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Jessica Samakow is the Senior Editor for the Huffington Post. She is formerly the Associate Editor for HuffPost Parents.

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Beloved Dad Blogger Oren Miller Leaves Lasting Reminder To Parents Everywhere

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 1:31 PM

Oren Miller, a stay-at-home dad who chronicled his life with his family on the blog A Blogger And A Father, and founded a Facebook community for his fellow dad bloggers, died of lung cancer on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The Maryland father of two...

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17 Gorgeous Photos That Show Breastfeeding Is Nothing To Hide

(42) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 12:32 PM

Earlier this month, Virginia passed a bill that will make the state the 48th to legally protect mothers' rights to breastfeed wherever and whenever they want. Around the country, moms can nurse (almost) everywhere, but despite their right to do so, we often hear stories of

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If White Dudes Were Erased From Oscar Movies

(92) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 1:49 PM

This year marks the whitest Oscars since 1998, with all 20 acting nominations given to white folks. Equally awesome: Zero female directors, screenwriters, or cinematographers were nominated, and according to Women’s Media Center, among the 184 nominees across 19 non-acting categories, only 35 are women.


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31 Beautiful Photos That Show What Single Fatherhood Really Looks Like

(22) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 8:40 AM

In 1960, about 14 percent of single parent households were headed by dads. Today, that figure is up to 24 percent, according to a Pew report.

That increase has been attributed to both the rise of divorce rates and non-marital births since 1960, but also is...

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Meet Lexi Daniels, The 15-Year-Old One-Armed Hip Hop Dancer Who's About To Blow Your Mind

(16) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 9:17 AM

"Dance ... Who needs two arms?" reads Lexi Daniels' Instagram bio. The 15-year-old from Columbus, Ohio proves every day that in order to pursue your passion -- and to be an awesome dancer -- two arms is just not a requirement.

This past weekend, Lexi and her dance...

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That Time Mickey Rourke Shushed Anna Faris' Baby For Crying On A Plane

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 2:41 PM

Anna Faris knows firsthand the struggles of flying with a baby. In a Tuesday appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the actress recalls traveling to London to visit her husband Chris Pratt while he was shooting "Guardians of the Galaxy" with their then-infant, Jack.

Jack was making some noises,...

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Moms Launch Stereotype-Bashing Clothing Line That Challenges What It Means To Be 'Girly'

(124) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 3:30 PM

Frustrated by the lack of diversity in girls' clothing options, D.C.-area moms Rebecca Melsky and Eva St. Clair have taken matters into their own hands. The duo launched Princess Awesome, a clothing line for girls that strays away from traditionally "girly" prints.

In just three days,

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Este padre soltero no sabía hacerle la coleta a su hija, así que decidió aprender a peinar (FOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Greg Wickherst, un padre de Colorado (Estados Unidos), lleva años afeitándose la cabeza, por lo que cuando le tocó hacerle la primera coleta a su hija, Izzy, se sintió perdido. "Su pelo no se me daba nada bien", confiesa a The Huffington Post.

La madre de Izzy y él se...

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55 fotos que capturam os desafios e as alegrias de ser mãe solteira

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 4:08 PM

De acordo com um recente relatório do Pew Research Center, 34 por cento das crianças hoje em dia moram com pais solteiros, bem acima dos 9 por cento em 1960. Criar filhos sozinho, por escolha ou não, é cada vez mais comum, mas não acontece sem desafios.


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Este pai não conseguia fazer o rabo-de-cavalo da filha dele. Então ele foi aprender

(9) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 5:15 PM

O pai Greg Wickherst, do Colorado, tem raspado a cabeça durante toda sua vida adulta. Então, quando chegou a hora de fazer um rabo-de-cavalo no cabelo de sua filha Izzy, ele não tinha ideia de como fazê-lo. "Cabelo, com certeza, não é a minha praia", disse Greg ao Huffington Post.

