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Parents Find Playing With Kids 'Boring,' and Kids Know It

Does family game night bore you to tears? Credit: .A.A., Flickr
If you fear your head may explode if you have to play one more board game or build yet another village out of blocks, you're not alone. A new survey commissioned by Disneyland...

First Day of School: What the Teacher Needs to Know About Your Child

Send your kids off to school knowing you've provided their teachers with info your kids need to succeed. Credit: Getty Images
It's back-to-school time, when everything is shiny and fresh: New clothes, new notebooks, new backpacks, new teachers...

Greek Baby Names for Boys

Look to Greece and Greek history when choosing baby names for boys. Credit: Corbis
When it comes to choosing a name for a newborn son, many parents consider monikers that are strong and classic. And, among the most popular and timeless boys'...

Hawaiian Baby Names: Beyond Malia

Malia Obama, shown with her famous dad, has helped popularize her name. Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images
Thanks to first daughter Malia Obama, Hawaiian baby names are more popular than ever. But Malia, a Hawaiian form of Mary that means...

Opinion: Parenting in Public is Perilous Business

They're watching you ... Illustration by Christopher Healy
There's nothing quite like spending 16 days straight with six family members and an additional guest to throw your parenting skills into stark relief. Turns out, I'm a yeller short on...

Kids Fighting? Don't Send Them to Their Rooms - Teach Them to Get Along

Give peace a chance. Credit: Getty Images
It's standard operating procedure for a parent with fighting kids: If you're feeling particularly energetic, you stop to figure out who did what and maybe even who started it (or not), and then you send...

Celebrity Moms Better Not Hire Nannies if They Want Daryl Hannah's Approval

Actress Daryl Hannah has expressed some very definite views lately on the subject of parenthood and adoption. Credit: X17online
This is just in: Daryl Hannah has an opinion. In fact, the actress and environmental activist has a very definite...

Newer Dads More Committed to Parenting Than Those of Past Generations, Study Says

Today's dads are taking a more active role in raising their kids. Credit: Corbis
Today's new dads equate being a good father with "being there, being present, spending time and being accessible," and not with being a traditional "breadwinner,"...

School's Out for Summer: Hot Gifts For Teacher

A classic children's story book with a personalized note is priceless. Credit: Amazon
Looking to earn an "A" when it comes to picking out an end-of-year gift for your child's teacher? With these creative and thoughtful ideas, you'll be at the...

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...

How to Please a Picky Eater

Help your kid take a gastronomic adventure. Credit: Corbis
From soupy sauces to brown beans, we all had foods that we couldn't tolerate as children. If you ever sat at the dinner table scowling and closed-mouthed while your parents begged you...

Relax, Parents - You're Spending More Time With Your Kids Than You Think

Even the First Family makes time for play. Credit: Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Finally, a study that doesn't send parents into a spiral of guilt, shame and despair: Research findings show that the amount of time parents spend with their children...

How to Ditch the Diapers and Start Potty Training

If your children are well past diapers, you don't have children, or you feel the urge to shout "TMI!" at your computer screen on a regular basis, please, avert your eyes. This column may not be for you. If, however, you have a small diapered person...Potty training requires two things: readiness and commitment.

Do We Live in a Child-Intolerant Society?

Cabin Fever reporting live from underneath the seats of our local cinema. The box of popcorn has been dumped. The floor is sticky. The 23-month-old has just discovered that he can crawl under this row to the one behind us. I've just discovered that I...

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids Compassion

Craig Kielburger became famous when, at only twelve years old, he founded a charitable organization to fight child exploitation called Free the Children. Since its humble beginnings in the Kielburger family home in 1995, Free the Children has...

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