• 12 Questions That Teach Kindness in Your Children12 Questions That Teach Kindness in Your ChildrenWe encourage kindness in our children, above all else. In our home, we value and teach kindness above intelligence, talent, and responsibility.


    As parents, we are raising children whose character is built on thoughtful kindness. And it's working: In a day of endless stories of bullying, we are raising children who stand up for the bullied by stepping in. In a day of debates over whether children should be allowed in restaurants, we are raising children whose considerate behavior draws strangers to our table to comment on what a pleasure it was to have us as table-mates.

    In a house of three kids under 10 years old, we are working every day to raise siblings who know how to fight fair, know how to love and be loved, and who will be friends as adults. It starts at home, and we work at it every day.

    Our approach isn't foolproof. My 7-year-old is far more empathetic than his older brother. It's like empathy is his superpower. He can read emotions near flawlessly when he slows down

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  • 8 Ways to Live a Happy Life, According to a 6-Year-Old8 Ways to Live a Happy Life, According to a 6-Year-OldMy 6-year-old is the happiest kid. From the moment he wakes up smiling to the moment he drifts off to sleep in full grin, you can find him singing, dancing, and engaged in general merriment.


    The kid can't help it. He was born chased-down-by-rainbows-and-sunbeams happy. Sure, he has moments of sadness, anger, and frustration like everyone else, but those moments are the rare exception to the rule that my son is, in fact, a real life Buddy the Elf.

    Spreading smiles and warming hearts is what this kid has always done best. If there was ever a calling placed on his life, it would have to involve the spreading of contagious joy.

    If you've ever wished for even an ounce of this kind of soul-consuming cheer, you're not alone.

    Take a look at BooBoo's very own 8-step guide to personal happiness because happy just feels good.

    1. Have fun
    It's fun to have fun and when you have fun, you're happy. Play with your brother and friends - all of them. Play games that you like to play,

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  • The Impact of an Only Child on MotherhoodThe Impact of an Only Child on MotherhoodThere are many days where I feel like I've missed out on full motherhood.

    The days when my friends have no down time, laundry galore, dirt and mud tracked on the kitchen floor, never-ending meals, nighttime wake-ups, and a desperation for naps -- those are the days I keenly feel an absence.

    My house is clean. The laundry is usually done in a day. Bella takes naps and sleeps through the night. We have no diapers, no bottles, no rooms filled with the baby's toys and hers mixed together.

    All of that sits in a little box in the garage. Once again unused and untouched.

    They're hauling carseats and laughing about their third cup of coffee in an hour because the baby was up all night -- and I'm knitting on the couch while Bella plays at my side.

    If this was by choice, it might be different. This scenario might even have sounded snarky or bragging to some. But when the cause is those other littles being taken away by death and loss -- then it's a very hard thing.

    After I lost

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  • My Son Would Rather Do Anything with His Mom Than Hang Out with MeMy Son Would Rather Do Anything with His Mom Than Hang Out with MeYesterday, Felix had a day off from pre-k. I was coming off a busy work-filled weekend and so thought I'd leave the computer sleeping and spend a nice day with him, daddy and son doing something fun. Now what that fun thing was, I had no idea, and I became aware early on that he didn't either, when my wife made some suggestions over breakfast.

    "My library books are due today. Maybe you guys can take them back," my wife said.

    "No. I don't want to go to the library with Daddy. With you, Mommy," Felix said.

    "Well, you could hit the library and then stop in at the zoo."

    "No."

    "You could try visiting a museum, maybe."

    "Uh-huh."

    She looked at me, lips pursed in exasperation, her eyes asking for a little help. What could I say? The library's children's room is hot and full of coughing kids. The lighting in there makes everything look kind of dirty and washed-out, which leaves me itchy and bothered -- like my immune system's fighting off a million germs. And I've taken

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  • Marlon Wayans on Being a DadMarlon Wayans on Being a Dad

    The funnyman talked to Ellen about his parenting style.

