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  • 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
  • Young girl making her bed with her mom
    Fostering Independence
    You Can Do It! 5 Tips to Help Make Your Child Self-Sufficient
    You know that teaching your child age-appropriate life skills is important for self-care and independence, but how, exactly, do you go about doing this? Follow these tips to help your child become more self-sufficient, and help him learn the skil...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Kids
    Letting Go
    Are You an Overprotective Mother?
    Take this short quiz to see if you are an overprotective mother. ...
  • 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
    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...
  • Family Life
    Mother/Daughter Relationships
    When Daughters Turn into Mothers
    When Daughters Turn into Mothers Perhaps the biggest change in many mother-daughter relationships comes when the daughter has her first child. Assistant professor of human development at Penn State University Karen Fingerman said age strengthens...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Family Life
    Aging Parents
    Getting Along with an Aging Mom
    Getting Along with an Aging Mom Researcher Alexis J. Walker asserts that caregiving for a parent does not develop suddenly after an era of intergenerational independence and the onset of need. Rather there are many examples of assistance given ...
  • Family Life
    Mother/Daughter Relationships
    What Most Adult Daughters Think About Mom
    What Most Adult Daughters Think About Mom Woman to Woman It might be helpful to remember that moms, like all women, are in particular need of their daughters' support and comfort during periods of stress. For those who want to know what their y...
  • Kids
    Overprotective Parents
    Understanding the Smothering Mother
    Understanding the Smothering Mother 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 and are un...
  • Kids
    Overprotective Parents
    Overprotective Moms: The Fix-It Fixation
    Overprotective Moms: The Fix-It Fixation A lot of moms have this fixation. The fix-it fixation is the uncontrollable urge to eradicate your child's pain, whether it is real or created by your imagination. The need to fix something is brought on...
  • Family Life
    Mother/Daughter Relationships
    How to Keep Your Nose Out of Your Daughter's House
    How to Keep Your Nose Out of Your Daughter's House Dr. Charney Herst, author of For Mothers of Difficult Daughters (Villard, 1998) believes, "If you want to share a marital coping strategy with your daughter every now and then, that's fine. But ...
  • Family Life
    Mother/Daughter Relationships
    Moms and Their Young Adult Daughters: Generations in Conflict
    Moms and Their Young Adult Daughters: Generations in Conflict According to research, the primary difference that separates mothers and daughters is the younger generation's "social and psychological freedom to defer motherhood" and develop their...