Parenting

How to nurture better communication with your children

Every parent hopes their children will want to talk to them, to share their hopes and dreams and to seek comfort, reassurance and advice. When can we start making that happen?<p>The answer is that it's never too early. From the moment they're born, babies will try to communicate with their carers. …

Education

What to do if you think your child is lonely

Research shows that children and teenagers are feeling increasingly isolated. Here's how to tell if your child is affected - and how you can …

Parenting Teens

Families have evolved. Now language must too

We need new words for new kinds of relatedness, ones that don’t simply hark back to traditional roles<p>It is a shortcoming of the English language that we have relatively few words to describe familial relationships: father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, aunt, …

Motherhood

WATCH: Jazz Bear lays out Clippers fan for messing with a kid during on-court contest

Jazz Bear is for the kids<p>There has been plenty of intense action during the first-round series out West between the Jazz and Clippers. And as the Utah Jazz mascot, Jazz Bear, showed Sunday night during Game 4, it doesn't stop just because the players aren't out there.<p>During a timeout, there were a …

NBA

Sheryl Sandberg: How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss

Two years ago, in an instant, everything changed for my family and me. While my husband, Dave, and I were on vacation, he died suddenly from a cardiac arrhythmia.<p>Flying home to tell my 7-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son that their father had died was the worst experience of my life. During …

Compassion

U.S. Schools Are Blowing It By Not Giving Kids Enough Downtime

After spending a year working in Finland, a teacher discovers what American parents have long understood: we push our kids too hard<p>Timothy Walker …

Education

Unique Baby Names: Parents Discuss Seriously 'WTF' Names They Have Come Across

'Why would you put your child through it?'<p>Parents have taken to Mumsnet to discuss some of the strangest baby names they’ve come across.<p>Mumsnet user CuppaTeaTeddy started the discussion after explaining there was a boy in her school year whose middle names were Ryan Giggs.<p>“Anyone else come across …

Toddlers

When It Comes to Parenting, Paris and New York Could Not Be More Different

From their iconic fashion sense to their inimitable décor style (and delicious cuisine), we are constantly enamored by the French. So how did they …

Soccer game photo is proof co-parenting can work out just fine

Sometimes it just takes just an insanely cute picture to send an important message.<p>Emilee Player, who is stepmum to 4-year-old Maelyn, posted a photo on Facebook of her stepdaughter at a soccer game surrounded by her blended family.<p>Besides Player, there is Ricky Player, Maelyn's dad, Clara Cazeau, …

Humor

How to Care for Your Aged Parents — Without Going Broke

Living longer is a wonderful thing — but it brings along with it the issue of caring for our aging parents.<p>According to the Pew Research Center, just 15 percent of Americans with a parent age 65 or older say their parent needs help. But when that parent gets to be 75 or older, that number jumps to …

Retirement

When Preschool Happens at Home

A program in Boston helps new parents find solace.<p>Samira Abdulkadir came to the United States 10 years ago, a young bride with a baby boy. She was from Somalia but came to the U.S. by route of Kenya, where she was married. The family settled just outside of Boston, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and …

Poverty

Carolyn Hax: The bestie who’s the worstie

Adapted from a recent online discussion.<p><i>Hi, Carolyn: My daughter, 7, has a “best” friend who can frequently be mean to her, tell her she won’t play with her, ask for money to be nice to her, pretend to kick her in the face, etc. But at other times, this friend is very nice to my daughter.</i><p><i>My husband</i> …

Lifestyle

Welcome to the World’s Coolest Kindergarten

HAMBURG, Germany — It was late Tuesday afternoon at the Pestalozzi Foundation kindergarten, and a few dozen children and their parents were hanging around past the normal pickup hour.<p>There was no rush to get home, really. They were enjoying the view from the kindergarten’s rear veranda: the inside …

Sports

Y'all, The New "Zelda" Game Is So Freakin' Fun

IDGAF about video games but I am OBSESSED with <i>Breath of the Wild</i>.<p>Posted on April 23, 2017, 19:46 GMT<p>Hello, friends. My name is Cates, I’m 35 years old, and I haven’t sat down and played a video game in over a decade. I am not exaggerating, the last console I owned was a SEGA DREAMCAST.<p>So it's been …

