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Parenting On Different Pages

By Jennifer Powell-Lunder for GalTime.com<p>When you say no, they run to him because they know he will say yes. They finally begin to follow the rules, but he never follows, let alone enforces them. You can't even count the times you have sat down with him to discuss how important it is to present as …

When You Empty Your Nest and Your Child Gets Lost

Lots of empty nest posts on the Internet glow with reports of how well their kids are doing. "<i>I may be hurting but my kid is doing great!</i>"<p>What about those who don't?<p>The kids who struggle. Who get caught up in abusive relationships. Get into drugs. Who might go a year to college. Drop out. Or work …

Decode Your Baby's Body Language

Just because she can't talk doesn't mean your little one doesn't have important things she wants to tell you.<p>I'm a celebrity-magazine junkie, so I consider myself an expert when it comes to reading the body language of all those A-listers. I know that Angelina's tug on Brad's muscular shoulder is …

How to Help Your Child Make Friends

Is your child having trouble developing friendships? Help him feel more confident with these tips and activities for making friends at school.<p>Back to School: How To Help Kids Make New Friends<p>Playdates at the park. Backyard games of hide-and-seek. Tea parties and tree forts. Having friends is not …

Top 10 Things We Will Tell Our Sons About Sex

Remember how we said we accidentally bred on the same schedule and both have 6-year-old daughters? Well, we weren't kidding about that breeding schedule -- we also each have 3-year-old sons. So it's only fair that, after publishing the "Top 10 Things We'll Tell Our Daughters About Sex," we should …

29 Kid Games to Play On the Go

Whether you're at the doctor's office, the airport, or the post office, waiting is never pleasant. But when you're accompanied by your small child, it can be positively harrowing. As long as you're not afraid to be a little goofy, these simple games can help you head off disaster and have some fun …

5 Ways to Stop Arguing Over Money

Don’t let financial clashes put stress on your relationship. We’ll help you get on the same page—and make smarter spending choices.<p>The fact that you’ve committed to being someone’s life partner doesn’t mean you share the same approach to money. Far from it: 73 percent of married couples consist of …

This Is What Sex-Positive Parenting Really Looks Like

It happened yet again. As I was sitting at the table for dinner with my children, I noticed my daughter's hand fishing around under her skirt.<p>"We don't play with our vulvas at the table. Go wash your hands and finish your food," I scolded. She nodded, ran off to wash her hands, and resumed picking …

12 Things I Would Whisper to a Newborn Child

If I could whisper to a newborn child, this is what I would whisper:<p><b>1.You are enough.</b><p><b>2.One of the greatest gifts you receive in life will be discovering who you are.</b><p><b>3. You have an essential ingredient in a recipe to share.</b> Spirit gave you gifts to offer. No one else has what you have. No one.<p><b>4.</b> …

4 Tips to Bully-Proof Your Child

The issue regarding bullying in schools has grabbed a lot of attention lately. Given that 28% of middle school students experience some manner of bullying, it's no surprise that suicide and depression rates keep on increasing.<p>Even celebrities have taken the initiative to campaign against bullies …

Hung Up

The 50 Best Movies for Kids

Check out some of the best kid-friendly films of all time.<p>Whether you're planning a family movie night or looking for some kid-friendly entertainment options while you and your partner have a date night (or, let's be honest, catch an extra hour of sleep on the weekend!), nothing spoils the fun like …

5 Ways Having Kids Has Changed My Marriage

Recently, my husband and I celebrated our nine-year wedding anniversary. Looking back at those late-twenties versions of ourselves, I can't help reflecting on how things have changed. Before having kids, my husband and I used to spend our time strolling through art galleries, biking through the …

5 Things Not To Say To A Woman With Postpartum Depression -- And What To Say Instead

Postpartum depression, which affects an estimated 9 to 16 percent of new moms, is better understood than ever before, meaning there is more awareness about the condition and access to treatment.<p>But in other ways, it's still shrouded in mystery and misinformation.<p>"I'm convinced the whole world …

5 Sleep-Through-the-Night Strategies

Tired of your baby staying awake late into the night? Learn how to get him (and you!) a good night's sleep with these baby sleep solutions.<p>That newborn of yours took a while to figure out the difference between night and day -- and you expected this. But you didn't anticipate that his whole first …

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Dear Family Whisperer: 5 Secrets of Raising Charitable Kids

