Why Toy Fair Made Me Sad…and Glad

How could the International Toy Fair, a wonderland of 1,000+ manufacturers displaying their products for 2015, possibly make a person sad?

8 Tips to Ease Parental Anxiety

Parents have cornered the market on anxiety when it comes to their children. Worry paralyzes both parent and child, making children fearful and stifling their curiosity and development. Here’s what parents can do to modulate and minimize their fears.

Is Your Teen an Observer, Asserter, Perfectionist or …?

So much about being a teen can be confusing and difficult. Understanding the nine Enneagram personality types could help your teen. What type is your teen and what does that say about the way he or she relates to others including you, her parents?

The Cardinal Sin of Parenting Teens

When children reach high school, it’s a good idea to stay involved in your children’s lives, but less so in their schoolwork. If you treat teens like they’re incompetent, they will be. A teacher, who has worked in the trenches with teens for almost 20 years, offers surprising insights and helpful solutions.

How Siblings Teach Each Other…Or Don’t

A new study finds educational benefits of having siblings and what parents have to do to make sibling teaching most effective. Does that mean only children are at a disadvantage?

How to Have the Marriage You Want

Redefining marriage gives yours a better chance of surviving in our changed society. 74% of newlyweds won’t be surprised if their marriage fails. Here, seven sensible, forward thinking contracts for marital success in established marriages and for couples about to say “I do.” Consider them insurance policies that pay huge dividends.

Why You Need to Talk to Your Teen about Marijuana

Already some two million teens smoke pot. We have sex-ed classes for teens that aren’t supposed to be having sex. Shouldn’t we be having marijuana-ed classes as well? Legalizing marijuana sends mixed message to teens. The claim that casual marijuana use is harmless is a myth. How to make your teen less vulnerable.

10 Tips for Surmounting In-Law Difficulties

“Neutral” is rarely a word associated with in-laws; most are puzzling or problematic in some way— attempting to oversee your life, meddling in your marriage, telling you how to raise your children and the list goes one. Here, insights and tips for understanding and "managing" bothersome in-laws and building a healthier relationship.

A GPS for Your Child with ADD/ADHD

Children with attention or learning issues are often called “stupid, lazy, or undisciplined.” What they are is undiagnosed. Understood.org has changed all that by offering online guidance for parents of the one in five children with learning and attention problems.

7 Ways to Add Sanity in Gift-giving to Children

To buy — or not to buy — the “must-have” toy or tech device? Parents tend to bend over backwards to give children what they request. But, research shows experiences make people happier than possessions.

The One Thing Parents Don’t Need to Stress About

What are your fondest childhood memories? Many parents go above and beyond to provide memorable experiences for their children—from pricey vacations to elaborate themed birthday parties. A new study says there’s more power in the mundane.

The Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records

Medicine is moving to more record keeping, less patient care. Patients compete with a computer for the doctor’s attention; doctors cannot be fully engaged with the patient while focused on typing. Is your doctor “in” and paying attention when you visit? Or, is he or she pecking the keys on a computer while you talk?

Jiggly Thighs, Six-Pack Abs, and “Mediagirls”

Learn how to help your preteen and teen daughters fight a media culture that sends young girls the message that what matters most about them is their sex appeal.

Apple and Facebook Put Babies on Hold

When company health benefits cover egg freezing, is it a magnanimous gesture? Manipulation? Or a step in the right direction toward improved family work-life policy?

How “Push Parenting” Becomes Child Abuse

Intense focus on success can turn children off rather than motivate them to succeed. A new reality show highlights extreme behavior akin to often criticized parenting styles in South Korea and China. How extreme is too extreme?

Your Child’s Engagement with Technology: Test Your Savvy

Devices have become a centerpiece in modern families. Are they interfering with how children and teens develop? Test your savvy.

How Many “iRules” Should Your Family Have?

Are you a family of tech-enthusiasts? Technology should enrich family life — not rule it. Here are important guidelines your family needs to thrive.

“Stern Parenting” or Child Abuse?

Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson believes in punitively disciplining his children. And, some believe that is perfectly fine given Peterson’s reasoning. Sixty-five percent of Americans approve of spanking children.

Are Screens “Drugging” Your Child’s Brain?

If over-decorated classrooms distract and reduce learning, imagine what fast-changing screen images do to your children’s minds. New research helps parents make sound digital decisions for school-age children.

Why You Should Support Your Adult Child Now

Are you your adult child’s safety net? Taking care of your adult children has a silver lining. Eight financial tips for parents whose adult children return to the nest.

How Digital Devices Affect Infants and Toddlers

Many parents are quick to download the latest educational app for the youngest of children. But screens can work against a young child’s development. Here, sound reasons to ditch the devices.

Allergic to Your Own Thoughts?

The inclination is to believe that people who spend more time alone such as single people and possibly only children might be better able to sit quietly with only their own thoughts—no distractions. What’s your guess?

Good News for "Older" Mothers: You May Live Longer

New study finds “older” mothers live longer—to 95+. But, what exactly is “older?” In terms of maternal longevity, the definition of “older” just got younger.

Sports Fans, Beware of Your Cravings

Is your favorite team losing? Studies show you’re more prone to reach for those fatty chicken wings. But why?

Surprising, Well-Kept Secrets About Fathers

Is the inept, relatively irrelevant father stereotype disappearing? Long-held beliefs about the value of fathers are challenged—as they should be—in the new book, "Do Fathers Matter?" The magnitude of a father’s role is far greater than you probably realize or understand.

The Evolution of Tradition

A new generation of farmers in their 20s is taking over our food supply. They have a lot to teach us about farming, but even more about family ties, loyalty and tradition.

Assessing Your “Emotional Portfolio” for the Future

If you want to keep “calling the shots” in retirement, you need to plan ahead. Getting to know yourself and what you want is the first step in discovering where you are headed. Perhaps to a nudist facility or maybe a college campus? If thinking about retirement seems premature, think again.

How Parents Miss the Point of Report Cards

Parents can use a child’s report cards—good or bad—as a motivating tool—a positive roadmap for improvement rather than a source of family conflict and stress.

Sexual Predators: The Imagined and the Real

While it's important to protect youth from dangers, a society based on fear-mongering is not healthy. What if the sexual predator image you have in your mind is wrong?

A Suicide Sparks Model School Program for Moms

Moms turn to one school program for support. By helping mothers, you help their children. Can this model be replicated in other communities?

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