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Kids and Money: How First-Time Homebuyers Can Avoid A Money Pit

Making a serious mistake can turn your dream house into a money pit.

March 9, 2016

Rhetoric Seldom Matches Reality Of Motherhood

The heartbreaking truth is that mothers without paid maternity leave try, try, try — too often without help and without hope, too. They are never able to get ahead, and their children start out behind. This, from the country that President Barack Obama declared during Tuesday’s State of the Union address to be “the most powerful nation on earth, period.”

January 14, 2016

Let’s Give The Kids A Holiday From Divorce

Most children want to love everybody in their family, and they rely on us adults to show them how. We are their role models, always. What kind of role model shall we be?

October 22, 2015

The Diaper Dilemma That Shouldn’t Be

Low-income parents, especially single mothers, have higher rates of depression and depressive symptoms than mothers with higher incomes.

July 23, 2015
family

Helicopter Parents: Why Do They Hover So?

There are two styles of parents micromanaging their children’s affairs. Both emerge from the belief that one can protect children from pain and struggle. It’s a flawed belief ending in sadness.

July 9, 2015

Adult Diseases Now Striking Children Because Of Poor Diet And Obesity

Helping children develop healthy eating habits now is the key, the experts say, because the dire consequences are coming fast.

June 15, 2015
carnival, fair

Life Skills: Tips For Parents At Carnivals And Crowded Places

Keeping track of kids at an amusement park or other crowded venue is a roller coaster ride in itself.

May 22, 2015

Can Money Buy Your Kids A Bigger Brain?

By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times (TNS) Research has shown that a person’s position in the economic pecking order can have a lasting effect on cognitive development. But can it also affect the size and shape of the brain? A new study suggests that a family’s socioeconomic status correlates with the surface area of children’s […]

March 31, 2015
Suicide

A Mother Joins Others Breaking The Silence On Teen Suicide

Teen suicide is still considered a private matter. Maybe we ought to rethink that.

March 10, 2015

Is Fourth Grade Too Early For Ultracompetitive Sports?

In the world of fourth-grade travel basketball, the growing up comes fast.

February 24, 2015

What Is And Is Not Child Abuse

My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids. Or so many of Adrian Peterson’s critics would have you believe. Peterson, a star of the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested recently for child abuse after hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch. A […]

September 22, 2014

Parenting Is Full Of Goodbyes

This is the month of departure for many parents, the time of year when they brace themselves for new versions of their children getting on with life. In recent days, my encounters — from random conversations at the grocery to lengthy email exchanges with friends — are full of other parents’ tales of goodbyes. Facebook, […]

August 28, 2014