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Parents in the U.S. are spanking their kids much less often than they did in the past. A study looked at the decline between 1993 and 2017.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Having a baby? You can name your little bundle of joy anything you want to, right? Well, not so fast — there are some rules.

By Laurie L. Dove

Many latchkey kids remember their time fondly, even though they wouldn't leave their own kids alone.

By Dave Roos


Does an only child exhibit different behavior and personality than one with siblings? Or is this spoiled reputation nothing more than a persistent cultural myth?

By Laurie L. Dove

One study attempted to find out, with a little help from some brain scans.

By John Donovan

Researchers unveil findings that parents of princess-wannabes could find royally alarming. But they shouldn't.

By Alia Hoyt

A trio of economists reports that kids in larger families may have more to worry about than simply sharing a room or dealing with hand-me-downs.

By John Donovan


Are you worried you're becoming your mother? Read on to learn about these inevitable and inheritable genetic traits!

By Jennifer Wolfe

Parenting is a tough job but a lot of people are doing it. Learn more about the different radical parenting methods in this article.

By Bridget Murray Law

Parenting is like traveling without a map. It's easy to make mistakes. Sometimes, we go a long way down the wrong road without realizing it. Check out these 10 bad parenting habits and how to kick them.

By Heather Kolich

Work-life balance is the ultimate test for any mother, and usually, it never equals out. But we've come up with some tips to help.

By Sara Elliott


Parenting, under any condition, takes a lot of work, patience and effort. But raising a child prodigy has unique challenges and requires individually tailored time, attention and thought. Find out how parents have to walk the fine line between encouragement and exploitation.

By Tom Scheve

Whether they're in the office or on the playground, bullies intimidate the people around them. School-age bullies are a perfect example: They're usually bigger or older or more popular than many of their peers. What can schools do to stop classmate-on-classmate abuse?

By Tom Scheve

A violinist who masters the instrument by the age of 5. An elementary-school kid whose paintings go for thousands of dollars. How do you spot the geniuses among the other crayon-wielding and drum-banging kids?

By Tom Scheve

Local law enforcement agencies along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recommend that all kids have and carry identification cards.

By Maria Trimarchi


Choosing to adopt a child is a beautiful way to create or add to a family, but it isn't for everyone. If you're thinking about adopting a child, there are some questions you need to answer for yourself before beginning the process.

By Shanna Freeman

Forty percent of all injury-related ER visits and 42 percent of all injury deaths happen between May and August. We can avoid almost 90 percent of these accidents by educating ourselves and our kids on how to stay safe while enjoying summer vacation.

By Maria Trimarchi

Facebook has something for just about everyone. It's a great place to make friends. Parents and grandparents use the site. Plus there are all kinds of games. Is there a place for the younger set on Facebook, too?

By Jonathan Strickland

YouTube has experienced explosive growth over the past few years, and so has the amount of time kids spend online. Can you let your child enjoy the site without worrying about what he or she sees?

By Stephanie Crawford


Halloween should be fun and spooky -- not outright scary or filled with accidents, disasters and paranoia. How can you minimize the risks that pop up on Halloween evening?

By Julia Layton

Home is a place where children need to feel safe, but it's also a veritable disaster zone of potential hazards. What are 10 simple ways to keep your kids safe at home?

By Marie Willsey

Childhood accidents are numerous and range from the less common, yet nightmarish car accidents and child abductions to equally dangerous, more commonplace playground and pool accidents. Learn about child safety tips.

By Alvin Eden & Elizabeth Eden

Children are born with protection from many diseases, thanks to antibodies passed through the placenta. Within a year, however, this defense is lost, so children need vaccinations to protect them from these diseases.

By Laurie L. Dove


Despite the changing lifestyles, the family remains the central element of contemporary life. But family structure, like society at large, has undergone significant changes. Learn more about family structures and dynamics.

By Michael Meyerhoff

Mothers of all kinds of species take extreme measures to protect and nurture their young. What makes females so motherly? Is it instinct -- or learned?

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