Helping Kids Beat Homesickness at Sleep-Away Camp

I visited nine sleep-away camps last summer and talked to a lot of children about their experiences of being away from home. What impressed me was...Ninety-five percent of children experience at least a bit of homesick feelings when they are away from their parents at summer camp.

Passing on Perfection: Why Being a 'Good Enough' Parent Is Great

Yesterday morning, I got home after my 5:30 a.m. boot camp to find my husband of 16 years had locked one of the cats in the closet, and she had...You can try to be perfect, but please cut yourself some slack.

Connect With Your Child Through Play

When you think about your own childhood, do you recall times when you and your parents played together? Maybe it was hide-and-seek, or Monopoly or...Through play, children make sense of their experiences, and express their ideas and emotions.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Tracking the Family History of Slaves

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. One of the transformative moments of my life occurred when my grandfather, Edward Gates, died in 1960. I was 10 years...As a parent, as well as an historian, I also encourage you to introduce your children to their family history.

When to Introduce Kids to Music: Early and Often

As a musician, music educator and researcher, parents often ask me when they should begin introducing their children to music. As with most easy...You should begin age-appropriate music “lessons” soon after birth, or maybe even before birth.

Raising Kids to Be Less Stuff-Centered

Since launching "The Story of Stuff" film and book, some people have accused me of being against stuff. I'm not; in fact I consider myself...One of the toughest places to combat excessive consumerism is with today’s kids.

Parents Are the Ultimate Video Game Controller

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 17, chances are there is some video game playing going on in your house. And, these days, it's more...Use rating tools -- and your own judgment -- to determine which games are appropriate for your kids.

Getting Your Child Ready for Camp

I remember once speaking about camp with parents of a 12-year-old girl I'd been seeing in my psychotherapy practice. The girl had expressed an...Camp is about making some of the best friends of your life. It's an exercise in self-reliance and social learning.

Planning for Summer Child Care

Summer will be here before you know it, and our little ones are counting down the days until school lets out. When that happens, families will...When school's out, families have to fill anywhere from eight to 10 hours a day of child care.

Are You Ready for Equally Shared Parenting?

When we talk about equally shared parenting to others, it's not unusual for someone to bring up the sheer impracticality of the idea. We might...Parenting should not be a tug of war!

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