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    Kate Middleton and Prince George Kate Middleton and Prince George Royal babies, as it turns out, are just like any other babies. Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and her young son Prince George are currently on tour with Prince William in Australia and New Zealand -- and as it's the young prince's first official diplomatic public outing, we're learning lots of fun facts and tidbits about the teeny tiny royal. Like, for example, how he won't eat his vegetables.


    SEE MORE: 13 Foods to Keep in the Kitchen If You Have a Kid in the House

    Kate Middleton told one girl at a New Zealand hospice how Prince George wouldn't eat his greens unless they were hidden in something else. "The duchess laughed," 14-year-old Lee Thompson told Female First. "It was a problem getting George to eat them. She said she and William had to mash up all his vegetables so he wouldn't notice."

    Mushy peas and vegetables. Yum. You know what Prince George does like, though? Hair. Specifically: his mum's hair.


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  • CorbisIf you’re a busy parent who brings your child to school each morning, you probably don't give much thought to what you throw on before heading out the door. But if your kid goes to school in Florida, you might soon have to ditch those yoga pants and starting dressing up for the drop-off. One Florida school board member is proposing a dress code for parents in order to set a good example for students.

    According to a story published recently in the Sun Sentinel, Broward County Public Schools board member Rosalind Osgood broached the topic during a recent school board meeting, citing as an example fathers who pick their children up wearing saggy pants at Boyd Anderson High School in her district. (She notes that students at that school are banned from wearing saggy pants.) “I’m not trying to instill a strict dress code,” Osgood, a mother of three, tells Yahoo Shine. “This is about basic presentation — many parents pick their children up wearing curlers in their hair, sweatpants that fall

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  • Photo: ThinkstockPostpartum depression is a real thing — and it's not just a problem for new moms. A new study from Northwestern University says that young fathers are at risk to be "hit hard" by the baby blues.

    According to the survey, depression symptoms jumped an incredible 68 percent for men who became first-time dads around the age of 25, and they lasted at least five years following the child's birth. That means that new dad depression could affect them during some of the most important moments of their kid's life, like first walks, first words, and first days of preschool.

    "It’s not just new moms who need to be screened for depression, dads are at risk, too," said Dr. Craig Garfield, who was the lead author on the study. "Parental depression has a detrimental effect on kids, especially during those first key years of parent-infant attachment. We need to do a better job of helping young dads transition through that time period."

    Scientists are starting to focus on male postpartum depression, which

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  • Astrology's not just for giving you hints about your future. Momstrology, the new book from AstroTwins Ophira and Tali Edut, is full of smart, on-target parenting tips. Not so wonky after all, is it? By Ava Feuer, REBDOOK.

    Aries
    You approach motherhood just like you do everything else--head-on. But even though you're confident and sometimes a bit diva-like--fellow Aries Kourtney Kardashian and Victoria Beckham definitely are--your fourth house of motherhood is in Cancer, meaning you've got plenty of maternal instinct and nurturing qualities. You naturally put your needs first, which makes motherhood a big adjustment. However, it's also helpful for teaching your kids independence and self-sufficiency. "You may be better at the playing the stereotypical 'dad' role…and you may be the tough disciplinarian," write the AstroTwins. "Even if you still play the stereotypical 'mom' role, your strength and boundless energy still permeate your every move."

    Taurus
    You're old-fashioned

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Veer/The BumpA new study, just published in the journal Pediatrics by researchers from Boston Medical Center, suggests that you may want to think twice before turning over the remote to your fussy toddler.

    More from The Bump: Are time-outs good for toddlers?

    The study's lead researcher, Dr. Jenny Radskey, is recommending that parents not put their toddler in front of a TV to soothe any tantrums, because that could garner developmental issues later in life.

    "We found that babies and toddlers whose mothers rated them as having self-regulation problems - meaning, problems with calming down, soothing themselves, settling down to sleep, or waiting for food or toys - watched more TV and videos when they were age 2," says Radskey. "Infants with self-regulation problems watched, on average, about nine minutes more media per day than other infants. This may seem small, but screen-time habits are established in these early years."

    More television watching could open

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