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Mothers bathed in guilt

As a freelance writer and contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, I receive story requests each month. The sample chapter titles for the upcoming Chicken Soup for …


It’s Simply Not Healthy

Erin Allison Bruton, 19, Spokane


The Sex Ed Myth Boys Aren’t The Only Ones Who Go Through ‘Power Surges Of Puberty’

One Saturday morning on the sidelines of a soccer game, where mothers keep one eye on the action while sharing their triumphs and confessing their failures to other mothers, a …


Mom: Call Your Brother

My mother called the other day with my latest instructions. “Hi, Honey, hope all is well. Today is your brother Matthew’s 40th birthday.” So call him, she said.


Don’t Lose Temper With 3-Year-Old

Q. I am concerned about the way my 3-year-old granddaughter acts toward her mother, especially when somebody else is present. When her mother enters the room she becomes disrespectful, and …


So Common, Yet So Poorly Understood

Seeing Melissa Ludtke’s new book, “On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America,” uncorked countless memories of the years I raised two sons on my own after my first marriage ended. …


An Open Book, An Eager Mind Want To Give Your Children A Jump-Start On Life? It’s Simple: Read To Them

It can take place in a grocery aisle, on a playground or even in a bathtub. It goes like this: Two children are playing. One is six months past his …


If Dad’s Involved, Children Will Excel Grades Better, Problems Fewer, Study Shows

It is a formula for school achievement as old as apples for the teacher and as new as homework done on the Internet: Fathers’ participation in their children’s schools, the …


Even In The ‘90s, One-On-One Works

Along about junior high, it hits. Kids start asking their parents to drop them off at school a block away. They begin balking at joining regular family bike rides or …


This Is Basic Stuff, Yet We’re Missing It

So it seems researchers have discovered something which dramatically reduces the chance that a teenager will use drugs, drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, attempt suicide, experience depression, engage in violence or …


Connect With Your Teen, Study Says Even If They Say Stay Away, Youths Need To Spend Time With Parents

So what should you do if your teenager keeps locking himself in his bedroom? Keep knocking. The largest study ever of American adolescents has found teens’ connectedness with their parents …


A Call To Fatherhood

“On almost every indicator of child well-being,” says the National Fatherood Initiative’s home page, “children today fare worse than their counterparts just a generation ago. The reason: the dramatic rise, …


Clearing A Path Is A Dad’s Most Important Duty

Today my daughter turns 15. One thing stands out. There is no going back to the day when she was daddy’s little girl. Not when your little girl is 5-foot-8 …


Teenagers Belatedly Learn Child Rearing

Ben Harris was 14 when his twin sons entered the world. His young girlfriend gave him an ultimatum: Take me and our babies or your gang-banger buddies. You can’t have …


Fathers Confront Work-Family Conflicts New Programs Help Dads Juggle Their Obligations

A group of dads listens as James Levine speaks during a seminar held as part of Chase Manhattan Bank’s fatherhood program in New York. Chase is one of a few …


A Matter Of Beating The Stiffest Odds

She is a friend, in her late 30s, bright, well-employed, six months pregnant - and single. She has no plans to marry her baby’s father, who in any case lives …


For Just A While, You Can Be Love

A high school graduation is one of the greatest proofs in life that time passes swiftly. Why, just yesterday, it seems, you were counting your child’s toes and fingers to …


Dadhood Isn’t Simple, Michael

It scares me that Michael Jackson is about to become a father.


Don’t Forget To Reward Good Behavior

As more parents reject the practice of hitting kids in the name of discipline, there comes this question: What works? Corporal punishment, research has documented, emphatically does not. People mistakenly …


When Youth Isn’t Served, We All Lose

Ever wonder about the future? I just got a raw glimpse of it and it wasn’t during the presidential debates. It wasn’t in the latest Dow Jones numbers or even …


Standing Tall Family-A-Fair Keynote Speaker Talks About Raising Self-Reliant Children And Fostering Mutual Respect

Jane Nelson


Field Guide Field Trips Can Be Nightmarish Ordeals For Parents, But They’re Survivable With Right Attitude, Sedatives

Tommy’s mom always goes on field trips. She volunteers in the class three times a week. Her brownies won first place in the Betty Crocker Cook-Off, and she donated her …


They Just Won’t Listen Children Seem To Have A Keen Ability To Blithely Tune Out Parental Instructions And Requests

First of two parts When I opened the door of my 7-year-old daughter’s room 20 minutes after I’d sent her upstairs to put on her leotard and tights Rosalie was …


All It Takes Is Effort, A Good Example, Love And A Little Leather

Pop was older than I. He was 46 when I was born and I was the oldest of five. That made him older than all his kids - a fact …


Is Punishing Parents Just Child’s Play?

When I was growing up, there was a neighborhood father who was, by general consensus, an impossible man, a terrible dad. Yet, when his son got into Harvard University, the …


Going Too Far Like Far Too Many Of Us, The Parents Of 7-Year-Old Jessica Dubroff Set No Limits For Their Child

Pilot Jessica Dubroff had no limits to her goal - until she died in a crash that also killer her father and her flight instructor. Photo by Associated Press


Raising Children Pro-Con Diana Griego Erwin And Mitch Albom Debate Where To Place The Blame For Young Flier’s Death.

Jessica Dubroff came into the world underwater, a birth method chosen by her parents. She never ate meat, a decision made by her parents, and she did not watch television, …


Faith’s Foundation Very Young Children’s Trust And Curiosity Open The Way To Learning About God

Second of three parts Children as young as 3 want to know where they came from and if God is real. Here is an age-by-age guide to encouraging your child’s …


Bridging The Gap Raising Teenage Girls Takes Special Finesse And Understanding

Parent: “Good morning, Amy.” (No response) Parent: (Clears throat) “Did you sleep well?” Daughter: (Opens refrigerator) “What? Yeah I guess.” (Long pause. Parent contemplates coffee) … - from Daughters, a …


Playing Out Their Fears Children Of Laid-Off Parents Often Show Signs Of Stress From Unemployment

The Pauker children let their feelings of stress emerge while playing Barbies as their parents watch. Photo by Knight-Ridder