Kids are very good at saying no. Or rather, "NOOOOOO." And "No, No, No, No, No!!!!!!!" We don't like it when their no's are directed at us (which is 90% of the time). We don't like it one bit. And yet, perhaps we can learn something from our children's vigorous objections. .... read more
It's one of the hardest life lessons, don't you think? And it's a hard parenting lesson, too. At some point we all have to learn how to fail gracefully. And as parents, we have to learn how to take a step back so that our children will learn. We're instinctively programmed to .... read more
Being the parent of a small child is nothing if not perplexing and ever challenging. Just when you think you've got the routine down, that little one decides to grow and change and test you—so you need some new tricks, fast! Where do you turn? How do you figure it out?Keep.... read more
There is nothing like a week of holiday to make us appreciate schedule-free time with our children. What a relief it was to take a break from the morning routine, and from all of the shuttling to and from schools, classes, play dates and appointments.We've noticed lately h.... read more
We recently had the chance to speak with parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba about how to make the back-to-school transition as smooth as possible for preschoolers and their families. Many of our readers are right on the cusp of this exciting milestone, and we think Dr. Borba.... read more
When I first became a parent, it was after years of trying to get pregnant and many medical procedures that cost a lot of money (although luckily we lived in Massachusetts so...insurance). Instead of focusing on becoming parents, we focused on becoming pregnant, and I know all.... read more
Recently, I've begun sharing pieces of my childhood -- no, more accurately, stories of my growing up -- with my kids. When my children, now 8 and 5, were very small, they loved to look at their baby books and hear stories of themselves as a baby and toddler, years that were mo.... read more
Have you ever read a parenting book and thought, "Crud, I've been doing it all wrong and my kids are irrevocably screwed up now." Or read a description of a kid and thought, "Oh no, this is a problem kid? That could be my kid!" I have, and all I can say about that is ugh. .... read more
Once in a while, everyone needs a little tough love. Yes, fellow parents, that means us too! When was the last time someone asked you to confront your own overly indulgent or simply ineffective parenting practices? Can't remember? In that case, it may be time for the braci.... read more
Perhaps one of the greatest challenges of parenthood is dealing with just how rapidly children change, and especially during the early childhood years. It seems that just as you're beginning to get a handle on how to deal with your child as a two year old, he's now a three yea.... read more
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