Parenting

‘Don’t Forget Dads’ Instagram Reminds Us Dads Don’t Babysit, They Parent

Instagram account puts focus on involved dads<p>As more and more dads become more and more involved in the parenting process, men everywhere are …

If you don’t vaccinate your kids, Australia won’t pay for your child care

In Australia, there used to be widespread agreement that vaccinating children against fatal diseases was a good thing. Kids got shots, and the rate of childhood diseases plummeted.<p>But then things changed. In 1994, a group calling itself the Australian Vaccination Network launched a campaign …

World News

Julia Bradbury urges parents to ignore the law and take children on holiday in term time

Former Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury has said the travel industry is "evil" for cynically inflating prices during school holidays and has urged parents to ignore the law and take their children away in term time.<p>Bradbury, 46, who has a five-year-old son, Zephyr and one-year-old twins, Zena …

Education

Carolyn Hax: Noncompetitive boy needs ‘Achiever Mom’ to chill out, a little

<i>Dear Carolyn: My son is 12 and, for the most part, a pretty good kid. He isn’t a standout in academics or sports and isn’t socially adept, but he has a good sense of humor.</i><p><i>I, on the other hand, was raised to compete. I thrive on competitions and was raised to take every opportunity to try my best.</i> …

Lifestyle

This Video of Madonna's New Twins Singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Is So Sweet

The singer posted the clip of her recently adopted 4-year-old twin girls, Stella and Estere, to Instagram.<p>Looks like Madonna has more than one "Lucky Star" these days. The pop star, who recently adopted 4-year-old twins Estere and Stella from Malawi, took to Instagram yesterday to share an adorable …

Babies

So Much Anxiety Over Sibling Rivalry

Dear Sugar Radio is a weekly podcast from member station WBUR. Hosts Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed offer "radical empathy" and advice on everything from relationships and parenthood to dealing with drug problems or anxiety.<p>Today the Sugars hear from a woman who is thinking about having a second …

Children of alcoholics are calling helplines to hear bedtime stories

Children as young as five are ringing a helpline to hear bedtime stories because their alcoholic parents are too intoxicated.<p>Some of the youngsters …

UK News

Here’s How Social Media Is Creating Unrealistic Parenting Standards

It’s no secret that there <i>is</i> no secret to being the perfect mom. Most people accept that they’ll make at least a few new parent mistakes — and many know that not being a perfect parent is part of the job. However, the more moms post to Facebook and other social media platforms, the more they compare …

What Children Reveal About Human Nature

One of my pet theories is that children reveal the true nature of man. They have the same emotions as adults; they're just terrible at hiding them. …

Psychology

Teddy Ruxpin Is Back and More Techy (and Cuddly) Than Ever

The 2000's have slowly, but surely been recycling my 80's-baby childhood with mixed results (MacGuyver, anyone?). However, thanks to Wicked Toys …

Kids

A Foster Parent For Terminally Ill Children

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Los Angeles foster parent Mohamed Bzeek. He takes care of terminally ill foster children and tends full-time to their medical needs.

Ask Amy: Family group wonders how to split cabin cost

<i>Dear Amy: My three siblings and I are planning a mountain getaway for our parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration. My parents will be in the master suite. We have all agreed to split their cost and expenses as a gift.</i><p><i>When renting a large cabin with separate bedrooms, do you think singles</i> …

Marriage

9 Nonnegotiable Rules of Visiting a Newborn

Newborns are delicate creatures. Their mums even more so. Visiting the pair, no matter how closely related or emotionally tight you are with the new …

Babies

Tips For Mothers Continuing Their Education

Emily is a mother located in Florida who has a borderline obsession with coffee. Her blog will cover lessons learned as a parent that also has a …

Education

Dear Evan Hansen’s Adult Stars Were Once Like Evan, Too

How Michael Park, Jennifer Laura Thompson, and Rachel Bay Jones went from teens like Evan Hansen to the parents they play onstage.<p>“No one’s a perfect …

Entertainment

Sibling love captured in touching photo of two sets of twins

- Photographer Juliet Cannici had a very carefully planned photo shoot to feature her newborn twin girls, Gia and Gemma, born on Jan. 26.<p>What she …

Photography

AstroBot Kit Teaches Kids the Joys of Coding

These days, a toy store has more STEM bundles than a florist. At this year's Toy Fair, almost every company we visited launched a new robot or …

Kids

We understand the tantrums already, can we stop reinforcing them now?

