Parenting

Homeschooling is more popular than ever but still widely ignored

During Betsy DeVos' recent three-hour confirmation hearing to become President Donald Trump's education secretary, charter schools came up no fewer than 60 times. Homeschooling was mentioned once.<p>Charter schools have become a significant part of the US public-education system and now educate 2.5 …

Education

Ask Amy: Adult daughter wants birthparents to adopt her

<i>Dear Amy: My wife of 20 years surrendered her daughter, “Betsy,” for adoption 30 years ago.</i><p><i>My wife and I were reunited with Betsy 10 years ago and have become very close, although Betsy lives in a different state.</i><p><i>Betsy and her adoptive parents have become estranged over the past few years.</i><p><i>So now</i> …

Marriage

Have Kids? The Average American Family Saved $2,423 Using This Tax Break

Raising a family is expensive, and parents need all the help they can get to cover the costs of having children. The Child Tax Credit was designed to provide at least some small financial relief for tax-paying American parents, and tens of millions of families take advantage of the provision each …

Taxes

Readers dish on family dynamics

While I’m away, readers give the advice.<p><b>On mixing faiths in marriage:</b><p><i>My wife and I of 40 years of marriage, she a Presbyterian and I a Buddhist, simply live with each other’s religion in place. No qualms about this, didn’t care what relatives thought and they were all okay with it, we raised our</i> …

Lifestyle

Don't Have Kids

So for the last two weeks, my PlayStation 4 hasn’t been working.<p>To be more precise, it was refusing to play discs.<p>Everything else was fine: …

Kids

I'm Old Enough To Remember When Making Fun of Our President's Innocent Kid Would Ruin Your Life

Two live turkeys gobbled at me as I walked into the White House on a brisk day in November, 2014. These turkeys were about to get pardoned by the …

Malia Obama

8 fun things to do with your kids to keep them off the screens

<b>Steve Jobs, when launching an iPad in 2010, was asked what his kids thought of it.</b><p>‘They haven’t used it,’ he said, ‘We limit how much technology our …

Kids

Why We Blame Moms When Their Kids Die

0<p>Remember the bad old days when a rape victim would show up in court and the defense attorney would say, “Why was her skirt so short?” As if the …

At Women's Marches across the globe, dads were out in full force

The Women's Marches brought together millions of people in the United States — and not all of them were women.<p>Dads, too, came out to show their support for the march and the women in their lives. The subways and streets of Washington, D.C., were full of grown men wearing knitted pink vagina hats on …

Women's Rights

Chelsea Clinton defends Barron Trump, takes shot at Donald

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton pleaded with people on Facebook to lay off Barron Trump — while simultaneously using him as a political prop to …

Bill Clinton

Hints From Heloise: Address this website problem

<b>Dear Readers:</b> Today’s Sound Off is about websites wanting your email address. Rene wrote: “The Internet is my ‘go-to’ source for information. Many sites want me to enter my email before continuing when I’m only looking for some quick information. I did it once, and was I sorry! The number of emails …

Lifestyle

Starbucks Just Made Its Great Parental Leave Policy Even Better

Parental leave was a hot topic this campaign season: After all, America is one of two countries with no paid maternity leave (the other is Papua New …

Employment Law

13 Books to Teach Children About Protesting and Activism - GeekMom

It’s a politically charged time to be alive in the US. Yesterday’s Women’s March brought out incredible numbers of people in cities and towns around …

Elections

Earning a Degree, and Her Daughters’ Admiration

<i>Donations to the Neediest Cases may also be made with a check or over the phone.</i><p>It was as though time had stood still at Latisha Hopewell’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. A colorfully decorated Christmas tree again stood near the entrance of her mostly unadorned apartment. Freshly opened presents …

College & University

How to Use American AAdvantage Miles for Kids Tickets and Cash for Yours

As you may have read, I’ve had a bit of trouble using my American Airlines AAdvantage miles recently at the saver level. From the extensive …

