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Kids With Regular Bedtimes May Be Healthier As Teens, According To New Research

Getting kids to sleep can be an event all by itself and, sometimes, the temptation to let them run around until they drop is strong. But not only do bedtimes mean parents can look forward to an expected break, it has real benefits for kids, too.…
By Vanessa Taylor

Your Child Won't Believe In Santa Forever, & This Is The Age When Most Kids Stop

For many little kids, the magic and mystery of Christmas is bound up with Santa Claus. What kid wouldn't be fascinated by a jolly old guy who gives out free presents and travels all over the world with flying reindeer? But keeping that magic alive…
By Kristina Johnson

What Do Teachers Really Want For The Holidays? The Most Popular Reply Is So Sweet

If you're like me, the same question plagues you every single December. You talk about it with your partner, with friends, with online strangers. You Google it. I'm speaking, of course, about what the hell to get your kid's teacher for the holidays.…
By Jamie Kenney

13 Things Only The Best Mother-In-Law Does During The Holiday Season

I love my mother-in-law. I'm not just saying that on the off-chance she will see this article. I mean it! She's great, and it just so happens that the holidays are her absolute favorite time of year and her joy is contagious. So let me tell you some…
By Jamie Kenney

These 20 Gifts For Kids Under $10 From Amazon Prime Are *Legit* Winners

With Christmas just two weeks away, it's time to get serious about finding gifts for everyone on your list. Whether you're shopping for a family Secret Santa exchange, or are in need of some cute, cheap stocking stuffers, you're probably hunting for…
By Kate Miller

'Dumplin'' Is The Film I Needed As A Fat Daughter, & Now A Mom

There is a lot to love about Dumplin', the new Netflix original film based on Julie Murphy's 2015 novel of the same name. It is, quite possibly, a first of its kind. It is a movie that not only centers, and celebrates, a fat person, but one that…
By Marie Southard Ospina

Is Your Kid A Sweetheart? This Is How Parents Are Nurturing Friendly Kids

Keeping me in sight, my big-eyed toddler chats at people browsing for records. He babbles at a Santa Claus looking fellow who asks him questions about the Moana CD in his hand. The three of us interact for a few pleasant minutes and then part…
By Liz Tracy

Some Teachers Have A Class Elf On The Shelf, So Looks Like Parents Get A Break

Parents are divided into two categories during the holiday season — those who love the Elf on the Shelf and those who don't. So, when teachers started integrating these tiny North Pole helpers into daily lessons, it came as a relief to many.…
By Christina Montoya Fiedler

School District Hires Debt Collection Agency To Handle Overdue Lunch Bills

With government budget cuts and a high cost of living, among other things, making it a more complicated world than ever to raise kids in, it's natural for people to take notice when it seems like something is happening to make things particularly…
By Rachel Spalding

Here's How To Find Help For Single Moms & Families In Need Over The Holidays

Although families certainly struggle at all times of the year, there's something about the holiday season that makes living paycheck to paycheck that much more stressful. Because it's difficult — for young children, especially — to understand why…
By Michelle Stein

The Holiday Tradition That Teaches Kids To Be Kind & Generous

I was talking to a friend a few days ago about how difficult it can be to teach our children to be kind, generous, and thankful. Children aren’t born knowing how to share or empathize with others, so the only way for them to learn is for caregivers,…
By Katie Alicea

Try These Quick Elf On The Shelf Ideas When You're All Out Of Holiday Inspo

For years, our children have made it onto Santa's nice list every year with the help of Sprinkle, an elf that does not live on a shelf. Instead, Sprinkle lives in my closet and climbs into the air conditioning ducts to spy on the kids. No one sees…
By Lindsey Nesmith

My Friends Banned 'Garfield' In Their House — Here's Why We Let Our Kids Gorge On Those Books

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Mary Kenagy Mitchell

These Elf On The Shelf Apps Will Keep The Holidays Full Of Festive Fun

You've gone to snap pics with Santa, you've driven by the best holiday lights in town, you've decorated with gingerbread or candy canes or powdered sugar, and now you need some fresh Christmas creativity. If you need a little help mixing things up…
By Rachel Spalding

13 Best Holiday Gifts For The Littlest Bookworms On Your List

True confession: I've never outgrown my love of kids' books. I always get a thrill every time one of the preschoolers in my class asks to be read to, or when one of my own children becomes engrossed in the pages of a new find. If you have a little…
By Shana Aborn

Every Real Hot Mess Mom Experiences These Embarrassing Moments Sooner Or Later

Women are held to absolutely absurd and impossible standards. When women are also moms? Double the ridiculousness and the impossibility and, insidiously, the pressure we're under to achieve perfection. This crap is hard for any mom, but it's…
By Jamie Kenney

The Most Pointless Parenting Advice I've Received From Strangers In Public

Being a parent is hard. With the best preparation and resources and support, it's still a series of fumbling through until you sort of find your groove. And even that is always changing because your child is always changing. One nice thing about…
By Jamie Kenney

Where Did Baby Shark Come From, Anyway? Because You're Honestly Really Curious

If you're a parent, chances are you've heard of the song "Baby Shark," about a shark family — doo doo doo doo doo — who swim around the ocean, hunt and run away. There's a whole viral video and dance that go along with the song, and with over 2…
By Alison Kresta

Kids With Regular Bedtimes May Be Healthier As Teens, According To New Research

Getting kids to sleep can be an event all by itself and, sometimes, the temptation to let them run around until they drop is strong. But not only do bedtimes mean parents can look forward to an expected break, it has real benefits for kids, too.…
By Vanessa Taylor

10 Elf On The Shelf Printable Letters From Santa, That'll Make Kids Smile/Shake

Christmas is a magical time for kids, and it's even more magical if there's an 'Elf on the Shelf' giving them an in with Santa. The elves do magical surveillance on the little ones in your house, heading back to the North Pole every night to report…
By Kristina Johnson

Kids Are Loving These Inclusive Picture Books From The Goodreads Choice Awards

When I was a little girl, the first story that really stuck with me was that of The Ugly Duckling. It was the story of a little bird who was shunned for not being beautiful until she grew into a swan and was accepted. That story haunted me when I…
By Jen McGuire