Ann O’Connell is sad. She voted for Trump, and now people are <i>judging</i> her.<p>I love Meryl Streep, but you know, she robbed me of that wonderful feeling …

Meryl Streep

Scarlett Moffatt's parents have been "dropped" from Gogglebox

And we're not okay.<p>We love Scarlett Moffatt. She's one of the best things to come out of Channel 4's <i>Gogglebox</i>, and her parents - who she shares …

Celebrity News (UK)

'First They Killed My Father' Author Describes Working With Angelina Jolie’s Kids on Set

Following the Cambodian premiere of Angelina Jolie’s new film <i>First They Killed My Father</i> in Siem Reap, Cambodia Saturday, co-screenwriter, rights …

Angelina Jolie

Best of JN: What it Means to be Adult Ammy Strong

Photo by Sassy Strides Photography.<p>Sarah Mahoney caught the riding bug at the age of seven after attending a week long ‘pony-camp.’ At the end of the …

Horses

A Boston mommy blogger picks 3 February vacation week activities

Christine Koh, the mom behind the popular parenting blog Boston Mamas and co-author of the book Minimalist Parenting, has been keeping local parents …

Travel

How to Keep Your Children From Learning Stereotypes

How can modern parents raise the next generation to be free from corrosive gender and racial stereotypes? By the time children start elementary …

Psychology

6 Women Reveal How Everything About Their Bodies Changed After Giving Birth

Women and post-pregnancy bodies have a complicated relationship. Some new moms feel confident right away, some don't want to talk about it, and some are totally upfront and honest about everything. That openness might just be our favorite thing to see, because it shows women that there is no <i>right</i> …

Babies

19 “Perfect Parent” Tips Every Parent Should Know

It’s never too late to be perfect.<p>1. Your kids will be grown before you know it, so be sure to soak up every single moment with them. Forgo sleeping, eating, and showering to ensure you’re always “in the moment.” <b><br>2. Sleep when the baby sleeps, but also cry when the baby cries, teethe when the baby</b> …

Babies

The ridiculous baby monitor that makes parenting even scarier than it already is

Being a new parent is exhausting, but what if I told you there was a new device that could make it even more complicated and stressful... Wait, what?<p>Meet the Raybaby, the first ever “non-contact sleep and breathing tracker.” Basically it’s a baby monitor that also measures a child’s vitals, …

Babies

Having a baby isn’t a miracle and doesn’t make you a goddess

Oh God, there was nothing more unsexy than disrobing on set when I had a seven-month belly protruding out.”<p>That was Katherine Heigl describing her …

Motherhood

Letting children out of school early isn't a reward, but a punishment, for parents 

Anyone who must suffer the wretched school run will know the rate at which the minutes seem to speed up in the run-up to 3pm, and just what a daily trauma getting to the gates on time can be. Imagine, then, receiving a letter home advising you that as a reward for good behaviour, your little …

Education

We’ve been children together, my daughter and me

Heather O’Neill came to motherhood early and unexpectedly, but life with her daughter became an innocent, shared, second childhood with strangers often mistaking them as sisters<p>‘I always see you and your sister riding the bus together,” a man said to me once. “I think you have such a beautiful …

Babies

Zoë Saldana Welcomes Third Child — Find Out His Unique Name

Zoë Saldana is a new mom!<p>The <i>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</i> star, 38, and her husband, Marco Perego, 37, announced that they had welcomed a third …

Celebrity News (UK)