Think people with kids live happier lives? Think again

For many people, having children is part of the American Dream, right up there with homeownership and career advancement. But new research shows that American parents are actually a lot less happy than their childless counterparts. Even more interestin…

‘Cry it out’ sleep-training found to have no ill effects on children

Of the many parenting questions during baby’s first year, perhaps none is more fraught than this: Should I let my child “cry it out” to get to sleep? Nobody likes to hear their infant cry, but the alternative strategy of being available at baby..
Categories: Sleep

Perfectionist parenting leads to unhappy kids

A new study from the National University of Singapore shows that parents who expect perfection end up with a host of unintended consequences, including higher rates of anxiety and depression in their children. The children of these “intrusive” pare…

Gluten-free diets may be harmful for kids

Parents who put their children on a gluten-free diet—even if the kids don’t have celiac disease or a wheat allergy—may be causing more harm than good, according to a new article from The Journal of Pediatrics. According to the article’s author,…
Categories: Food

Parent Hacks: Brilliant workarounds that can transform your life with kids

Ten years ago, Asha Dornfest was an overwhelmed mother of two young children looking for a sense of community as well as some practical advice to aid her in her new role as a parent. At the time, Dornfest says, she was writing how-to books about “the…
Categories: Books

Teething, nipple confusion and 6 other parenting myths debunked

When I took my son to the dentist a few weeks ago, I casually mentioned that my nine-month-old daughter had been keeping me up the last few nights. “Teething,” I said, using that exasperated-but-what-can-we-do-about-it tone that tired parents have …
Categories: Health: kids

More and more women want to help deliver their own babies—via c-section

I had both my kids via caesarian section—the first unplanned and the second planned—and their deliveries were two of the most exciting, scary, humbling and awe-inpiring days in my life. But, at no point during either procedure did I look at that bi…

And the most popular baby names in America are…

Emma and Noah are still wearing the crowns as they continue to reign as the top baby names in America. This is the third year Noah is at the top and the second for Emma. The Social Security Administration released its list of top baby names for 2015 …
Categories: Baby names