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How To Foster A Love Of Science In Your Kid

So, your kid loves science. “That’s great!” you might think before wondering what to do next. You’re not a scientist nor a teacher; you just know …

Kids

24 Feminist School Supplies For Empowered Girls

So cute mom will want to steal them.<p>It’s that time of year when every once-and-current school-loving nerd starts daydreaming about freshly sharpened pencils, new lined notebooks and all the other accoutrements of the back-to-school season.<p>For all the aspiring girl bosses out there, we’ve put …

Women's News

5 Teachers Share Their Favorite On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

Being a teacher isn't all "Best Teacher Ever" mugs and sharing funny stories about the kids' antics during class breaks, you know. In fact, it seems …

Breakfast

7 Cookbooks That Will Inspire Your Kids to Start Cooking

Of course, children who want to start cooking don't necessarily <i>need</i> cookbooks made specifically for kids. They can learn from cooking alongside you, …

Food

5 Things Every Working Mom Must Remember to Grow in Her Career

A CEO mother shares her secrets for getting the job you want and succeeding in it.<p>We’ve all heard why working moms make great hires: They get things …

Motherhood

How to Tell If Your Child May Be Gifted, Just By Looking at Their Art

You'll want to give your kid's latest creations a second glance before storing them.<p>Ever wonder if you have a gifted child? You may be able to get an …

Education

Black Girl Magic: 33 Picture Books Featuring Black Female Protagonists

There are so many wonderful picture books that feature strong, Black females as the main protagonist. Little girls can read about heroines from the …

Books

Father Builds a $35 Million Theme Park for Daughter With Special Needs

“It’s a park for 100 percent of the people, not one for 90 or 80 percent of them."<p>When Gordon Hartman watched his then-12-year-old daughter, Morgan, …

Autism

Moms Of Teens Can Benefit From Social Support, Just Like New Moms

Raising children is a task that requires extensive "on-the-job" training, which is why many women rely on new moms groups for parenting support and guidance. Often, however, as the kids get older, the mothers' friendships fall by the wayside.<p>Now, new research indicates that social support isn't …

Parenting

A Survey of 1,502 College Students Revealed the 1 Skill They Wish Their Parents Taught Them

We invest a lot of time in teaching young people to be academically prepared, but we often overlook the skills they really need to succeed.<p>Parents, teachers, and coaches dedicate their days to preparing kids for the challenges of life after high school. They devote countless hours to ensuring kids …

Education

'Dirt Is Good': Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

As a new parent, Jack Gilbert got a lot of different advice on how to properly look after his child: when to give him antibiotics or how often he should sterilize his pacifier, for example.<p>After the birth of his second child, Gilbert, a scientist who studies microbial ecosystems at the University …

Immune System

No, Your Kid Can't Have My Subway Seat

When grown-ups cow to the youngest passengers, we’re doing them a disservice.<p>On the subway, our sympathies and antipathies are on full display. So too are our overly precious attitudes toward children.<p>The other day, for example, my friend Svetlana and I were on a Brooklyn-bound D train when a …

Child Protection

New Study: Parent Technology Use Linked To Child Behavior Problems

Parents may feel like the constant love and attention that children receive makes up for the little time time spent here and there on text messages …

Parenting

10 ways design thinking can help you raise resourceful kids

When my son Ben was young, he only ate white food. Spaghetti, bread and popcorn all made the cut; broccoli and peppers, not so much. I couldn’t let it go. I formed spinach into “Shrek pancakes,” told him Batman loved peas and challenged him to string bean eating contests. I knew he loved …

Parenting

The Best Toys for 6-Year-Olds

There’s a major life change that happens around the time a kid turns six: They learn how to read. And as this happens, their world expands and almost …

Kids

There’s A Scientific Reason You Hold Your Baby On Your Left Hip

This makes total sense<p>Every mom has their “strong arm,” aka, the baby-holding arm. However, most of use the same side to hold our kids — on the left. …

I Didn’t Know I Needed A Son…

I knew I was only going to have daughters. I just knew it.<p>When I played Life growing up, somehow my car was always dotted with a half-dozen pink pegs …

How to Cut Back on Negative Consequences and Power Struggles

Feel like your kids are on a totally different wavelength? Here’s some help.<p><b>By Lorraine Allen</b><p>One of my biggest personal parenting challenges has been …

This WTF Video Sums Up Parenting In 40 Seconds

Wondering if you’re ready for kids? Watch this video<p>Whether or not you’re ready for kids is a pretty epic decision. Many a friend has come to me …

What parents need to know about "dry drowning"

Secondary and dry drowning are rare, but extremely serious.<p>This past week, a Texas family suffered a heartbreaking loss when their four-year-old son succumbed to a suspected (though not officially confirmed) case of secondary drowning—a condition in which inhaled water causes fluid to build up in a …

Medicine

Don’t let me forget their littleness

Don’t let me forget the sound of little feet on my floor. Little feet running while she delightedly waits for me to chase her. Little feet treading …

How to take a road trip with your teen daughter (and still be speaking to each other at the end)

Traveling with family members is not at the top of everyone's wish list, but sometimes we fantasize that we can rewrite family history with a fabulous vacation.<p>Sometimes we even plan trips with our teenage daughters.<p>If that possibility seems like a probability, consider this weeklong (more or less) …

Best Brain Foods for Kids

John Lamb/Digital Vision/Getty Images<p>Brain-Boosting Foods<p>If you want to give your kids an academic edge this school year, you may ask them to study …

Britain's best family-friendly music festivals for 2017

It was arguably Rob and ­Josie da Bank, who set up Dorset’s Camp Bestival in 2008, who first decided that big music festivals shouldn’t be reserved for the grown-ups. Why should adults be the only ones allowed to cover themselves in glitter, skip about in the woods and dance all day long?<p>Once the …

Kids

How to survive taking your kids to a music festival: by the experts

There's no slowing the rise of the family-friendly weekender. Our festival experts share tips on how to cope, with the help of wellies, wet wipes and whisky, while we reveal our 15 favourite events for this summer.<p>Rob Da Bank (aka Robert Gorham)<p><i>DJ and founder of Camp Bestival, father to Arlo, 11,</i> …

Festivals

Mom Takes Joy-Filled Photos Of Son Who Likes To Wear Dresses

"He has taught me to love myself and others."<p>Crystal Kells has always loved documenting her son, Cian, as he grows up. The Canadian photographer takes pictures of her 5-year-old going through day-to-day life with his signature joy and confidence.<p>“My son is the light of my life,” Kells told …

Parenting

Why Adolescence Lasts Forever

A new book explores the dynamics of popularity, and the ways our high-school selves stay with us far beyond the teenage years.<p>In August of 2001, Mitch Prinstein, a psychology professor who had just been hired at Yale University, offered his first class at the school: a course he had developed about …

Psychology

The ripple effects on girls when moms struggle with body image

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Kristin Hensley, a mom of two, complained to her friend Jen Smedley, also a mom of two, about having to put on a bathing suit with summer approaching, Smedley's wheels started turning.<p>The two women, both with extensive experience working in comedy, are hosts of the hit "I Mom So Hard" …

Parenting

The Best Kids Movies Streaming on Netflix

Whether you’ve got kids to entertain or you’re just looking to nurture your own inner child, there comes a time in everyone’s life when you just want …