthing a baby. But all of that is because I don't want this to be over.

8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

Kim Siegal | Posted 06.06.2013 | Parents
Kim Siegal

You've stepped on one too many Legos. You've exhausted yourself trying to convince an illogical toddler to do something life sustaining, like eating. You've tried repeatedly and then failed to soothe a crying baby, a tantruming toddler or a neglected partner.

The Promise I'm Holding My 7-Year-Old To

Tracy Morrison | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Tracy Morrison

Esther is seven. Yet her seven is nothing like her sister's seven two short years ago. While I've now enjoyed nearly 730 days of "sevens" in my house, there's no stereotype I can share with you that perfectly captures this magical age. It turns out that seven can be complicated.

The Spiritheart Collective (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 04.02.2013 | Good News
Bus 52

"Can you find your heart beat?" Lou Boden walks over to a woman who has just put her hand up to the question "who can't play music?" He asks her to m...

My One Big Complaint About Motherhood

Nicole Blades | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Nicole Blades

I love this little boy with everything I have. He's beautiful and sweet and funny and delightful. He's also, as I said, three. And as much as I enjoy and appreciate being able to spend time with my son in the afternoons (I work from home), too often it feels a little one-note.

As School Districts Compete for Federal Race to the Top Dollars, It's Time to Think Beyond School Walls

Hannah Matthews | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Hannah Matthews

School districts concerned with improving outcomes for children would do well to look to kids' earliest years. High quality early childhood education improves the odds for high needs children.

Saying Yes to Digital Media in Preschool and Kindergarten

Lisa Guernsey | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
Lisa Guernsey

We need to be preparing teachers who know time-tested methods for teaching young children but who also see new technologies as a tool for sparking a love of learning.

Hamsters, Exotic Pets May Put Young Children At Risk, Doctors Say

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — Warning: young children should not keep hedgehogs as pets _ or hamsters, baby chicks, lizards and turtles, for that matter _ because o...