Marriage & Parenting

Motherhood Matters: Three books that changed my life this year

I thought Id take this opportunity to share three fantastic books that are well worth the read.

Ask Mr. Dad: Handling a child’s back-to-school anxieties

Dear Mr. Dad: School is starting and my 11-year-old daughter is pretty stressed out. Read more »

Aug. 26, 2014


Joseph Cramer, M.D.: What do our kids see when they look at us?

We stand three times taller than a typical child. We'd have to cozy up to a mammoth 18 feet tall to get the same feeling. Imagine how tall a chair or a crib would seem. Picture your house as a... Read more »

Aug. 25, 2014


Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times

Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. Read more »

Aug. 25, 2014


Linda & Richard Eyre: Basic assumptions now under fire

A generation ago, no one would have questioned the premise that the family is the basic unit of society. Today, it is questioned from many sides. Read more »

Aug. 25, 2014


Hey moms: Your neighbor's religion could determine whether you work

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Religious values in a community might be able to influence whether or not a woman works, regardless of her own religious leanings, showing how powerful moral communities can be on individual... Read more »

Aug. 24, 2014


Erin Stewart: Preparing kids to be kind, strong at school

While I’m prepping my house and brain and closets for the school year, I also like to take time every year to prep my kids for the social component of school. Read more »

Aug. 22, 2014


Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core

Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said... Read more »

Aug. 22, 2014


Let kids play outside alone? It should be a crime, poll says

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Many Americans believe kids as young as 12 need adult supervision if they're going to play in public places, inside or outside, poll says. And a high number would criminalize allowing a 9-year-old... Read more »

Aug. 22, 2014


10 potential benefits of breast-feeding

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Studies and research alike have found benefits from breast-feeding. Some have disputed them, but here are 10 of those benefits for both kids and mothers. Read more »

Aug. 21, 2014


How to miss a childhood: The dangers of paying more attention to your cell phone than your children

Yes, it is the 21st century. Yes, the whole world is online. Yes, the communications for your job are important. Yes, at times you must be readily available. But despite all those factors, you do... Read more »

Aug. 20, 2014


How to talk to your kids about porn

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Pornography exposure is inevitable in today's sex-saturated society, and experts say the way parents respond to that exposure and communicate with their kids is crucial to their child's — and... Read more »

Aug. 14, 2014


Insights from the Behavioral Science Guy: Here's one of the most powerful ways to improve the moral character of our world

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The most powerful way to improve the moral character of our world is not policing but talking. We can help one another stay morally engaged by simply talking more often about the values embedded in... Read more »

Aug. 6, 2014


How the cult of overwork keeps women out of the workforce and hurts families

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Working the standard 40-hour week isn't enough for many employers, who expect workers to spend an extensive amount of time in the office, at the expense of family time. Read more »

Aug. 5, 2014


Motherhood Matters: 3 unbelievably simple parenting ideas that work

Did you know that children need a minimum of eight touches during a day to feel connected to a parent? Read more »

July 21, 2014


Motherhood Matters: Tried-and-true road trip tips for families

Different things will work for different families, but here are some hard-won tips that work for my family that might help make your road trips less stressful and more joyful. Read more »

July 16, 2014


Insights from the Behavioral Science Guy: More teaching, less threatening can lead to greater influence

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Bad behavior is more often due to a lack of skills than to bad motives. When we learn to recognize our tendency to ask, “Why would a reasonable, rational and decent person do this?” our... Read more »

July 8, 2014


Insights from the Behavioral Science Guy: Five tips for parents of electronics addicts

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Use behavioral science tactics to help children take control back from the game controller and other electronic devices. Read more »

June 17, 2014


Why I post about my children online

The key to parenting in the digital age isn't about your children at all. It's about you. Read more »

Jan. 13, 2014


A dad's letter to his little girl (about her future husband)

Little One, it is not, has never been, and never will be your job to “keep him interested.” Read more »

Nov. 14, 2013


To moms of one or two children, from a mother of five

There are some things I want you to know about me. About children. About this journey through motherhood that we're both on. Read more »

Aug. 15, 2013


Setting up students in high school to succeed in college

The right kind of preparation in high school can make a big difference in keeping students on track for college completion. Read more »

Oct. 22, 2012

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Dear sweet mom who feels like she is failing

You are a good mom. You matter. You are making a difference. Read more »

Sept. 10, 2012


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