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Information Overload: Navigating the Research on Kids and Families

by Carrie Howe

Advice for parents who want to make sure they’re getting the right information from studies and research popularized on the Internet.

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4 Gendered Phrases to Drop From Your Parenting Lexicon

by ParentCo.

Words matter. Avoiding these harmful yet common phrases (like "boys will be boys") will help improve the chances for gender equality in the next generation.

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The Excitement and Anxiety of Kid Masks (Finally) Coming Off

by Hannah Howard

Around the country, mask mandates are ending. With vaccines still unavailable for kids under five and vaccination rates relatively low for older children, families remain in a precarious spot. 

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Four Things Foster Parents Want You to Know

by Pam Moore

I talked to foster parents, not to get statistics, but to hear their stories. This is what they want you to know. (You can stop calling them saints, to start.)

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How to Not Lose Your Mind When You Lose an Hour

by ParentCo.

It is only a sixty minute time difference to one’s schedule, but has the power to derail a household.

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How to Talk to your Kids about the Invasion in Ukraine

by Hannah Howard

Talking about war is incredibly hard. Think of yourself as a curious, compassionate guide as you embark on a journey of understanding and compassion as a family. 

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Six Ways Dads Can Help Raise Feminist Sons

by ParentCo.

Here's how dads can teach boys that men and women should be on the same side, and men should be vocal advocates for women to have the same privileges they do.

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5 Perfect Valentine's Day Gifts for Dads

by ParentCo.

What do dudes want on Valentine's Day? Does anybody care? We do. We asked. Here's what we found.

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April Fools' Day: A Parent’s Lament

by ParentCo.

I used to love April Fool’s Day. But after I became a teacher and a parent, I found myself removed from the role of prankster. I had become the prankstee. I guess I still have a soft spot in my heart for a harmless April Fool’s prank. 

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On Valentine's Day, for My Daughter

by ParentCo.

When my daughter was three-years-old, I came across a beautiful poem by Sarah Kay called “If I Should Have a Daughter.” I promised myself that one day I would share this poem with my own daughter. Kay spells out the bitterness and sweetness that life can offer and how that translates from a mother to a daughter.

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A Family Stuck in the Autism Waiting Room

by ParentCo.

When you know something with your child just isn't right, waiting on an autism diagnosis is nothing short of excruciating.

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Shadow or No Shadow. Groundhog Day, Again

by ParentCo.

“Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.” – Groundhog Day

 

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15 Real Valentine's Days For Single Moms

by ParentCo.

There's at least 15 other days in a year we single mothers actually do wish there was a big, strong, capable, loving romantic living in our home.

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The Unique Pressures on Black Women to Parent and Provide

by ParentCo.

In our culture, women are expected to be mothers first and all else second. For many, particularly the Black woman, this system and its expectations create challenges.

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5 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Race and Ethnicity

by ParentCo.

It is our job as parents, teachers, and citizens of the world to teach our kids the value of every other person on the planet.

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Here's How to Help Your Kids Be Kind and Inclusive People

by ParentCo.

It's not easy to be the kid who stands up against the social injustices of the middle school cafeteria. You can help by staying involved and asking questions.

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How to Show Your Kids You Love Them on Valentine's Day

by Pam Moore

What are the five love languages and how can we use them with our kids to lay a healthy foundation for future relationships?

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5 Things You Don’t Have to do to Be a Good Parent This Valentine’s Day

by ParentCo.

This Valentine’s Day skip obsessing about what you “should” do and keep it simple by crossing these chores off the list.

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How To Help Your Kids Fall Back This Weekend

by ParentCo.

Most of us are forced to follow the Daylight Saving Time scheme, even though it's "wasteful and unnecessary." In theory, we parents "gain" an extra hour to sleep in this weekend as Daylight Saving Time ends. Here's the reality. 

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My New Year's Resolution: Asking My Kids to Forgive Me

by ParentCo.

It’s the New Year, and I have been doing a lot of thinking. I want to say, with all of my heart and all of my soul, that I am sorry. I want apologize for anything (and everything) I have said or done that made you feel less-than or sad or small.

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4 Sources of Mom Guilt I'm Letting Go of This Year

by ParentCo.

This year I am resolving, with a twist. There will be no diet, exercise, less swearing and drinking, "more church" kind of resolutions. This year I'm simply letting go of the things that are just not productive nor conducive to my life. This is the year I give up several of my hard-earned mom-related titles.

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Why It's Up to Me to Teach My White Kids That Black Lives Matter

by ParentCo.

The burden of racism weighs heavily on our country. I could simply tell my children, everyone is equal, but little good would come of it.

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Teaching Kids How to Goal Set With New Year’s Resolutions

by ParentCo.

Surround yourself and your kids with piles of magazines and update vision boards for the fresh, new year to come.  If nothing else came from this evening together, we exercised our creativity and bonded while reenacting some of the over-the-top advertisements we came across.

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Have a Newborn? Good Luck Trying to Remember Things

by Julie Vick

The only good thing about the sleepless infant days is that eventually they're over.

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