I’m an asshole. I don’t have any problem admitting that. Everyone can be an asshole sometimes.
Or, at least, I think most adults can be an asshole sometimes. But children? Not so much.
And…yet, I often hear people say about their young kids, “he’s a real asshole,” or “she was being such an asshole this morning.” For those who don’t favor the a-word, other words of choice include monster, pain, terror, tyrant, manipulator, jerk, dick, and so on. As often as I hear such expressions, it still surprises… >> Read More
When you say the words "advice," "parenting," and "books" all in one sentence, you probably get an eye-roll feeling. After all, so many parenting advice books feel too clinical or too theoretical in…order to truly be helpful. But there are some gems out there, designed specifically toward guiding parents through the challenges of school-age and teen years. Based upon our wise readers' recommendations, here are seven parenting books for older kids that are worth reading: 1. Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane)… >> Read More
While family and friends can provide amazing advice and support, sometimes you just need an objective perspective. Hence, parenting books!
But of the hundreds — wait, thousands — of "how to…raise your baby" guides out there, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? We asked our wise readers about which parenting books they found the most helpful in those bleary-eyed early years. These are some of their suggestions: 1. If I Need to Tell You One More Time...: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your… >> Read More
Maeve is moving to California later this month and I feel like someone’s placed my heart in a large vise that’s slowly clamping shut. I’ve only met Maeve a few times, but she looms large in my…imagination. She is one of my son’s best friends, one of his first-ever friends. They met through their nannies in the park in our Brooklyn neighborhood when they were infants — Noah was just 2 months old — and, since then, they have spent most of their afternoons together, along with a small crew of… >> Read More
A Houston mom and her family have kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight because — get this — her baby was crying before takeoff. Sound totally unremarkable? Apparently not for the crew members…aboard the flight, who insisted Mei Rui, her 2-year-old son, and her elderly parents deplane. Here's how it went down, according to Rui: When Rui decided to breastfeed her son before the plane even closed its doors, hoping it would make him fall asleep, she says a flight attendant insisted she stop, even though Rui promised she… >> Read More