Child Rearing

Many parents are shocked to learn their kid has engaged in bullying behaviors. Here's how to make the best of a tough situation.
Dance class, it seems, is very much out of the question.
Avoid the temptation to manipulate circumstances and level playing fields.
Means: I want you to say "please." I want you to understand kindness is more important than always getting everything you want.
In one of Louis C.K.'s routines on the absurdities of rearing children, the comedian recounts his delight in watching his young daughter's tap dance recital.
I want my house to be clean and look fairly nice, but I used to feel very differently about the way my house looked. I obsessed
Snow appears through the window in spurts. I'm hoping that my husband will be home soon, so I'm hesitant to leave, even though the girls are clearly needing a change of scenery. Instead, I get a wild idea to break out the dress-up clothes that I bought for my oldest daughter probably two years ago -- before the baby was even here with us.
Pete Carroll, Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, discusses the importance of raising children to be confident.
Parents fret about their children in our often frightening, modern world. But even the "good old days" came with its share of frights.
Have you ever suspected that much of what you do for a living is an extended exercise in missing the point? I've spent many years challenging claims about the benefits of rewarding children (when they act the way we want) and punishing them (when they don't.)
Book burnings have been fueled by claims that the fires cleanse us of evil ideas and threatening words. The fact is that censorship often cloaks itself in righteousness and protection of the young, the innocent, and the vulnerable.
Because the way we talk is deeply enmeshed with how we think, feel and act in the world, our critiques of how others speak are frequently a smoke-screen for our critiques about other aspects of their lives.
Be weird. It's what makes you unique and it's why you can make a difference in this world. And the only way getting called weird can hurt you is if you let it.
Spanking in one form or another is as American as apple pie--and the practice is deeply rooted in, and most often defended by, a reading of traditional translations of the English Bible.
Fear... that four-letter word. What scares you most as a parent? When my three sons were young, I lived in a constant state of anxiety. And for good reason: at any moment, things could run amok.
If you don't like feminism, don't call yourself a feminist. But I have a hunch that when your brilliant little girl grows up and voices her desire to be president you are not going to tell her she should instead look for a man to open her jars -- you may even encourage her to call herself a feminist.
She thrilled us when she sent me some panels from a comic strip she'd drawn -- and got me to thinking all over again about what I would've missed had she never been around.
Want your child to get as little out of school as possible? Here's how.
Monday morning, like most mornings, complete chaos unfolded in our house as four people -- my two daughters, my husband and myself -- aimed to head out the door by 8 a.m., our daughters for school and my husband and I for our offices.
To have our mothers smile at us the way Anne smiles at her daughter, benevolent and approving, just beaming maternal pride