10 YouTube Stars Your Kid Loves

10 YouTube Stars Your Kid Loves

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media parenting editor You'll be forgiven if you think Smosh sounds like something you do to a bug and PewDiePie is a new kind of dessert. These -- and lots of other names you've probably never heard of -- are some of the hottest celebs in the entertainment industry. But you won't find them on TV or in the movies. They're the stars of YouTube, and with every video they upload -- in formats as wide-ranging as musical performances, skits, personal confessions, advice, and philosophical monologues on the state of the Internet -- they're attracting kids[...]

Build Community: BOO Your Neighbors

Build Community: BOO Your Neighbors

I've never been a Halloween fanatic. Sure, it's fun, but I don't get all crazy about dressing up and decorating the house. I leave that to my husband, who has enough Halloween spirit for the both of us! But I do love all of the Halloween activities that bring us together as a family and connect us with our community - our town's annual Halloween parade, a friend's Halloween party, carving pumpkins together, and of course trick-or-treating! Then there are the neighborhood traditions. Three years ago someone (whose identity is still a mystery!) boo'ed us, and we have been boo'ed every year[...]

5 Tips to Survive a Best Friend Moving Away

5 Tips to Survive a Best Friend Moving Away

This post is sponsored by Kids Email   We live in a small town. As a matter of fact, it is a small town on an island over an hour away from the mainland. It may sound isolated, but the community and friendships here make life full and are the reason my husband and I decided to plant our roots here over 17 years ago. We wanted to raise our kids here. When we started our family, we knew their friendships would be really important. Community is wide, but friendship circles are tight. I went to baby groups and library sessions, gymnastics and music. We[...]

The Perfect Book When You’re Annoying Yourself as a Parent

The Perfect Book When You're Annoying Yourself as a Parent

It seems I have reached a point in my parenting career where I (on occasion) annoy myself as a mother. Perhaps I'm perpetually tired, perhaps the incessant whining from both my six and three year old has simply worn away any last surviving nerve I had, or perhaps I've just lost focus and need a reminder about my ultimate goals as a parent... along with a few actionable steps. Whatever the reason, I find myself saying the same things over and over, and wondering why nobody listens... but at the same time, I haven't changed my approach - I continue to say the[...]

10 Ways for Single Moms to Build Family Unity

10 Ways for Single Moms to Build Family Unity

by Kim Sorgius of Not Consumed As a single mom, I desperately want to create unity in my family. I don't want to be defined by the rising trend of selfishness, or distracted by the "now" of technology. I want my children to love and care for one another. I want to grow old listening to them share stories of "remember the time we..." I want to enjoy every moment we have together because life is too short to miss this. And I bet you do, too. So, how about a few ideas? 10 things all parents - single moms included - can do to[...]

How Motherhood Is Like An Icky River

How Motherhood Is Like An Icky River

by Sarah Reinhart of Little White Whale After I drop the big kids off at school in the morning I like to grab a coffee and sometimes have a small spontaneous adventure with Oscar and Mabel. Nothing serious. We choose one park or another. Or sometimes Target. Only Target if I’m feeling frisky though. Because Oscar and Target? They don’t mix. It’s hard. It’s so hard with him right now. He wants allthetrainsandcarsandtrucksandcontructionstuff. And me? Mama ain’t got the funds for all that. Or if I’m being honest, the patience either. I like to think I’m doing the public a favor[...]

Why I Regret Spanking My Child

Why I Regret Spanking My Child

    We say it takes a village to raise a child. It can take a fleet of people to bring home a new baby. Grandparents, neighbors, best friends are all helping the new and bleary-eyed parents with their unfamiliar and exhausting schedule. The dinners are pre-made in the freezer, the laundry folded by a kind grandma, neighbor or mother-in-law are absolutely life savers! There are countless instances where the village kicks in: A ride to the pediatrician with your best friend can help you with that cumbersome stroller you're still getting the hang of collapsing to fit in your trunk...I've been there. When your oldest is[...]

Just Another Headline

Just Another Headline

Six weeks ago, there was an event in Ferguson. See? You haven't entirely forgotten about it...or have you? Did you get a feeling in your stomach when you read that simple sentence? Seems we have forgotten about it. Six weeks ago, people wrote with passion, they voiced opinions and support and shared. YES, they shared the words of a very talented writer so that well over a million eyes read her heartfelt prose. And then...silence. Last week, a video was released of Ray Rice punching his wife in the face. People wrote with passion, they voiced opinions and support and shared. YES, they shared[...]

You Just Don’t Get It! Losing My Best Friend to Motherhood

You Just Don't Get It! Losing My Best Friend to Motherhood

“Rachel” is my best friend during the years I live in Atlanta. I meet her after I buy a grey Cape Cod in Midtown when I am 23. My new neighbor knows her and introduces us. Instantly, Rachel and I are making plans. We are grown women having sleep overs like teenagers. We make midnight runs for hot Krispy Kremes. She and I weep over the same movies. She teaches me ribbon embroidery and we cook elaborate meals that we can’t finish. The art museum is free on Thursday and we go after lunch at a French themed café. Rachel[...]

Why Does She Stay?

Why Does She Stay?

// <SYNDICATED> She was drinking margaritas with her girlfriends at her going-away party the night before she was scheduled to move to a new city.  Her boyfriend of several years wanted to leave and go to another party; she didn’t want to go. He insisted they leave anyway, and in the car going down the street, he lit a cigarette.  Angry that he would do this in the car with her in it, she grabbed it from his hand and threw it out the window.  He threw the car into park, and his fist connected with the left side of[...]

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