Foster care in the United States is not a new concept for many families. Internationally, however, the push for non-institutionalized programs to place children in family settings is still taking shape. Here is a primer on the basic differences between adoption and foster care from an international perspective.
A mother writes a note to her son as he mourns the death of a friend from suicide.
The student president of the African American Men of Arizona State University wrote to the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon, not 'to reprimand, or defame, or scold, but to ask with the utmost sincerity: Why?'
The telling of the fairy tale about the rooster under the table reminds us that often the best solutions in parenting result from getting down on our kids' level and join them to learn how they see things.
The National Football League has proposed expanding the season to include Friday night playoff games. One former player and parent says that there are dangers in adopting a longer season, including potentially more injuries for players and a bad model for the sport.
"Is my son gifted?" "Is my daughter overweight?" are among the questions parents are typing into Google. And despite their good intentions to learn more about their kids, parents' searches are showing clear gender biases.
Rushing kids through their day leaves an impression on them that there is little time for play and enjoying life. Slowing down, taking time, and stopping the hustle can help parents and kids embrace simple pleasures more.
A new Harvard study reports that school closures from weather have little impact on student performance, while delayed school openings due to inclement weather have an adverse effect on some students.
Students helped to shape the New York City Department of Education's guide on social media for students. Kids around the country are asking for this kind of guidance, how will other administrators respond?
'From 1994' captures a mom’s tender love for her son, through a letter she wrote before her death, opened years later when he was 12-years-old. One new mom connects with it on multiple levels, having also lost her mother when she was young.
Winter Storm Janus, named by The Weather Channel, sparked complaints from one mom's son about its weak sound, which in turn sparked a teachable moment: How a name like 'Janus' could pack a powerful punch, when you take the time to learn its origins.
Sunday's championship games offered teachable moments on leadership, sportsmanship, and even lip reading.
Jennifer Lopez was gushing earlier this week about the first love note she received from her son, Max. Remember to keep those love notes handy, J-Lo. When he enters his teens, you may need them as a reminder of his mother love, even if he doesn't show it.
A new Harvard University study published this week reports that the obesity rate is rising among low-income kids, and cites lack of spaces for exercise as one contributing factor. One community serves as an exception, thanks to a neighborhood matriarch's example and a task force of caring parents.
Girl Scouts began cookie sales around the US this past week. Scouts are using apps to track their sales, while customers can pick up smart phones to locate cookie sellers in their area, or whet their appetites for Thin Mints by following the Girl Scouts on multiple social networks.
Two separate teen pregnancy studies have been linked to MTV's 'Teen Mom' and '16 and Pregnant' reality shows. One reports lower teen pregnancy rates due to the shows, the other reports glamorized perceptions of teen motherhood.