LEXINGTON, Ky. - Emily Fox had her moment of inspiration for Forget the Frock while shopping for Easter outfits.
Q: Your son says your no-Snapchat rule makes him an outcast. Should you cave?
A family meeting is called to rein in expenses using a family budget while also trying to keep the 23-year-old and 28-year-old financially afloat.
The message was brief. I read it twice: "Hey, Mom, can I come see you guys this weekend?"
Q: My boyfriend of two years and I broke up for a short while, but we have reconciled and I moved back in about two months ago. His ex-wife, who is constantly causing trouble with the kids, continues to ask him out for coffee, for dinner, to join her skiing. It's really maddening and she won't stop! What's good ex-etiquette?
When the children start school. When they get older. When they go off to college. When they leave the house to settle on their own.
We have a near obsession with clean, myself included.
Q: My 18-year-old son and a slightly younger friend recently found some mice and decided to dispose of them. They drowned one and set the other one on fire. When I confronted my son for torturing animals, his response was "They're just mice." Is this typical boy behavior or should I be concerned?
Dear Mr. Dad: I'm not a whiz in the kitchen but I learned enough as a kid to make it through college without having to subsist solely on peanut butter sandwiches and Ramen noodles. My wife and I both cook meals but we can't seem to get our son (age 11) remotely interested in cooking. How do we get him interested in learning how to cook for himself?
The first-born kids in a family do better in school than their siblings who follow, perhaps in part because they face more intense monitoring and rules, a new study finds. Parents tend to limit TV watching, for example, and monitor homework more with "earlier-born children" than with those that follow, the researchers found.
Family vacations are an excellent time to reconnect. As kids blossom into teenagers, they want their independence and tend to spend more time participating in extracurricular activities, hanging out with friends, at sporting events or working. At times your home may feel like a group of people living under the same roof without a lot of interaction. As kids grow older, family time is more difficult to juggle with busier schedules and multiple priorities.
Courtney Grady understands the allure of video games.
So I'm looking at my day planner, and on April 11, I had penciled in "Last Day." I noticed it last week, but I was thinking that it was the last day of Lent. But that's next Thursday. And then I thought maybe it's the last day to finish my taxes. But that's next week too.
It's Wednesday morning in Old Colorado City, and 10 new moms and their babies have arrived with their yoga mats.
Having a life of my own while also being a wife and the mom of a tween, who still enjoys spending time with me, gives me a guilt complex sometimes.
Spring is finally here, and after a particularly brutal and prolonged winter it is a welcome relief. With spring comes Easter and other spring holidays; it also is the time when children of separated and blended families can feel anxiety, manifesting in "bad" behavior. Using each person's dominant sense, you will be able to have an understanding of when they are not coping and also how to alleviate their anxiety and concerns.
Give a traditional egg hunt a fun, nature-friendly spin with this idea from blogger Deb Olmstead of imaginechildhood.com. Fill emptied and washed eggshells with birdseed, then hide them in your yard (or a local park that allows bird feeding) for all your wild neighbors. "You can go on an outdoor adventure when you look for hiding places," says Deb.
Artist who insists he's not a feminist has a crowdfunded hit with line of dolls in realistic proportions
Next to regular Barbie - that unrealistically proportioned nemesis of "normal" female bodies everywhere - the more compact stature and rounder curves of "Average Barbie," created by Greenfield, Pa., artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm, looked like a healthier version of the female form to many who saw it online.
How is it that giving candy and chocolate to kids has become such a major part of so many holiday celebrations? Every one of those holidays has its own, special, traditional sugary treat. In the case of Easter, of course, it's eggs and bunnies. But these days we're hearing from more and more parents of very young children who are looking for two things: reduced-sugar treats for the kiddies, and toys that aren't too big for their little ones to pick up and play with. Here are some of our spring Easter-basket-stuffing faves that satisfy both of those requirements.
Q: Our 14-year-old son seems depressed - to us, at least. His principal sees no sign of depression but thinks he's socially anxious. The subjects of counseling and medication have come up. We have suggested to him that he get more exercise and spend less time playing video games and watching TV, but he says he hates sports. He appears to be withdrawing more and more into his video screen world. Our plan of action is to insist that he take up a sport if he wants the freedom to have a computer and video game. We want him to have balance in his life. Your thoughts?