Enjoy Sweet Dreams When Kids Use Bedtime Pass

A recent study from the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health finds bedtime arguments can be eliminated by something as simple as a bedtime pass. It only works if parents follow the rules, too. ... read more »

Do School Schedules Work for Working Parents?

Grose questions how or why parents are expected to take on such a big role in the school system when they are working full time. ... read more »

Juggling Job, Parenthood Easier with ACA

Since healthcare coverage is now available for part-time workers, many parents find it beneficial to juggle part-time jobs and parenthood without worrying too much about how to pay medical expenses. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 7

The thrills of being a parent are a daily benefit of caring for baby, but that care takes energy and nearly all of your time. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 9

As the honeymoon phase of parenting ends you may notice a drastic change in the relationship you have with your partner. The last eight months have been all about baby and your relationship may have suffered for it. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 10

You're busy, baby's busy ' everyone is busy which means everyone needs a little extra energy. Planning for a trip to the store may seem like anamazing adventure at this point because it feels like baby needs asuitcase full of supplies. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 11

Every time you turn around there is something else you need to do or another late night call from baby. Fatigue is part of the first year of life, but there are some tricks to help you feel better throughout the day. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 12

This month you will spend quite a bit of time planning baby's firstbirthday party. Take some time to look back on the past 12 months. Youbrought a tiny human being home from the hospital ' completely dependent on you for everything. ... read more »

Parenting Styles: Permissive Parenting

Permissive parenting is a term coined by Diana Baumrind, a developmental psychologist. Baumrind coined the phrase as one of three major parenting styles. ... read more »

Parenting Styles: Helicopter Parenting

The term helicopter parenting is thought to have been originally used by college admissions offices to describe parents who played an overactive role in the admissions process. ... read more »

Number of Stay-at-Home Moms on the Rise

The number of mothers who stay at home rather than hold jobs outside the home has risen significantly in the past 15 years. ... read more »

Donor Conception: How and When to Tell Your Child

Dr. Madeline Feingold is a clinical psychologist specializing in reproductive medicine. She frequently discusses with couples how and when to tell a child that its conception involved donated genetic materials. ... read more »

2014 Pregnancy Trend Predictions

An investigation of online chatter about pregnancy and babies reveals the following trends settling in for 2014. ... read more »

Delicious Baby Aroma Encourages Mom's Bonding

The almost-universal cry of mothers upon cuddling a newborn baby - thatthe baby smells good enough to eat - is more than just delight andaffection. It's a very real neurological response that can be tracedusing brain imaging scans. ... read more »

Budgeting for Baby One Trimester At a Time

The financial wizards at Money Magazine suggest approaching a baby budget like a pregnancy, one trimester at a time. ... read more »

Avoiding Adolescent Pregnancy in African-American Youth

Parenting style may play an important part in preventing early pregnancy and reducing risky sexual behavior in African-American youth, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. ... read more »

Parenting Styles: Authoritative Parenting

Authoritative parenting, as described by developmental psychologist Diana Baumrind, is considered a democratic approach to parenting children. ... read more »

Parenting Styles: Authoritarian Parenting

The authoritative parent tends to be highly demanding, but offers little love and nurturing; this can lead to prolonged social implications. ... read more »

Budgeting for a Child: Common Mistakes New Parents Make

Having a child is an exciting and life-changing experience, but the hectic nature of the preparations can leave some parents in the dark about the actual costs of raising a baby. ... read more »

Babies Born to Emotionally Distant Dads Face Tough First Year

Paul Raeburn's book highlights the lack of scientific research on the father-child connection and confirms the value of this relationship. ... read more »

Ways To Make Doctor Visits More Effective

This list involves things parents can do before and during face-to-face time with a pediatrician that will help the doctor make a speedy, accurate diagnosis and get the child feeling better quickly. ... read more »

Parents: Put Down Your Devices

A pediatrician and a psychologist fear our children may pay the ultimate price of tech-savvy parents. ... read more »

SAHM: Time for a New Label?

The term "stay-at-home mom" is outdated according to Ester Bloom, a contributor to the Slate magazine. She's not enthusiastic about housewife, either, preferring instead the word homemaker. ... read more »

Dads Turn Baby Time into Personal Fitness Routines

Two fathers, in particular, have turned their baby time into personal fitness routines that benefit dad while entertaining baby. These fathers have even turned their baby-inspired workouts into books. ... read more »

40% of Infants Without Strong Parental Attachments

The emotional attachment a child develops for his or her parents by the age of 3 can be a valuable marker for how well the child will fare emotionally, socially, and academically later in childhood. ... read more »

First Five Years of Fatherhood Risky for Depression

The study finds that young men, especially those that live in the same home as their new baby, are at significant risk of developing depression during the first five years of fatherhood. ... read more »

Childcare: What is a Nanny?

