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Why Parents Affect Children Less Than Many People Assume

Despite what a small handful of detractors have had to say, inclusive fitness theory has proved to be one of most valuable ideas we have for …

2014 Oscars: The nominees' list

"Thor" star Chris Hemsworth joined Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Thursday to announce the nominees for the 2014 Academy Awards.<p>The Academy Awards will air live on ABC on March 2, starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. For complete coverage on the …

Grammys 2014: Winners list

The 56th annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday night with performances from Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jay Z, Beyonce and more.<p>Take a look at some of the top winners below:<p><b>Record of the year</b><b><br>"Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers -- …

Here's what to do about your anxiety

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dr. Charles Raison, CNN's mental health expert, addresses two questions from readers reacting to a piece on anxiety from Kat Kinsman.<p><b>Q: Can using marijuana or having a drink or two be helpful for people with anxiety? What should they watch out for?</b><p><b>Dr. Raison:</b> If one goes on any search …

Brain-dead Texas woman taken off ventilator

A wrenching court fight -- about who is alive, who is dead and how the presence of a fetus changes the equation -- came to an end Sunday when a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman was taken off a ventilator.<p>The devices that had kept Marlise Munoz's heart and lungs working for two months were switched …

Welcome to Sochi, the security Games

A trip to the Winter Olympics in Sochi should be all about superhuman feats of skill or endurance on skis, skates or bobsleighs. But hearing the talk of U.S. security plans in the run-up to the Games in Russia next month, visitors may think they are entering a war zone.<p>Contingency plans for …

Palestinian refugees starving to death in Syrian camp, human rights groups say

A man lies dead; his severely emaciated body makes the rib cage protruding from his midsection look violent and sharp. A child sits in the dirt, the closed storefront behind him spray-painted with the words "I swear to God I am hungry." The lifeless body of a baby lies discolored and wrapped in a …

One Family Spent The Year Traveling The World, And Learned What They Really Need In Life

In January 2012, filmmakers Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett realized two things: First, there was "so damn much" they didn't know about the world, and second, if they didn't take their kids on a trip around the world -- something they had always wanted to do -- soon, it would never happen at all. …

Take Charge of Your Parenting

Do you ever find yourself shocked by the audacity of your own children? Have you ever thought, "I NEVER would have gotten away with that in MY parents' house!"<p>Research shows that kids today exude entitlement; back-talk shockingly; negotiate endlessly; worship celebrity; and are intimately familiar …

Mom Sets the Tone {5 Ways to Reset Your Mood When Anger Strikes}

3 Ways to Raise Secure Children

One of the most important qualities you want to instill in your children is a deep sense of security in themselves and the world. There are three messages you want your children to get to nurture their developing sense of security:<p><b>Others:</b> There are people in my world who will protect me when …

How to Set Limits for Kids Without Harshness, Fear or Shame

I am not a proponent of permissive parenting. 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. The "calm and firm limit" is a parenting muscle that has to be exercised and built over time. I …

Why Mindful Parenting Works for Me

Of all the parenting philosophies out there, you would think one that reflects teachings from such varied sources as psychology, Buddhism and even "Seinfeld" would provoke little controversy. But in keeping with our American tradition of the Parenting Wars (breast vs. bottle, cry-it-out vs. …

More Than a Stat: My Son Is Obese

<i>Written by Erin Ruggaber Howard for Brain, Child Magazine</i><p>There are lots of words I would use to describe my 7-year-old son Ben.* <i>Sturdy</i> comes to mind. <i>Solid</i> also gets thrown around a lot. And yet, after Ben's recent well-child appointment, I had to throw out <i>Solid</i> and <i>Sturdy</i> and replace them with two …

Mac 'n' Cheese Six New Ways

Try these twists on the family fave that are fast enough for weeknights and will have everyone fighting over the serving spoon.<p>Four cheeses combine to give this macaroni recipe its robust flavor. Oven-broiled bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese add a crunchy topping.

A Chip Off the Old Block? Block Play May Help Children's Spatial and Mathematical Thinking

We love technology. If it talks to us, requires a charge and responds to a touch, we gotta have it. But is the same true for our kids? Although they love these devices too -- just ask any parent with an iPhone or tablet -- should parents be tempted to forgo purchasing those colorful blocks and …

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

As far as proximity goes, "close" doesn't even begin to cover it when it comes to the physical relationship I maintain with my two young children.<p>I'm sure many mothers out there know exactly what I'm talking about. They crawl beneath my legs -- creating an impromptu "tunnel" -- as they play, and …

30 Best-Ever Potty Training Tips

Trust us—we know these top tips work! We tapped the experts—everyone from Parents.com readers to doctors—who spilled their secrets on getting your toddler potty trained in no time.<p>1 of 32<p>5 Easy Potty Training Tips<p>1 of 32<p>2 of 32<p>Turn Potty Time Into a Magic Trick<p>2 of 32<p>kotanya/Shutterstock<p>Boost the …

Mom, I Hate My Teacher!

Nothing can be a bigger disappointment than when your child is having a bad year at school because he/she does not click with one of his/her current teachers. At one time or another, we have all had a negative experience with a teacher, so we have an understanding of how difficult it is for our …

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How can I change my son's bad attitude and behavior?

Q: My 4-year-old is the oldest of my three boys and he has a very bad attitude and temper. When he does not get his way, he starts fussing and arguing with me. He throws his toys and is very ungrateful and demanding. For example, when I cook something that he doesn't want to eat, he yells and then …

'Movember' cuts into P&G's razor sales

Movember — the mustache movement created to raise awareness of men's health issues during the month of November — may be cutting into razor sales.<p>Procter & Gamble on Friday reported that grooming sales in developed countries for the period of October to December 2013 were essentially flat.<p>“While …

The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents

Anna Allanbrook, the principal of the Brooklyn New School, a public elementary school in Carroll Gardens, has long considered the period of standardized testing that arrives every spring to be a necessary, if unwelcome, phase of the school year. Teachers and kids would spend limited time preparing …

Weekend Reading: Daniel Pearl’s Murder, a College Cult, Bieber Week

In <i>Washingtonian Magazine</i>, Asra Q. Nomani has written a story that combines relentless reporting with brave introspection as she recounts the murder of her friend Daniel Pearl. Pearl was kidnapped and killed by Islamic extremists while reporting for the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> in Pakistan. Nomani, who is …

10 Things You Didn't Know About Slavery, Human Trafficking (And What You Can Do About It)

You may know that in far-off countries, like Cambodia and India, children are prime victims for sex trafficking. You probably also know that trafficked workers are forced to toil for long hours, with little or no pay, to produce such everyday items as bricks and chocolate.<p>But what you may not know …

Trafficking victims lured to the UK: locked up and raped at £30 a time

They drove north during the night, up from Nice, through the Channel tunnel and into London. Abina remembers stopping outside a tower block, her boyfriend guiding her into a tiny flat and then a back room where she was locked inside. The first British man to rape her arrived the following morning …