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Parenting On Demand: How Do You Tell the Difference Between a Child's Wants and Needs?

I'm hungry. Can I have some pancakes? Will you help me go to the bathroom? Can I have a playdate after school today? I want to watch "Scooby-Doo" on TV later. Can you please come downstairs and make me breakfast now? I'm hungry! This is within the...All the research in the world can't prepare you for the onslaught of wants from a child.
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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 old, and, following his burial, my father showed me my grandfather's scrapbooks. There, buried i...As a parent, as well as an historian, I also encourage you to introduce your children to their family history.
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Japan Approves Plan to Join Child Custody Pact

Chris Smith, center, R-N.J. with relatives of American children abducted to Japan, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, calling for swift passage of a resolution on child abduction to Japan.Credit: AP TOKYO (AP) -...apan's Cabinet approved a plan to join a global child custody treaty Friday, amid foreign pressure on Tokyo to revise policies some say allow Japanese mothers to too easily take their children away from foreign fathers.
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A Piece of Unsolicited Parenting Advice: Don't Offer Any

My friend Gwen was taking a stroll, her sleeping 1-year-old daughter Lola pressed to her chest in a baby sling. It was a lovely day, the nicest so far in a too-late spring, and Gwen was thrilled to be out of the house. A Friendly Stranger rolled up a...Is there anything your average parent wants less than unsolicited advice?
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Becoming a Stepmother from Marlo Thomas

When I realized I was going to have the title of "stepmother," I thought, "Oh, no, I don't want to be one of those!" In fairy tales and children's stories, stepmothers are usually villains. I had to figure out how to be a nice one, a good one. The fi...When I realized I was going to have the title of "stepmother," I thought, "Oh, no, I don't want to be one of those!" In fairy tales and children's stories, stepmothers are usually villains.
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Florida Uses Twitter to Find Adoptive Parents

Almost one in 210 Americans uses Twitter, sending short messages to family, friends and assorted hangers-on. Credit: Getty Images
"Wow, you guys are going to be parents? I had no idea you were even on Twitter!"
That could be party t...
You might call it a case of tweets for tots.
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Opinion: Parents of Austic Children Have More to Celebrate Than Mourn

No matter how you slice it, it's a stressful job, and the hours stink. But the rewards? Phenomenal. Credit: Getty Images
I am the single father of an autistic teenager.
And I mean single. I am all alone here. My son's mother live...
As parents, we should appreciate what we have rather than whining about what we don't.
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Jillian Michaels Hoping to Adopt Baby From the Congo

Jillian Michaels plans to adopt as soon as possible. Credit: Dave Kotinsky, Getty Images She's helped a slew of obese contestants on TV's "The Biggest Loser" shed pounds, but now trainer Jillian Michaels is ready to take on a whole new...The star trainer is leaving "The Biggest Loser" to start a family.
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