News & Commentary

VIDEO: Celebrating Positive Moments in Kids' Sports

Posted May 19, 2011 by Lela Davidson

We've all read and heard the stories about parents and coaches behaving badly at youth league games. In this video Jim Thompson, founder of the Positive Coaching Alliance talks about how we can all help make youth sports better for our young people, their parents, and the coaches.

Weekly Squad: Planning for Summer

Posted May 15, 2011 by Lela Davidson

Meet the writers, catch the buzz, and find out what's going on with Parenting Squad!

Parent Celebrities Turned Advocates

Posted May 7, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

The hottest accessory in Hollywood may be a baby bump, but just like everyday citizen parents, celebrities are not immune to having a child with special needs. Some keep their child hidden away, while others are inspired to help by raising awareness and supporting other families.

The Desire to Have Ears Like Elves

Posted May 5, 2011 by Fred Lee

Young people are having their ears surgically altered in order to emulate characters from TV and movies, but the procedure is painful and can have adverse health consequences.

The Best Mother’s Day Gift a Dad Can Give

Posted May 4, 2011 by Fred Lee

This Mother's Day, the gift of a father's time is the best thing he can do for his wife, his kids, and himself.

National History Day: Start Where You Are

Posted May 4, 2011 by Lela Davidson

National History Day has nothing to do with memorizing dates and recalling timelines by rote. It's about digging into source documents and pulling out the stories and lessons from the past.

Celebrating Birth Moms on Mother’s Day (and Every Day)

Posted May 3, 2011 by Lori Kerrigan

How do you celebrate your child’s birth mom when Mother’s Day is focused on celebrating you? Here is a list of ideas to choose from when deciding to honor this special role.

We Love You, Mom! A Mother’s Day Roundup

Posted May 2, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Stop here for a little bit of history, great publications for moms, and a long list of spectacular gifts for Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to all our mom readers, and best wishes to the families who celebrate them.

Weekly Squad: Mother's Day Edition

Posted May 1, 2011 by Lela Davidson

Get the buzz, meet the writers, and celebrate yourself on Mother's Day!

Painted Toenails Cause Gender Confusion? Seriously?

Posted April 25, 2011 by Katrina Simeck

Can painting toenails lead to gender confusion? Critics of a JCrew ad think so. As the mom of a teenage son, I couldn't disagree more.

Squad Weekly: Kids and Sports Edition

Posted April 24, 2011 by Lela Davidson

If your children play sports, you know that you have to take the good with the bad. This week we've rounded up some tips from the pros — that is, other parents just like you.

From the Vault: They Might Be Giants

Posted April 22, 2011 by Maggie Wells

Don't know what to get the 30/40-something new parent as a shower gift? Want to make learning a bit more fun? Consider They Might Be Giants and their Here Comes series.

VIDEO: Talking Abercrombie Controversy With DeNae Handy

Posted April 19, 2011 by Lela Davidson

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Padded push-up bathing suits for little girls. That was the topic when DeNae Handy and I Skyped on a recent Friday afternoon.

Squad Weekly: Other People's Children

Posted April 17, 2011 by Lela Davidson

When your children are young, it's easy to manage their friends, who are often not their friends at all but the offspring of your friends. Once they get older and start choosing their own friends the tension begins.

Childhood Illness Isn’t Slowing: National Children’s Study Works to Find Out Why

Posted April 15, 2011 by Lela Davidson

There has never been a wide-ranging investigation of children's health that could bring us closer to a true understanding of why childhood illness is so prevalent — until now.

Similac Is Not a Breastfeeding Resource, THESE Are Breastfeeding Resources

Posted April 14, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

Similac and other formula companies offer various forms of "breastfeeding support." But if you want to breastfeed and need help, a formula company is not the best place to turn for information. These are six of the resources you really need.

Squad Weekly: Spring Cleaning Edition

Posted April 10, 2011 by Lela Davidson

Maybe it's all the pretty blossoms, or the breezes I've been opening up my windows and letting in — but something has inspired me to clean this spring.

Raising Lions Book Review, Part 2: Author Feedback

Posted April 10, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

The author of Raising Lions, Joe Newman, answers some questions about his book.

Book Review: Raising Lions by Joe Newman

Posted April 9, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

A book for parents and educators of children who are strong-willed, or are diagnosed with behavior disorders, Raising Lions is a must-read.

3 Good Reasons to Have a C-Section

Posted April 6, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

The World Health Organization believes the c-section rate in the US is too high. Just as there are reasons to avoid a c-section, there are critical reasons to have one. Whether for the safety of the baby, mother or both, sometimes a c-section is necessary.