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7 easy tips to keep your college freshman from living in squalor

August 15, 2016

As a senior in college this year, I speak from experience: it's easy to let your dorm room become a dump. Many of my classmates spent their first year at school wading through piles of dirty clothes and dishes, flopping onto perpetually unmade beds at the end of all-nighters.

You're not alone: Parents with mental illness share what they wish they'd known

August 03, 2016

Even with celebrity parents like Kristen Bell and Hayden Panettiere putting mental illness in the spotlight, there's no "What To Expect" for raising kids while struggling to stay stable. It can feel like you're the only one toughing out the chaos in your house and in your head.

Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler on life after 'Dance Moms'

July 22, 2016

Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, formerly of the reality show "Dance Moms," have resumes far longer than most kids. After appearing in a Sia music video that received over a billion views, 13 year-old Maddie is beginning her first season as a judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance,' while 12 year-old Mackenzie is preparing to release new singles as Mack Z.

Kittens pulled to safety after getting stuck in Walmart refrigerated case

July 15, 2016

Two stray kittens have found permanent homes after nearly suffering a frigid fate in a Walmart display case. On April 26, shoppers in Phoenix, Arizona, alerted staffers after hearing soft meows coming from a refrigerated sandwich case in the store, the Arizona Humane Society reported.

7 ways to help kids take the fear out of live fireworks

July 02, 2016

Fireworks are a time-honored Fourth of July tradition, but for young children, they can often be more frightening than fun. Here's how to ease your little ones into the festivities, according to clinical psychologist and child and family expert Dr. Barbara Greenberg, PhD.

I'm pregnant: What can I take for a headache?

June 29, 2016

It can be tough to navigate all the aches and pains of pregnancy while also keeping your growing baby safe. Here's what to know when your head is throbbing and you're desperately searching for relief.

Could baby name trends predict the election? See which candidate is ahead

June 22, 2016

With presidential hopefuls so often in the headlines, it's no surprise parents are using them as inspiration for baby names. But could the popularity of candidates' names predict the outcome of the election?

How to parent like a Navy SEAL: 6 lessons from dad and veteran Eric Davis

June 17, 2016

Former Navy SEAL Eric Davis is one of the few dads who throws his kids into the pool with a purpose: teaching them the skills he gained from his decade among the military's elite. Davis is the author of "Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons," co-written with Dina Santorelli, and believes that Navy SEALs are uniquely qualified to offer parenting advice.

Meet Hawkeye Huey, National Geographic's youngest-ever photographer

June 02, 2016

What started as "an adventure to build blanket forts" became the trip of a lifetime for then 4-year-old Hawkeye Huey after he received his first camera as a gift from his dad. That Instamatic launched Hawkeye's career as a photographer, taking him from Instagram star to the youngest person ever published in National Geographic.

President in 2040: 11-year-old explains fight to amend Constitution

June 01, 2016

Alena Mulhern is not your typical presidential candidate. The 11-year-old is still in the sixth grade and won't be running until the year 2040. More importantly to her, Alena was adopted from China as a baby and will have to change the U.S. Constitution to serve the only country she's ever known.

Meet the girl collecting #1000BlackGirlBooks for libraries, schools

May 31, 2016

11 year-old Marley Dias loves getting lost in a good book. She's been a voracious reader since she first picked up a book at 9 months old and has traveled all over the world in her imagination, from India and Ireland to outer space.

2 capybaras still on the lam after escaping from Toronto zoo

May 27, 2016

Bonnie and Clyde are on the lam in Canada! And by "Bonnie and Clyde," we mean the escaped capybaras from Toronto's High Park Zoo, who have been missing since Tuesday morning. The furry couple took off while being introduced to their new enclosure at the zoo, currently occupied by lone male Chewy.

A pregnant pause: artist paints while bed rest puts her life on hold

May 25, 2016

After seven years of infertility, Kristen Somody Whalen finally has a viable pregnancy. Unfortunately, Whalen’s third trimester has been another long wait, as she struggles through over three weeks of bed rest at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.

