How Reluctantly Raising My Son in Two Homes Turned Out to Be a Blessing in Disguise

How Reluctantly Raising My Son in Two Homes Turned Out to Be a Blessing in Disguise

Popular children's musician Suzi Shelton recalls the decision to raise her son, Sebastian, in two homes when she and Sebastian's father split. The result? A modern blended family, with four parents, four children, two homes, and lots of love.

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How I Became a More Mindful Parent When My Daughter Flushed My Phone

How I Became a More Mindful Parent When My Daughter Flushed My Phone

My then 14-month-old daughter flushed my phone, but managed to give me a newfound freedom.

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The Important Lesson My Daughter Taught Me After She Was Diagnosed with Scoliosis

The Important Lesson My Daughter Taught Me After She Was Diagnosed with Scoliosis

A straight-up look at the surprising way a mom was changed by her daughter’s scoliosis.

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How Sharing My Interest in the Arts Helped Me Become a Better Parent

How Sharing My Interest in the Arts Helped Me Become a Better Parent

When we find ways to share our passions, hobbies, loves, and interests with our children, we bond in ways we could never imagine, help expand our children’s minds, and become more communicative, responsive parents as a result.

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Pursuing a Music Career While Raising a Daughter in Brooklyn

Pursuing a Music Career While Raising a Daughter in Brooklyn

Mothers everywhere know the struggle of "having it all"—trying to achieve the perfect balance of pursuing a career while raising a family. One Brooklyn mom reveals how she was able to juggle her career as a freelance musician with parenthood—and it...

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Fear Not, Little One: How My Daughter Developing Fears Changed the Way I Parent

Fear Not, Little One: How My Daughter Developing Fears Changed the Way I Parent

I was afraid of many things as a child. But when my daughter turned 2 years old and, as all the parenting literature promised, started to develop some fears herself, I felt helpless and perplexed.

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Reflections of a (Not So) ‘Very Cool Dad’

Reflections of a (Not So) ‘Very Cool Dad’

After years of working at parenting magazines and websites, our former editorial director says goodbye to the beat.

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Growing Up with a Brother with Special Needs

Growing Up with a Brother with Special Needs

The important life lessons I learned from my brother—and why I wouldn’t change a thing.

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The Lesson of the Pizza Bowl Fail

The Lesson of the Pizza Bowl Fail

Accustomed to doing so much for her son, who has cerebral palsy, a mom realizes he’s old enough to start making some of his own decisions.

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Stop With the Trophies Already!

Stop With the Trophies Already!

One mom offers a plea for kids to be awarded trophies only when they’ve accomplished something that deserves the recognition.

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A Family Outing, a Kind Artist, and a Story That Will Melt Your Heart

A Family Outing, a Kind Artist, and a Story That Will Melt Your Heart

It was her kids' only chance to see an exhibit they were dying to see--so the artist gave them a private tour even though the museum was closed.

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I Took a 14-Year-Old YouTube Addict to Niagara Falls

I Took a 14-Year-Old YouTube Addict to Niagara Falls

Seven surprises from a rare but successful mother-daughter weekend trip to the iconic Niagara Falls.

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What Potty Training Taught Me

What Potty Training Taught Me

Why the biggest lesson from potty training was for me, not my son.

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The Magic of Eid

The Magic of Eid

My family celebrates the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, which takes place in June this year—here’s why it’s so special to me.

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How We Raised Two Adopted Sons as a Gay Couple

How We Raised Two Adopted Sons as a Gay Couple

What it was like to raise our kids during changing times.

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How I Learned to Embrace My ‘Village’ to Become a Better Parent

How I Learned to Embrace My ‘Village’ to Become a Better Parent

Why I am thankful for all the parenting advice I got along the way—from friends, family, and strangers alike.

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The Decision to Opt Out of Common Core

The Decision to Opt Out of Common Core

With resistance to the Common Core standardized tests growing, more parents are refusing to allow their children to take them. But here’s why the solution may not be as simple as just opting your child out.

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Why I Let My Daughter Say No to Homework

Why I Let My Daughter Say No to Homework

How a mother stood by her daughter’s decision to stop doing homework.

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The Family That Protests Together

The Family That Protests Together

We hesitated before taking our kids to a political rally—but it ended up being a great lesson in civic engagement and standing up for our beliefs.

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What It Takes to Perform in a Musical and Be a Mom

What It Takes to Perform in a Musical and Be a Mom

How I juggled motherhood with a dream role in a special musical.

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Why I Hated All Nine Months of Pregnancy

Why I Hated All Nine Months of Pregnancy

A mom’s experience with antepartum depression during pregnancy.

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Is My Babysitter Doing a Better Job Than Me?

Is My Babysitter Doing a Better Job Than Me?

