• are personality traits genetic?
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    Is Personality Genetic?
    You joke you’re “type A” and your child’s other biological parent is lazy and carefree. Does that mean your child will be like you - organized and detail-oriented - or your partner? Parents have always wondered how their little ones end u...
  • teens dating and holding hands
    Teens
    The Ultimate Guide to Your Daughter's First Date (for Dads)
    “Daddy’s little girl” — it’s an expression, of course, reflecting the special bond some fathers have with their daughters. As witnessed by actor Steve Martin’s freakouts in the classic 90s remake movie Father of the Bride, no dad want...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Teen sexting on her cellphone
    Teens
    What to Do If You Catch Your Teen Sexting: A Step-By-Step Guide
    You never think it can happen to your child. You hear the horror stories, see the Law & Order episodes about it, and simply shudder at the thought...your child, your baby, sexting someone—be it another teenager, an adult ‘mentor’...or a tot...
    Rachel Sokol
  • predicted name for babies in 2020
    Baby Names
    Our Baby Name Predictions for 2020
    It’s a new year; a fresh start, a new generation, and that means...adorable millennium babies will be born in 2020. Let’s explore some baby name trends we’ll see this upcoming year. More: Why Emma Has Been The Top Baby Girl Name For Five Y...
    Rachel Sokol
  • pregnant woman in bathroom
    Pregnancy
    Everything You Need to Know About the Mucus Plug During Pregnancy
    Ok, no one said labor was glamorous—and if they did, I’d sure love to meet that person because I adore my kids, but NO, my labors were not glamorous. Speaking of ‘unglamorous’...when you hear the term “mucus plug” associated with lab...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Mother and father reciting positive affirmations to their two children
    Kids
    8 Positive Affirmations for Kids
    I love collecting quotes—since high school, I have jotted down motivational quotes I love in a pretty notebook. I’m a big believer in positive affirmations and think giving yourself (and others) pep talks can be a mood booster for kids and ad...
    Rachel Sokol
  • woman applying halloween makeup on kid
    Holidays
    The Ultimate Guide to Halloween Makeup for Kids
    Halloween is just around the corner and it’s such a fun holiday for many kids, especially those who love dressing up! When getting your kid’s costume in order, the perfect makeup is a must. But watch out—not all Halloween makeup is skin-saf...
    Rachel Sokol
  • pregnant mom and toddler son
    Pregnancy
    Should I Take An At-Home Genetics Test During Pregnancy?
    If you are currently pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, you might know the term “genetic testing,” in which you undergo some medical tests to better understand your genetic health history that may or may not impact your child’s healt...
    Rachel Sokol
  • sesame place
    Entertainment and Activities
    Study Says Watching Sesame Street Could Have Positive Impact on a Child's Success
    My daughters are five and (almost) two, and they both love watching Sesame Street—and not just because of Elmo, everyone’s favorite furry monster! My mom swears I loved Sesame Street as a kid, too. It was whimsical, fun, and taught you number...
    Rachel Sokol
  • baby with pierced ears
    Babies and Toddlers
    Everything You Need to Know Before Piercing Your Baby's Ears
    As a mother of two young girls with pierced ears, I figured there’s no time like the present to outline what ear piercing entails when it comes to babies, toddlers, and older kids. Thinking about piercing your child’s ears? Here’s an A-Z gu...
    Rachel Sokol
  • twin babies in hospital
    Pregnancy
    Do Twins Run in Families? A Genetic Explanation
    Have you ever wondered if twins really do run in families or not? Or ponder what your chances are of birthing twins? I have twin friends and twin cousins, and even though I do NOT have twin kids, I have always been fascinated by multiple births a...
    Rachel Sokol
  • mom disciplining daughter in store
    Kids
    An Age-by-Age Guide to Setting Discipline Consequences for Kids
    Disciplining children is never fun for you, or your child. There’s so many questions surrounding the topic of discipline, such as: At what age should you start taking away technology? Or at what age is time-out no longer effective? Experts chim...
    Rachel Sokol
  • mom cradling baby on the left
    Babies and Toddlers
    The Psychological Reason 2/3 of People Cradle Babies On The Left
    It’s not something you consciously think about, but according to a major scientific study, most adults cradle babies on the left side of their bodies vs. their right. And no, it doesn’t always have to do with an adult being right-handed or le...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Girl hugging her dog
    Family Life
    An Age-by-Age Guide to Explaining the Death of a Pet to Children
    From goldfish to guinea pigs to every pet in between (yes, including dogs and cats, of course), pets are part of the family. Heck, my first pet, the most wonderful Golden Retriever ever (I am NOT biased!) died 17 years ago and I still miss her! ...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Mother talking with her college age daughter
    Teens
    Talking to Teens About Sexual Misconduct and Consent Before They Go Away to College
    Just before your teenager heads off to college, you should have “the talk” with them. Nope, not the SEX talk. There’s a pretty good chance they already know about that 3-letter word. We mean the consent talk; meaning ways to tell the opposi...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Family hiking near a waterfall on vacation
    Summer Vacation
    How to Use Your Family Vacation to Spark Inspiration and Learning in Kids
    Have kids, will travel. Just like backpacks, kids can be transported from one place to another. (Although chances are, unlike your kids, your backpack doesn’t whine, “I’m bored!” or “I’m hungry!”) Family vacations can be more than j...
    Rachel Sokol
  • mom clique spreading hateful mom gossip
    Mom's Corner
    I Don't Let Hateful Mom Gossip and Cliques Bring Me Down
    High school feels like it was SO long ago, right? Well, for many parents, this is true. However, when it comes to ‘Mom cliques’ it may also feel like high school never ended. As much as we teach our children about bullying and respect, we too...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
    Authors
    Pinkalicious Author Victoria Kann Spills on Everything From Her Next Book to Motherhood
    New Yorker Victoria Kann is a  staunch literacy advocate, and with good reason. She’s the writer and illustrator of the best-selling children’s book series, Pinkalicious, which spent over 100 days on the New York Times Bestseller list and ha...
    Rachel Sokol
  • parents measuring baby
    Pregnancy
    How Tall Will My Baby Be? A Genetic Explanation
    When a soon-to-be-parent learns they’re expecting a child, their brains go into overdrive—including wondering what—or who!—their child will look like. Brown hair? Blonde hair? Red hair? No hair? Which may trickle into pondering about heig...
    Rachel Sokol
  • parents helping on college move-in day
    Teens
    A Parent's To-Do List for the Summer Before Your Teen Heads Off to College
    The summer before your teen heads off to college for the first time seems to fly by faster than any previous summers! Once your teen has committed to the school of their choice—and continues to deny they have “Senioritis”—it’s time for ...
    Rachel Sokol