Dads don’t babysit

FEBRUARY 16, 2016 By Jeff Bogle Maybe you’ve said it or maybe you have had it said to you. If you’re a mom, the latter is probably extremely unlikely. “Are you babysitting today?” We dads hear that a lot. Moms? Not so much. Mom is never accused of babysitting her own kid because she’s the […]

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8 ideas for winter birthday parties

FEBRUARY 8, 2016 By Jen Bradley In the early days, being pregnant with a winter baby seemed strategic. The hot summer months passed by before I felt huge, and I got to use all those cute accessories for my end-of-January newborn. I could pile the blankets on under the snuggly fleece car seat cover. I […]

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My world: Same family, different colors

JANUARY 28, 2016 By Lori Tharps Do you ever think your family is the strangest one on the block? Or that your all-American family doesn’t quite look like the ones smiling on your TV screen? I do, because my family is an interracial, bilingual, multicultural mash-up of cultures and complexions. I am black American, my […]

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9 ways you and your family can get more sleep

JANUARY 19, 2016 By Tamar Chansky Let’s state the obvious: you don’t get enough sleep and neither do your kids, your neighbors, your sister-in-law, her sister-in-law, her neighbors and on and on. But why are we not getting enough of something that we clearly love and need? There must be a very good reason for […]

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When the in-laws come to visit for the holidays

DECEMBER 14, 2015 By Layney Wells Over the course of the year I lived in Brazil, I often felt like a permanent house guest. Muddled with the deep appreciation for Brazilian hospitality and a love affair with my new country of residence, there was a quiet longing to switch places. I wanted to be the […]

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When teachers don’t go above and beyond

DECEMBER 2, 2015 By Edwin Mayorga Nineteen Philadelphia public schools came together for one week this fall to raise awareness around the difficult conditions students, families and teachers across the city continue to endure. Those schools decided to implement a full-out “work-to-rule” action. One hundred and sixty one other schools participated in the week to a […]

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Kids, guns and play

NOVEMBER 16, 2015 By Layney Wells You’ve done everything you can to keep your kids from knowing about or playing with guns. It may be inevitable, but you remain ever hopeful that you can shield them from America’s morbid fascination with guns. Then one day, as you sit around the table eating breakfast, they bite […]

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Soaring high: Capturing a fleeting moment

NOVEMBER 11, 2015 By Courtenay Harris Bond I drove back and forth to the Wynnewood Giant three times over the course of two days, piling water bottles and juice boxes, bags of pretzels, paper plates and plastic utensils, into the trunk of our minivan. I dragged our cooler from its hibernation in the garage, hosed it […]

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Co-parenting: the holiday shuffle

NOVEMBER 24, 2015 By Rachee Fagg The mad dash towards the end of the year is here, and with it, questions about holiday plans. It’s a simple question for some, but in my house, it brings up a whole bunch of feelings, including anguish and worry. The end of my marriage meant the beginning of […]

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A foodie dad battles school lunch fatigue

NOVEMBER 2, 2015 By Jeff Bogle Promises you make to yourself tend to be the easiest promises to break. So it goes with my quiet annual pledge to only fall back on the classic peanut butter and jelly on white bread once a week for my kids’ school lunches. Just about two months into school […]

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For parents, real treat is in Halloween’s simplicity

OCTOBER 29, 2015 By Lori Tharps I love Halloween. It’s not because of the candy. Well, it’s not only about the candy. As a mom, I love Halloween because it’s a holiday that requires minimum effort to “celebrate” and results in a maximum amount of joy from my kids. Allow me to elaborate. Unlike, say […]

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The urgent need for diverse children’s books

OCTOBER 19, 2015 By Edwin Mayorga Today, in the 21st century, there continues to be lack of literature that reflects our country’s diversity. I don’t just mean racial and ethnic diversity. I’m also talking about a diversity of languages, family structures, religious perspectives, sexual orientation and identifications, social class and disabilities. There is a lot […]

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What to do when the wrong words come out of your mouth

OCTOBER 13, 2015 By Tamar Chansky I’m pretty sure that parents would all agree that name-calling is a no-no. Why? Because it’s disrespectful, judgmental, hurtful and downright not nice. Right? Right. OK that was easy. But let’s turn the tables and take a more nuanced look at name-calling. This summer, I told my daughter she […]

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When mom is sad

OCTOBER 11, 2015 By Rachee Fagg I once tried to take my own life. It’s a time in my life that seems so far away now. I was a person who only vaguely resembles the Rachee I have become. Last month, I shared my story on my blog. My biggest worry about doing so was […]

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Mind the gap: Parenting with a decade of difference

OCTOBER 7, 2015 By Lori Tharps In our house we have three cellphones, two iPads, three laptops, and an Apple TV. My four-year-old daughter knows how to use them all. How did my daughter get to be a tech wiz before she was potty trained? And why does my parenting experience with her seem so […]

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Cooking with kids on and off the autism spectrum

OCTOBER 6, 2015 By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer The other morning, my 10-year-old daughter, June, announced that she no longer likes to eat apple peels and would prefer that it be removed. My first reaction: “Are you freaking kidding me?” But then I regrouped, brought her into the kitchen and gave her a two-minute lesson on peeling […]

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Am I a bad mom?

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 By Layney Wells I spent a lot of my pregnancy worrying about being a mom. Whether or not I would have enough love for two babies, about what would happen if I had post-partum depression or what would happen if I couldn’t care for them one day. When my twins were born, […]

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Homework time: Could your help actually hinder?

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 By Tamar Chansky School has begun and one of the big questions weighing on parents’ minds (and haunting their dreams at night) is just how much they should be pitching in at homework time. To some parents, there is really no question. After all, they care about their child’s future. Sit side-by-side […]

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