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