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Article March 27, 2019 Now Is The Time To Communicate With Young Ones

By Jason Osmond   Young children don’t measure your love for them by how much money you put into their college funds, how clean the house is, or even the number of gifts you give them. As Dr. Anthony P. Witham once said, children have their own way of spelling “love”: T-I-M-E. Here are a …

Article March 26, 2019 Stress: When Your Teen Sweats the Small Stuff, the Big Stuff, and Everything In Between

By J’Nel Wright   “I just need everything to go perfect tonight.” That was the concern of my son’s chemistry partner as she hurried through the lab, clearly distracted by the night’s upcoming orchestra performance. Knowing that her parents had invited close friends and extended family to the concert, she was adamant that her performance …

Article March 25, 2019 Helping Children Cope When a Sibling is Diagnosed With a Serious Illness

By Shannon Jones   Congratulations, it’s a boy! We didn’t know until he was born if he was a boy or a girl, but our bundle of joy made us a family of four—he had an older sister that was four years old waiting at home to welcome him to the family. At birth, he …

Article March 22, 2019 The Importance of Starting Serious Conversations With Your Kids

By Jason Osmond As a parent, your influence is vital when it comes to helping your kids understand the important (and sometimes awkward) topics in life like sex, drugs, and death. But connecting with kids on these issues is one of the hardest things for a lot of parents to do. It’s scary, uncomfortable, and we …

Article March 20, 2019 Opposites Don’t Just Attract — They Complement

By Spencer Bugg   My wife and I are very different. I’m artsy and creative. She’s a scientist with an insanely impressive memory. I live in a fantasy world of imagination. She’s an avid non-fiction fan. I’m a designer. She’s a biologist. (Both Scorpios, though . . .) She was concerned early on in our …

Article March 19, 2019 Cutting Through the Clutter: Helping Aging Parents Downsize in Thoughtful Ways

By Jennifer Durrant   Thanks to the whirlwind of a woman named Marie Kondo and her popular Netflix series “Tidying Up,” households across the country are being purged of piles of clutter. Her Japanese KonMari method has converted even the most stubborn of spring cleaners into new-found organizational wizards, myself happily included.   And while …

Article March 18, 2019 It’s Not About The Prom Dress: It’s About the Young Woman Wearing It

By J’Nel Wright   “Mom, you don’t understand. Everybody is wearing this style.” “I don’t care about everyone,” was the mother’s reply. “I only care about you.” Listening from my place in the neighboring shoe department, I watched as the debate between teenage daughter and mother sparked and simmered. Early predictions showed a total impasse …

Article March 15, 2019 Making Time For Screen-Free Activities

By Jessica Eyre   It’s not like we don’t ever spend time together as a family. We go to movies, we go swimming. In the winter we have lunch at the mall food court and browse through the kids’ favorite stores: Claire’s Boutique to look at all kinds of accessories and giant displays of stuffed …

Article March 14, 2019 How DNA Testing Can Improve Communication Within Your Family

By Marisa Gooch A few months after her 49th birthday, Judey sent in a DNA test to Ancestry.com to prove to her cousin that she was Italian. Rather than confirm her heritage, though, the website sent her back a surprise: the results showed that her DNA matched a woman by the name of V.Q. and that …

Article March 13, 2019 When a Dreamer Raises Realist Children: Perfect Storm Or a Perfect Combination?

By J’Nel Wright “When I have kids, they are going to choose what they want to be and how they want to act, and they can do whatever they want with their lives!” Then I remember slamming the door of my childhood bedroom and flinging my teenaged fit of frustration on the bed for a …

Article March 12, 2019 No. Nil. Nada: Why Saying No Can Strengthen Your Relationships

By Isabella Markert Have you ever agreed to something you really didn’t want to agree to? If you’re like me, the answer to that question is “Of course. Every day!” Planning my wedding comes to mind. My sister planned our wedding, and she had the idea to decorate the reception with paper-bag lanterns. I liked …

Article March 11, 2019 The Dos and Don’ts of Living with Your In-Laws as a Newlywed Couple

By Marissa Gooch I spent months planning my wedding, sampling lemon frosted cake, building out my guest list, and choosing the perfect band to play at my reception. When my big day arrived, there were a few bumps here and there (the wrong flowers were delivered, and I almost passed out from heat exhaustion), but …

