popular topics in family life

  • 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
  • Mom and daughter having a conversation
    Family Life
    50+ Questions to Ask Your Kids to Get Them Talking
    How was your day? “Good.” What did you do? “Nothing.” Sound familiar?   Sometimes when you’re just trying to connect with your child it’s easy for them to shut down, oftentimes hidden behind a screen. But having the right questions...
    Jennifer Caffelle
  • Dealing With In-Laws
    10 Tips for Dealing With In-Laws
    Your in-laws are a crucial part of your spouse's life. This makes them a crucial part of your life as well. No one ever said it was easy to balance your needs with the needs of others -- especially the needs of an entire new family. But creating ...
    Laurie E. Rozakis, PhD
  • authoritative parenting method used by mom
    Family Life
    Authoritative Parenting is On The Rise
    Parenting is a skill, an art form of sorts. If you're good at it, you have goods odds at raising children that succeed and go on to impact the world in great ways. If you're not so good at it,  your children are the ones who pay the price. While...
    HeHe Stewart
  • hospital waiting room
    Cancer
    7 Family Life Lessons We Learned From My Son's Cancer
    I have seven adopted kids. Our family is a hodge-podge of culture, diversity, and challenge. Sometimes, I’m close to pulling my hair out, but if I’m honest, I love it. One thing I don’t love; however, is cancer. More: When a Child Loses a...
    Gary Roe
  • Family Life
    Ideas for the Perfect Godparent Proposal
    Have you heard of a godparent proposal? It’s the latest craze to make sure that the chosen people in your little one’s life have a memorable moment, along with a gift they can treasure to mark this special milestone in their lives. You can c...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • Fathers Day activities, father and young son golfing
    Father's Day
    Top 10 Fun Ways to Spend Father's Day as a Family
    Looking for simple and meaningful Father's Day activities that will help you bond with your Pops? Check out these fun father-son and father-daughter activities for children of all ages and dads with all different interests. You're sure to make la...
    Erin Dower
  • dad and baby peering into fence of the white house
    Politics and Government
    How The Government Shutdown Is Impacting Kids and 4 Ways You Can Help
    No matter where you turn right now, news of the government shutdown is everywhere. People are talking about how it affects government workers and airport security lines and the related politics, but there is one area that is not getting enough f...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • Family Life
    The Top 5 Podcasts For Parents In 2019
      Podcasts are perfect for so many parents. They are easily incorporated into various lifestyles from commutes, to late-night nursing sessions, to waiting in the pick-up line. These podcasts cover everything from pregnancy to parenthood to bei...
    HeHe Stewart
  • little girl sitting in messy kitchen
    Babies and Toddlers
    10 Gifs That Perfectly Sum Up Life With a Toddler
    How my morning starts: It never fails that my toddler is the one to wake me up in the morning, no matter what time she went to bed. It's time for breakfast... Breakfast almost always ends with the need for a professional cleaning crew. Wh...
    Katie Galgano
  • if you
    Deciding On Divorce
    How Do You Know When Your Marriage Is Over?
    Sometimes, the best-laid plans are laid to waste. Despite all your hopes and dreams in the beginning, and all your good intentions now, it seems impossible to continue your marriage. For many of us, the notion of “till death do us part” has b...
  • dad friends standing with strollers on street
    Family Life
    5 Ways to Support Your Soon-To-Be Dad Friends
    Do a quick Google search for newborns and expecting parents and it’s likely that most of the advice that pops up is geared toward the mamas to be. There’s no doubt that our future moms of the world need a lot of support, but it’s important ...
    Julia Ries
  • Diverse people holding emoji masks over face
    Family Life
    What Do Your Top 3 Emojis Say About You?
    What goes around comes around and that’s true for ancient hieroglyphics because let’s face it, emojis are the modern-day hieroglyph, right? They’re perfect to get a message across quickly plus they save you from those epic microphone speech...
    Laura Richards
  • the incredibles family halloween costume
    Entertainment and Activities
    Top Trending Kids and Family Halloween Costumes of 2018
    Halloween in all of its spooky and dress-up glory can be one of the most exciting times of the year for families! Of course, this thrilling family time often centers around a single question: What should we be for Halloween? There are so many di...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • separation can help heal a marriage - or help you to make a final break
    Separation
    Separation: Beginning of the End, or a New Beginning?
    When a married couple decides to separate, the people in their lives often see it as the first step toward divorce. However, this isn't necessarily the case. Some couples find that a temporary separation is just what they needed to work on the...
  • mother and baby hugging
    Babies and Toddlers
    Natural(ish) Parenting: A Lesson in Flexibility
    Before getting pregnant and having my son, I had a lot of plans for the kind of parent I wanted to be. When I thought about what my parenting philosophy would be, it would have been heavily categorized under the “natural parenting” label. Lea...
    Suzie Marschhausen
  • Family Life
    An Open Letter to Grandparents: That Was Then, This is Now
    Dear Grandparents, First and foremost, we love you. That is a given, and our kids are blessed to have you in their lives. We are doing our best as parents and appreciate everything that you do, yet there are some sticking points that are hard to...
    Laura Richards
  • Family Life
    My Kid is Nothing Like Me
    From the moment a baby is born, most parents have a certain idea of what their kid will be like. Maybe they hope their child will grow up to be a lawyer like their mom or a college athlete like their dad. However, very rarely do children grow up...
    Julia Ries