Parenting Stress Level

How do you know your own parenting stress level? Jessica Valenti, author of Why Have Kids?, believes that if you’ve ever felt like you face an onslaught of constant worries, demands, and sudden curveballs, you’re not alone. Valenti writes, “Nearly every study done in the last ten years on parental happiness shows a marked decline in… Read More


Teen DXM Abuse

Your family medicine cabinet seems less threatening than hard drugs or alcohol abuse. However, consider this: Some teens turn to easily accessible over-the-counter cough medicine for a buzz. We’ll look at three ways to prevent teen DXM abuse. In this guest post, Anita Brikman, from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, presents things parents can do… Read More


There is no right or wrong family size, but there is strong evidence demonstrating a firstborn and only child edge. In families, the finite resources parents have means that any given sibling will be given less time and attention than if they were an only child. In essence, siblings compete for whatever their parents can provide. … Read More


The Book of No

Tips for saying no, featured in the Book of No “Yes.” “Sure.” “No problem.” You’re asked and you agree. That’s a guaranteed formula for making yourself miserable. Here are a few more reminders from The Book of NO: Think “no” before you think “yes”, I will do that for you. The word “no” is enough. Lengthy explanations leave… Read More


Today the lines between parent and child are increasingly blurred, with a noticeable number of mothers and daughters behaving like peers–swapping texts, clothes, music and, often, the intimate details of their sex lives. Such a strong bond brings with it an enviable sense of camaraderie and openness, but is there such as thing as being too close to your child?… Read More