When I was pregnant with my son, a co-worker warned me not to be surprised if I didn’t bond with him right away.
Once, when my son was about six years old—and furious with me for some reason or another—he went stomping up the stairs, yelling, “I don’t like you!” over his shoulder as he went.
Teen love can be sweet and all-encompassing and intense. It’s also, likely, temporary. Sure, there’s a chance your child’s first love could be their forever love. But, well, probably not.
I was instructed to come up with one parenting hack that I would like to summarily dismiss in honor of Rejection Week here at Lifehacker. The first one that came to mind feels like such obviously useless advice that I almost skipped over it:
Watching our kids get rejected, especially by their own peers, is among the most heart-wrenching parts of parenthood. We obviously can’t protect them from rejection: Not only is it going to happen, it’ll be something they’ll experience to some degree their entire lives. But we can still support them in ways that both…
We know our children best. We know their strengths and weaknesses, their talents and triggers. It can be easy for us, as parents, to see how little tweaks to a schedule or a shift in policy would help our kids to be more successful in school. And it’s our job to advocate for our kids, right?
If you have a child who struggles with anxiety, consider getting them a stuffed animal that will eat their worries away.
Ethan Schoonover (known as Mr. E. to his students in Seattle) took to Twitter recently to describe how he started a Dungeons and Dragons club at his all-girls middle school—and how you can, too.
I live in a twin home in Eastern Pennsylvania that was built in 1925. It is high on charm but low on other things, such as living space, storage and number of bathrooms. As my son has gotten older and playdates have morphed from involving a lot of necessary hovering (“Let’s remember to share!”) to more hands-off,…
My husband and I like having the captions on while we’re watching a TV show so we can keep the volume down without missing any dialogue. Because of that, the captions are almost always on when my son takes over the TV—a fact that frustrated him for years.
Erica Galos Alioto is a former lawyer who changed careers and began working for Yelp when it had just 15 employees. She helped grow the sales team to more than 2,200 employees over the span of a decade. Now, she works for real estate startup Opendoor, where she oversees human resources, talent, learning and…
If you’ve ever felt a little guilt about handing your kids off to your parents or your in-laws too often, I’m here to set you free. As it turns out—and let’s pretend we knew this all along—babysitting their grandkids is actually good for their health.
It’s currently 2 degrees outside where I live in eastern Pennsylvania (with a windchill of -12) and I just argued with my 8-year-old about wearing gloves on his way to school.
News reports are saying the polar vortex hitting much of the United States this week is bringing temperatures that are the coldest in a generation. Which means our kids have the potential to be the most stir-crazy in a generation. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
Although federal workers who’ve gone all month without a paycheck during the government shutdown are expected to be paid this week, diaper banks are still working tirelessly to distribute diapers to their families.
Sometimes you just need a break. Maybe a kid kept you up all night or has been hanging off your leg every hour of every waking moment in recent history. Maybe you are out of ideas for how to keep your young child entertained for one more second and all you really want to do is lie down.
Talking to our kids about sex is admittedly a task that most parents don’t look forward to. But to be fair, our kids probably aren’t too thrilled about it, either.
Once, when my son was about 4 or 5 years old, I was telling him how proud I was of him for something, and how lucky I was to be his mom.
Earlier this week, I offered suggestions for waking up kids who are not, er, morning people. As expected, I heard from a lot of you who, like me, have the opposite problem: Kids who are not only awake but fully energized for the day ahead. At ungodly hours of the morning.
Do we want to talk to our kids about sex? No.