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How to Talk to Kids about Scary News


We want to protect our kids from the bad in the world, but it’s not always possible. Here’s how to have the right conversations about scary news to help our kids handle it.

 While driving down the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, with a view of the Manhattan skyline gleaming outside the car windows, my 5-year-old daughter suddenly piped up from the backseat, “Did you know people flew planes into the Twin Towers?”

It was like someone had knocked the wind of my chest, and my husband had to tighten his grip on the steering wheel. I collected myself enough to respond as casually as I could, despite reeling on the inside.

“Um, yes,” I said. “How do you know that?”

“We learned about it in school,” my daughter said, matter-of-factly. “It’s really sad.”

“Yes, yes, it is,” I replied.

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A Mom’s Top Rules for Juggling Kids’ Schedules


A mom-of-three offers six hard and fast rules for successfully juggling kids’ schedules.

It’s Monday at 3 p.m. You have to pick your middle child up from school, then race home to get your oldest off the bus. Karate starts at 4 p.m. You promised the kids you’d take them to the school book fair around 6 p.m. And all along, your youngest is being dragged along for the ride. Dinner? Let’s hope you eat before everyone falls asleep in their hastily prepared grilled cheeses!

Yup, we’ve all been there. As a mom-of-three, I constantly feel overwhelmed by my kids’ schedules. We’re rushing to ballet, then soccer, then playgroup...

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Parenting Advice: When to Take It, When to Leave It


When you become a parent, everyone shares their parenting advice with you, if you want it or not. But you have to tune out what feels wrong for you, even if it comes from dear ol’ mom.

When it comes to parenting advice, one thing is certain; there’s never a shortage of it! When you become a parent, it seems everyone has an opinion on just about everything, from how many kids you should haveto what your child should eat for lunch.

Most of us appreciate a little help, depending on who is offering it, of course. Grandma? Well, she raised you, didn’t she? Experienced mom next door? Tell me more! Random guy at the gas station? Seriously?

So who do parents really trust to answer their biggest parenting questions?

An Irish parenting site called Her Family reports on a recen...

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‘Breastfeeding’ Dad Campaign Raises Awareness


Dad starts Project: Breastfeeding to support wife and educate dads

Breastfeeding is more complex than it seems, and a husband of a struggling nursing mother decided to do something about it.

Hector Cruz, a photographer in Clarksville, Tennessee, founded Project: Breastfeeding, a campaign to educate more fathers like himself and to empower women by raising awareness and destigmatizing breastfeeding in public.

The project aims to help fathers understand “what a vital role they actually play in the breastfeeding journey with their spouses and their children,” Hector says in the introduction video for his campaign, which he began in November 2013.

Hector and his wife Nicole battled infertility for more than 10 years before Nicole b...

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10 Father-Daughter Date Ideas Around The U.S.


If you’re willing to think outside the box, tons of father-daughter activities can serve up a dual dose of girl-glee and dad-delight to your bonding time, no matter your locale or lifestyle.

If you’re an Outdoorsy Dad, pack a picnic and head to your local zoo or botanical garden. Just north of downtown Atlanta is the picturesque Atlanta Botanical Garden. Chase butterflies, learn about the environment, and, when your tummy starts growling, unpack lunch at nearby Piedmont Park. In the winter, the park is home to an ice skating rink, which makes it a great place to visit year round.

For the Geek Dads, take a trip to Las Vegas’ Pinball Hall of Fame. This nonprofit establishment is dedicated to all things pinball...

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Why Kids Need Their Dads


Even dads with average parenting skills can make a real impact on their children’s lives


Four decades of research and hundreds of studies have proven what should be obvious to everyone: The more involved a dad is, the more successful his children will be. A father’s influence can determine a child’s social life, grades at school, and future achievements.

Involved dads = Successful children

The dad effect starts as early as birth. A review of studies by the Father Involvement Research Alliance shows that babies with more involved fathers are more likely to be emotionally secure, confident in new situations, and eager to explore their surroundings. As they grow, they are more sociable...

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