A lot of unexpected things happened in celebrity-land over the holidays. Katy Perry and Russell Brand go divorced. Tom Cruise actually topped the box office again. And Angelina bought Brad a waterfall. (Fine, if it were any other couple that would be unexpected.) More »Beyonce Still Pregnant — despite Rumours, Popular Demand
No matter how big the toothless smiles, how many toys are packed into the playroom, how perfect the family holiday photo seems, many children experience some kind of stress while they are growing up that one researcher says could stay with them into adulthood. More »Does Childhood Stress Stay with You for Your Whole Life?
Babies have been banned from restaurants, pubs and first-class flights, and now one U.S. family is claiming that they were singled out on a recent holiday trip for having too many children. More »Family claims they were kicked off plane for having too many kids
My three boys didn't potty train until they were 4 years old. While this had many (many, many) downsides, the one upside is that since I spent so many years doing "the potty party" I learned a few tricks. More »Moms' 10 Weirdest Tips for Saving Money
A new study, published by the journal Infant Behavior and Development, has revealed that babies can identify dishonest behaviour and will avoid imitating adults exhibiting “irrational or inefficient” behaviour. More »Babies are good judges of character
In countries such as New Zealand or Sweden there are outright bans on certain names, which means creative parents never get the chance to saddle Junior with a moniker like "Lucifer," "Superman," or the rather tricky to pronounce name, "Brfxxccxxmnpcccclll- mmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 More »Best and Worst Celebrity Baby Names of 2011
Children with siblings are less happy than those without, a new, wide-ranging study in Britain reports. More »Study finds kids with siblings are less happy than those without
Health Minster Leona Aqlukkaq announced on Wednesday that many children’s jewelry products have levels of lead and cadmium well over the acceptable legal limit and issued a recall on a number of products. More »Children's jewelry products found to have dangerous levels of toxic metals
"Every Christmas, my husband goes really overboard buying presents for our kids. I tell him we don't need 50 more toys in our house (that they didn't even ask for, or know existed!), and that our kids need to learn that less can be more. But he's still shopping like a maniac. Any advice?" More »Help: My Husband Spoils the Kids on Christmas
You might be a bad mother if..." This weeks answer: Your kid always knows which items are yours at the bake sale due to the bright orange "Sale!" sticker on the package. Similar to redneck jokes, but a lot less funny (us moms, so sensitive!), people have been invoking the Bad Mama stereotype for all kinds of things lately-but the most recent controversy was stirred up by Jennifer Steinhauer, who calmly informed us in The New York Times that donating purchased foodstuffs to a school bake sale is not only "cheating," but might be the downfall of society. She is, of course, nuts. And I say that with all the affection of one crazy person to another. More »Is Buying for Bake Sales Shameful?
Someone gave my 5-year-old a recorder for Christmas. It may not be the worst Christmas gift (for me) that my kids have ever received - that honor goes to the fire truck that blared (no joke) "I love spraying with my hose!" at 100 decibels, but it's close. It might be different if he could PLAY the recorder, but as of now all his does is blow as hard as possible, making a noise like a tornado siren with a cat stuck in it. So after a long day of being warned not to "play" the recorder in the house, I finally snapped at my son, "Mister, you are cruisin' for a bruisin'!" More »Top 15 "Mommy Warning" Sayings
Cue the public outcry: According to the Florida Family Association, TLC's new show, All-American Muslim is a threat to life, limb, and national security. The show, deemed so controversial that national hardware chain Lowe's pulled all its advertising, covers topics like jobs, babies, school, finances, and a family dinner out. More »Teaching Kids About Discrimination
A spate of recent suicides and celebrity attention around the issue of bullying has thrust it into the spotlight. More »Bullying in schools: Old problem or new phenomenon?
Four years ago, the Foster family swapped Christmas cards for a Christmas video. The tradition continues with this year’s incarnation of the jolly clan’s celebration of the holidays. More »Christmas cards upgraded: Family’s cool Christmas video
Are your kids spoiled or entitled this holiday season? If you'd have asked me last week, I would have answered no. That was before my 4th grader handed me a three-page Christmas wish list. Front and back. When I asked him to circle his top three favorites, he gave me a look that can only be described as Kardashian-esque and replied tartly, "Consider them all circled." More »'Tis the Season for Spoiled and Entitled Kids (And the Surprising Way to Undo the Damage)
Sometimes referred to as "the law of low expectations" I think Murphy's law was invented for kids. After all, "if it can go wrong, it will go wrong" pretty much defines the last 10 years of my life. I jest, but only a little. Here is how Murphy's law works in my house. More »Murphy's 8 Laws of Children
In 2011, one word came up again and again: No. No form-fitting jeans, no baggy jeans, no toys with fast food, no fast food condiments in schools, no homemade lunches either. No cheerleaders in class. No service dogs in class. No dogs on planes. No babies on planes. No babies in restaurants. In fact, no baby photos either. More »The Year in Bans: Baggy Jeans, Burqas, Babies and More
'Tis the season to be jolly! 'Tis also the season to hear your kid sing this song over and over and over again in preparation for the inevitable winter holiday choir concert. In theory the idea of watching be-robed tots fill the air with their angelic voices sounds delightful. In practice it's about as close the boy Vienna Boys Choir as Kris Humphries was to being a Kardashian. Which is to say that if you squint you probably won't notice anything amiss, until they open their mouths. More »Great Mom Debate: Is it Rude to Leave Your Child's Concert After Their Part is Done?
A pint-sized rapper has mastered the art of rhythmic gibberish. Two-year-old Khalilyl Iloyi’s freestyle rap with rapper Alim Kamara is going viral, with over a half-million hits so far. More »Rapping toddler impresses, goes viral
Soon my kids will be out of school on holiday break, and like many other families, we'll be traveling to see our extended family. Unlike other families; however, we'll be traveling to Hawaii, where both my husband and I are from. I wouldn't normally be intimidated about traveling with my kids-especially to Hawaii, since we've made the trek several times before-but this time it's different. More »Surviving Holiday Travel with Kids
Earlier today Michelle Duggar had to make the difficult announcement that she had miscarried their 20th baby that was due in April. No matter how you feel about the number of kids she has, having to announce your loss to your kids, your family, and the entire country has to be immensely difficult. While I haven't had 20 kids-not even close! More »Michelle Duggar Miscarries #20: What Not to Say to a Woman Who's Had a Miscarriage
I've embarrassed my parents before by writing about how much I love Christmas. I mean, I love love it, in the way that only a Jew can. I love the trees and the lights, the creepy claymation specials and corny Christmas movies-especially "It's a Wonderful Life." Growing up Jewish, I had a big holiday chip on my shoulder. I felt disenfranchised from such secular wonders as eggnog and "Jingle Bell Rock," alienated from the world of elves and department store Santas and crooners crooning "White Christmas" way too early in the season in every store. More »I Love Christmas; So Why Does My Daughter Love Hanukkah?