<i>Dear Family Whisperer.</i><p>After reading a recent article in the New York Times, "Learning Young the Gift of Helping Others," I felt like I should be doing more to make my child "charitable." But I can't even get him to part with old toys. How can I teach him to be generous?"<p>--Worried Mom<p>I read the same …

Parenting

The Sweetest Baby Milestones (and When to Expect Them)

All milestones in Baby's first year are special, but some are especially sweet. Find out when to expect these developmental milestones and more.<p>It was a blah January evening, and I'd come home from work with a headache. I called my mom to say hi, then plunked the cordless phone down on the bed, …

25 Things to Do Before You Deliver

A planner for a sane (and fun!) third trimester: your last hurrah list, smart maternity-leave strategies, and crucial conversations to have with your partner before Birth Day.<p>Start with a yummy breakfast in bed before moving on to a Netflix marathon, celeb mags, and Scrabble with your honey. Then, …

12 Things Nobody Ever Tells New Moms

By Stacey Becker,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1paKUab<p>When my husband and I announced our pregnancy, family and friends continuously raved about …

7 Ways to Redefine Happiness and Raise Caring Kids

A new study from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education has the potential to serve as a wake-up call for parents everywhere. The study reveals a gap between the messages parents intend to send their children about empathy and caring and the messages that children actually hear. Parents …

What an Atheist Told His Daughter When She Asked About God

The Big Questions come at the most unexpected times. The other day, driving home from preschool, Penny asked me if God could hear us. This question was followed by, "does he know where we live?" and "does he see everything we do?" My responses to these thought-provoking metaphysical queries varied …

How to Make Fruit Purees for Babies

Homemade fruit purees are filled with essential vitamins and nutrients for your baby. Learn how to make 13 favorites at home with our easy step-by-step guides.<p>Babies typically start fruit with their morning meal after they've tried several green and yellow veggies. Rather than buying baby food at …

The Best Breastfeeding Positions for Mom and Baby

Whether you offer baby the breast or a bottle, we'll help you past the feeding and nursing roadblocks. Learn how to breastfeed by trying four popular breastfeeding positions (cradle, cross-cradle, side-lying, and football) to find the best one for you and baby. For moms who are bottlefeeding, get …

15 Pregnancy Power Foods

These healthy choices have the nutrients that you and your growing baby need.<p>1 of 18<p>7 Power Foods for a Healthy Pregnancy<p>1 of 18<p>2 of 18<p>Fortified Breakfast Cereal<p>2 of 18<p>You knew folate was important before conception and during your first few weeks of pregnancy, but your needs for the B vitamin stay …

Do's and Don'ts When Breastfeeding in Public

Nursing on the go? Try these tips to make breastfeeding your baby in public comfortable for everyone.<p>Breastfeeding in Public<p>When Freda Rosenfeld thinks back to the days when she was nursing, one very distinct memory plays in her head again and again. She had taken her son, age 3, and her daughter, …

12 Finger Foods That Don't Come From a Box

Skip highly processed finger foods for these natural, nutritious bites babies and toddlers will love to get their hands on.<p>Forget the mush and surprise your baby with a new taste and texture by offering whole peas. Green peas can be steamed, boiled, or simply offered frozen. Aside from wonderful …

10 Ways Moms Can Balance Work and Family

It's never easy being a mom trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. Read on for tips on how you get closer to reaching an ideal work-life balance.<p>More moms than ever are in the workforce. According to the Center for American Progress, "women now make up half of all workers in the …

11 Basic Manners Kids Often Forget

Even if it takes a few reminders, encourage your child to be more mindful of some basic etiquette.<p>Over the eight years that I've been an etiquette expert, and the 12 years that I've been a parent, I've seen children of all ages make similar mistakes when it comes to manners. A lot of these mistakes …

What to Do When My Child Lies? 13 Ways to Respond, Prevent, and Strengthen Honest Communication

Think of the times in your life you have lied. And why.<p>Were you afraid of what would happen if you told the truth? Worried how the other would react? Whether you'd get into trouble?<p>Or because you felt ashamed? Because covering up the truth seemed easier than dealing with the lie? Because you felt …

When Parenting Breaks Your Heart

Once you are a parent, your pores open up and more of life's stuff gets inside you. You can't screen out the horror stories about what happens to little children because there is a little child on your lap now, and you can't help thinking, <i>Oh my God, what if that happened to him?</i><p>I've always been a …