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This Is What We Should Be Teaching Our Kids About Consent

Teaching consent is an essential conversation for parents and educators to initiate with children. Admittedly, of all the crucial conversations, this …

A sociologist explains why wealthy women are doomed to be miserable

The US is riveted by images of the rich and famous. But it also tends to be scornful of wealthy women. Bravo’s <i>Real Housewives</i> franchise is predicated upon the idea that women of leisure are catty, vain, and frivolous, jetting off on expensive girls’ weekends only to descend into vicious—yet …

The Key to Well-Behaved Kids Isn't Punishment. It's Discipline, and There's a Big Difference.

Those blue and red permanent markers, hidden in the kitchen drawer, are too tempting. Your child remembers seeing you stash them there, and one …

Parenting

Phew! It's Normal. An Age by Age Guide for What to Expect From Kids & Teens - And What They Need From Us

Being a kid or a teen is not for lightweights – it’s tough out there! There are important things that need to be done, that only they can do. The …

Free Printable Chore Charts for Kids and the Whole Family

It seems that up to age 11 the chore chart is a boon and then it becomes a bane. Nevertheless, everyone in the family must pull their weight. …

The power of talking sideways to children

Children need opportunities to talk solo to their parents. The best moments happen in ‘sideways listening’ – when out running, walking, driving, or baking or making<p>Good family communication is the key to successful parenting at all stages, but it’s not always easy. We all know the advice about …

Parenting

The Reward Chart That Changed Everything In My House

Right when we become fooled into believing that we have mastered a certain tricky stage in our child’s development, a new one smacks us right in the …

Parenting

7 Rules for Raising Sons Who Respect Women

My father taught me these simple rules that I wish some politicians had learned.<p>In the wake of Trump's odious bragging about sexual assault, a number of Trump supporters and Trump himself has insisted that it's just "locker-room talk."<p>For the record, I have never heard men in private say anything …

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Parenting

9 things NOT to do when camping with kids

THERE’S A POWERFUL SENSE of accomplishment that comes with being able to take your kids camping anywhere and have it feel like home. I recall six …

What Teens Need Most From Their Parents

As adolescents navigate the stormiest years in their development, they need coaching, support, good examples and most of all understanding<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Google+<p>Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com<p>The teenage years can be mystifying for parents. Sensible …

Psychology

Why Teenagers Don't Talk to Their Parents and What you can do About it Now With Your Toddler

<b>Why teenagers don’t talk to their parents…</b><p>I once read that the teenage years can be likened to the toddler years. Both stages of life are a time of …

By the Numbers: A Day in the Life of a Restaurant Food Runner

Like most food runners, Talmone's job is to deliver plates from the kitchen to the tables. In the world of restaurant accolades, service employees like runners tend to be overlooked, sometimes brushed off as low-skilled workers, who either have no choice but to work the job or are just paying their …

Dining Rooms

Family of allergic child sues Panera for putting peanut butter in grilled cheese sandwich

In a case reflecting the growing tensions around food allergies, the family of a 6-year-old Natick girl with a serious peanut allergy filed suit last …

Comfort Food

What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone

When my Mom was dying, my siblings and I gathered to be with her in her final days. None of us knew anything about supporting someone in her …

Positive Thinking

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Technology Rules for Both Parents and Kids

There are definitely perks to growing up in a time of fast moving technological advancement, but along with the advantages come the disadvantages. …

Parenting

The invisible work (and value) of parenting

“You have a PhD, and you’re freelancing and home with the kids? That must be … nice,” said the mother of a friend of my 6-year-old daughter.<p>The “nice” hung in the air awkwardly, familiarly. Behind the question was genuine bewilderment, curiosity, a bit of judgment, a smattering of pity. In my next …

Parenting

In Fiji, 17 dead from 'monster' Cyclone Winston; schools shuttered for a week

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least 17 people were killed in Fiji when a record-breaking storm struck the island nation Saturday night, according to a CARE Australia tweet citing Fiji's government.<p>Now that Tropical Cyclone Winston has passed, the arduous tasks of cleanup and damage assessment from the most powerful …

Weather

A Festive Thanksgiving Countdown Calendar ⋆ Pretty Prudent

Feel annoyed that Christmas is pushing out Thanksgiving? According to my highly-scientific study of reading my Facebook feed, most people do. Since …

Decorations

my 3 favorite toddler art activities

As I shared a while back, Lucy's little brain is developing and growing so fast and gone are the days where she is dazzled by paint! I used to be …

My Greatest Parenting Failure

I wanted to get this one right. In my mind, there was no room for error as a parent, and so I put everything into it and more. I was not good enough for my children in the early days. I didn't know enough about them and I didn't know enough about parenting. I was still being me, and I was failing. …

Parenting

When Your Toddler Grabs from the Baby

<i>“Our 26 month old is overall really excellent with the three month old. But now the baby is starting to play with toys, and the toddler always grabs</i> …

Parenting

Be Less Irritable With Your Child Today

Our kids drive us crazy.<p>Even for those of us who strive towards peaceful parenting get irritated and frustrated with our kids. They're so immature! It's as if it's their job to push our buttons (it is).<p>The key to any kind of successful parenting is keeping our cool -- self-regulation. We have to …

Mindfulness

Discipline Your Kids With Natural Consequences

Let your child learn from the natural consequences of his own actions, and you can prevent power struggles without being the bad guy.<p>When I was a kid, "discipline" meant that my parents revoked one of my favorite privileges whenever I misbehaved. Hit my brother? No TV for a week. Didn't do my …

Parenting

Kids Aren’t the Priority. Marriage Is.

How to keep your marriage healthy after having kids.I was concerned that becoming parents might weaken our marriage. I wasn’t afraid that it would …

Marriage

Everything we do as Parents Comes down to This.

I remember the first day my oldest son went to school. All of a sudden, there was a period of five hours in the day in which I didn’t really know …

Parenting

64 Positive Things to Say to Kids

Encouraging Words for Kids<p><b>What phrases do you say each day to your kids? Which ones do you want them to remember?</b><p>In the years since my grandmother …

Parenting

How to discipline your children without rewards or punishment

Many parents are moving towards “gentle parenting”, where they choose not to use rewards (sticker charts, lollies, chocolates, TV time as “bribes”) …

The Weight of a Mother’s Love

Image via Shutterstock<p>Hi there, Mama.<p>You may not know me, but I know you. I’ve walked in your shoes (slowly of course, so my toddler’s little legs …

Parenting