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What Neil Patrick Harris Tells His Kids to Say to Bullies at School

Neil Patrick Harris's family really likes peanut butter.<p>Perhaps that's not the opening statement you expected to read, but it absolutely applies to …

Parenting

Your child's social skills in kindergarten are more important than their academics

Parents of young children tend to worry a lot about whether or not their kids are making adequate gains as they launch into their academic …

Emotional Intelligence

10 Parents on Their Favorite Freezer Aisle Finds for Dinner

The freezer is making a well-deserved comeback, although savvy — or just plain busy — home cooks may scoff at the idea of it being a "return" to …

Cooking

25 Children’s Books That Inspire Empathy

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. And that ability is not something we are born with, it is a characteristic we …

Children's Books

Your Best Parenting Advice: From Meddling Parents To Poop Management

What do you wish you'd known before becoming a parent?<p>In May, we asked our audience this question at the start of How To Raise A Human, our month-long special series on how to make parenting easier.<p>More than 1,000 moms and dads opened up about the struggles and joys of raising children of all ages, …

Parenting

Raising Kids Who Want To Read — Even During The Summer

<i>This piece combines two interviews from 2015 and 2016</i>.<p>You sneak them into backpacks and let them commingle with the video games (hoping some of the latter's appeal will rub off). You lay them around the kids' beds like stepping stones through the Slough of Despond and, for good measure, Vitamix …

Kids

The Overprotected American Child

Why not let them walk to school alone? Parents and communities are figuring out ways to give their children more independence—and it just may help them to become less anxious, more self-reliant adults<p>A few weeks ago I left my 9-year-old daughter home alone for the first time. It did not go as …

Parenting

We only have 18 summers together with our kids

Summer is upon us and my mind is already whirling with all the exciting plans I'm going to do with my toddler. We're going to go to the zoo, and the …

Raising a multilingual family is hard – what makes it work?

Parents have many reasons for raising their children with multiple languages. Some hope for better career opportunities for their offspring, while …

5 Golden Rules for Raising Mentally Strong Kids

Give your kids the skills they'll need to tackle life's toughest challenges head-on.<p>When my first book, <i>13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do</i>, hit the shelves, readers kept asking me the same question over and over again: "How do I teach my kids how to be mentally strong?"<p>I was thrilled to learn …

Self-help

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

"I want The Three Bears!"<p>These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa.<p>A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young …

The Brain

🔥🔥🔥 Photos of the Fabulous Kids of RuPaul's Drag Convention

"I've been doing drag since I was two. I would take my mom's towels and bed sheets and anything I could get my hands on and turn them into savage outfits, yaas."<p>When I was a kid, all I wanted was girl toys.<p>My dad was super against it and always made me get boy ones instead, but, one year, I somehow …

Clothing

This Is How You Teach Kids About Consent

The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent, Ages 1-21<p><i>By Joanna Schroeder, Julie Gillis, Jamie Utt and Alyssa Royse</i><p><b>A list of parenting action items, created in the hope that we can raise a generation of children who have less rape and sexual assault in their lives.</b><p>***<p>The ongoing horror of rape in …

I Taught My Son How Not to Be a Rapist

One brave mother learns how to talk to her teenage son about consent.<p>It's a normal Sunday afternoon. After brunch, my 14-year-old son and I curl up on the couch to read while my husband works on a project in the garage. But no matter how hard I try to concentrate on the pages of novel in my lap, my …

5 Great Places to Stash Books Around Your Home to Encourage Reading

Are you as infatuated as I am with the Pinterest boards full of adorable kids’ reading nooks? My real-life efforts to create one resulted in my …

Kids

How to Introduce Your Kid to Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli films have been a touchstone in my life for years. They’re artistic masterpieces, featuring a stunning attention to detail. The films …

Top 7 Science Websites for Kids

Websites can give kids a great introduction to science, and there are some wonderful kid-friendly science websites to check out. Not only do kids …

Boundaries, routines and early bedtimes: 13 habits that raise well-adjusted kids

I keep seeing posts about “entitled kids” making the rounds lately. In fact, you don’t have to look hard before you see things written about how …

Parenting

How to Raise Grateful Children

“I urge people to tell their kids their stories of both success and failure, and to express kindness and appreciation daily—it really does go a long …

Parenting

Have Your Kid Write an Angry Letter to Defuse a Tantrum

The most effective tool for staving off a tantrum? No, it’s not YouTube Kids as a distraction, or ice cream as a bribery offer, or a shower as a …

Anger Management

Here's a Better Way to Bathe Your Newborn

In movies, immediately after a mother gives birth, a nurse places a pristine newborn in her arms. In real life, however, babies usually look more</i> …

Pregnancy

It's Hard for Them, Too

By onApril 10, 2016 in Babies, Motherhood, Parenting, Toddlers<p><i>It had been a long night and I was so close to being on the other side of it. Then</i> …

Parenting

Enough — 6 Things Kids REALLY Need

Less is more. Below Happiness is Here shares six things kids really need (and they’re free!). . . . Winnie the Pooh was my first mistake. On my first …

Declutter Your Kids Brain By Doing These 6 Things

When it comes to options, sometimes less is more.<p>Today's children have playrooms stacked to the ceiling with plastic, battery-operated toys of every size, shape, and color. These same kids can watch up to eight hours of TV per day, a number that would have shocked the parents of yesteryear.<p>Growing …

Kids

In Sweden’s Preschools, Boys Learn to Dance and Girls Learn to Yell

STOCKHOLM — Something was wrong with the Penguins, the incoming class of toddlers at the Seafarer’s Preschool, in a wooded suburb south of Stockholm.<p>The boys were clamorous and physical. They shouted and hit. The girls held up their arms and whimpered to be picked up. The group of 1- and …

Gender-Neutral

7 Must-Watch TED Talks for Parents

Did you ever think to head to TED for parenting advice and inspiration? Go! It’s a treasure chest of insightful gems from some of the world’s best …

TED Talks

How Queer And Trans Parents Are Raising Revolutionary Children During The Trump Era

4 Ways Queer And Trans Parents Are Raising Revolutionary Children During The Trump Era<i>By</i> <b>Neesha Powell</b>Unsplash/Bruno NascimentoThese parents are …

The 7 Best Sports Movies for Kids

Kid's sports movies that adults will love too.<p>Sports movies have a knack for plumbing the depths of the human condition. Audiences can’t help but …