Airlines

Science says parents of unsuccessful kids could have these 6 things in common

Parenting is a tough job and there are infinite ways to succeed and fail. With so many ways to parent, how can you be sure that what your doing is best for your child? Here are six things parents do that might be making kids unsuccessful, according to psychology research.<p><b>Follow Tech Insider:</b> On …

Pregnancy

9 Powerful Tricks To Get Your Kids To Clean Up (And Love It)

Life is packed full of things to do and sometimes you just need a little help because if you do all the cleaning for your kids, not only will you …

Stop Pretending and Start Living

Motherhood. The great world of pretenders. You want Golden Globes and Academy Awards - ask us overachieving mothers. The ones who try to do it all, make it all, and fix it all. Because that's what mothers do isn't it? We pretend. We hide. Or we fall apart; I don't know very many in between moms. …

15 Mess-Free Parenting Hacks That You’ll Be Forever Grateful For

No cleanup needed!<p>1. Serve burritos to your kid in a mason jar to keep it from falling apart.<p>2. You can also keep the contents from spilling out of a burrito by sealing it with a chip clip.<p>3. Place Press’n Seal wrap over your kid’s shirt before they make a messy craft so their clothes don’t get …

Hacking

Property Brothers Star Jonathan Scott Gives Passionate Plea For Tolerance Amidst Cyber Bullying

<i>Property Brothers</i> star Jonathan Scott is tired of seeing the hate being spread in the comments of his social media pages.<p>The 38-year-old contractor …

Internet Safety

Women Get Deeply Honest About Why They Had Abortions As Moms

One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. There's a common, persistent stereotype that a woman gets an abortion because she got …

Abortion

Most marches on Washington are about politics. The Women’s March was about parenting, too.

“We don’t grab people by anything, we don’t make fun of anyone, and we don’t call people names.” These were a few of the teaching moments the 2016 election season provided parents. Now many say they feel the need to become activists, possibly for the first time. This march in Washington (and around …

Lifestyle

This Mom And Her Kids Doing Yoga Together Will Make Your Jaw Drop

They’re the coolest family you’ll see today by a long stretch.<p>Charity LeBlanc is a yoga enthusiast who is able to strike some very impressive poses.<p>She’s also a mother of two, and has found amazing ways to involve her kids in her daily yoga routine.<p>She’s helped her kids — Oakley, 5, and Felicity, 2 …

Yoga

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, children met their first computational objects: games like Merlin, Simon, and Speak & Spell. This first generation …

Barron Trump snubs mum's hand during inauguration parade

Trump's youngest child is staying in New York to complete his studies following the inauguration.<p>Barron Trump was catapulted onto the world stage …

Donald Trump

How Vital Is Women’s Work? This Town Found Out as They Left to March

“He was great, and there was no expectation he wouldn’t be,” Ms. Githens Coyle said. “He’s a parent, not a babysitter. The children are still alive.”<p>MONTCLAIR, N.J. — The Starbucks coffee shop on South Park Street was still populated in the first hours of daylight on Saturday morning, but almost …

College Sports

There’s nothing more disruptive to schoolgate harmony than A-List mothers

There may have been a ripple of excitement among the mothers of West London last week when it emerged that the Duchess of Cambridge looks set to join ranks at Wetherby Pre-Prep next September.<p>But after ten years as a parent at another school frequented by the offspring of high profile parents, I …

Women's News

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more!

Kids

A letter to … My estranged daughter, who doesn’t want to talk to me

The letter you always wanted to write<p>I remember the night you were born. I stumbled into the maternity ward long after hours and demanded to see you. I was 16 and out of my mind on drugs and myself. Your mother tried to stop the nurse handing you to me but I held you in my arms briefly before …

Lifestyle

Tech can make your conversations with kids way more effective

In a classroom at a transitional housing program in San Mateo, California, Brianna is talking about her 2-year-old daughter, Hope. She’s having trouble getting Hope to talk to her—but the toddler is perfectly happy to converse with the television while she watches Little Einstein.<p>Hope is in the …

Language