'Lean In' by Sheryl Sandberg has taught me an invaluable lesson for myself and my daughter.
My 4-year old daughter loves princesses and I realize now that I've waited for a tiara myself. I've waited for people to recognize my accomplishments and bestow a gift, whether it be a job, a promotion or a raise. I want to make sure that my daughter knows that she shouldn't wait for her dreams to be fulfilled—she is the one who will make them come true (even if it's to be a princess).
Unable to vent on social media, the foster mom of a troubled teen finally understands all the TMI.
I’m from a huge extended family, so I spent most of my formative years changing diapers, cleaning up vomit and chasing after younger cousins. By the time blogs and social media rolled around, I’d already heard enough for a lifetime. I couldn't understand all the public over-sharing by new parents. Then I took in a teen from the foster care system, and everything changed.
I had a tremendous childhood. Yes, I had moments when I hated my parents…those sobbing in your room mumbling barely audible statements like “I wiiiish shhhee would get hiiiiit by a buuuus and Diiiiiiiie!” Because I was asked to do the unthinkable and clean my room or do my math home work before I could go out with my friends.
But all in all, I had it pretty good.
YourTango Expert Shelley Skas offers her best parenting advice.
Do you struggle to get your kids into a routine for homework, bedtime or the morning on school days? Are you wondering how to get your kids to follow — and even love — routines? If so, help is on the way.
Parents, we are sharing your secret thoughts about how you really feel about your babysitter...
I apologize in advance if I offend anyone, but sometimes the truth hurts and I am going to be completely honest here. I, Michelle Smith IAT, CPD have not only been a babysitter and nanny for over 14 years myself, but as the owner of Embracing Babies Staffing Agency I refer babysitters and nannies out to parent clients for my business.
An expert and mother weighs in on whether you should borrow this strict style to parent your kids.
Mike Rice, the former coach of Rutgers University's men's basketball team, was fired for what some might describe as his 'tough love' form of coaching. But does this work as a parenting style? Does 'tough love' parenting raise responsible, well-behaved kids or does it simply emotionally cripple them?