Marriage & Parenting
I used to believe that the kids needed to stay out of the kitchen so cooking would be easier for me.
Running can be so arduous, and even embarrassing, when you're lugging around an extra 20 pounds. So why did I run during those difficult months? Read more »
Give your teenager the environment he needs to experience full, human development. Don’t let him lose his identity in a silicone prison. Read more »
Quick, festive pumpkin treats — just in time for the holidays. Two cake mixes, a can of pumpkin and chocolate chips. Chances are, every cook has these in the pantry. Short on time? Need a... Read more »
All too often parents will side with their young athlete when conflict arises. While there are times when this is necessary, doing so when smaller conflicts arise will undermine the coach,... Read more »
As a grandparent, you are positioned to create the kind of family narrative that can make your grandchildren stronger and more resilient. Read more »
When I picked my son up from his first day of 4th grade, my usual (enthusiastically delivered) question of “How was your day?” was met with his usual (indifferently delivered)... Read more »
Living out of a suitcase for three months has taught me just how few possessions I need to enjoy life. Read more »
I have written this column with a very specific woman in mind. She is the woman who feels that even her best efforts haven’t been enough lately. She is tired. She is worn out. Read more »
New research challenges the notion that breastfeeding boosts a child's intelligence quotient Read more »
Being read to is important for language development and other benefits to small children. But when a specific adult takes on the task, the benefits are even better, researchers say. Read more »
I love my son’s morning routine chart because it holds me accountable for the things that are important to me as a mother. Read more »
As I go through my boxes of old treasures that have lost some of their shine, I wonder what to save, what to toss and what will be worth hundreds of dollars on eBay 10 years from now. Read more »
We live in an obsessive culture that worships youth and disdains age. If you are in your 60s or 70s and have reasonably good health, you are probably, all things considered, better than you have... Read more »
Being a good, deliberate mother who is not only on top of the visible work of managing a home and family but also the unseen mental and emotional work of raising good human beings is not something... Read more »
Commitment and optimism are two of my top contenders for the qualities I hope my daughter finds in a future spouse. Read more »
Many researchers, but not all, think that allowances are a good way to teach children the importance of budgeting — but they need to be accompanied by frequent conversations with their parents. Read more »
As parents, we don’t get to follow our child’s every move and ensure that the hard, sad and lonely never make it into the chapters of their lives. Read more »
Beans have become my gratitude practice, reminding me to keep searching, leaf by leaf, for small joys. Read more »
There were days when I lived to put the kids down and then could do nothing more than curl up in bed with my good friends Pillow and Netflix. Years, in fact. Read more »
If family-centric groups of different political stripes are critical of and fight against each other, we weaken our ability to fight against the many forces that are harming children. Read more »
A new study finds that a baby's vision of an adult changes based on distance. In fact, a baby can recognize your face for up to 12 inches. Read more »
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 »
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