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Este papá soltero no sabía cómo peinar a su hija, y fue a una escuela de cosmetología

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 5:57 PM

Greg Wickherst, residente de Colorado, ha estado afeitándose la cabeza durante toda su adultez, así que cuando le tocó hacerle una colita de caballo a su hija Izzy, no tuvo idea de cómo empezar. "El cabello definitivamente no era lo mío", le dijo Greg a The Huffington Post.

Greg y...

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딸을 위해 미용학과 학생들에게 머리 묶는 방법을 배운 아빠(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 4:19 AM

그렉 위커스트(Greg Wickherst)는 성인이 된 이후, 머리를 밀었다. 그렇게 살아온 이상 그에게 '헤어스타일'은 고민거리가 아니었을 것이다. 하지만 그의 딸 이지의 머리카락이 길면서 상황이 달라졌다. 아내와 이혼한 이후, 딸의 머리를 묶어주어야 했지만, 그는 아무것도 할 수 없었기 때문이다.

고민을 하던 그렉은...

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This Single Dad Couldn't Do His Daughter's Ponytail, So He Went To Cosmetology School

(58) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 11:18 AM

Colorado-based dad Greg Wickherst has been shaving his head his whole adult life, so when it came time to put his daughter Izzy's hair into a ponytail, he was clueless. "Hair has definitely not been my thing," Greg told The Huffington Post.

Greg and Izzy's mother split up over a...

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55 Personal Photos That Capture Both The Challenges And The Joy Of Single Motherhood

(15) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 5:18 PM

According to a recent Pew Research Center report, 34 percent of kids today live with an unmarried parent, up from 9 percent in 1960. Single parenting, whether by choice or not, is increasingly common, but it doesn't come without its challenges.

Single mom Tara Nash told us...

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How Dudes On Tinder React To 'Frozen' Pick-Up Lines

(5) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:56 AM

In the thought-provoking, barrier-breaking, highly moralistic cinematic masterpiece known as "Frozen," Princess Anna learns you shouldn't marry a man you just met. But no one said anything about shacking up with a Tinder suitor when the region has been cursed with infinite winter, AMIRITE?

On Monday, as Elsa (er,...

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16 Bedrooms From Classic Movies That Define Teenagehood

(12) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 3:04 PM

"If you were to fold time and space you’d always recognize a teenager’s room," says editor and film writer Luke Goodsell. Since 2011, Goodsell has collected thousands of images for his Tumblr, Teenage Bedrooms on Screen, which he hopes to turn into an exhibition some day.


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21 ehrliche Fotos zeigen die dunkle Seite des Elternseins

(12) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 6:12 PM

"Die Menschen lieben es, hübsche Dinge anzusehen", sagt Lori Leibovich, Redakteurin bei, und erklärt damit, warum die meisten Instagram-Feeds - genau wie ihr eigener - mit perfekt gestellten, makellos gefilterten, reizenden Fotos gefüllt sind. "Und wenn ich ehrlich zu mir selbst bin, weiß ich, dass diese Bilder, die ich...

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Run The Jewels Gives Profound, Heartfelt Advice To Teen Girls About Love

(6) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 2:26 PM

In Rookie's Ask a Grown series, grown up celebrities answer teen girls' questions about important life topics like crushes, confidence and weird hats. For the latest installment, rap duo Run the Jewels focuses on relationships, drawing from their own experiences to reach some seriously...

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21 Honest Instagram Photos That Show The Messy Side Of Parenting

(40) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:34 PM

"People love to look at beautiful things," says Lori Leibovich, editor of, explaining why Instagram feeds -- including her own -- are filled with perfectly staged, flawlessly filtered, charming images. "And yet if I'm honest with myself I know that what I post there reflects a tiny slice of...

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This Little Boy Is Every 'Gossip Girl' Fan's Spirit Animal

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 3:03 PM

A big thanks to Vine user Allison Mulshine for bringing this mini-Dan Humphrey (long live lonely boy) into our lives. XOXO.

Follow HuffPost Teen on Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Pheed |...

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