Parents are critical in developing and modeling these skills for their children, but many adults were never taught the basics of emotional intelligence.

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Do you prepare a 9-year-old for further disappointment over his father?

Why did it feel so real to so many women?


Our culture cherishes pregnant women. Once my baby arrived, though, I felt invisible (and at times wanted to be).

  • Lia Picard
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This fall, I took on a personal challenge: Could I teach my 8-year-old about how the brain learns? And could this knowledge help her strengthen her academic confidence and agility?

  • Deborah Kris
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After Paula Becker gave her children what seemed to be idyllic early years, her bright, loving eldest child fell into drugs, homelessness and tragedy. She shares the story in a new book.

  • Rebekah Denn
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Maritza Cibuls had a hard time sleeping after seeing what looked like a ghost on her baby monitor.

Experts have some pretty clear ideas about how best to help kids who have a conflict to resolve, and why working through an issue is better than letting them fight it out at the playground.

Looking back now, I see that this went way beyond being a proud parent. My behavior had two key motivators: fear and guilt.

  • Kelly McQuillan
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When I walk around the city, I feel different. Inside, I have a secret.

  • Betsy Vereckey
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From a recent online discuss, Meghan Leahy explains what is going on when a 5-year-old laughs about her aunt's body, and what to do about it.

These adults can warn parents about avoidable mistakes, and they can counter our assumptions about what it means to live a good life — even when that life is complicated.

  • Shannon Des Roches Rosa
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The parent portal is meant to facilite communication about grades and work. But instead, it can lead to resentment and misunderstandings.

I didn’t know that October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Or that October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I do now.

Until recently, I never thought about the fact that most honorifics are strictly binary gendered terms.

  • Mary Widdicks
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The mom and her pups came into our lives just as we were struggling with our teen.

  • Kitson Jazynka
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The cacophony of eating disordered thoughts silenced and the important things came into stark relief.

  • Kate Willsky
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Lots of adults, even parents, have trouble playing with kids. The reason is somewhat depressing: Many of us have gotten too self-conscious to let go and truly commit to unbridled play.

  • Ally Hirschlag
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An elfin toilet was just one sign of Brazilian culture’s consideration of children, and how the lifestyle reduces parental anxiety by making life with kids easier.

  • Liza Monroy
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We had assumed he would attend a four-year college and study business or liberal arts. Then he announced he wanted to become a mechanic.

  • Laura Richards
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