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.

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.

8 Boundaries Stepparents Shouldn't Cross

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

Surviving (and Thriving) as a Single Mom

Four common challenges and how you can overcome them.

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.

'Conan' Show Donates $20K to Family of Producer Who Died After Birth of Third Child

Shortly after giving birth to her third child, Sara Porter contracted a rare bacterial infection that ultimately took her life.

Explaining Sperm and Egg Donors to Children

For parents who use donors to conceive, an unexpected challenge of the process can be explaining the situation to the child. Here, experts offer tips and provide sample scripts for talking to kids about their donors.

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.

What to Do When Grandma Feeds the Kids Junk

When to speak up--and when to let it slide.

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.

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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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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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.

The Do's and Don'ts of Stepparent Discipline

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

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 Things You Shouldn't Ask a Lesbian Mom

You may think your question is innocent enough, but here's why these inquiries are insensitive toward gay parents.

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.

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.

Mom's Spot-On Frustration Over Kids' Non-Stop Fighting Is All of Us

If your kids fight over anyhing and everything all day long, you'll appreciate this video.

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.

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.

What You Need to Know About Your First-Born

Find out more about your first-born's personality and how he differs from his younger siblings.

What You Need to Know About Your Youngest Child

Your youngest child might have his older siblings to thank for some of his personality traits. Watch this video to find out why.

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