Boy with cancer lives his dream thanks to NYC firemen

May 19, 2016

Three-year-old Trucker Dukes is about to receive a gift most little boys can only dream of: he will be made an honorary member of New York's Fire Department. As Trucker's mom, Shauna Dukes, explained, it's just one of the many "tragic blessings" for the toddler, who's been battling cancer for a year and a half.

Spit-up crackers, splattered soup: Moms spoof kids' weird eating habits

August 13, 2015

Are they moms who do sketch comedy? Or sketch comedians who do motherhood? Laurel Coppock, Molly Erdman and Megan Grano created YouTube channel The BreakWomb to offer viewers the best of both worlds: parenting with a heaping side of laughs.

Curious about adopting from foster care? Here's what it's really like

August 05, 2015

Between their unfair reputation for being "bad kids" and the misconceptions many families have about adoption in general, many foster care children are still struggling to find forever homes. 

The meal of your dreams: 7 reasons Tender beats Tinder

August 04, 2015

Does food feel like the most significant "other" in your life right now? Are you tired of scouring dating sites for the man or woman as desirable as your favorite takeout? Then check out Tender, a new app that matches you with recipes instead of fellow humans.

Kennedy Airport's Ark terminal aims to make pet travel safe and stylish

August 03, 2015

Have you ever fantasized about lounging poolside while waiting for a flight to take off? Or wished you could be watching a flat-screen TV instead of the tiny monitor at the gate? Now, thanks to an upcoming terminal at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, you can make these dreams come true for someone special in your life: your pet.

Forget the 'thigh gap': #ThighReading celebrates healthy legs

July 30, 2015

Move over, #ThighGap. Body-positivity hashtag #ThighReading is taking Twitter by storm by spreading an uplifting message: your thighs tell your story, imperfections and all.

Mushy bananas, mealy peaches: How to use up fruit past its prime

July 14, 2015

We’ve all been there: after buying a beautiful peach, you discover in one bite that it has the texture of wet sand and is just as flavorless. Or you’ve guiltily watched a whole bunch of bananas go brown on the kitchen counter.

Everything you need to know about 'Tangerine,' the new film shot on an iPhone

July 10, 2015

"Tangerine," opening this weekend, is not your average feature film. Not only does it star two first-time transgender actresses, it was shot entirely on an iPhone 5S.

Parenting over Skype: 7 lessons from military families

July 04, 2015

On the Fourth of July three years ago, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ted Freese celebrated two big events: the birth of his country and the birth of his son, Carson. But unlike most dads, Freese wasn’t cheering from the delivery room. Deployed overseas in Bahrain, he watched the birth over Skype.

Depressed dads: Learn about the illness that affects 10 percent of new fathers

July 01, 2015

Isolated from family and friends, Mark felt anxious and overwhelmed. By the time his son Ethan was 8 months old, Mark was having suicidal thoughts. Though he didn't realize it at the time, he was experiencing postpartum depression, which occurs in around 10 percent of new dads.

How lime juice can lead to severe burns — and what to do about it

June 29, 2015

When life hands you limes, don't squeeze them outdoors. The otherwise harmless green fruit can lead to chemical burns when its juice reacts with sunlight on your skin, a condition called phytophotodermatitis. Limes are the most common culprit, but it can also be caused by carrots, parsnips, parsley, celery, figs, wild dill, lemons and bergamot oranges.

Quiz: What kind of summer parent are you?

June 24, 2015

For parents, summer is both a blessing and a curse. You get to spend less time chauffeuring the kids to school and more time playing together in the pool or backyard. Your kids are more relaxed, and so are you… until you’re stuck disciplining one of them on a “fun” outing.

8 toys to encourage and empower girls in STEM this summer

June 18, 2015

It can be tough for parents of girls to find science toys that aren't marketed to boys or that feature female role models.

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