My 3rd grade teacher knew. She was convinced. I wasn't so sure. I just spoke from my heart, little did I know that by doing so I was becoming a writer. She had assigned us all a Thanksgiving theme. The other kids sighed in dread but I beamed with delight. Show More Summary
There's nothing better than having someone tell you every single awful labor story or story about how after having a wonderful first born child, her "second kid was the devil incarnate" or that "You look exactly how I looked right before...Show More Summary
For some children, meeting Santa Claus and telling him that they've been good (and would like a bicycle, please) is the highlight of their year - for other kiddos, well, not so much. If your child isn't a fan of the man in red, it'sShow More Summary
I'm not shy but I'm an introvert. I like other humans but I have a limited tolerance for "peopling" -- you know, cocktail parties, wedding receptions, any place where small talk is on the menu. If I have to attend an event where a "Hello, My Name Is" name tag is offered, anxiety will be my plus one. Show More Summary
My son's father and I divorced when he was 3, and he is now 7. My ex-husband is a good dad and loves our son a lot, but our little boy has a hard time going over to his dad's house. He is supposed to spend a full week with his father over the holidays and already is crying about it every night. Show More Summary
This extract from my new book Nurture Art looks at the benefits of process art for children. There’s a free poster and links to more process art resources that you can use with your children to help them explore art and exercise their creative muscles. Show More Summary
Painting with pipettes is a fun process art project that combines sensory play, art and science. It’s one of the projects included in my Art Spark resources which will give you everything you need to start a joyful art practice with your children. Show More Summary
Dear Mr. Dad: My 12-year old daughter has become obsessed with designer labels. Basic Levis and generic shoes aren’t good enough anymore. And if I so much as mention the word “Walmart,” she won’t even speak to me. What is going on with her? I find her materialism revolting. Show More Summary
'Tis the season for giving, so naturally you'll want to share with your best bud, who happens to have four legs. There are tons of Thanksgiving treats that are safe for dogs to eat, but others should be kept far away from that imposing...Show More Summary
Perri: a Disney baby name so under-the-radar that I had no idea it existed. more
My sons father and I divorced when he was three and he is now seven. My ex-husband is a good dad and loves our son a lot but our little boy has a hard time going over to his dad's house. He is supposed to spend a full week with his father over the holidays and already is crying about it every night. Show More Summary
All parents know that their usually darling little ones aren’t afraid to slip over to the “dark side” from time to time. Sometimes it’s experimenting with your tube of cherry-red lipstick, other times it’s flushing your phone and keys down the toilet when you’re supposed to be on your way out the door. Show More Summary
Just when you thought you’d left your childhood behind, it comes roaring back like a herd of Treasure Trolls and My Little Ponies. Enter this season’s trending toys, which are sure to bring an overwhelming rush of childhood flashbacks. So many things in our lives come full circle, like fashion, food and music. Show More Summary
. A mom who let her 4-year-old son play outside at the playground 120 feet from her home was arrested . Her neighbors had called 911 when they saw the kid outside. While many people might think four is too young for a boy to be outside on his own, the bigger question is: Is this […]
Continuing TODAY's month-long Hassle-Free Holiday series, Stephanie Oppenheim of ToyPortfolio.com joins Savannah Guthrie to review more of the top toys on retail shelves this holiday season, as voted by families across the country. While a new Lego Star Wars fighter got high marks, the Zoomer Kitty interactive cat seemed a bit noisy to some users. Show More Summary
An examination of hundreds of toys by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund has turned up 22 that could present special risks for young children.
Here, toy manufacturers, distributors and retailers weigh in on this year's U.S. PIRG Education Fund "Trouble in Toyland" report.
Kicking off TODAY's Hassle-Free Holiday, a month-long series, Stephanie Oppenheim of ToyPortfolio.com joins Savannah Guthrie to review some of the top toys on retail shelves this holiday season, including Playskool Play All Day Elmo and Wonderball Fun House.
A woman who has been the subject of frequent catcalls credits an unlikely ally, a young boy who stood up for her.
This holiday weekend will be about more than Thanksgiving treats and extra days off from school for eighth-grader Shreya Nair. Shreya will also spent some of her time conducting an interview that will end up in the Library of Congress. Shreya, 13, is participating in a StoryCorps initiative called The Great Thanksgiving Listen. Show More Summary