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  • SmilingWomen,MomandDaughter
    Parent/Child Relationships
    How to Live with Your Adult Child
    They're called Generation Y--the growing numbers of young adults who promptly move back home after college, or perhaps never move out at all, in an effort to save money while searching for a perfect job. Living with your grown child can be a stre...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Kids
    Decision Making
    Decision-Making Techniques for Children
    Decision-Making Techniques for ChildrenThe most important thing you can do to help your children make their own decisions is to keep asking them questions, so they can come up with their own answers. There are lots of techniques you can teach the...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Separation Anxiety
    When Parents Feel Separation Anxiety
    When Parents Feel Separation Anxiety by Maya CohenSeparation anxiety isn't just for kids. A lot of parents feel acutely nervous when their child begins school or leaves for summer camp. You may worry about your child's adjustment, or just miss s...
  • Child, Boy dressed up as a superhero
    Social and Emotional Development
    Top 10 Ways to Foster Your Child's Creativity
    By fostering creativity in your child, you can help her mature mentally, emotionally, and socially. As a child grows, her imagination is tamed by society's constricting rules, pressures, and do's and don'ts. Creative freedom is essential in helpi...
  • Woman with packing boxes
    Teen Independence
    Preparing Your Child to Leave the Nest
    Preparing Your Child to Leave the Nest By the time a child is ready to move out of the house, either to college or to an apartment across town, it's important that she be prepared with the skills she will need. There are a number of basic areas ...
    Liz Casler
  • Kids
    Letting Go
    Are You an Overprotective Mother?
    Take this short quiz to see if you are an overprotective mother. ...
  • Kids
    Homesickness
    Dealing with Homesickness
    Dealing with Homesickness(The following excerpt is taken from How to Say It to Your Kids, by Dr. Paul Coleman.) Tommy placed his backpack on the floor of his cousin's bedroom, the place that he'd call home for the next two weeks. "It looks as if...
    Paul Coleman, Psy.D.
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Teens
    Teen Maturity
    Is Your Child Ready to Leave the Nest?
    Your child may be old enough to live on her own, but is she truly ready? Take our quiz to find out whether she's prepared. ...
  • Kids
    Decision Making
    Five Steps to Parent Problem-Solving
    Five Steps to Parent Problem-Solving When children learn problem-solving skills, they are more self-confident. They have fewer behavior problems and get along better with other people. This enables them to do better in school and in relationship...
  • Kids
    Leaving Home
    Your Son's Life Skills and Independence
    Your Son's Life Skills and Independence You may think you've heard all there is to hear about the importance of life skills, but the concept takes on a new urgency when your son announces that he's ready to move out. It becomes even more urgent...
  • Kids
    Overprotective Parents
    Understanding the Smothering Mother
    Understanding the Smothering Mother Explosives Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D., uses the term "Monster Mothers." These are women who are abusive, neglectful, and intolerable of a daughter's individuality. They fail to be empathetic during teen years a...
  • Kids
    Teen Independence
    Is Your Teen Planning for the Future?
    Is your teen prepared to be the architect of his own future? Take this quiz and find out! ...
  • Kids
    Letting Go
    Are You Fostering Independence in Your Preschooler?
    Take this quiz to find out if you're helping or hindering your child's journey toward self-sufficiency. ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Kids
    Letting Go
    Are You a Pesky Parent?
    Do you give your child enough space to learn, to play, to create? Take our quiz and find out. ...
  • SmilingWomen,MomandDaughter
    Parent/Child Relationships
    How to Live with Your Adult Child
    They're called Generation Y--the growing numbers of young adults who promptly move back home after college, or perhaps never move out at all, in an effort to save money while searching for a perfect job. Living with your grown child can be a stre...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Family Life
    Mother/Daughter Relationships
    Mothers and Adult Daughters: Is It Possible to Have a Friendship?
    Mothers and Adult Daughters: Is It Possible to Have a Friendship? Don't worry if you and your daughter aren't friends now. Therapist Dr. Susan Gordon works mostly with women trying to negotiate relationships with important people in their lives...