I believe most mothers, including me, are yo-yo mamas.

What do you say when someone asks about your home? How can words do justice to a place that's in your heart?

The advertising photos are meant to be empowering, feminist even, a thumb-in-the-eye response to the well-documented sexism of the tech world. Yet, I glance at these beautiful and beautifully talented women posing in their skivvies and think, This ain't the way to get respect, sisters.

Q: I homeschooled my oldest, an 8-year-old boy, until this year. He started third grade in public school in August. As a homeschooling mom, I was not a micromanager and don't want to become one now, but the school virtually insists that parents help with homework. I want him to be independent. What are your thoughts on this?

Q: What is the role of a high school guidance counselor?

Q: I am the mother of a 5-year-old daughter. I married her father at a rather young age, and we divorced three years later. It has now been two more years, and over the last few months it seems my old feelings for him are coming back! As time goes on he becomes more and more attractive. I'm concerned, however, that I'd be breaking some unspoken rule about dating your ex. What's good ex-etiquette?

As per Anais Nin, I believe only in the intoxication of other people. Silly me. As if that kind of high can ever last. As if people don't come and go.

PITTSBURGH - It's one of those messy truths about parenthood: What happens in a diaper doesn't always stay in a diaper.

We're nearing that time of year again, the dreaded cold and flu season. This year you can be prepared to take control and keep illness at bay by following these easy tips. With seven children of my own I know the flu, or even a cold, can wreak havoc on a child's immune system, and if you have multiple children in your home then you know full-well how quickly illness can spread from one child to another. Follow these easy tips to help your family stay happy and healthy.

Often we like to think that bonding happens immediately when we cast eyes on our little one, but mostly it is an ongoing process, one that changes and grows as we and our children also change and grow. Ritual family times allow us ongoing reconnection and the evening bath is a perfect example of this. However often this time can be a period of stress; by understanding your child's dominant sense and being organized ahead of time, you will be able to be able to transform your bath time into a fun and bonding experience.

I am currently in France, where students all over the country go back to school on the same day. It is called La Rentree Scolaire or for short "La Rentree." As I watch an entire country engage in this activity, what I have found most impressionable during this time are the keen similarities and the stark differences between the French La Rentree and America's back to school time.

Seriously, what's going on? What's with all the emails? And how in the world did our parents coordinate anything without it? Because everything we do around here begins with an email ...

After more than 11 years together, Gwendolyn and Jim Mulholland found their marriage on the brink because, she admits, her use of the silent treatment had become a go-to weapon whenever problems arose.

Forty years (or so) have gone by and what do I have to show for it? Well, I don't have much stuff, as in material items - certainly nothing to brag about. But I have picked up a little bit of insight over the decades.

Bedtime should be a time when kids feel safe and secure. Regular bedtime rituals can help accomplish that, however, as kids' imaginations start to grow, so do their fears. Understanding where kids' fears originate can help parents provide comfort and put things back into perspective.

We've long been loving o-ending boys' names like Milo and Theo, but now we're seeing that final vowel sound becoming a solid trend for girls. Except here names with the o-ending sound don't necessarily end in 'o' - it may also be represented by letters ow, oh or the French aux. Some prime examples: Marlowe has been a hot hit of late, and Isabeau is proving to be a more distinctive follow-up to the ubiquitous Isabel.

Step foot on any college campus on freshman move-in day, and you'll see the same scene: scores of devoted parents with ambivalent looks on their faces, a blend of worry and pride. For those saying goodbye to their only or youngest child, the journey that awaits them will be just as uncharted as the one that lies ahead for their new college student. What will life be like now with an empty nest?

There's no better place to parent than in the present.

Hoping to foster relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren, a woman named Marian McQuade helped make Grandparents Day a national holiday in 1978. In honor of this celebration, spend time in the kitchen with your children and grandchildren preparing or creating your family's very own heirloom recipes. Incorporating these special heirloom recipes with ingredients from all five food groups into the family meal routine can help children develop good eating patterns and strong family ties.

As Sarah Saoud recently entered the hospital to begin a month-long stay, at least one of her family's problems already will be cured.

You're probably thinking more about what, when and how you're feeding baby than about feeding yourself. These easy tips for healthier eating will boost your energy, help you breastfeed better and take off that baby weight.

LOS ANGELES - For Karen and Mike Laspisa, every birthday, every holiday, every month is one more without Bryce.

I find few things in life more delightful than embarrassing my children. And it's such an easy and entertaining hobby.

DALLAS - The Freelands have set five places at the dinner table: for parents Pat and Lori, and for their kids Kyle, Alek and Maddy.

We like our male employees flexible. Female employees? Not so much.

Dr. Pat Garcia started medical school in 1979, before HIV even had an official name.

Most Americans - 57 percent of us - believe only kids who win at their chosen sport should receive trophies, says a new Reason-Rupe poll.

In the least surprising news of the decade, government officials announced recently that it's expensive to raise a kid.

Gentler.

If you have school-age children, you probably know that Stephen Covey's "7 Habits" series has been modified and monetized for youngsters.



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