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School Confidential


Finding out crucial school info after the fact is a common working-mom problem. Here's how to stay in the know.
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The Witching Hour: Why Babies Freak Out at Night


Expert advice to help answer the question: Why does my newborn get the fussiest in the evening?
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What Happens if You Give Birth Too Early?


About 12 percent of babies in the U.S. are born prematurely. Here's what to expect if your baby arrives early.
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Pregnancy Nutrition


Not sure about the sushi and the coffee? Here's what you need to know now.
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Unspoil Your Kids


You want your kids to be happy, but you don't fancy raising a little monster who turns into an entitled adult. Here's how to un-spool your spoiling.
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The Fourth R: Resilience


Want to raise a smart, capable, confident child? Give him room to take risks, make mistakes, and bounce back.
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How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids


10 ways to lower the volume at home.
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Older Mom, Younger Kids, No Regrets


The right age to become a mother is when it happens to you.
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Top Pop-tions: Father’s Day Fun Ideas


Looking for fun, do-able kid-and-dad ideas? These are good for Father's Day -- or any special occasion.
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Leaner, Greener Kids’ Lunches


Smart tips to pack a smarter, easier, healthier and greener lunch. Yes you can!
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Snow Big Deal


Panicky at the thought of entertaining a passel of kids on a snow day? Try one of these fun-for-all suggestions.
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Top it Off


Craft alert! Easy ways to make your own holiday tree toppers.
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Class Rules for Parents


When your child hits a rough patch at school, do you swoop in and smooth it over? A more hands-off approach is easier for you -- and a better life lesson for your kids.
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In the Thrill of the Night


It's warm. It's dark outside. There's no school tomorrow. Perfect time for some outdoor family fun! Try one of these kid-friendly games, projects and activities.
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Room for Debate: We’re Teaching Our Kids to Be Dependent


More kids may be learning Mandarin, but fewer know how to look an adult in the eye, write a thank-you note, empty the dishwasher, handle a snow shovel – or cope with disappointment and grow stronger after failure.
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Don’t Be a Judge-y Parent


I spend $240 a month on piano lessons for my sons. A lot for some parents, but of value to me. What non-essential parental spending do you most value?
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7 Ways Being a Mean Mom Rules


Mean moms retain their sense of self, teach their kids life skills, are unafraid to say no... and lots more! This Babble.com slideshow is an excellent preview of my book, Mean Moms Rule.
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Don’t Get Me Started on Sippy Cups


If I had to do it over again with a baby? No more sippy cups! Or snacks. Or diaper bags. Or...
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Why Can’t You Be More Like Your Sister?!


...and 9 other things you should try never to say to your children.
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10 Parenting Etiquette Dilemmas — Solved.


You teach your kids good manners. But boy, don't you wish you could show some of the adults you know how to act appropriately! Here, how to handle some sticky situations.
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Parent Like a Man


Take a page from your partner's book and parent a bit more like, well, him.
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Bonding With Baby


Relax -- your connection to your baby will happen naturally. But there are ways to nurture your growing relationship.
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Op Ed: Bad Mom? You Know It!


Did you hear the whoop of joy coming from a humble home in South Huntington? That was me. Turns out, "bad" parenting is back in style...
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Granny As Nanny


Who better to care for your sweetie than Grandma or Grandpa? Before you assume your parents are eager for the job, read this.
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How to Stop Worrying About Childcare


What I learned -- and you can, too -- about finding good-enough, and letting go your worries about your childcare choices.
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Kids Gone Wild


Biting, tantruming, tossing you some 'tude? Here's how to handle your child's worst behavior with something like grace.
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Girl of My Dreams


I may never stop grieving for the daughter I'll never have.
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Attack of the Toddler!


Hitting, biting -- where do these tiny toddlers get their outsize aggression sometimes? Here's what to do when your toddler attacks.
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Secrets of a Made-to-Last Marriage


Children buffet the "house" of your marriage like small but powerful hurricanes. Here's how you can weather the storm and emerge stronger and more in love than ever.
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Can You Stomach This?


I'm admitting it here, folks: I bucked the Back to Sleep campaign and put my babies, both of 'em, to sleep on their tummies. And we were all happier.
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The Big Lie


Why don't we tell each other the truth about how hard motherhood is in the first six weeks?
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