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The Two Most Impactful Words I Say to My Kids

I've embraced the power in empathy. It's become my new secret parenting weapon.<p>Shutterstock<p>It's a rare day in our house if I don't hear some type of …

What Adolescents Really Need From Parents

<i>Jill Suttie</i><p>As a parent of adolescents, I've often worried about their health and happiness. They seem to be under a lot of social and academic pressure, suggesting they need more guidance from me to help them get through. But how can I support their independence and autonomy while making sure they …

12 Life Lessons Children Learn From Hiking

<i>Because few things have such direct applications to life—12 life lessons children learn from hiking.</i> From spotting wildlife to taking in the view to …

Hiking

Want to Raise Brave Girls? This TED Talk Says Encourage More of This | Inc.com

As a father of two daughters myself, I get it. It's hard to not want to protect them at every twist and turn of life. But often, when we're protecting them, we're actually holding them back from being truly remarkable.<p>So what should we encourage in our daughters to ensure they'll be …

TED Talks

Bonding With The Kiddos: Six Ideas For Busy Parents

Relax, busy parents. While you are balancing the demands of family life, career, and social commitments, the odds are in your favour when it comes to …

Parenting

A Wealth Manager Explains What Happens to Spoiled Kids When They Grow Up

'Drone parents' are creating children who've never had to struggle.<p>It’s not necessarily an official psychological condition.<p>But wealth manager …

Parenting

How To Raise Children Who Aren't Cruel

<i>How do you avoid raising a cruel child? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others</i> …

Emotional Intelligence

If You Want Your Kids to be More Active, Play With Them

The link between heart rate and effort weakens when they’re having fun.<p>Back in the 1960s, when a Swedish psychologist named Gunnar Borg pioneered a subjective scale of “perceived exertion,” he chose to have his scale run from a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 20—numbers that he figured would …

Kent State

Meet Sam, a transgender nesting doll who teaches kids about gender identity

The transgender Canadian doll was developed to stop transphobia before it develops in families<p>Toyland is in transition.<p>A Canadian nonprofit is …

Meet 'Sam,' a transgender toy that's teaching kids about gender fluidity

'Gender Creative Kids Canada' has developed an educational transgender toy in hopes to help children better understand gender identity and expression.

Kids

Mom’s Viral Post About Gray Hair Is The Self-Love Lesson We All Need

“That’s Inappropriate” blogger and mom of three is done being critical of her looks<p>How many of you look at yourself every day and criticize you …

Parenting

Positive parenting may offset brain effects of poverty

(Reuters Health) - A positive parenting style might protect kids from the negative effect that growing up in poverty is thought to have on their brain development, Australian researchers say.<p>Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans and academic indicators, the study team found differences …

The Brain

Would your kid pass the marshmallow test? Depends on your parenting style

Plus, 6 ways to teach your child to have more self control.<p>You've heard of the marshmallow test, right? It's a behavior experiment on temptation and …

Parenting

Smartphones made his kids ‘moody’ and ‘withdrawn.’ Now he wants to ban them for preteens.

Colorado dad and Denver-area anesthesiologist Tim Farnum has always understood the intrigue of modern technology. Smartphones, tablets and unfettered Internet access connect us to faraway corners of the world and make life — and movie watching — all the more convenient.<p>But the father of five is not …

The Brain
Parenting
Middle School

Five ways parents can encourage kids to be curious

On a recent Saturday, my husband and I were headed out to compete in what we fondly refer to as the “Suburb Olympics” — grocery shopping, dry-cleaning drop off, Target, hockey practice. We hadn’t even backed out of the driveway when our 5-year-old started his standard rapid-fire line of questioning.<p>…

Parenting

Do Fidget Spinners Contain Lead? What Parents Should Know

An unofficial report may be stoking fears that fidget spinners, the hottest toy of the year, could contain dangerous amounts of lead.<p>The report comes …

Kids

Please Stop Telling Me Your Child Is 'Advanced'

Let’s start this by saying that I <i>totally</i> relate to the need many parents have in wanting their children to be special, unique, talented, and downright amazing. I think my child is all of those things too. <i>Of course I do</i>. I’m even guilty of dreaming that my child will eventually excel in a subject or …

Parenting

Want To Raise Brave Children? Learn To Parent From Faith, Not Fear

I currently live in Australia, previously lived in the U.S., will soon be relocating to Singapore and consider myself a citizen of the world. My husband and I also raise our four children to view themselves that way.<p>Last weekend I was back in Washington D.C. celebrating my oldest child’s high …

United Nations

Boy Helping His Brother Out Of A Crib Proves Toddlers Are Diabolical

The nanny cam caught the two brothers working together to make a getaway<p>Every parent dreams that their kids will get along instead of being at each …

Parenting

How Dads Influence Girls' Risky Sexual Behavior

What is it about a father that affects his teenage daughter’s likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior?<p>Past research has shown links between a …

How To Celebrate Father's Day When You Don't Have A Dad

It's been almost two years since my father passed away.<p>He was my best friend. And to this day, it's still the most difficult thing I've ever had to …

Parenting

To The Mom Who Never Gets A Break, I See You

You stare out the window and wonder how you got here.<p>Your abdomen, soft and pillowy from the battle scars of child birth, presses against the …

Childbirth

How to Make Sure Social Media Doesn’t Get Your Kid Kicked Out of College

With the recent revoking by Harvard of acceptance offers to 10 students who posted inappropriate and offensive memes online, the spotlight is landing …

Parenting

Children whose parents spend time on mobile devices have more behavior issues

The question<p>Scanning text messages or checking news or sports alerts on a cellphone is common in today’s world. If parents do this while interacting with their children, might it affect the children’s behavior?<p>This study<p>The study involved 170 two-parent families with at least one child older than 1 …

Peer-Reviewed

How to stop bullying: We ask parenting expert Barbara Coloroso

Earlier in May CBC Hamilton reported about a Hamilton woman who had some nasty things written about her on an American website called The Dirty.<p>An …

Parenting

When It Comes To Bullies, It's Not You—It's Them

From navigating cliques to dodging bullies, being a kid can be a tough gig. Rejection can seemingly come out of nowhere—one day you're minding your …

Parenting

Are you a helicopter parent? This expert has tips on how to stop hovering

No parent wants to be lectured about what they're doing wrong — unless, it seems, that lecture is coming from Julie Lythcott-Haims, former dean of …

Parenting

Working Millennial Moms: Are You Getting The Support You Need?

Gone are the days when we, as working moms, would be questioned by friends and family, and employers about “choosing between having a career and raising a family.” I remember a time when I had small children and was recently divorced; even my working mother questioned if I could “have it all.” Just …

Demographics