Modern Moms & Dads
When we at HowStuffWorks think "famous parents," our minds don't immediately jump to tabloid baby bumps and celebrity adoptions. Instead, we're more interested in how parenthood intersected with the careers of the most influential names in science, politics and the arts.
Being famous doesn’t make you a good parent – some of these fathers wouldn’t really deserve a Dad of the Year award. Still, each of the dads on this list is a fascinating case study in how living in the spotlight mixes with raising kids.
Famous moms are everywhere these days. Just open up a celebrity tabloid, and it's tough to avoid the baby bumps and bassinets. But the 10 famous moms on this list had more than just star power going for them.
Recession-sapped family budgets may not leave room for luxuries such as college application coaches anymore, but there are still many signs of overparenting out there. How do you know if it's time to step back?
Heads of the Family
Homosexuality has become increasingly accepted, yet social resistance to gay parenting still simmers, often hinging on bygone stereotypes. What myths can scientific evidence dispel about same-sex parents?
On-screen, gay parenting is becoming a routine sight, but outside Hollywood, same-sex couples raising kids still rankles some people's moral sensitivities. Do kids brought up by same-sex couples fare any worse than those with heterosexual parents?
Neurologist-turned-shrink Sigmund Freud formulated theories of childhood development that others have spun into practical parenting advice. What would the groundbreaking psychoanalyst have to say about today's child rearing methods?
Research has shown correlations between single parenting and adolescents' lower socioeconomic status and lower educational attainment, among other things. But could conflict-riddled two-parent households also have negative effects on kids?
Kids' temper tantrums and their accompanying sobs, screams and whines can be stressful for parents -- and embarrassing when they occur in public. Do these outbursts point to poor parenting skills, or are they a natural part of growing up?
Temper tantrums are a normal, healthy part of childhood development, and understanding what brings them on can make them easier to tame. But don't wait until the clouds roll in to test how well you can minimize a meltdown. Take this temper tantrum quiz to prepare for the inevitable outburst.
Like niche cousins of life coaches, parenting coaches serve as support hotlines for parents to strategize common challenges such as toilet training and attachment issues. But do these mentors really make a difference?
An emphasis on "good parenting" in recent years spawned an entire industry of experts, self-help books and products aimed at helping parents bring up blue-ribbon babies. But does all that extra instruction have a positive impact on kids?
The science of raising kids, which took off at the dawn of the 20th century, has given birth to myriad formulas for being grade-A moms and dads, and it's up to modern parents to pick which style most effectively fits their families and values. Find out how well you can navigate the maze of methods for being a blue ribbon parent.
Peruse the parenting aisle in a book store, and you'll find myriad titles all espousing different methods for raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted kids. Which unconventional parenting methods have been snagging headlines lately?
Superficially, men's bodies remain largely unaffected by their children's births, but that doesn't mean that they're untouched by parenting on a deeper level. How can childrearing affect dads' testosterone levels? And does it make them less manly?
Almost every family tradition has its roots in necessity. Over time, that necessity becomes nostalgia, and eventually, it becomes another way for families to relate and connect with one another. But how important are these traditions?
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Acknowledging the significant role men play -- or perhaps should play -- in childcare and family life, several countries now have government-mandated paternity leave policies. Which locales make life easiest for new dads?
There's been a longstanding outpouring of scientific attention paid to the neurological, physiological and psychological effects of motherhood. But what about how those same bundles of joy impact fathers from the inside out?