Kids Don’t Like Veggies. So What?

As a toddler, my oldest child was an infuriatingly picky eater. Although I envied his carb-heavy diet of bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta, I worried that he wasn’t eating nutritiously. Each time I took him to the pediatrician, I braced for the diagnosis: scurvy or rickets or some other nearly obsolete condition last seen in … Continued

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Stop Parenting from the Couch

“Daddy, when can I get an iPhone?” asked my nine-year-old daughter. “What makes you ask?” I replied, surprised. She told me her ten-year-old friend at the YMCA has her own iPhone and tablet and “she can play Minecraft whenever she wants.” This was big news to me since we’ve recently limited tablet time to the … Continued

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Are Kids the Ultimate Efficiency Hack?

Americans seem to have an obsession with studying and quantifying how kids supposedly ruin your life. There are the endless studies about exactly how many kids make you most miserable and stressed. Apparently moms with three kids are the most stressed out, more so than moms with two and oddly enough, moms with four. (This … Continued

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In Defense of Chores

While scrolling down my timeline I saw this, an article that describes pictures of a six-year-old boy doing chores—cooking, cleaning, you know, normal stuff. But this particular album went viral because the mother created it to teach the young boy a lesson, namely, that chores are “not just for women.” Yes, I know, this heavy-handed … Continued

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Why You Can’t Always Trust Parenting “Experts”

When I was pregnant with our first child, more than a couple of friends warned me not to read What to Expect When You Are Expecting unless I wanted to add to my already overdeveloped sense of fear and anxiety at giving birth. I’m glad to have heeded that advice, but it didn’t stop me … Continued

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Lefty Parenting Blogs Finally Discover Boys Have Feelings Too

Over at the Disney-owned parenting site Babble, writer Adrian Wood asks a very good question: “Is it just me, or does it seem that boys are flying under the radar lately when it comes to conversations about self-worth, personal value, and body image?” The mom of four, who lives in North Carolina and regularly contributes … Continued

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Enough with the Extreme Breastfeeding

Has America’s breastfeeding obsession gone completely insane? In a word: Yes! Earlier this month, a woman pumped in the middle of running a half marathon, and the images went viral; the Internet went insane. Today Parents heralded the mom as “a passionate runner who pumped breast milk during a half marathon,” and “a multitasking rock … Continued

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A Simple Way to Be a Better Parent: Keep Nagging

Parents hear a lot about what they need to do to support their children’s development. Mothers of daughters in particular are told that we need to fight against cultural norms that shortchange girls. We are lectured not to tell our girls that they are pretty, and to encourage them to pursue science and math classes … Continued

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