Parenting

How do I make sure my kids stay friends for life?

Ruth Thomas, 51, no longer speaks to her brothers. “I was the eldest of three and the others ganged up on me. I’m not saying that my parents favoured them, but one brother in particular was very good at manipulating the situation.”<p>As a result, Ruth, a mother of four-year-old twins, from Croydon, …

Rossen Reports Update: New guidelines limit screen time for kids

Now that school is out and summer is in full swing, kids may be tempted to spend more time in front of screens, such as tablets, smartphones and laptops. But experts say kids already spend too much time staring at screens — an average of seven hours a day, according to the American Academy of …

Teens

Carolyn Hax: Clashing parenting styles — or egos?

Adapted from a recent online discussion.<p><i>Dear Carolyn: My husband and I have different parenting styles, and each style is perfectly fine by itself. But when we are both trying to parent at the same time, the styles clash. The kid ends up getting buffeted — blown about, not smorgasbord-ed — by words</i> …

Lifestyle

It's too early. We’re in the middle of nowhere. But it's beautiful to see the kid play ball

My first suggestion for surviving summer: Avoid any and all sports tournaments.<p>We were at one the other day, if not in the bosom of Los Angeles, then up near the larynx. Four games. Gravel parking lots. Melting flesh. With every close play at home, a cloud of dust would sweep the bleachers, until …

Father's Day

Steal This Mom's Low-Key Plan for the Best Summer Ever

Finally, a summer plan for kids that parents can get behind: Scheduling nothing. No wonder this mama's blog post about it is going viral!<p>Once upon a time, summers were fun. Then, parents started feeling like they needed to plan the fun. So starting sometime in February, out come the calendars and …

Kids

Exeter’s schoolboys in skirts follow a proud tradition of breaking the rules

Those who think education is all about discipline are missing the point. Defying authority is part of growing up<p>Devising ways to assert autonomy is at the heart of the condition of being human. It is a powerful and necessary instinct and the more that it involves subverting authority, the more …

Education

Just because your baby is crying doesn't mean you should feed her, research says

Yes, it's research, but as a parent, I'm not buying it.<p>One night, several weeks after my second daughter was born, my husband and I were having a …

Babies

Lessons From My Brother’s Parenting

When I was a brand-new mom, I remember hovering over my husband as he changed a diaper, bathed our daughter, or did anything. I wanted him to get it …

Lifestyle

Things to do in the summer holidays 2017: from family days out to activities for the kids

Summer's in full swing, we've had our annual heatwave and the kids are due to finish school imminently.<p>However for parents worldwide, that means …

Kids

Mum on the Run Blogger Explains Why You Should Never Judge Another Mom

Australian blogger Laura Mazza is used to being criticized. “I like to be real and honest about motherhood and sometimes I get feedback that I must …

This adorable dancing toddler is an Instagram star

A post shared by TATAN 🇮🇩🍼 (@jrsugianto) on May 17, 2017 at 5:37am PDT<p>Indonesia’s Jonathan R. Sugianto, a chubby-cheeked 4-year-old, is charming …

Toddlers

This Week in Motto: Vacation Hacks

This week Motto has brought you a couple of must-read life hacks. The first tackles the never-fun process of packing a carry-on suitcase, with advice …

Motherhood

Headteacher apologises to parents after asking students to draft suicide note for homework

A secondary school has been forced to apologise to parents after an English teacher asked students to draft a suicide note for homework as part of a module on Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth.<p>More than 60 pupils at Thomas Tallis school, Kidbrooke, London were asked to pen a final note to their loved …

Education

Princess Victoria Speaks Working Mom Truth: ‘You Miss Those Special Moments with the Children’

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria recently opened up about the highs and lows of her life ahead of her upcoming 40th birthday on July 14. And now she …

Royal Family

T.I. & Tiny’s On & Off Romance Is Confusing Their Kids: Why They Can’t Make Up Their Minds

