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Mom's genius holiday wish list hack stops kids from begging for toys

As magical as the holiday season is, it can also be a stressful time for parents. The stores are stocked with even more toys and electronic devices than usual, and kids are anxious to get their hands on each and every one of them. A simple shopping trip to the... more

Parents spark debate with new blended last name for baby

Unique baby names are kind of the norm these days. It’s not uncommon to hear of kids named Abcde (pronounced “ab-si-dee”) or Tesla and Lucifer. But usually when we talk about parents picking uncommon names for their babies, we’re talking about first names. Australian parents Courtney Cassar and Laura Sheldon... more

Finally, a debate question on child care: Here’s how candidates (& Twitter) responded

Despite the fact that there’s a child care crisis facing many families around the country, four presidential debates have been held in which moderators failed to broach the topic of child care and paid family leave.  Like health care and climate change, it’s an issue that continues to create... more

Mom says she banned screens, and now her kids read all the time

For parents, screens can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, they provide quick entertainment in a busy doctor’s office waiting room or when the restaurant forgot your order. On the other hand, it can be unsettling to watch your kids become tiny screen addicts, and it seems... more

Listen up! Moms want to be in their family photos

Thanks to smartphones and photo apps, it’s easier than ever for parents to capture special moments with their kids. But when you’re going through those photos, sending the cute ones to relatives and deleting the outtakes, you might notice a common theme: Mom is nowhere to be found. While moms... more

Hospitals that push breastfeeding may be doing more harm than good

If you’ve given birth in the past two decades, you’re likely familiar with the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. This program, launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund in 1991, was created with the goal of increasing breastfeeding rates. The plan included nixing hospital formula samples... more

Viral letter to uninvolved dads asks: ‘Why are you here?’

For many moms, the hardest part of being a parent is not the lack of sleep, the busy schedule or even the never-ending laundry; it’s being the only person responsible for all of it. In many ways, moms are still considered the “default” parents by society, and the mental, emotional... more

Snapchat spider prank: Fun for kids or traumatizing?

Smartphones and apps have given parents tons of new ways to entertain kids, whether it’s letting them play a virtual spelling game or streaming their favorite cartoon in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office. But the latest way some parents are using the popular photo app Snapchat has sparked... more