Allow normal, healthy older children some freedoms — like going to the park.
Letting kids explore is a valuable, difficult part of parenting.
Stop tiptoeing around issues with high-school friend, children.
Angela Chintis teaches the nurturing parenting series at Casa de los Niños. Previously she trained prospective foster and adoptive parents for Arizona’s Children Association.
DEAR ABBY: I managed a retail store for 10 years, and I can relate to the shop owner who signed herself “Had It With Overindulged Kids” (June 28). She could turn things around by creating a designated play area and market to the children by taking any opened items and placing them there for …
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I are about to welcome our first child and we are overjoyed. However, as her due date nears and we start talking about the birth, hospital, etc., I’m getting nervous and anxious. I’m worried, I guess, that something will happen to my wife and I won’t be able to cope wi…
DEAR ABBY: My son and his wife, “Carole,” have been married for two years. I was recently introduced to her father, “Ted,” who has been alone for 13 years. Carole told me later in no uncertain terms that I cannot have a romantic relationship with her father. Then she repeated the same thing to him.
DEAR ABBY: I have been dating Mr. Right for two years. “Phil” is the man I want to spend my life with. When we are together privately, everything is perfect.
Parents know that one of their jobs is to protect their child from pain. Some misguided parents morph this laudable goal into attempts to foster continuous happiness upon their children. Not a good idea.
When stay-at-home mom Jessica Krassow moved here from Colorado with her husband and 1-year-old daughter, she needed to find a support network quickly.
Charlene DeWitt, coordinator of the northwest-side MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers - plays with her son Dominic at Continental Ranch Community Park.
Charlene DeWitt shares some family time at the Continental Ranch park playground. She was with, from left, Ryan, her husband; daughter Elizabeth; and sons Dominic and Alexander.
Editor's note: Today we debut Kristen Cook's occasional column, "The Minivan Momologues," her take on parenting.
Parents seeking help dealing with their misbehaving children and discipline are invited to a free course offered by St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church.
Any toy my boys pick up can be converted for instant battle action.
Music, small children dancing around, a baby playing with his toys on the floor.
The Olympic Games are a rare event when experts encourage parents to switch on the TV and settle in to the couch alongside their kids.
We have a family membership to the Reid Park Zoo, and we go at least once or twice a month.
Molly Cunningham: "I just like bicycling with my dad and I like talking with him about stuff I might not otherwise think of. Sometimes we don't talk. We just enjoy the ride."