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Why you don't need God

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was January 2014 and I was sitting on the beach in Malibu looking out at the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean, ebbing and flowing. I had just begun a personal project of challenging my lifelong assumption that God exists.<p>You see, I had been a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 19 years. I …

Religion

Dr. Dreidel is the dreidel that beats all others

<i>Well, we're peepin', and we're creepin', and we're writin'<br>Just look at what we caught: a wooden Dreidel that's just bangin'<br>Now it's time for me to have my impression read,<br>About this instrument printed with Dr. Dre's head,<br>You never seen Hannukah like this befo'<br>With Hebrew letters on sides times</i> …

The Obamas: How We Deal with Our Own Racist Experiences

<i>The Obamas open up about raising their daughters, the impact of stereotypes, and what’s on the POTUS dance party playlist. Subscribe now for instant</i> …

Staten Island

How parents are working out a way to beat a 77% rise in childcare costs

Families are facing a crippling financial burden that is pricing half a million mums out of the workplace<p>The cost of childcare is possibly the biggest expense you will face as a parent – and it is on the rise. Latest figures show it has soared by 77% over the past decade, leading to 500,000 mothers …

This Video Will Make You Think Twice Before You Judge A Parent

Parenting is hard enough without having to face snap judgments from others. This video is a fierce reminder of how important it is to withhold those critiques until you know someone's entire story.<p>It is an ad, created by Wacoal Thailand as part of their Beauty Inside campaign. But the short film is …

Bringing a Family Together: Nature's Blueprint Part 4, 'Parent with Principles'

Since we parents are imperfect, we don't want our shortcomings to help define who our children become. A giant step in accomplishing this is to constantly emphasize "principles over personalities" while parenting. Since we are imperfect, we must teach our children that our principles are their …

Parents: The Missing Ingredient in K-12 Success

As educators, we talk a lot about the role of teachers in the lives of students and debate the best ways to strengthen the classroom experience for students from all backgrounds. There is only so much a teacher can do, though, particularly with large class sizes and limited resources. Even teachers …

Education

5 Useless Pieces of Advice Everyone Gives to New Parents

Everyone knows that having a newborn baby is a hellish, sleep-deprived ordeal that is quickly forgotten when your baby grows into a "TV newborn" who …

Jackie Chan

Parents jailed for manslaughter of baby who had rickets

Couple's five-month-old son died after their Seventh Day Adventist beliefs prevented them from seeking medical care<p>A couple have been jailed for the manslaughter of their five-month old son, who died from rickets after they neglected his care because of their religious beliefs.<p>Nkosiyapha Kunene, …

Headteachers' union leader: pushy parents are fuelling recruitment crisis

NAHT chief Russell Hobby says schools face struggle to replace retiring generation as teachers are put off from becoming heads<p>Pushy parents are increasingly deterring teachers from becoming heads, according to the leader of a headteachers' union, who warns of a recruitment crisis as the baby-boom …

Is yelling the new spanking? Parents try to turn down the volume with kids

You love them like crazy, but they can also drive you crazy, so no matter how well-behaved your children are, there comes a time when you need to get tough.<p>For lots of parents, that means yelling – something many feel awful about afterwards.<p>“I feel guilty and I feel like I just wish I had more …

Parental leave: Tony Abbott's 'feminist evolution' isn't enough

The ability to have a career and a family goes beyond a call for better paid parental schemes. It is a small gain, but it won’t cement any real change. We need a cultural shift<p>According to Tony Abbott, Australia has smashed every glass ceiling. “Anyone who is an Australian has won the lottery of …

Parents working fewer hours could be the answer to spiralling childcare costs

State investment in quality childcare should start by subsidising parents to work less and spend more time with their children<p>UK childcare is fiendishly expensive. More than the average mortgage payment, according to new figures from the Family and Childcare Trust. The costs have rocketed in the …

Debunking Myths about Parent Involvement in Middle School

<b>By Katie Wester-Neal</b><p>Five or six different teachers. A labyrinth building. Lockers. New friends. Moving up to middle school can be overwhelming for …

Education

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Tim Scott: ‘When the Parents Have a Choice, the Kids Have a Chance’

South Carolina senator Tim Scott made a case at CPAC this morning for his opportunity agenda and school choice by speaking about his own struggles in …

Like Father, Like Son: Two boys, four parents and a difficult quandary

Because he's such a precise observer of family micro-dynamics and sublime director of children, Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda (<i>After Life</i>, <i>Nobody Knows</i>) gets away with much in <i>Like Father, Like Son</i>, a credibility-challenging story about two Tokyo couples dealing with the revelation that their …

Working-class

10 Ways to Help Your Child Build Self-Esteem

Anyone who has kids knows that they are both a magical blessing and a constant source of stress. Raising children requires a lot of work—just …

Self-help