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My 14 Year Old is Awful to Her Younger Sister!

Dear AdviceMama, My 14-year-old is always angry with her 11-year-old sister. She is also rude with me. She is very caring to others, especially little children, and is a good friend at school. It is hard for my younger daughter to watch...
It's painful to watch anyone treat our child unkindly, but it's doubly difficult when one of our own children is inflicting the damage.

Can Being Too Perfect a Parent Mess Up Your Kids?

Sometimes, we feel like the official parenting motto should be "I just can't win." Honestly, you let your children take the reins when it comes to deciding what they want to do, and you're a slacker destined to raise hellion teenagers. You try...Being too over-protective of your kids could backfire, experts warn.

Do You Ever Regret Leaving Your Children? Mid-Air Storm Makes This Mom Rethink Travel

There's a sudden storm over the Atlanta airport, so our plane is patiently circling. The pilot says it shouldn't be more than an extra 15 or 20 minutes. He comes back over the intercom 20 minutes later to say the storm isn't moving. Other planes...There's a terror that builds up inside me when I think about leaving my children prematurely, no matter the reason.

Learning to Let Your Children Grow Up - Eye Rolls and All

I was just getting the hang of this how to parent young children thing, and now my son has decided to grow up. I think it's a plot to take me off my game. Until now, things have been easy. He's a sweet kid. Funny, smart, nice. Never gets into any...What happened to my sweet little boy who always does what I say?

Why Summer Break Scares Me

Summer break has begun. Some moms are thrilled about this. They can't wait to go on adventures and hang out all day long for weeks at a time with their kids. Their calendars are already filled with plans for family field trips and crafts and such....Planning 10 weeks of activities for the kids has this mom freaked out before summer has even begun.

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 TV later. Can you please come downstairs and make me breakfast now? I'm hungry! This is within the...All the research in the world can't prepare you for the onslaught of wants from a child.

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?

Kneel Before Zod? Most Parents Aren't That Strict, According to Test

You may think they're mean but it turns out, most parents aren't that strict. Credit: Getty Images
"Kneel before Zod!"
Say what you will about his plans to kill Superman and take over the world, you have to hand it General Zod. He...
Parents say they want to be strict without being supervillains.

Nearly 25 Percent of Moms and Dads Say They Put 'Some Trust' in Celeb Parenting Advice

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In a survey, 24 percent of parents say they place "some trust" in information provided by celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy. Credit: Getty Images Looking for a little medical advice about your kid?...
Do you trust Jenny McCarthy when it comes to parenting advice?

Does Parenting Make Being Healthy - and Thin - Too Hard?

They say nothing really changes when you turn 40. It's true. It's 41 that's the kicker. I turned 41 last December and have since experienced all sorts of surprising changes, like hair where once there was none and eyes -- eyes which have always...Are you happy in the skin you are in?

Why Are Companies Still So Inflexible With Working Mothers?

Many years ago, I commuted every day, 45 minutes each way, to downtown Atlanta for my job. I was fortunate that I could afford to put my son in a top-notch day care facility, one that he and I both loved. The day care had a very low ratio of...Why is it so important to companies that everyone work in the same place at the same time?

'Parentless Parents': Q&A With Author Allison Gilbert

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"Parentless Parents" looks at the growing number of adults whose parents have died. Credit: Hyperion People are living longer, but apparently not long enough to make up for the "advanced maternal...
The author explores the growing demographic of parentless parents.

If Money Doesn't Buy Happiness, What Does?

About seven years ago, I was laid off from my job. I was a marketing director at a well-known corporation, and, after a wonderful career there, I ended up with a boss I didn't like who didn't like me back. I'll never forget the day he invited me...About seven years ago, I was laid off from my job...

How Camp Changes Kids

Over the past few years, there's been talk of a new camp ailment: childsickness. It's not children getting sick, it's parents homesick for their kids. Pathetic, but understandable. After all, this is a generation of parents who spend a huge chunk...Camp is the ultimate field trip -- one that doesn't need Mom or Dad tagging along for the ride.

Parenthood Can Taste Bitter or Sweet, Depending on Your Age

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Kids make parents happier as Mom and Dad age. Credit: Getty
Parenting, it turns out, is like wine. It gets better with age.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found having babies...
Parenthood a bummer in your 20s, but it gets better.

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