Kids

Everyone can sing: Obsessing over talent might hurt your kids later in life

Our society's toxic idea of "talent" can deprive people of music's benefits for the rest of their lives<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>A Hungarian film titled “Sing” recently won the Oscar for best short film. “Sing” tells the story of young Zsófi, who joins a renowned …

Flute

Hey colleges! Here's are 4 questions to answer before parents ship their kids off to you

April is the month that millions of high school seniors receive their college acceptance (or rejection) letters. It's an emotional time fraught with …

College & University

Bill Gates didn’t let his kids use cell phones until they turned 14

While most young kids and teenagers spend hours upon hours glued to tablets and smartphones, Bill Gates’ children had a markedly different experience …

Technology

Anna Jones’s toddler-friendly tagine recipe

Small changes to familiar flavours will encourage kids to open up to a more exciting range of recipes. Try a toddler friendly tagine and build-your-own tacos to spice things up<p>Before I became a mum, I was probably quite sanctimonious about feeding kids. I envisaged my own children sipping green …

Meet the man offering kids free haircuts if they do their homework

In this week’s Sunday Closer, NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez meets a Tennessee man who has saved families thousands of dollars by offering free haircuts in school. The catch? The elementary students have to earn their haircuts by doing their homework.

Education

Not all millennials who still live with their parents are immature

According to the four “common milestones” of adulthood, I’m not there yet.<p>And I’m not the only millennial supposedly falling behind.<p>A new report from …

Millennials

Creative Ways To Save Your Kids' Artwork

Coinage. Life well spent. Presented by Geico. Parents with toddlers are provided with years of endless macaroni necklaces and finger painting …

Country Lifestyle

Seven-year-olds have the most expensive birthday parties with parents shelling out £188

Seven-year-olds have the most extravagent birthday parties, with parents splashing out an average of £188, research has found.<p>The figure is more than £20 higher than the average cost of a children's party across all ages, which was found to be £166.<p>Children typically invite 12 of their friends to …

Holidays

How A Single Mom Became a Champion For A Family-Friendly Gaming Community

<i>With International Tabletop Day around the corner, we’re counting down the days to the big celebration by highlighting friendly local gaming stores,</i> …

Kids

Regular bedtimes stop children from becoming overweight, study finds

Regular bedtimes stop children from becoming overweight, a study by Ohio State University has found.<p>Eating meals at the same time every day and watching less than half an hour of television a day will also help to stave off obesity later in life, research suggests.<p>Scientists found a link between …

Longevity

An Indiana group is giving kids the power to 'Go': BTN LiveBIG

According to Pablo Lopez’s mom Veronica, her son has been positively ebullient since he got his new car. He’ll even wake her, she says, excited to …

Sports

What Are the Proper Purposes of a System of Schooling?

Source: Creative Commons on Flickr<p>Before one develops anything, one should have a pretty clear idea of its purpose. What is the thing you are …

Education

These Kids’ Signs From The March For Science Will Give You Hope For The Future

The future scientists stole the show at the March for Science<p>Tens of thousands of people rallied in large numbers on every continent yesterday to …

Lifestyle

Parents' mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils

<b>An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils.</b><p>More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices.<p>And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, …

Parenting Teens

Ask Amy: Grandmother wonders if she is obligated to babysit

<i>Dear Amy: I am a 67-year-old divorced, single woman.</i><p><i>I live about 10 minutes from my daughter and babysit for my 18-month-old granddaughter two days a week.</i><p><i>My daughter pays me a little bit, and I use that money to buy lunch food and snacks.</i><p><i>My granddaughter’s brother is almost 9. My daughter wants me</i> …

Lifestyle

This Is The Telltale Sign Of A True Expert

Early on in my career as a psychotherapist, I facilitated a parenting group. The group was based on an evidence-based curriculum that many mental health agencies, school departments, and government organizations had adopted.<p>Studies consistently showed parents who enrolled in the program experienced …

Business