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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 …

Parenting

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 …

Peppa Pig

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) …

Road Trips

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 …

Healthy Eating

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 …

Festivals

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 …

Animation

More than a third of teenage girls experience depression, new study says

Depression is usually considered an issue parents have to watch out for starting in the turbulent teenage years. The CW channel, full of characters with existential angst about school, friends and young love, tells us so, as do the countless parenting books about the adolescent years in every …

Depression

‘Kraftwerk is great for toilet training’ – how to use music to raise your kids

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Censorship

Japanese Eating Rules

We're all ears for proven parenting tips picked up from around the globe. French mothers have taught us the importance of speaking to children like …

Eight ways parents can teach teens to be honest

My friend Jess stopped in her tracks outside her daughter’s bedroom door. Anna was on the phone, telling her eighth-grade classmate Julia that she had spent the day with her boyfriend. Jess knew that Anna had been with her, sorting through outgrown clothes and watching reruns of “Modern Family.”<p>As …

Parenting

The ‘overscheduled’ child: Is being busy really so bad?

Tennis, soccer and track. Piano and band. Throw in the additional commitment of weekly Sunday school, and it sounds like a lot, especially to anyone who was raised to just go outside and play. But here’s what I’ve found: Even with aftercare until at least 6 p.m. every weekday, the demands of …

Parenting

5 Ways Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids

Since I got married, my “love language” has become the <i>love language of picking your shit up off the floor</i>—because nothing kills romance or libido …

Connect Instead of Correct and Other Ways to Change Your Parent Perspective

Email<p>WhatsApp<p>Tweet<p>Pin<p>Share<p>Is it true that parenting is all joy and no fun? One thing most parents can agree on is that parenting is challenging – …

This Photo of a Mother Sleeping in Her Baby's Crib Sends an Important Message

Every parent should read this.<p>Parents are often led to believe that the "tough love" approach is the best guide to parenting. After all, the sad …

How to Parent Like a Minimalist

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had big ideas. I wanted to give my children the world. Like most new parents, I had the best of intentions.<p>…

Parenting

30 Little Things That Mean a Lot to Kids

While these gestures may seem trivial to adults, they go a long way with your little ones. Here are a few easy tricks to make your child smile.<p>Wear that macaroni necklace to work. Well, at least until you're safely out the door.<br>• Tape a family mantra or slogan (Unstoppable! We can, we will! We've got …

Parenting

Is A Vegan Diet Safe For Kids?

What you need to know before vegging out as a family.<p>Parents have long pushed their kids to eat their veggies. Now, it’s all some parents are pushing …

There's a New Book About Money That Teens and Millennials Will Actually Read

Great tips, and very readable.<p>As too many millennials have found out, life can get expensive — fast — if you don’t know your bearings around a bank …

Millennials

According To Research, Older Moms Are Better Parents

Though being a young parent might make you a "cool mom," having a few more years under your belt may be more beneficial for everyone. According to a …

Parenting

simplifying kids' lives

<i>We’re lead to believe that our kids need to be scheduled, their time accounted for. But, what they really need is freedom. White space. Time to be</i> …

Simple Living

Teens Explain What Adults Don’t Get About 13 Reasons Why

If you spend any time in the company of teenagers, you’ve probably heard something about Netflix’s new hit <i>13 Reasons Why</i>. Based on the 2007 book by …

Children need microbes — not antibiotics — to develop immunity, scientists say

Yes, it’s important to wash your hands. It’s critical during cold and flu season and especially if you visit someone at the hospital.<p>The problem is — …

Microbiome