Here's the biggest lesson I've learned as a stay-at-home dad: You're never afraid of the right stuff.

Shortly after my second daughter, Claudia, was born, I whispered into her tiny ear:

The circus is back in town, now with a high-tech twist designed to engage a new generation of patrons accustomed to fast-paced entertainment, …

Newsies tells the story of Jack Kelly, a newsboy in New York City who longs for an easier life out west. When newspaper publishers Pulitzer an…

It all started when Frances England’s two sons made up a game one afternoon in San Francisco – Spot the Phone Drone. As they drove along, they…

In these hyper-connected days, most vacations are highly documented through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more apps than I could list. But …

The Wizard of Oz is one of my all-time favorite movies - I may have even dressed as the Tin (Wo)man in college and my three kids were Glinda, …

I’m the world’s worst astronomer. Three times, I’ve taken our two daughters to watch late-night meteor showers, but we’ve failed to see a sing…

I have been in the center of the swirl of awareness about the unintended consequences of affluence and privilege on our children. I meet these…

My husband Pierre and I decided to travel the world (or at least part of it) with our two young kids for one or two years—or more, if we can s…

Have you ever been in a parenting slump? Well, I am pretty confident that I am in one. I doubt there is any objective criteria. I venture to s…

During a family trip to Yosemite this spring, I snapped a photo of our 6-year old, Claudia, in a contemplative moment: perched on a fence, gaz…

I've lived in San Francisco on and off since 1998 and, after returning from a stint in the Central Valley in 2008, I vowed never leave again. …

Most days it seems you are hardly inside the door of a store when the asking starts. And as we get closer to the candy strategically placed at…

Last night, my daughter, Claudia, extracted an old diaper bag from the kitchen garbage can where I’d discarded it. She’s a champion of reuse –…

By Anona Dutton On a pretty regular basis I get asked "How do you find the time to work out?" I guess on the face of it it is fair question. I…

"My father had a kidney transplant." My 6-year-old daughter, Claudia, divulged that to her friend the other day. I was driving them to the bea…

I have a confession to make. I have been a parent for eight years and have never used a reward chart. I am sure this puts me in some type of "…

As school gets back into swing, speech-language pathologist Elizabeth Sautter says there’s a set of skills that are just as critical for child…

Hurricane Olivia just rolled into town and, within minutes, verified my growing suspicions of her explosive effect on my household. 

My 5-year-old daughter, Fern, divided her time this afternoon between riding on the swings and killing people.

It's nearly impossible to keep one's children insulated from rampant consumer culture in the United States. But, a well-timed break every now …

I've just served my daughters their lunch and our older girl, Fern, sits staring at the plate.

The last time I allowed a child to get a dog, we had a difference of opinion on exactly which dog to get.

The Bay Area's capricious weather teaches young families two things: always wear layers and take advantage of a sunny day. So when this winter…

It's terribly rewarding to be a parent at times, especially when you spend weeks planning a trip the kids are supposed to love. You shop for t…

Like every younger sibling, our 2-year-old, Claudia, is a mimic. When I pour coffee, she pretends to pour from her toy pot. While her 4-year-o…

A toddler with an older sibling is like a dachshund among sheepdogs: deep down, they know they're the same species, but they can't figure out …

Something serious was happening and – not for the first time – I was completely oblivious.

It was the last day of winter break and I stood on the sidewalk with a screaming toddler in one arm, holding the hand of a wailing first grade…

Our 4-year-old daughter, Fern, is deep into the phase of practicing grown-up behaviors. Using adult forks and knives and asking for the car ke…