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Communication & Bonding

Wondering how to talk with your teenager? We've got ideas on how to open communication and encourage family bonding.

Kelly Flynn on becoming a single mom, by choice, at 42.

Birmingham-based artists Darius and Bethanne Hill on the issues—and non-issues—of being a biracial family.

Plus three tips for keeping tweens safe.

  Being blessed with four daughters means that I never had to have the "driving while black" talk.

                                        Parents should always be proud of their children’

Learning about fitness and health is as easy as having fun—that’s what celebrity trainer Cara Castronuova has in store for her camp-goers.

In a few weeks, the youngest of my four daughters will reach a milestone. She will officially be an adult, as there will be 21 candles on a very delicious cake.

 By Glennon Doyle Melton, author of Carry On, Warrior We were watching Sleeping Beauty recently when my kindergartner pointed at the unconscious princess on the screen and said, “

Of course you want to take charge when you think your kid is making a mistake, but that's not always a wise move.

By Danielle Blundell The ironic thing about breakfast is that we've been hearing it's the most important meal of the day for years, yet many of us skip it anyway.

By now most of America has seen the infamous recent television appearance by Kate Gosselin with her twins on NBC’s The Today Show.

The ever-amusing Ana Gasteyer, who plays Suburgatory's resident PTA mom, Sheila Shay, is serious when it comes to keeping her household running smoothly.

Of course kids deserve a pat on the back for a job well done, but congratulate them too often and the accolades become meaningless. Learn how to pay compliments that really count.

Would you risk your life so your sibling could reach a goal? As much as I love my only sibling, my brother, the thought makes me pause. Not so for another pair of siblings I recently heard about.

The end of summer really brings out the Momster in me. Maybe it’s too much togetherness, but I feel as if I’m constantly carping at my kids—Why don’t you go outside?

Want to friend your teens? No, not on Facebook, but in real life. The good news is that by following a few rules, you can be your kids' BFF — and still be an awesome parent.

Cookie (all of 9 days old) and Shortcake There was recently a blessed event in our family—the wee hours arrival, several weeks overdue, of a healthy baby girl.