Article March 8, 2019 Sticks and Stones: When Name-Calling Becomes Bullying

By Marisa Gooch Like many kids growing up, I had crooked teeth. And when I say crooked, I mean that the inside of my mouth looked like how a puzzle would if you crammed all its pieces together without checking to make sure the edges lined up. As a result, I underwent five years of …

Article March 7, 2019 All I Do Is Work, Work, Work, Work, Work: Encouraging Work Ethic in Your Children

By Jessica Eyre A few days into school after the winter holiday break, both my kids had a spelling bee. This wasn’t a surprise, of course. A list of words was sent home, along with emails, newsletters, and Class Dojo notifications. The list of words sat out on our kitchen counter for at least a …

Article March 6, 2019 I Love You No Matter What: Tips For a Well-Adjusted Adoptee

By Shannon Jones I was in third grade, standing in line for the bus home when an argument with a second-grade neighbor changed my life. “Stop cutting, Clara. Go to the back of the line.” “I was here first! I’m not moving.” “No, you weren’t. You cut. Go to the back of the line.” “No …

Article March 5, 2019 IMHO: Why You Should Let Your Kids Think For Themselves

By Marisa Gooch For some families, Sunday football games mean chip dip, jerseys, and loads of fun. But for my family, this isn’t always the case. When it comes to sports, my childhood home is a house divided. My brother and cousins love one team, and my parents love another. And when these two teams …

Article March 5, 2019 Learning How to Love My LGBTQ+ Daughter a Little Louder

By Jennifer Durrant The football stadium was more than sold out. Music from my favorite bands and solo acts echoed throughout the overflowing venue. This was the biggest concert event of the summer and, walking through the gates, I was still reveling in the fact that we’d managed to snag such in-demand tickets. LoveLoud Festival …

Article March 4, 2019 Simple Communication Blunders That Can Hurt Your Marriage

By Jason Osmond It can be argued that not only is communication the most vital aspect of a relationship, it is also the hardest part to get right. And miscommunication can come in all shapes and sizes. From the words we say to the gestures we make, to the words we don’t say to the …

Article March 1, 2019 Ditch the Thigh-Gap Mentality: How to Talk to Your Kids about Health and Food

By Marisa Gooch By incorporating six simple exercises into your workout routine, you are guaranteed the perfect thigh gap: 10 toe touches, 20 lunges, 30 squats, 40 jumping jacks, 50 toe touches, and a 60-second wall sit. At least, that’s what some Pinterest posts would have you believe. This unhealthy mindset is ruining our teenagers. Think …

Article March 1, 2019 Bridging the Generations Gap with Grandparents

By Marisa Gooch You probably have fond memories with your grandchildren: your granddaughter learning how to ride a bike for the very first time, your grandson ripping out your freshly grown petunias, and little, messy hands reaching on top of the kitchen counter to snatch the hot cookies you just pulled out of the oven. …

Article February 28, 2019 Back Rubs Speak Louder than Words: Why Small Tokens of Affection Make a Big Difference

By Isabella Markert I was sitting on the couch, forcing myself to rub my husband’s back. We were both in school. And we hadn’t had the time to go on a proper date or have a great conversation in far too long. I was starting to feel disconnected from him, so I decided I should …

Article February 28, 2019 The Mother of my Newborn Child Has Postpartum Depression — What Now?

By Marisa Gooch On February 24, 2016, Eric Dyches received a devastating phone call that would change his life. His wife, Emily Cook Dyches, had a panic attack while riding as the passenger in her father’s car. In an attempt to escape her anxiety and find shelter, she jumped out of the moving vehicle and …

Article February 27, 2019 Real Talk: Navigating a Potty Mouth

By J’Nel Wright “Mom! Don’t sneak up on people! You scared the living sh** out of me!” In my neighbor’s defense, she didn’t intend to sneak up on anybody. More importantly, what’s with this foul-mouthed six-year-old? And who can I blame? Are people developing filthy mouths faster? This concern dates as far back as 2008 …

Article February 27, 2019 Winner, winner, family dinner: 3 tips for an uplifting time with your kids

By Jason Osmond   What time with your children do you value the most? Is it family vacations or day trips to the beach? Is it bedtime stories or drives to school? Or is it any time that you get to talk with them without distraction or interruption. In a survey by the National Center …

Article February 26, 2019 An Ugly Reality: How to Talk to Young Women about Sexual Harassment