Though my sons’ caregivers can sometimes seem to be better role models than me, that doesn’t mean I’m a bad parent.

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How Music Lessons Helped My Child With Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

How Music Lessons Helped My Child With Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

The story of how one child with special needs went from fearing music to celebrating it.

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Spending the Holidays with a Child with Autism

Spending the Holidays with a Child with Autism

When you have a child with special needs, this time of year can be challenging. A mother shares her tips and ideas to make the most of the holidays with a child with autism.

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What It’s Like to Be the Wife of a Police Officer

What It’s Like to Be the Wife of a Police Officer

The intense, mixed emotions of being the wife of a police officer.

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Dining Out with a Child with Autism

Dining Out with a Child with Autism

Going out to dinner with a child who has autism can be very stressful. These are five tips from a mom who has been there.

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When Your Child Is In an Awkward Situation That Becomes Unsafe

When Your Child Is In an Awkward Situation That Becomes Unsafe

Our kids interact regularly with people who are different and might make them uncomfortable. Sometimes, though, ‘uncomfortable’ becomes dangerous.

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Learning to Let My Daughter Go

Learning to Let My Daughter Go

How this mother learned to let go of her middle school daughter, a little bit at a time.

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My Ramadan Fast

My Ramadan Fast

An 11-year-old NYC Muslim girl reflects on her first Ramadan fast.

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Respecting Your Child's Fashion Choices

Respecting Your Child's Fashion Choices

One writer explains how she lets her daughters express themselves through their clothing choices.

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Eight Things Straight Parents of LGBT Kids Should Know

Eight Things Straight Parents of LGBT Kids Should Know

Eight ways to help be a better parent for your LGBT child.

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At What Age Will My Son Become A Threat?

At What Age Will My Son Become A Threat?

One Long Island mom shares her thoughts about this month's police violence and its effects on her black family.

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The Joys of Eating Inside

The Joys of Eating Inside

If you have to cook everything inside before you cook it outside, why bother?

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Top 7 Playgrounds for Southern Westchester Families

Top 7 Playgrounds for Southern Westchester Families

One mom's favorite parks and playgrounds in Southern Westchester, including Scarsdale, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Bronxville, and Pelham.

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What to Do When Your Children Come Face-to-Face with Racism

What to Do When Your Children Come Face-to-Face with Racism

Racism is prevalent, and this mother taught her children how to be compassionate and kind, even after they were bullied for their ethnicities.

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10 Best Long Island Playgrounds & Parks

10 Best Long Island Playgrounds & Parks

One mom's list of the top playgrounds and parks in Nassau County and Suffolk County, NY.

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Helping a Child With Autism Try New Things

Helping a Child With Autism Try New Things

Trying new things is hard for a child with autism and ADHD. One mom is proud to see her son take a big step.

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NYC’s Top 10 Playgrounds: One Mom’s View

NYC’s Top 10 Playgrounds: One Mom’s View

NYC has more than 1,700 parks and playgrounds across the five boroughs. Here are our top 10 favorite playgrounds.

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Bronx Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Bronx Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Why do you love being a parent in the Bronx? See how our readers answered that question!

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Manhattan Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Manhattan Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Why do you love being a parent in Manhattan? See how our readers answered that question!

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Nassau County Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Nassau County Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Why do you love being a parent in Nassau County? See how our readers answered that question!

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Suffolk County Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Suffolk County Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Why do you love being a parent in Suffol County? See how our readers answered that question!

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Fairfield County Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Fairfield County Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Why do you love being a parent in Fairfield County? See how our readers answered that question!

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Queens Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Queens Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Why do you love being a parent in Queens? See how our readers answered that question!

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Brooklyn Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Brooklyn Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Why do you love being a parent in Brooklyn? See how our readers answered that question!

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Rockland County Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Rockland County Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Why do you love being a parent in Rockland County? See how our readers answered that question!

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Westchester County Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Westchester County Parenting: Why We LOVE It Here

Why do you love being a parent in Westchester County? See how our readers answered that question!

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'Fashion Academy the Musical': A Child Reviews a Children's Show

'Fashion Academy the Musical': A Child Reviews a Children's Show

The Vital Theatre Company's "Fashion Academy the Musical" is based on the book by Sheryl Berk and 13-year-old Carrie Berk. It plays weekends through the end of February 2016.

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Living and Fighting Cystic Fibrosis

Living and Fighting Cystic Fibrosis

Dayna Blackmon of Kingston is a regular 9-year-old girl. She loves to play sports, drawing, and dance troop. The only thing that's different about her is she does it all while living with Cystic Fibrosis.

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Growing Pains: Surviving the Tumultuous Teen Years

Growing Pains: Surviving the Tumultuous Teen Years

This father shared how he was able to rekindle his relationship with his daughter as she navigated through being a teenager.

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