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Are You Your Child's Role Model?

Should parents strive for perfection? Photo: sxc.hu
As a child, were you ever told "Do as I say, not as I do?" That little saying is intended to get parents off the hook for any less-than-perfect behavior and dissuade kids from mimicking said beh...

Fantasy Escape Plan - Do You Have One?

What does your fantasy escape look like? Image: sxc.hu
When I was raising my first child, I often had days of overwhelming stress. The pressures of being a single parent, working a full time job and struggling to make it all work out was sometime...

Would You Bust a Bad Mother?

Liv Tyler stepped up to help a crying kid -- would you? Photo: Getty Images
Actress Live Tyler recently found herself in a situation that I'll bet many of you have been in as well: She witnessed a woman losing her temper with a child in public...

To Bail or Not to Bail

Tough love. Could you do it? Photo: Jason Clapp/Flickr
It's probably second on the list of phone calls a parent hopes to never receive: The police telling you that your child has been arrested. Whatever they've done, it must be pretty bad and ...

When Parents Give In To Peer Pressure

How far will you go to help your child fit in? Image: sxc.hu
There are some things my husband and I disagree about when it comes to our 8-year-old. These are mostly little things like whether iced tea is bad for her and how important it is to rin...

Tricking Hubby Into Fatherhood

How far would you go to have another baby? Image: sxc.hu
When a couple marries, it is generally understood that there will be no secrets between them. Well, there may be a few secrets, but certainly nothing major and life-changing, right? Wrong. ...

Should Babies Take Swimming Lessons?

Swimming lessons alone won't keep your child safe around water. Image: sxc.hu
Most of us, whether we live near the water or not, want our children to learn to swim as early as possible. Not being able to swim is a safety concern and a valid one a...

Family Vacations More Stressful Than Work?

Are family vacations more work than fun? Photo courtesy sxc.hu Well, it's almost that time of year again. Family vacation time! Or, if you are like me, it's family stay home and relax time! I am not big into family trips. We never took them when...

Should Juvenile Offenders Be Sentenced to Life?

The Supreme Court will examine whether children should be sentenced to life in prison. Photo: Craig Jewell, sxc.hu
It used to be that juvenile offenders in the United States could be put to death for their crimes. That practice was outlawed in 200...

Is It Okay to Brag About Your Kids?

I think everyone would agree that bragging is impolite. Going on and on about one's accomplishments, possessions or experiences is not only rude, it's generally boring to the person who has to listen to it. But even if we all agree that bragging is...

Do Babies Ruin Friendships?

Becoming a parent at a young age changed my life in many ways, not the least of which was losing the companionship of most of my friends. We were all so young and even though it hurt, I couldn't really blame them for going on with their child-free ...

The Only Child Myth

Whether you have one child or eight, there is always somebody ready to pass judgment on your family-planning choices. Parents who choose to have a house full of kids are often blamed for contributing to overpopulation and accused of treating older si...

Gisele Bundchen Taking Stepmothering Too Far?

When daddy has a new wife, things can sometimes get a little tense. In the best of circumstances, the new stepmother will be a positive addition to the family, loving her husband's child while respecting the child's biological mother. It seems that n...

Would You Give Condoms to Your 14-Year-Old?

School isn't the only place where sex education is a dilemma. Most parents would like their children to remain abstinent throughout their teens, but worry that withholding information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases will lead to...

Bald Baby Solution

When I was born, I had a full head of thick black hair. My mother clearly enjoyed styling my locks as every old photo shows my hair beautifully coiffed with clips and bows. Of course, not all mothers get the opportunity to play hairdresser to their l...

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