By Marisa Gooch   I was 16 and leaving the grocery store carrying heavy bags when a man who looked 20 years older asked if he could carry my groceries. I politely declined and kept walking, but he kept following. He insisted that I needed help, and I continually said that I was fine. When …

Article February 26, 2019 Listen Up: Stop Complaining about Your Spouse to Your Friends

by Isabella Markert My husband, his siblings, and I were playing an intense board game. I was losing by just enough that I knew I could still win. Every few minutes, my husband (who is not competitive at all) gave me (who is only competitive when losing) strategy advice, for which I was grateful. I’m …

Article February 25, 2019 Baby No. 2 on the way? How to introduce them to your toddler without looking like a jerk

By Jason Osmond Imagine this: You’re at work, chugging along, and your boss walks in your office with a brand new intern at their side and says, “Hey, just wanted to introduce you to Steve. He’s fresh out of school with no experience and has no idea what he’s doing. He’s just going to be …

Article February 22, 2019 In the Heat of the Moment: Why we lose our cool with those we love most

By Isabella Markert The other day as we got out of the car and started walking toward the front door, my husband threw a snowball at me. (In his defense, and as he described later, it really was more of a soft “snow cluster,” and it wasn’t that cold outside.) He laughed at the shock …

Article February 13, 2019 Valentine’s Day Bloopers: When the pressure’s on and we fall short

By Jessica Eyre Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And it’s a big deal. According to CNN, for Valentine’s Day 2018, approximately 144 million cards were exchanged, an average of $143.56 is spent per person, $4.77 billion total spent on jewelry alone. Not to mention the candlelit dinners, flowers, chocolates, and unmentionables that can …

