Family Dynamics

What makes a family? Learn about traditional and non-traditional family relationships, including single-parent families, families with gay parents, military families, and more. Try these tips for making your family work regardless of your family make-up.

The Do's and Don'ts of Stepparent Discipline

If you're a new stepparent, read our expert-approved rules for correcting the kiddos.

8 Boundaries Stepparents Shouldn't Cross

Becoming a stepparent? Read these 8 important stepparenting no-no's and how to solve sticky situations.

Confessions of a Grown-Up: My Mother Was Right to Let Go

My mother let go, even when I wished for her to hold me tightly--and it made me more resilient and responsible.

What to Do About Uninvolved Grandparents

If your mom and dad aren't as involved in your kid's life as you'd like, it's time to find out what may be going on and face what you can (and can't) change about it.

8 Celeb Moms Who Have an Only Child

When you're in those overwhelming first weeks with your newborn, it's easy to think, "Whoa, I only want one of these." Though that feeling passes for some parents, others stay firmly in the one-and-done camp. Thinking about raising an only? Take some inspiration from these celeb parents who famously stopped at one child.

Surviving (and Thriving) as a Single Mom

Four common challenges and how you can overcome them.

Quiz: Which TV Mom Are You?

Are you more of a Claire Dunphy or a Peggy Bundy? A Marge Simpson or a Rainbow Johnson? Take our quiz to find out!

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How Birth Order Affects Your Child's Personality and Behavior

Whether you're firstborn, middle child, last-born, or only child, birth order can have a big effect on your personality and behavior.

14 Inspiring Celebrity Single Moms

Parenting is tough enough when you're part of a pair; doing it solo is even harder. Whether they're co-parenting through divorce or completely on their own, these celebrity single moms handle it with grace.

Single Mom? These Are the Best (and Worst) Cities for You

If you're a single mom, this list breaks down the best places for you to live based on things like median income, housing, and child care costs.

Baby Cheeks Make Everything Better--Even for This Grumpy Toddler

This beyond-cute video shows sisterly love at its finest--and proves that no one can be crabby when there are chubby baby cheeks to stroke.

The Lasting Impact of the Early Childhood Years

The experiences children have during their first five years have a tremendous impact on the development of their brains, their health, and their future as adults.

Quiz: Should He Be a Stay-at-Home Dad?

Does your partner have what it takes to be a stay-at-home dad? Take our quiz to find out.

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My Life as a Teenage Mom

At 15, most girls are thinking about clothes, boys, and parties. But Jamie got pregnant -- and now she's focused on raising her son.

Dealing with Sibling Rivalry

What to expect between siblings and how to ease the tension.

The Single Mom's Survival Guide

If you're splitting up, you need to help your kids (and yourself) make it through the rough stuff.

10 Ways to Reduce Single-Parent Stress

One of every four American children today lives in a single-parent home. And though the circumstances may vary (some parents are divorced, others are widowed, and others are single parents by choice), the reality is that solo parenting is often stressful, demanding, and hectic. If you are a single mom or dad, there are 10 things you can do to help minimize the stress in your life -- and bring back the joy of parenting.

6 Strategies for Single Mom Success

How to set goals, say goodbye to guilt, and look on the bright side.

The Working Moms' Happy Handbook

Okay, balancing work and home life isn't exactly ideal. (Um, is it for anyone?) Go easy on yourself: You're doing double duty. And we've got the tips and shortcuts you need to make your days a little bit better.

The Grandparent Trap

You can't knock free babysitting, but sometimes parents overstep boundaries in their efforts to help. We solve the new problems you may face with your folks.

How to Deal with Pushy Parents (Yours!)

Grandparents love doling out unsolicited advice -- and not all of it is bad (really). But here's what to do when their constant suggestions start to get on your nerves.

10 Sweet Ways to Incorporate Your Kids Into Your Wedding

Whether you're a parent who's divorced, widowed, or tying the knot for the first time, finding special ways to include your kids in your wedding will make them feel even more excited about their new family status.

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