I was over the moon to go stargazing with my son

MARCH 28, 2016 By Courtenay Harris Bond “What’s a spring fever?” my 5-year-old daughter recently asked as she contemplated our backyard Magnolia tree that was bursting into bloom. I was ecstatic that the days were already trying on the shimmery feel of summer. And when a friend suggested taking our third-grade sons and some of […]

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When your kids come home with tattoos

MARCH 14, 2016 By Layney Wells One day, my kids came downstairs, ready to go to dinner, and they’ve drawn all over their faces. Like every parent I know, my first instinct is to roll my eyes and grab a wash cloth, and like most 4 year olds I know, they protest. “STOP! Those are […]

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5 activities for families in Philly this weekend

MARCH 11, 2016 By Jen Bradley Here are some ideas to fill your weekend with the family while enjoying the beautiful springtime weather. Don’t forget it’s Daylight Savings Time this weekend! Saturday and Sunday: The Science Behind Pixar Explore the science behind the creation of some of your favorite Pixar characters! The Franklin Institute’s interactive […]

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What to do when your kids get bossy

MARCH 7, 2016 By Tamar Chansky “Only mom can put me to bed!” “Only dad can make my sandwich!” “I am not eating that for dinner!” What is more outrageous than kids making these demands? That parents follow them. Don’t worry. I’ve been one of them. We have all had that aha moment when we […]

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Raising feminists — of any gender

FEBRUARY 23, 2016 By Layney Wells My kids groan audibly in protest as I stop the show they’re watching and turn off the TV. I explain why I’ve done so: Ninja #1 recruits Ninja #2 to help rescue his sister, to which he replies: “A girl? Is she hot?” I carefully tell them this isn’t […]

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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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3 takes on Barbie’s new look

JANUARY 29, 2016 By Jeff Bogle, Jen Bradley and Rachee Fagg After a major announcement from toymaker Mattel this week, Barbie dolls will now come in three new shapes and sizes — curvy, petite and tall — as well as seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. It’s a change that comes nearly […]

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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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What’s a mom by any other name?

JANUARY 1, 2016 By Lori Tharps It all started with that three-year old kid from the YouTube video. The one who kept telling Linda to “listen” while he was asking for cupcakes. It wasn’t until after little Mateo had his 15 minutes of fame and made it on to The Ellen Show that I realized […]

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To travel or not to travel for youth sports?

DECEMBER 29, 2015 By Jen Bradley To enter the world of travel youth sports or not? That was the question. And for 15 years, I had a simple answer: Heck no. I have many friends with talented kids who have always done travel sports. I saw the sacrifices they made … missing birthday parties, dinner […]

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