In today's culture, a nanny is hired to provide child and home carethat varies widely from one assignment to the next. Some nannies live in the home with parents, while others report to work each day on aregular schedule just as they would any other job. ... read more »

Help or Be a Helper: Which Word Choice Motivates Kids?

A team of psychologists says choosing the right word when asking for help from a child makes a difference. ... read more »

Violent Relationships During Pregnancy May Cause Difficulty Parenting

If your relationship was rocky and violent during pregnancy, you are less likely to adopt a good parenting style after the baby is born, according to a new study. ... read more »

Male and Female Involvement in the Birth Process

How involved are men in the birth and child-rearing process? Researchers in Spain recently completed a study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing in an attempt to answer that question. ... read more »

Baby Monitors: Selling Fear or True Protection?

Critics say baby monitors do little more than let you know if your baby is asleep or awake, in spite of the emotional marketing strategies that surround them. ... read more »

Parenting Style Influenced by Genetics

A team of researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) has conducted an in-depth study of parenting styles and concluded it has about as much to do with genetics as it does family tradition. ... read more »

Why More Dads are Staying Home with the Kids

Some dads choose to stay home with the kids simply because they want to, while others are home because of health reasons, unemployment, or other economic issues. ... read more »

Parenting Styles: Positive Parenting

The idea behind this parenting style is to raise children who listen, accept constructive criticism and respond to expectations and discipline with attentiveness and open conversation. ... read more »

Do Dads Resent Staying at Home?

Today, more men are staying home with the kids than ever before, but despite the rise in stay-at-home dads, there could be an unresolved issue some working moms are missing. Is your stay-at-home dad resenting you for being the one working outside the home? ... read more »

How Old is Too Old for Breastfeeding?

The great debate among breastfeeding women started a short while ago with a picture of a breastfeeding mother on the front cover of Time Magazine. The picture showed an almost four year old little body breastfeeding while standing on a chair. ... read more »

The Effect of Advanced Parental Age on Parenting

When I was in school, nearly all of my peers had parents that were generally the same age. I remember one classmate who did not fall into that group. Her father was in his late 60s when she was a senior in high school. ... read more »

Bad Parenting: When Should I Step In?

There are limits to confronting parents about their parenting choices. Just because a parent does not believe in the disciplinary style you believe in does not mean they are putting their children at risk – and that’s what’s truly important – risk. ... read more »

Gay And Lesbian Pregnancy and Parenting

Gay and lesbian pregnancy pose some different and difficult questions. Below are common topics discussed between gay or lesbian couples with regard to conceiving and parenting a child. ... read more »

Is Pregnancy Different for Moms?

That first pregnancy is an experience that can never be repeated. You approached parenthood with a novice set of eyes. Every experience was a new experience, every pain a new pain and every stress was a new stress. ... read more »

My Postpartum, Part 2

I am finally in love with mothering. Finally. Finally. It's been 14 months since my daughter was born and it is only now that I can say I enjoy and embrace my role as a mother. Only now. ... read more »

First Pregnancy as a Stepmom

You are a member of the growing population of stepmothers who are pregnant with their first baby. You are faced with the unique challenge of having your first child with a husband who has children from a previous relationship. ... read more »

Why Do Dads Want Sons?

It is disheartening how many forum topics address this question. Why are sons so important to fathers? If the question was asked 50 or 60 years ago, the answer would be simple – fathers want to pass on the family name and keep the bloodline alive. ... read more »

Is Maternal Instinct Real?

There are experts who believe maternal instinct is not a genetic, basic drive at all, but rather a learned behavior developed during pregnancy and infancy via hormonal changes and close bonding. ... read more »

Are You Defined by a Parenting Style?

The idea of describing a set of parents based on a set of pre-determined characteristics is not a new concept, though the need to define parents and place them into parenting style categories is a modern ploy. ... read more »

Is Being an OAP a Badge of Courage?

Recently, I’ve noticed a huge influx of men and women putting themselves in the exclusive OAP group as if it is a badge of courage. OAP stands for only active parent, which means the other parent is not active from a relationship or parenting angle. ... read more »

Older Parenting - Killing Generations

Older parents are just as capable of giving birth to and raising children, but what does pushing that parenting clock do to the foundation of a child’s life. Is older parenting killing generations? ... read more »

Practical Tips for New Parents

You can read every book, take every piece of family advice and listen to all the experts but you'll never learn the most important tips for being a new parent from any of those sources. Here's what I learned through four children, including a set of twins. ... read more »

Answering the Tough Questions as a Parent

From conception to pregnancy and childbirth to child rearing, you probably think you've heard and seen everything. Until your child drops one of those common but tough questions. I've always welcoming the tough questions my children pose. ... read more »

How Early is Too Early to Talk About Personal Body Parts?

One late fall afternoon, a coffee shop was booming. The line of patrons waiting to order espressos, lattes and cappuccinos stretched out the door and around the corner. A couple with a small child took their place at the end of the line. ... read more »

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