While keeping the big picture in focus can help keep families on a positive trajectory, this blogger lauds Anne Lamott's reminder, 'If you fixate on the big picture, the whole shebang, the overview, you miss the stitching.'
Reading aloud to kids helps children strengthen vocabulary and unpack complex issues while enhancing parent-child bonds. And while they may never admit it, even middle schoolers secretly like to be read to.
Many mothers who opted to stay home with their children in the late 1990s and early 2000s are now returning to the workforce. For Judy Bolton-Fasman, "making it work" has had as much to do with her relationship with her husband as her relationship with her career.
When things go wrong – temper tantrums, illness – it's reassuring to have a significant other to weigh options with. So here's to the single mothers and fathers who are figuring things out, minus one.
That bittersweet moment when parents realize their kids, graduating into adulthood, are starting to do life all by themselves.
Your college student is coming home. Reentering the atmosphere of their childhood will be bumpy, but a few preparations can ensure as safe a landing as possible.
The driver's license is an American rite of passage for 16-year olds, but not my daughter. She wanted nothing to do with a car at that age, and statistics show others at that age feel the same.
In 'Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us,' author Christine Gross-Loh reminds us that our ideas of parenting are products of local culture. What's nixed in one locale trumps in another.
Dumping praise on a student or your child with the intention of bolstering their scholastic success may actually hinder it. More and more studies are determining that children grow suspicious of general praise or develop an unhealthy fear of failure.
With a college-bound child, one mom examines her half-empty nest.
College applications are a grueling and competitive process for your child, and expensive tutoring and high tuition can break the bank. Providing perspective and advice is just as invaluable as footing your student's bill.
Beware third grader: Don't fake e-mail to your teacher from your mom. This benevolent dictator-snoop mom – who asks questions and requires access to friend lists – will be on your case for the sake of Internet safety.
For the upcoming 2012 election, the author offers family history and advice for her daughter who recently turned 18.
The recent suggestion that not every kid needs algebra is simply avoidance, and Mom needs to get a grip on her math phobia for the good of the family.
Thank you, Gloria Steinem: Feminism, family and the fourth wave of the women's movement collide for our blogger as she watches a Gloria Steinem biopic with her son and wonders, who will lead today's female activists?
Mother's Day: A mom with a daughter headed off to college thinks about the long days and short years of motherhood. Marking childhood milestones as new phases for everyone makes means they are not tombstones of motherhood that ends when kids go away.
Adornment or mutilation: The teenage wish for a nose piercing has one mother caught in a parenting dilemma as she and her husband try to balance the desires of their 16-year-old daughter with the guidelines of their Jewish traditions – and, maybe a little squeamishness.
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