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Mean boys are a thing, too. Here’s how to help your son manage toxic relationships.
by Katie Hurley, The Washington Post

A 13-year-old boy fights back tears as he describes near constant harassment by three of his peers. On a good day, they call him a girl. On a bad day, they threaten to hurt him, call him unspeakable names, and troll him on his social media accounts…more

Why Are Kids Impatient, Bored, Friendless, and Entitled?
by Deep Roots at Home

…I am an occupational therapist with years of experience working with children, parents, and teachers. I completely agree with this teacher’s message that our children are getting worse and worse in many aspects…more

Parenting: The endless battle over kids and screen time
by Karen D’Souza, Bay Area News Group

…Kids under nine spend about two hours a day in front of the computer, phone, or television screens, an amount that has held steady in recent years, according to Common Sense Media…more

The Costs of Motherhood Are Rising, and Catching Women Off Guard
by Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times

College-educated women, in particular, underestimate the demands of parenthood and the difficulties of combining working and parenting, new research shows…more

Do Mothers’ Parenting Attitudes & Behaviors Change with Their First- and Second-Born?
by Science Daily

New research reveals that mothers hold similar views and attitudes when parenting their first and second children, but their parenting behaviors with their two children differ…more

Am I Invisible? One Mom’s Pain-Relieving Response To Being Excluded
by Rachel Macy Stafford,

My fifth-grade daughter started a new extracurricular activity a few weeks ago. We’re still learning the ropes and aren’t quite sure how things run. On the first day, we walked up to two women who were waiting with their children for the activity to start. I politely asked them a question about protocol and explained we were new.

I was met with annoyed facial expressions and curt answers…more

‘The worst model of parenting imaginable:’ Phones keep us physically present, emotionally removed
by Heidi Stevens, Contact Reporter, Balancing Act, Chicago Tribune

Erika Christakis has written a beautiful, troubling essay for The Atlantic that I hope every parent reads.

“The Dangers of Distracted Parenting” sounds an alarm about the gradual decrease in the quality, if not the quantity, of the time we spend with our children, thanks to our godforsaken phones…more

The Perils of Pushing Kids Too Hard, and How Parents Can Learn to Back Off
by Allison Aubrey, WNCW

…A group of parents is trying to shift the culture to balance the focus on achievement with an emphasis on well-being. Part of the equation is freeing up kids to find their own motivation and life path…more

Fathers’ Early Parenting Quality Affected by Mothers
by Jeff Grabmeier, Ohio State University

How a new mother reacts to her partner’s early interactions with their baby may affect his parenting quality later on, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that fathers did not perform as well as a parent to their 9-month-old child if the dads felt their partner was critical of their parenting skills…more

What Kind of Parent Are You: Carpenter or Gardener?
by Goats and Soda, Stories of Life in a Changing World, NPR

The “carpenter” parent thinks that a child can be molded, writes Alison Gopnik. The “gardener,” on the other hand, is less concerned about who the child will become and instead provides a protected space to explore…more

In Rare Case, Fired Coach Receives $50,000 Settlement from Parents In Defamation Lawsuit
by Bob Cook, Contributor,

It’s hardly news these days when parents launch a campaign to have a school coach fired, even (or especially) one who has a long, successful record…more

Should Poor Parenting Cost?
by Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Are we reaching the point where we should consider holding adult caregivers responsible for the actions of their offspring…more

The Power of Parenting: Is Free-Range Parenting the New Trend?
by ABC 6 News

It’s a topic that is sparking conversations across the country. Utah’s new free-range parenting law, which gives children more freedom to be independent, is a familiar old-school parenting concept…more

Abusive Parenting Styles Can Be Inherited. Here Are 5 Ways to Break the Cycle.
by Sarah Szczypinski, The Washington Post

We don’t really talk much about corporal punishment, but it wasn’t so long ago that it was an acceptable way to discipline children. Although public opinion may have hushed the conversation, in practice, physical discipline is not uncommon…more

New Kentucky Law Pushes for Equal Parenting Time After Divorce
by Alexis Rogers, WLWT5

Kentucky will be the first state to establish joint custody or equally shared parenting time as the legal starting point in every divorce case…more

Exhausted From Parenting With Little Help From Spouse
by Dear Abby,

Dear Abby, I am a working mother of three who may be battling postpartum depression. I feel like I am parenting alone…more

Top 10 Baby Names of 2017

As parents, our children’s names have special meaning. Whether our dear son or daughter’s name was inspired by a special friend or relative, the latest popular movie, or handed down by tradition, we’re always curious how unique their moniker is…more

How to Avoid ‘Sharenting’ and Other Paparazzi Parenting Habits
by Amy Iverson, Deseret News

…after having a child of their own, three-fourths of new parents jump right on the parental social media bandwagon. If you have become a member of this group, there are some rules to follow for posting responsibly…more

RIE Parenting: An Alternative Way to Raise Kids That’s About ‘Perceiving a Child as a Person’
by Arti Patel, National Online Journalist, Smart Living Global News

…a philosophy first introduced by RIE founder Magda Gerber in the U.S. in the ’70s, Huffpost reports, it focuses on becoming observant of your child’s behaviour and essentially giving them respect to be themselves…more

Parenting Myths and Facts
by Michaeleen Doucleff, NPR Reporter, Weekend Edition Sunday

What can other cultures tell us about raising kids? Non-Western societies have a lot to teach us, from reducing the stress of parenting to raising more independent kids…more

Parents of Twins More Likely to Have Anxiety or Depression
by Zawn Villines, Correspondent

The Journal of Psychiatric Practice has published new research on mental health in parents of multiples (twins, triplets, etc.). Parents of multiples reported higher rates of depression and anxiety than other parents…more is not the author of this content. All authors and sources are cited with links back to the original source. We’re sharing because we think it’s important, relevant, and shareworthy to moms, dads, and families!

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Forget Screen Time Rules — Lean In To Parenting Your Wired Child, Author Says

In the new book, The New Childhood, the author’s argument is that we’re not spending enough screen time with our kids…

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy, & Lazy

Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or — alternatively — who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace…

7 Signs You Might Be Over-Parenting

A recent book suggests that over-parenting your child could be doing more harm than good — but how do you know when you’re guilty of it…