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Busting on Barney

Kids love Barney. But how many parents do? (Universal Studios) My 2-year-old daughter learned to sing this past Inauguration Day, and when it comes to music, she's always had very clear preferences. As an infant, she'd cry whenever I'd play Pavement. Recently, in the car, when Run-DMC came on...

By Anne | August 21, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (44)

Dads on the Run

By Matt Haverkamp I will never forget a conversation I had with one of my neighbors a few months before my wife and I had our daughter. It was after a hard run and I was in the front yard weeding. He stopped by, shook his head and said, "I...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 7, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (26)

Long-Distance Relatives: The Good and the Bad

By Serena Beltz When my husband I first started discussing the possibility of getting married and having kids, two years into dating, he was adamant that we would be better living closer to our families. In our case, that would be no easy task -- he is from NE Pennsylvania...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 5, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (105)

Keeping Our Mouths Shut

By Judy Gruen We've been experimenting with a radical new parenting technique, with remarkably good results. We call it “Keeping Our Mouths Shut.” We adopted this idea when our kids became teens -- a time when it was vital for them to feel a growing sense of independence. They needed...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 4, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (22)

Out of the Mouths of Babes

By Steve Fox The questions and comments usually come out of nowhere. I’m rarely ready for them. As the father of two daughters, aged 9 and 6, I’m beginning to realize I seriously have to work on my game face. They say that nine is the new 11 or 12...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 3, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (60)

'He Has Two Moms'

By Dana Rudolph I recently visited my son’s kindergarten to celebrate his “Birthday Walk.” During the ceremony, he carried a globe around a candle that represented the sun. After each orbit, once for every year of his life, I shared photos of him at that age. I explained who was...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 29, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (84)

The Making of My Middle Child

By Caitlin Murray Giles How do you turn a gregarious, happy-go-lucky three year-old boy into a disgruntled, emotional wreck? It's simple really. Just add another baby to your family and make him a middle child. Then you can watch birth order stereotypes play out right under your own roof. The...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 17, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (26)

Why I Told My Kids, "I Have Cancer"

By Jen Singer Moments before my husband and my mother-in-law brought my kids into my hospital room, I panicked. "Don’t turn this into a scene from 'Terms of Endearment,' " I mumbled to myself. After all, I wasn’t dying. Well, I was, but once I was to start chemotherapy, my...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 2, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

Children: The New Bored Housewives

Last month, Lenore Skenazy came to On Parenting to talk about her movement called Free Range Kids. Today, one day after National Missing Children's Day, I'm running a second blog by Lenore. While the problem of children who do go missing is a tragedy, Lenore points out that statistically it's...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 26, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (24)

A Mother's Gift of Choice

By Susan Froetschel I only knew my mother for eight years, but she was the kind of mom who introduced her children to new activities and then stepped back, waiting to see if we flourished or stumbled. Brownie meetings, library visits and crafts in the park went well, while ballet...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 18, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (28)

Why Can't I Stop Fighting in Front of My Kids?

By Melissa Chapman “Why do you just step out of your clothes and leave them on the floor, do you think I’m the maid?” “If you put your used coffee cup in the sink, why can’t you just fill it with water and let it soak?” “You need to put...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 12, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (51)

The Age-Old Battle of the Super Veggies

By Jan Gangsei Back when we were kids, my brother, Greg, like most 5 year olds, was not a big fan of eating his vegetables. In particular, Greg was not a big fan of eating his green beans, something he ranked right up there with stacking wood and putting away...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 13, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (28)

What Has Surprised You Most about Parenting?

By Vincent O'Keefe Every time I smile into a mirror, I remember one of parenthood's many surprises: injuries. Before having children, I never thought of parenting as a contact sport. Then came the tooth incident. My two daughters and I were enjoying a new playground. The trouble started when I...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 1, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (35)

We Gave Our Kid the Wrong Name

By Kelcey Kintner You know, 9 months is a really long time to come up with a baby name. But apparently, not long enough for me. Because when my daughter was about a month old, I looked down at that sweet, scrunched up face and thought, "This baby is absolutely,...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 24, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (74)

Why My Tween Does Not Have a Cellphone

By Jamie Mazza If you asked my 12-year-old son why he does not have his own cellphone, he would tell you, “Because my parents are LAME!” He may be right. As I started to write this blog, I felt as if I were doing a written assignment, punishment for being...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 17, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (51)

Is Your Daughter a Supergirl?

By Liz Funk “On the first day of class, I would already have my books and by the first weekend, I would do as much homework as I could for the semester; I would read the books that would be assigned in November. I felt like I had to be...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 11, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (47)

Mother Yeller

Hi, my name is Leah Ariniello and I am a yeller. I wondered if I had a problem when a few years back my son came home from preschool with the task of making up a riddle. “What looks like a horse, has black and white stripes and can be...

By Stacey Garfinkle | March 3, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (68)

The Ones Left Behind

By Anita Tedaldi My husband left us again. For the next few months it’ll be me and our five daughters, ranging in age from 8 years old to 6 months, while he serves Uncle Sam. We are a military family and after years of deployments, I still find my husband’s...

By Stacey Garfinkle | January 23, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

A Web Site for the Professional Aunt

By Sharon McLoone washingtonpost.com staff writer Mothers spend about $1.7 trillion annually on consumer products, but mothers are only about 50 percent of women in the United States. What about the other 50 percent? Chances are moms and dads leave their kids in the care of this group more than...

By Ju-Don Roberts | August 18, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (32)

Ten of Cinema's Most Clueless Parents

Today, Jen Chaney -- washingtonpost.com movies editor, DVD columnist and mother to an 18-month-old -- weighs in with a guest post. There was a moment in the often over-the-top, doobie-filled comedy "Pineapple Express" that I found impossible to believe. It wasn't the fact that Danny McBride's character survived multiple gunshot...

By Jen Chaney | August 15, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (94)

Lesson From My Mother

By Ju-Don Marshall Roberts There are many lessons I've learned in my 11 years as a mom, but the biggest has been learning to forgive my own mother for all the flaws my rebellious teenage self once condemned her for. Back then, I had a litany of complaints. Like most...

By Ju-Don Roberts | May 9, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Along for the Ride

Welcome to On Parenting's occasional guest blog feature, where we welcome parenting bloggers from around the Web. If you'd like to join the guest blogging party here at On Parenting, please e-mail parenting@washingtonpost.com. By Amy Bowman Preparing for the arrival of your first child is one of the most exhilarating...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 29, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bunching Up Babies

Welcome to On Parenting's occasional guest blog feature, where we welcome parenting bloggers from around the Web. If you'd like to join the guest blogging party here at On Parenting, please e-mail parenting@washingtonpost.com. By Linda Kerr A friend -- who recently had her second baby just 19 months after her...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 21, 2008; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (61)

Computer Time for All Ages

Welcome to On Parenting's occasional guest blog feature, where we welcome parenting bloggers from around the Web. If you'd like to join the guest blogging party here at On Parenting, please e-mail parenting@washingtonpost.com. By Leticia Barr Since I began writing about children and technology, I've been asked many questions. One...

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 15, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

The Ways Children Change You

Welcome to On Parenting's new occasional guest blog feature, where we welcome parenting bloggers from around the Web. If you'd like to join the guest blogging party here at On Parenting, please e-mail parenting@washingtonpost.com. By Jessica Trevelyan Children change you. For me, they've changed the way I see the world....

By Stacey Garfinkle | April 8, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (59)

 

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