I can remember the two thoughts that overwhelmed me the day I received my divorce papers back in 2006; 1) I am finally free of the one sided marriage that was making me incredibly unhappy, and 2) Who will ever accept me now that it's me AND my daughter? No one plans for their marriage to fail. I certainly felt that my strong desire and passion for being a good wife and mother would be enough, and it would have been, had I had been with the right man.
There's so much to love about the holidays. Spending time with family, hot chocolate by the fire, and all the twinkly lights. However, holiday travel can wreak havoc on your child's sleep, thus putting a damper in your otherwise cheery holidays. If one of your holiday wishes is to get more shut-eye, read on for some useful sleep tips you can apply to your child's routine.
Parenting will show you the meaning of true, unconditional love. This expert explains that little ones know how to just "be there" — we'd do well to learn from them.
The recent onslaught of school shootings have got this parenting and family expert thinking: how can we better interact with our teens and prevent future tragedies? Try these 16 ways to communicate love to your child and create a safe environment.
Does this sound familiar when your child comes home from school? How was your day? Fine. How was school? Good. How was the test? Okay. Anything else to tell me? Nope. Not much going on there! These are sure-fire conversation killers. And whatever question you do ask, don't ask it as soon you walk in the door. When asked about that, a group of middle school girls responded that after six or more hours in school, the last thing they want to talk about is what happened there. They need time to decompress, too.
When the holidays hit for the kids of divorced parents, stress and guilt can hit hard, and they may not enjoy it at all. To make your kids' holidays fun and full of love, check out these parenting tips for single parents or blended families!
Has your fa-la-la fallen flat? These 5 easy time management tips will help ease holiday stress for the busiest folks this time of year: moms!
I've tried to make my kids understand that they have more than enough stuff and that millions of kids have nothing. I want them to be more grateful and less greedy. It's been largely a losing effort, a fact I am confronted with every December. And I blame my mother-in-law. There. I said it.
When your child seems isolated from others, it's so difficult to not step in and fix the issue at hand. But having few friends isn't necessarily a cause for worry. Take these parenting tips to heart and help your kid make his own decisions about who to connect with.
You've been dating as a single parent for a while, and you've met a great partner... sounds good! But when should you introduce them to your kids? Our relationship and parenting expert tells you from experience what works — and what doesn't.
Thirty-three years after my identical twin girls were born, I hold these truths to be self-evident... No matter how hard you try to make them into individuals, the magnetic pull of twin-ism is always stronger than parent-ism. When my twin girls met each other at a spa weekend for their 25th birthday, one traveled east from NC, the other traveled west from AR and they met within only ten minutes of each other at the spa in Nashville, despite leaving at different times and encountering different traffic snags. LESSON: Don't fight the
As LGBT relationships fight for recognition in our country, another topic is brought to the table: gay parenting. In this new video, a panel of relationship experts explores the issue of raising kids as a gay parent — and if it should even be an issue at all.
Last week, I read a brilliant article by Heather Morgan Shott called "Why I Always Put My Husband Before My Child." The title alone was so provocative that I couldn’t help myself from investigating the article, but also I couldn't wait to read what some of the comments about her beliefs.