Katie Shaughnessy

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Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children

Julie Lythcott-Haims noticed a disturbing trend during her decade as a dean of freshmen at Stanford University. Incoming students were brilliant and accomplished and virtually flawless, on paper. But with each year, more of them seemed incapable of taking care of themselves.<p>At the same time, …

Parenting

Should I let my child take more risks?

Play such as jumping from a height or letting a child get lost contributes to self-esteem and can reduce the risks they take as adolescents – and avoids a sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to obesity and chronic disease<p>“You’ll take your eye out with that” is our family motto. I’m the hovering mum …

Teens

What Danish Parents Know About The Power Of Play

We all want our kids to be happy. And happiness is something the Danes have supposedly figured out, with research consistently showing that residents …

Parenting

The best new-mom advice I ever heard

This too shall pass<p>The best new-mom advice I ever heard came from a total stranger. I was a guest at my friend's baby shower and we were all asked to …

Sesame Street

Exhausted new mom's hilarious take on 'expert' sleep advice goes viral - TODAY.com

Today<p>"Don’t let your baby sleep too long, except when they’ve been napping too much, then you should wake them. Never wake a sleeping baby." Does "expert" baby sleep advice make your head spin?<p>Like many exhausted new moms, Ava Neyer read stacks of books about baby sleep. But nothing seemed to work …

Parenting

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryThe Trap of “Abortion Reversal” Ruth Graham A newly touted procedure might let women halt the effects of the abortion pill. It’s sparking …

Scott Pruitt

I’m A Control Freak About My Kids’ Sleep

Never has there been more of a divide in opinions and practices than in the world of child rearing. Issues like what foods to eat, ways of …

Love Starts With Babies

How does love start with babies? The way that caregivers love baby is the way baby will learn deep in their heart to love others. A supported, …

Pregnancy

4 Words My Husband Says That Reflect the Importance of Parenting

When my husband walks in the door after working late, his first words to me are "Thank you." He's thanking me for taking care of the kids and the usual tasks of the day -- dinner, baths, bedtime routines, clean up.<p>He usually follows it up with "I'm sorry" for having worked late, even though it was …

Parenting

10 Top Rated Books for Parenting Boys

Parenting is never easy. If only kids came with a handbook, right? Sometimes parenting boys and girls can be different. Here are 10 books that were …

Parenting

Some unsolicited parenting advice from an economist: give yourself a break

One afternoon last year, a woman and her 10-year-old son sat down next to me while I was writing in a quiet Upper West Side coffee shop in New York City. She anxiously quizzed him on math and language questions, noticed me looking at them, apologized for being loud, and explained they were hours …

Parenting

How I learned to let the village in and accept help

Five years ago, I was a brand new mother. I spent my days and nights taking care of my infant daughter, loving her immensely and at the same time, discovering how lonely motherhood could be.<p>Expressions I’d heard for years but never understood suddenly made sense: the days are long but the years are …

Parenting

4 New Parenting Tips That Will Make Your Kids Awesome

Parenting tips are everywhere but most have zero legitimate research behind them. So what does science have to say? And how can you remember what’s …

Parenting

Children With Working Moms Are More Successful Later In Life, Study Finds

When it comes to our moms, we already have a lot to be thankful for, but here's another thing to add to the list.<p>According to research from Harvard …

Make sleep, not war

Parents are given so much conflicting advice on children’s sleep, it’s no wonder the whole family is sleep deprived.<p>In new parent circles, you can’t swing a lovey without hitting an argument over baby sleep methods. Look into “sleep training” or “crying-it-out,” and you’ll find foreboding warnings …

Parenting

Countertops That Last | Countertop Shopping Tips - Consumer Reports News

To find out which countertop materials last and which don’t, Consumer Reports stained, sliced, scratched, scorched, and nicked 16 materials from …

Kitchen Storage Ideas for the Chef Extraordinaire

Whether your dinners are three-Michelin-stars-worthy, or you're still learning the ropes, if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, these storage and organization ideas are for you!<p><b>Trays That Stay</b><br>A roll-out tray divider helps keep baking sheets and trays upright for easy access. No more having to …

What Overparenting Looks Like From a Stanford Dean’s Perspective

<i>Excerpted from HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims, published June</i> …

Parenting

15 Life Lessons I Didn't Expect to Learn from Motherhood

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I decided to press pause on these past three years of motherhood to stop and consider all that I have learned. It has …

Parenting

Must-Haves for a Modern Kitchen

Three tastemakers share their essentials<p>Tastemakers Paloma Contreras, Wade Allyn Hallock, and Alex Hitz share their essentials.

The 10 Features You Won't Find in a New Home

What builders are focusing on speaks volumes about the way we live now.<p>Outdoor kitchens are "out" and closets are "in," according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) on the most and least common features in newly-built homes. The survey found that practical …

Supporting the Rise of the Engaged Father

As I walked past security at the airport towards our gate, carrying my baby and two bags, the security guard directed me to the escalator. There I clumsily loaded my bags and baby and off we went.<p>It was about three weeks later that we were traveling the same path through the airport and walking …

Parenting

20 Things Every Parent Should Hear

1. You are a hero for your kids. You are. You're a go-the-distance, fight-the-dragon, face-the-challenges hero for your kids. Taking a beating makes that more true. Not less.<p>2. We all struggle. Every parent. Everywhere. We all second-guess ourselves. And we all want to quit sometimes. Hold the good …

Parenting

7 Things I'll Do Differently With My Next Baby

<i>Written by Katie for Babble.com</i><p>With the celebration of Eli's birthday 10 days ago, I am officially finished with my rookie year of parenting. Though there were ups and downs, overall, it was an incredible year. I found that I enjoy motherhood as much as I always hoped/wanted to, and that many parts …

Parenting

7 signs that your child loves you

7 signs that your baby loves you<p><b>She stares into your eyes:</b> Newborns love to look at faces, and yours is her favorite. That soulful gaze is a …

The Business Concept That Changed the Way I Think About Parenting

I stopped reading books. I have piles and piles of barely opened parenting and self-development books stacked around my house -- on my nightstand, next to the bathtub, in the kitchen, in the living room and even in the kids' rooms. I want to be the best parent I can be, but I'm overwhelmed by and …

New Parent Jitters: Don't Be Scared, Mom!

Nervous about everything from bathing to carrying your newborn? We'll help you feel at ease during those early days of parenthood.<p>True confession: When it came time to leave the hospital with my baby girl and care for her on my own, I was convinced that I'd do everything wrong. Even the most basic …

Pregnancy

8 Ways To Be Intentional In Your Parenting

Some people call parenting a job, but when I think about it, that doesn't seem like an accurate description of what this beautiful and messy thing really is. This is a relationship -- a relationship that takes thought, self sacrifice, love, compassion and intentionality. This is not a relationship …

Parenting

10 Ways to REALLY Help Someone Who Has a New Baby – by Shelly Lopez Gray (Registered nurse)

I would have given a kidney if someone would have done any of these things for me after the birth of my second child. To the people who brought my …

Nursing