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I'm the Victim of a Baby Name Thief!

I had a baby name picked out for about 10 years, and I made the mistake of telling someone about it. Not only did they take the first name, but they took the middle name, too! It's completely uncommon. I know full well that I have no ownership of t...Whenever I see this person writing their baby's name, I actually feel betrayed. Is this completely insane?

An A-Z Guide On How To Make New Friends

With a little effort, anyone can make new friends. Credit: jupiterimages
Is your child worried about making new friends over the summer? Fear not! We found this amazing list -- compiled by friendship experts Jane Balvanz and Bl...

Help Kids Cope With the Stress of Moving

Moving day doesn't have to be a bad experience for kids. Credit: Ken Wramton, Getty Images
Moving. The word can send shivers down the spine of even the most organized parent. But what about your kids? As rough as it is on you, it might be ev...

Parenting Advice: Easy to Give, Harder to Take

I'm not an expert, I'm just a parent. I like that line. It's true and it (sort of) gets me off the hook. When this job was first offered to me, I said, well, I love writing and I have four kids, but please don't ask me to give advice. Nobody should...

If You Don't Have Kids, Can You Give Parents Advice?

After a long day at Disneyland, Ann's brother and sister-in-law put their 5- and 6-year-olds to bed and let their "very, very cranky 8-year-old hang out and torture us with his crankiness," recalls Ann (not her real name, for reasons that will beco...

Seven Tips To Help New Moms Get Fit

Since giving birth two-and-a-half years ago, a few things about my personal appearance have gone by the wayside: My makeup regime (down to a slick of lip balm), my high-maintenance hair (how I miss you, cherry red!) and most significantly, my belly. ...

10 Tips for Throwing a Birthday Theme Party

Birthdays. The kids keep having them. And from the age of five, we've allowed each to celebrate by inviting friends to a birthday party in our home. At these parties, we aim for homemade, low-key fun. But even low-key fun requires advance preparation...

Your 'Uncommon' Baby Name Is Everywhere

A number of friends have told me that they've selected "uncommon" and/or "old -fashioned" names for their babies -- and then they proceed to say that the baby will be called Ava, Olivia, Isabella, Aiden, etc. They are all perfectly good choices, and ...

My Friend is Spelling her Baby's Name Wrong

Is there a way to tactfully suggest an alternative (read: more traditional) spelling for a friend's baby name choice? A good friend of mine is giving her child a name with at least a dozen spellings and is using the one most likely to be misspelled. ...

My Friend Named Her Baby After Auto Parts

Someone I know is having a baby boy, and her husband has a family tradition of giving car-related names, like Mercedes and Axel and such. I'm fine with that (it sounds like fun), but the name she wants to give is Jackford. I won't criticize her name ...

Scolding Your Child's Friend - How Bad?

Do you scold other people's kids? Photo courtesy of stockexpert.com.
The email said: "How about this for How Bad: Scolding other people's kids? My child has a friend who is naughty at my house. Her mom is usually here when they play, and I wait f...

Sasha and Malia Get Advice From Bush Twins

Outgoing presidents traditionally leave a note in the Oval Office for the new Commander-in-Chief. Jenna and Barbara Bush wrote their own letter to the incoming First Kids, giving them a few heartfelt pointers on how to enjoy their new life in a "magi...

Vicks VapoRub Harmful To Infants

OK, this is kind of creepy. I am part of a parent exchange group that regularly emails ideas, etc. on the web. A recent conversation thread has centered on Vicks VapoRub, which we all decided was harmful to use on our children. Now, a new report is s...

Nine-Year-Old Publishes Advice Book

Well, this is certainly a first. Publishers Weekly is reporting that nine-year-old Alec Greven is publishing a book. The fourth grader from Castle Rock, Colorado, wrote the book "How to Talk to Girls" at the tender age of eight, and it has been sn...

Daily Dish - Let the games continue

The best parenting advice I've ever heard is also the simplest: play with your kids as long as they will let you....

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