It’s difficult to keep up with T.I. and Tiny’s on-again/off-again romance, and it looks like we’re not the only ones being affected by their …

Kids

Pregnant Serena Williams Reveals the Greatest Advice Her Mom Shared About Being a Parent

<b>Serena Williams</b> is ready to learn from the best when it comes to parenting.<p>As the world-famous athlete prepares to welcome her first child later this …

Serena Williams

Joey Fatone opens up about raising a daughter with autism: 'That kid has no fear'

Joey Fatone may be the star of his family, but he has a little girl that's ready to share the spotlight.<p>The former boy-bander and daughter Kloey competed side-by-side this week on USA's "Big Star Little Star," and they did it all for a good cause — the advocacy, awareness and outreach organization …

Autism

Parenting: How young is too young to be left home alone?

School’s out for summer, and many Bay Area parents are left facing a quandary.<p>Just what should they do with their little ones all day? If …

Banning kids from smartphones is a truly dangerous idea

As a childless adult, I sometimes poke fun at those of my friends and colleagues who took the procreation plunge. A favorite (and admittedly silly) …

Eddie Van Halen

A letter to … my parents, for whose safety I am fearful

The letter you always wanted to write<p>‘I’m good. It’s going great.” This is what I tell you every time I talk to you because I know you need to hear some good news. I’m talking joyfully about my new life, on the computer screen in front of you – it’s one of the rare moments that make you smile, …

'CSI: NY' Actor Opens Up About Becoming A Single Dad After Adopting A Son

Hill Harper described being a father as his "biggest role" and "biggest blessing."<p>For the first time, “CSI: NY” actor Hill Harper is sharing with the world what it was like becoming a single father via adoption.<p>Harper’s son, Pierce Hill Harper, was born in December 2015. Harper told “Good Morning …

Parents are spending $20,000 so their kids can ‘rough it’ for the summer

Campers who arrived this week at the International Riding Camp will spend up to six hours a day on horseback — more than any other riding camp in the …

Lifestyle

Kendra Wilkinson Says She'd Support Daughter Alijah If She Wanted to Pose for Playboy: I Won't 'Hold My Kids Back'

<b>Kendra Wilkinson</b> is all about being her kids’ biggest cheerleaders, regardless of where their career paths take them.<p>The <i>Kendra on Top</i> star and mom to …

Experts Know Which Personality Trait You're Most Likely to Pass On to Your Kids

If you consider yourself a good friend, supportive partner, and all-round caring person, chances are, your child will, too.<p>We already know which …

Personality

5 Ways to Make Teaching Fractions WAY Easier

Every year around this time, I hear the same chorus in the hallways: “My kids just aren’t getting it! Teaching fractions is so hard!” While fractions …

Kids

Huge McKinney camp tries to banish summer boredom from fast-growing suburbs | Education

This summer Alex Nieman has been spending a lot of time bowling with friends and perfecting his moves during his modern dance class.<p>But his parents …

Kids

Working Mom Nails Why ‘Having It All’ Is The Biggest Motherhood Myth Of All

Sarah Treem, creator of the television show “The Affair,” tells the truth about life as a working mom<p>Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried keeping it …

Motherhood

How My Parenting Changed When I Learned My Son Is Autistic

How do the parents of autistic children think the way they are raising them is affecting their autism? <i>originally appeared on</i> Quora <i>-</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p>Answer <b>by</b> Alecia Li Morgan, Single mother to four kids ages …

Autism

Conjoined McDonald Twins Update: What Surgeons Said About Separating Babies | International Business Times

From the moment they were born until the time they were 13-months old, twins Jadon and Anias McDonald never spent a moment apart. The boys were born …

Medicine

'It was my legal right': Mom shamed for public breastfeeding at pool fights back

The mother of a 14-month-old baby is speaking out on Facebook after she says she was shamed at her local pool for breastfeeding her daughter in public.<p>"I was confronted by the manager of the facility saying that I needed to cover up and be more discreet because I was offending people," Illinois mom …

Breast Feeding