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Annoyed Your Kids Don't Get Along With Your Best Friend's Offspring? Here's How to Make It Work!

Isn't it nice when we all just get along? Credit: Getty Images It's hard enough to find cool people to hang out with, let alone cool people who happen to have kids your kid's age and who have the same Saturday afternoon free that you...Tired of playing police when your kid isn't getting along with others?

Your Turn: A Community of Friends

I think everyone needs a community of friends in their lives -- you just can't get all the support you need from one person. If it takes a village to raise a child, as Hilary Clinton famously wrote, then it takes a network of adults to protect the...Women need a community of friends. Tell us about your own friendship networks.

Lisa Kudrow on 'Who Do You Think You Are,' 'Friends' and Being Blond

Lisa Kudrow helps celebs research their family histories in "Who Do You Think You Are?" Credit: Nicole Rivelli, AP Photo/NBC Lisa Kudrow played Phoebe on "Friends," but in real life, the actress is nothing like her famously ditzy...Lisa Kudrow helps celebs research their family histories on "Who Do You Think You Are."

Falling in With the Wrong Crowd in Middle School Can Hurt Your Grades, Study Finds

Choosing the right friends -- especially kids who like school -- can improve your child's chances for academic success. Credit: Getty "You mighta heard I run with a dangerous crowd. We ain't too pretty. We ain't too proud. We might...Choose your friends as if your report card depends on it. It does.

What to Do When Friendships Become an Issue for Your Child

Friends today, frenemies tomorrow? Credit: Corbis
For some kids, making friends is easy and natural, and for other kids it's ... not. It isn't uncommon for kids to have occasional trouble making or keeping friends, so here's some advice on how...

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...

The Joys of the Neighbourhood Playgroup

It's 9:30 on a Wednesday morning, and the older children have made their way to school. The smell of fresh-brewed coffee wafts through our house. A loaf of banana bread, baked and frozen last week, has been thawed and sliced, and sits on a plate...

Distraction Tactics: Comforting a Child Who Is Not Your Own

Occasionally, or even fairly frequently, I have in my care someone else's child. Occasionally, though thankfully not as frequently, someone else's child discovers she misses her own mother, or is in some other way suffering malaise, boredom, or...

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....

Do You Gossip About Other People's Kids?

Moms are gossiping about other people's kids. Image: Julia Freeman-Woolpert/sxc.hu
Whether you participate in it or not, it's hard to avoid gossip. Reality TV, celebrity culture and gossip rags all promote this idea that it's okay to talk about...

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...

When You Don't Like Your Kids' Friends' Parents

Not all your kids' friends will have parents you'll want to be friends with. Image: sxc.hu
As parents, part of our job is to help our kids make friends. But what happens when your child makes friends with someone and you can't stand the parents?...

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...

What Do You Do With Holiday Cards?

There's nothing I love more than getting holiday cards--they're like getting a surprise in the mail nearly every day of the two weeks preceding Christmas. I decorate my bookshelves with them and, frankly, use them to update my master mailing list...

Soup and Gratitude

Welcome to Dishing it Out, ParentDish's weekly food column. Katie Workman lives in New York City with her husband and two boys, Jack and Charlie. By day she is the Editor-in Chief of the recipe website Cookstr.com. You can read all of the Dishing...

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