Marriage & Parenting

Making your marriage work doesn't have to be hard

A new book about the virtues of the single life has some wondering if marriage is simply too difficult to manage.

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Adventure playgrounds unleash the power of play

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Radical adventure playgrounds offer opportunities for unstructured free play, but encouraging play can foster a child's development in any environment. Read more »

Feb. 16, 2015


The porn talk works: If parents dislike porn, kids will too

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Children of parents who talk about the negative impacts of pornography are more likely to have negative views of porn when they get into college and are thus less likely to use it. Read more »

Feb. 14, 2015


The No. 1 thing you can do to improve your relationship (Hint: It's not talking)

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Fostering a sense of closeness and connection may be more important than resolving disagreements. Read more »

Feb. 12, 2015


Dear mom in the store with the screaming kid, keep up the good work

I just wanted to tell you that I think you are doing a great job! Don’t pay attention to those dirty looks and nasty comments from people who don’t understand that you are not trying to... Read more »

Feb. 11, 2015


Linda & Richard Eyre: 5 big issues that can strengthen — or doom — a marriage

The five things that are most commonly blamed for divorce are the very five things that have to be the topics of open, constant communication if a marriage is to be strong and lasting. Read more »

Feb. 11, 2015


Michelle Lehnardt: Valentine's Day is for everyone

I'm always sad when I hear people grumble, "I hate Valentine's Day!" If Valentine's Day centers on what others do for you, you'll always be disappointed. Switch your focus to spreading love around... Read more »

Feb. 11, 2015


10 picture books for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day celebrates relationships, whether of the romantic variety or with family and friends. Here are 10 delightful picture books that have crossed our desks recently and are about... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2015


Motherhood Matters: Letting your teenager read, watch 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is a terrible idea

In general, I’m a live and let live kind of girl. But allowing your children to watch or read “Fifty Shades of Grey” can cause significant damage to your child and their future... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2015


Motherhood Matters: 10 good reasons to stop the house-shaming

I was going to write a post today called, “The Chore Chart that Saved My Sanity," but it felt a little disingenuous as I looked around my house and realized I was living in a hot mess. Read more »

Feb. 5, 2015


Erin Stewart: A letter to the cool moms

It's probably time I make some more apologies to explain my appearance and behavior at the morning preschool drop-off. Read more »

Feb. 2, 2015


Just because your child is struggling doesn't mean you're not a good parent

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Parents read to their kids, monitor their screen time and engage them in extracurricular activities, but poverty is a tricky challenge to overcome, according to a briefing paper released Wednesday... Read more »

Jan. 29, 2015


Motherhood Matters: What do you focus on?

We can find beauty and happiness in just about any situation if we look hard enough. Read more »

Jan. 29, 2015


Child adversity, mental health challenge may speed up physical aging process

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Researchers have found that children who experienced childhood adversity or suffered psychiatric disorders when young may age faster at a cellular level. The stress is also linked to health... Read more »

Jan. 23, 2015


Motherhood Matters: To grouchy moms everywhere

For several years now, I’ve been trying to live under the guise that I’m one of those fantastic moms whose entire life is made up of silver linings. Read more »

Jan. 21, 2015


How to talk to your child about the negative effects of porn

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With pornographic images and videos just a tap away on any smartphone, laptop or tablet these days, experts say it's not just a matter of if kids see porn, but when. How parents address the problem... Read more »

Jan. 17, 2015


My life is going to be so much bigger than my wedding day

My wedding day was beautiful, but I’m not convinced it was the biggest day of my life. Read more »

Jan. 12, 2015


Erin Stewart: Having 'the talk' with my daughter awkward but worthwhile

I recently took my rightful place in the chain of awkward sex talks that have been passed down from mother to daughter for generations. Read more »

Jan. 9, 2015


What we've lost and what we've gained by having children

I will never stop believing that, someday, what we’ve gained is going to feel so much bigger than what we gave up. Read more »

Dec. 2, 2014


Strong-willed children are a blessing, not a curse

When my kids were young, I would sometimes wonder what I had done wrong when child after child was born into our family with a hefty dose of “strong will.” Read more »

Dec. 1, 2014


In the shadow: What life is like having a famous sibling

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What's it like to be the sister of Buster Posey, starting catcher for the San Francisco Giants? Or the brother of Steve Young, Hall of Fame quarterback? Or the sister of James Valentine, lead... Read more »

Dec. 1, 2014

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The No. 1 cause of divorce may not be what you think

I’m convinced the No. 1 cause of divorce is not adultery, financial problems or irreconcilable difference. Those are most often symptoms of a deeper problem. Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014


The 10 marriage commandments: How to make daily choices to love your spouse

Create a lasting and fulfilling marriage by adopting these 10 guiding principles. Read more »

Oct. 24, 2013


Wake up and smell the sexting, parents

Technology blinds us to danger, a danger of kids growing up a little fast, knowing more than they should at a young age, and exchanging inappropriate information for it to only POOF disappear... Read more »

July 15, 2013


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