In pursuit of happiness, parents can find joy in daily routines. While changing up your day can add novelty, our happiness expert believes that there is pleasure to be had in the repetition of reading a daily newspaper or even sweeping the floor.
Mother's Day 2012 is coming up, and the recent Ann Romney versus Hilary Rosen flap has focused attention on the issue of mothering as a job. If it's the hardest job of all, as our blogger believes, why don't parents get the same training as workers in other tough jobs?
Parenting with limits can be hard to do, especially with teens. Every parent wants to give their child the world, our teen experts acknowledge. But they also say great parents know that limits are important. Research shows that many teens actually appreciate boundaries.
Try a twist on this tangy, sweet dessert by using silken tofu and transforming it into a parfait.
Charles Taylor: His conviction of war crimes in Sierra Leone is a moment for pause for an American mom to think about the world between diapers and carpools and playdates.
Is it worth it to make your own bread? Let Jennifer Reese be your guide through the trials and triumphs of the homemade life.
Spanking debates are perennial: When a complete stranger approaches a mom to weigh in on it, parenting peer pressure becomes very real – if you're not being judged for one thing, it's another.
'The Raven' star John Cusack delivers a serviceable performance as famous writer Edgar Allan Poe.
Toy proliferation: There's nothing wrong with providing your child with the comforts of a loving home. But too much of a good thing in the toy box may call for a cleanout and toy rotation.
Screen-Free Week is celebrated – not suffered – April 30 to May 6. Studies show that too much screen time, whether in front of the T.V. or an iPad or computer can hurt development and stifle creativity. So unplug and give your kids the gift of a Screen-Free Week.
For parents of teenagers, the idea that you'd ever love the laundry piles your offspring create can seem crazy. But embrace the moments when you can – some day soon you just may miss those daily dilemmas of raising a teen.
Parents sometimes can spend so much time thinking about being adults that they forget the wonders of holding a soft fleece blanket, or creating a castle out of Play-Doh. Perhaps the key to true happiness can be found when you embrace your inner child.
Arbor Day: The family tree is good for the planet – 5 reasons to plant one, or more