families 

Happiness is... not having kids

Sure, they drive you nuts. They step on every last nerve and expect you to thank them for it. But, it's all worth it, right? Children bring so much joy into our lives that we couldn't possibly imagine living without them, right? They are our reason f...

Blogging for LGBT Families Day

For the third year, writers from all corners of the internet are joining in to recognize that not all families fit the traditional mold. Many, certainly, will be those who themselves are part of an LGBT household, but other will be those, like myself...

Keeping finances separate

One of my best girlfriends had a baby last year, and we've been making plans for her impending visit here since the day her baby girl was born. "We'll take walks in the forest!" "We'll sip lattes and carry matching purses!" "We'll talk about our long...

Ignoring the rules, like everyone else

Sunday was brilliantly sunny this weekend, and I wanted to take Nolan outside to enjoy the giddiness of spring in the salty ocean air. We stopped for a coffee and a juice, and packed my brother's roly-poly chocolate lab in the back of the Jeep, inten...

Best travel guides for families?

So, ParentDish readers, I have a question for you! I've been thinking about it and researching it, but I haven't been able to determine which (if any) of the travel guides is best for families. So I pose it to you--which is your favorite travel gu...

Do we really need a television 'family hour'?

Ellie, like most kids, loves television. In particular, she likes Hannah Montana and Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She would happily watch those shows over and over from sunup to sundown if I let her. Which, of course, I don't. I recently had to set l...

Teaching little kids good eating habits really does pay off

At six years old, Ellie already knows about good fat, bad fat, protein, empty calories, etc. She's a rather picky eater, so we have lots of conversations about what is good for you and what is not. My hope is that these lessons will help her make hea...

Are you suffering from caregiver syndrome?

If you aren't already caring for a family member who is aging or ill, there is a good chance that at some point you will be. According to the American Academy of Geriatric Psychiatrists, one out of every four American families is currently caring for...

Panasonic wants your family in High Definition

In a previous life, my husband worked in television news and I had multiple opportunities to get my face on television. Each and every time, I declined. It's not my thing, but judging by the number of reality television shows featuring families, ther...

Would you hire a parenting coach?

I don't know about you, but there are times I wish I had access to an expert on the ins and outs of child rearing. But of course, there is no such thing as an 'expert', right? Wrong. There are schools where you can earn a certificate declaring you to...

Families and the health system: Sicko

My Mom works in the Canadian health care system, and I have an endless fascination with the dichotomy that is Michael Moore, and both of us have been scheming to see Sicko since we first heard about it. I have groaned about the health care system he...

Kids aren't key to marital bliss

What is more important than kids when it comes to a happy marriage? According to the Pew Research Center, a whole lot of things. When asked to rank a list of nine factors that people associate with successful marriages, respondents ranked children nu...

Russell Crowe's time capsule for his kids

As part of the Australian National Trust's time capsule project, actor Russell Crowe has written a letter to his sons that will remain buried at Observatory Hill until the year 2032. The project was launched by New South Wales Governor Marie Bashir a...

Toddler left alone while parents play at Disney World

Taking a three year old to Disney World usually means skipping the really fun attractions. Instead of screaming through the Tower of Terror, you will probably be spending more time at the Country Bear Jamboree. Or Cinderella's Carousel. Or, you could...

The joy of being silly

We have a lot of silly in our house. As I write this, I have a 17-month-old and a little girl that will turn three in a couple of weeks. Now that I think of it...we have more than "a lot" of silly. We have truckloads. Isn't that the great thing about...

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