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 T...All the research in the world can't prepare you for the onslaught of wants from a child.

Agreeing to Disagree: Can Moms With Wildly Different Parenting Styles Manage to Stay Best Friends?

Pam Jenoff relies on her best friend for support. Courtesy Pam Jenoff
By Pam Jenoff
As the mother of three kids under the age of 3, ...
Dispite their different styles of parenting, they depend on each other for support.

Opinion: Punishing Parents Will Not Stop Beastly Children From Acting Up in School

Punishing parents for their child being late to class is going to accomplish nothing. Credit: Corbis I scanned the list of names in the...We can't punish our way out of our education problems.

Anonymous Assaults: One Family's Battle With Tween Social Networking Site Formspring

Formspring is a comment-and-reply social networking site that lets kids post their deepest, darkest opinions completely anonymously. Credi...Cyber-bullying takes on a vicious twist with anonymous posts.
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My Preschooler's Whining Is Making Me Crazy!

Dear AdviceMama, I have a 4-year-old son. What do you recommend when he whines? It drives me crazy, but when I try to get him to stop, he ju...
A child's plaintive, repetitive whimpers can make even the most easy-going parents lose their patience.

SmackDown: Is Suspension Too Severe a Punishment for a Facebook Post?

Is it OK to take out your math frustrations on your teacher? Credit: John Macdougall, AFP ...Does freedom of speech extend to Facebook?

It's Time to Start a 'No Mean Girls' Coalition

When I was in high school, I definitely was not considered one of the "cool" girls. Apparently, if your senior year resume includes show choir and the...Is it really an inevitable part of our nature to gather in cliques and be spiteful to each other?

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...Is there anything your average parent wants less than unsolicited advice?


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