Article January 10, 2019 Conversation: Kids & Screens
A Philadelphia mother of twin tweens talks with her girls about a recent school assignment they’ve been given to debate whether screens are good or bad for young people. With varying degrees of success, LaKeysha tries to take a backseat as Chanel and Ebony square off on both sides of the issue. LaKeysha: You know ...
Article January 9, 2019 When Tech Titans Become Parents
A funny thing happened when the engineering gurus of Silicon Valley started having kids: a flood of confessionals and op-ed articles revealing exactly how our digital sausage is made. The fact that most of their own kids are tech vegans has many of us considering similar pediatric diets. by Kristina Stewart Ward Tristan Harris, the former ...
Article January 9, 2019 Creating a Family Culture of Tech Autonomy
If we only teach our kids to follow a strict set of tech rules, then they’re likely to just pivot to another set of rules once they leave home. Chances are those rules will be an algorithm created by engineers like me. by Bartek Geza, Google software engineer I’ve been a computer engineer since I was ...
Article January 8, 2019 The Big Stakes of Little Screens
Depending on how well we help our daughters and sons master their devices and the new ecosystem being created by them, our kids can either establish mastery over their screens or allow technology to have mastery over them. by Kristina Stewart Ward On a very real level, the child being born and raised today is ...
Article January 7, 2019 Want to Nurture Your Children’s Strengths? Start with Your Weaknesses
Opening up about your weaknesses with your kids can be the key to their success and a better relationship with them. by J'Nel Wright If you are looking for directions, don’t ask me. I have a horrible sense of direction. Just recently, my brother finally broke the news to me that my two favorite convenience stores ...
Article January 7, 2019 Mental Illness Diagnosis? It can actually be a chance to grow closer as a family
Our family has learned, by taking time for self-care, offering balanced support, building a support network, considering family therapy, and learning to communicate effectively, the changes that accompany mental illness can bring your family closer together. by Grace Hansen I grew up in a family where half of us experienced major depression, and we all ...
Article January 7, 2019 Peck, Peck, Peck: Managing Fights in Your Household
If a chicken gets a little cut on its leg, the other birds will start pecking at the wound. They’ll peck until the wound gets bigger and bigger. So, what do we do if there's "pecking" going on between our kids? by Jessica Eyre When I was in fourth grade, we got a new student ...
Article January 7, 2019 Apples and Oranges: How to Appreciate and Manage Differences in Your Marriage
By seeking understanding, trying new things together, and learning to recognize solvable issues, you can appreciate the differences you and your spouse have without becoming paralyzed by them. by Isabella Markert When I got the invitation to my recent high school reunion, I hesitated. I texted one of my best friends from high school to ...
Article January 7, 2019 From Mother to Mother-in-Law
How to avoid a tense relationship with your new daughter-in-law.  by Jessica Eyre The mother-in-law in pop culture is a meddling nightmare, someone to be managed or even feared. At best, they’re some nut to be tolerated when you can’t avoid it. “Whenever someone says ‘mother-in-law,’ I don’t know, it just seems mean or something,” ...
Article January 7, 2019 Blending Adults
Tips to help ease tensions when blending two families—even if the kids are grown. by Isabella Markert There were 30 of us staying at that beach house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We spanned four generations, from an 80-year-old great-grandmother to nine children under the age of five. This was the first time my ...
Article January 3, 2019 How to Get Kids to Own their Consequences without Looking Like the Bad Guy
Strategies for creating and enforcing rules with your kids that work.  by Jessica Eyre The beginning of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is iconic. Harrison Ford spends a good twenty minutes sneaking through a booby-trapped cave, switching a bag of sand for a priceless relic, and high-tailing it out of there ...
Article January 3, 2019 The Best Ways to Multitask as a Parent When You’re Behind the Wheel
Here are some great ways you can use all that car time for getting closer to your kids. I’m not a terrible driver. But I’m not a great driver. I’d call myself something like... a conscientious bad driver. I tend to drive too close and too fast (cruise control is my best friend). I’d rather ...
Article January 3, 2019 It’s not Easy Eating Green: Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies
Five ways to get your children to actually eat something healthy.  Any parent will tell you that getting kids to eat salad and other green veggies—or, if I’m talking about my own kids, anything outside of cheese quesadillas and chicken nuggets—is 75 percent of parenting. The other 25 percent is spent dealing with gross things ...
Article January 3, 2019 Tactics for Catching a Few More Zs in the Morning When you have Kids
Four strategies for getting more sleep because with kids even 30 minutes more can do wonders.  I kicked my daughter in the face. Not on purpose, mind you. Nor for any reason that would require calling child services. So before you let your imagination run wild, here’s the story: My beautiful, wonderful, four-year-old girl, bless ...
Article January 3, 2019 Make Your Next Family Photo Shoot Something to Enjoy, Not Just Survive
If the phrase, "Let's take a photo!" strikes fear into your heart, then here are some methods that just might make family photos actually fun.  Looking through my wedding photos for the first time was thrilling until I made it to the group shots. Maybe a third-party observer wouldn’t notice, but I sure did: my ...
Article December 21, 2018 You’re a Liar, but It’s Probably OK
We talk about Santa like we talk about Mickey Mouse. The difference is only one of those is real. Right, kids? My dad broke the news to me when I was almost eight. We were driving along in the snow, next to a golf course, and out of nowhere he leans over and says:   ...
Article December 15, 2018 I’m Offended that You’re Offended that People Are Offended
Once upon a time, in 1944, a married couple was hosting a party and wanted to perform something to entertain their guests. So they wrote a song, a duet that musically acted out an evening that was regretfully coming to an end. I'm certain they never imagined the controversy the song would cause 70 years ...
Article December 8, 2018 Whose Is Better? How to Blend Family Traditions as a Newlywed Couple
Traditions can be a touchy subject, especially for newlyweds. When I first married my husband, there was an awkward period of figuring out how to celebrate the holidays together. Most of our family traditions didn’t match, making it a game of deciding whose traditions were better. For example, Valentine’s Day for my family meant wearing ...
Article December 7, 2018 Gift Guide to Foster Conversation Between You and Your Teen
Ways you can give your teen the gift of a stronger family this holiday season and throughout the year.  The Christmas wish lists of teenagers through the ages may not be exactly the same. Today’s teens are likely asking for their own smartphone or headphones and other high-end electronics, while teenagers in past decades might ...
Article December 6, 2018 ’Tis the Season to Share: Tips to Make the Most of Shared Parent Time During the Holidays
The holiday season is a time of sharing: We share our time, our talents, joy, and laughter. We share food, treats, and gifts. And as a divorced mother of three, I share my kids with my ex-husband. The first Christmas I was divorced, the thought of going through any of the holidays without my children ...
Article December 5, 2018 Who’s Santa?
Celebrating your culture while respecting another’s Just before Thanksgiving, my 4-year-old son said something to me that stopped me in my tracks. “If I’m naughty, Santa won’t come,” he said matter-of-factly. Now, many reading this are probably thinking, what’s so startling about that? But as a Jewish mother raising a Jewish family, this statement was ...
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