parenting

Study: Quality Trumps Quantity in Time Spent with Kids

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If you're a working mom who's constantly guilt-ridden about missing out on time with your kids, a new study suggests you can breathe a little easier. The study, published in the Journal of Family and Marriage, found that the amount of time parents spend with their kids between the ages of 3 to... Read more

Is Screen Time Ruining Family Time?

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21st century kids get a lot of flack for staring at their phones or tablets all day, but clinical psychologist and author Catherine Steiner-Adair wants to draw attention to another group of culprits: their parents. Steiner-Adair, who wrote the book The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, explained to the Read more

Don’t Buy Baby These Easter Gifts

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Who doesn’t love bunnies and babies? Well-meaning and excited friends and family members (and maybe even you) might be thinking about giving baby these holiday treats. It’s hard to resist, but here’s why they totally shouldn’t.

 Chocolate Bunny The March of Dimes recommends keeping baby away from sweets because they can cause tooth... Read more

How Early Can You Sleep Train?

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It's a hot topic, it's a pressing question, and it doesn't have a clear-cut answer: When should you start sleep training? Some experts say sleep training can begin as early as birth. But it depends on the method. Experts like Richard Ferber of the Ferberization (cry-it-out) method recommend waiting until six months. The latest... Read more

One Mom's Mission to Make Superheroes More Sensitive

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A baby-wearing Batman? A super-sad Superman? These are some of the cartoons Linnéa Johansson created for her superhero-themed coloring book, which showcases a more sensitive side of these traditionally tough guys. While Johansson, who lives in Norway, has been drawing since she was 17, this idea came to fruition when her three-year-old son Caspian left preschool choking back... Read more

Even More Moms Confess the Most F-cked Up Things Their Kids Did

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Sometimes we feel like parenting is one big collection of OH NO YOU DIDN’T and SPIT IT OUT!! moments. And just when we feel like our kids might have reached an all-time pinnacle of gross for the week, we perform another Pump and Dump show and collect these cards from our audience so other parents can share messed up... Read more

Marathoning Mom Inspires with Bikini Photo

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Still high off her first-ever marathon one week earlier, Rachel Hollis decided it was time to flaunt the body she'd worked for, and the body three babies took a toll on. “I thought, it’s not going to get better than this," she tells TODAY. "You ran the 26 miles, and I had been training... Read more

How Much Should You Pay Your Babysitter?

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What's the going rate for a sitter on your block? Based on a new study from Care.com, the average babysitter takes home $13.50 per hour. And that's just for one kid. The numbers vary quite a bit from city to city; in San Francisco, for example, the average rate of a babysitter is... Read more

Dad Takes Lunchbox Notes to a New Level

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Even if a sticky note with "Have a great day!" made its way into your lunchbox as a kid, get ready to feel incredibly inadequate. Brent Almond kicked off his son's first day of preschool by slipping a Post-it note in his lunchbox, complete with a cartoon of Batman saying "Go get 'em, Jon!" And nearly... Read more

Photographer Travels the Country to Capture Diverse Families

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Brooklyn-based photographer Michele Crowe has been photographing families for years. But redundant shots of traditional families got her thinking -- it was time to cast her net wider. So began "The Universal Family" project. While still primarily based in the northeast, Crowe has traveled to California, Colorado and Texas for the project. Soon, she'll leave... Read more