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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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Kimberly Henderson Sings Her Baby To Sleep With Breathtaking Version Of 'How Will I Know'

(38) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Kimberly Henderson's 1-year-old has quite a sophisticated ear. As the mom told her local South Carolina news station, WLTX, the baby will only fall asleep to Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey songs. Luckily, her mom has the chops to pull off those power ballads with flying colors.


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Parents Living On Less Than $700 A Month Are Thankful For What They Have This Holiday

(17) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Julianne's daughter spent the first few months of her life in a homeless shelter. Now Julianne and her husband are doing all they can to ensure their daughter doesn't end up there again.

Back in the mid-'90s, Julianne moved from Nevada to San Francisco to pursue an education, with...

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30 Perfectly Imperfect Holiday Card Outtakes

(40) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Sending out holiday cards is a tradition that dates back to the Stone Age, when the cavemen painted "Ho Ho Ho, Bro" onto their cave walls (probably). Since then, the custom has taken many forms -- now, some families even send their wishes via YouTube parodies -- but...

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You Are What You Wear
The Dangerous Lessons Kids Learn From Sexist T-Shirts

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 9:04 AM

Art by Damon Scheleur

Mike Adamick was shopping at Target with his daughter when she saw a retro Superman shirt in the boys’ section. She wanted to look for the shirt in her size over in the girls’ section.

“But of...

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If Grown Men Tried To Make Friends The Way 4-Year-Olds Do

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 2:14 PM

In the series "Convos With My 4-Year-Old," which started as "Convos With My 2-Year-Old," dad and series creator Matthew Clarke reenacts real conversations he has had with his daughter. Playing the role of Coco is David Milchard, who is a grown man.

In each episode, we see how bizarre interactions...

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How 'Scandal' Gives Unsuspecting Viewers Subtle Lessons In Feminism, Week After Week

(6) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 9:13 AM

In early October, Gloria Steinem and bell hooks sat on stage at the New School in New York City and addressed an audience of like-minded people who listened attentively, fan-girling over the two feminist icons. A young woman asked how conversations about women's issues can include those who...

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27 fotos de familias adoptivas que te cortarán la respiración

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 8:19 AM

La paternidad requiere amor, no genes. Y los padres y madres que han adoptado lo saben bien.

Aprovechando que noviembre es el mes de la adopción en diferentes países, queríamos compartir estas bonitas historias y concienciar a la gente de que hay muchos niños en todo el mundo que necesitan...

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Meet 51 Babies Who Were Born Too Soon -- And See How Far They've Come

(40) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 10:14 AM

Lindsay McMillan gave birth to her daughter, Emery, 12 weeks early, and spent the next 62 days in the NICU. That was almost four years ago, and Emery is now a thriving toddler who loves animals, "reading," and playing dress-up. Time has passed, but "a mother never forgets the [NICU]...

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아이를 입양한 가족을 찍은 27장의 사진

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 10:25 PM

"부모에게 필요한 건, DNA가 아니라 아이에 대한 사랑이다." 이 말을 가장 잘 알고 있는 사람은 아이를 입양한 엄마와 아빠들일 것이다. 지난 1976년, 미국은 11월을 전국 입양의 달로 정했고 이후 11월마다 입양가정에 대한 아름다운 이야기와 사진을 나누기 시작했다. 아래는 새로운 가족과 형제가...

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Emotional Baby Is Moved To Tears Watching Her Own Mega-Viral Video

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 9:42 AM

In a highly-meta YouTube video, the emotional baby (who's now an emotional toddler!) gets really emotional watching a video of herself getting emotional while her mom sings.

One year ago, then 10-month-old Mary Lynne Leroux got all choked up when her mom, Amanda, sang a beautiful rendition...

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27 hermosas fotos de familias adoptivas uniéndose

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:23 PM

La paternidad requiere amor, no ADN, dice el refrán -- y quienes se han convertido en mamás y papás por medio de la adopción lo saben. Ya que noviembre es el Mes Nacional de la Adopción, un periodo para compartir historias positivas acerca de la adopción y despertar...

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27 Breathtaking Photos Of Adoptive Families Uniting

(207) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 8:22 AM

Parenthood requires love, not DNA, the saying goes -- and those who have become moms and dads through adoption know it. Since November is National Adoption Month, a time to share positive stories about adoption and raise awareness for all the children who need families of...

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2-Year-Old Instagrammer Gets Real About Life As A Toddler

(6) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 2:45 PM

"My world. My perspective. My very full diaper."

That's the tagline for insta2yearold, the latest social media account to be "run" by a tiny person. You might say it's Honest Toddler, the illustrated edition.

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In New GoldieBlox Ad, Little Girls Smash The Idea That 'Beauty Is Perfection'

(83) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 9:59 AM

GoldieBlox, the toy company on a mission to get girls building is kicking off the holiday season with a new powerful commercial.

As AdWeek points out, the ad mirrors Apple's "1984" spot, but instead of featuring a group of men listening to "Big Brother,"...

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If A Grown Man Tried To Pull The Same Sh*t 4-Year-Olds Do At Bedtime

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 5:02 PM

"Convos With My 2-Year-Old" is back for its fourth season, now appropriately renamed "Convos With My 4-Year-Old." If you're just catching up, Dad and series creator Matthew Clarke reenacts real conversations he has had with his daughter, Coco, but she is played by a grown man -- the hilariously deadpan...

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Please Rise For This Baby Boy's Ruth Bader Ginsburg Halloween Costume

(16) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 1:10 PM

In a unanimous vote, we're ruling this baby guilty of being too freakin' cute for words.

When HuffPost Parents asked readers for pictures of babies in Halloween costumes, we received this gem from mom Kate Livingston, who wrote: "Our 12-week old son Sycamore is his favorite feminist action...

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'Ghosting:' The 21st-Century Dating Problem Everyone Talks About, But No One Knows How To Deal With

(75) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:47 PM

girl texting

Illustrations by Jason St. Angelo

After three months of dating, 23-year-old Michael was optimistic about his relationship with Linda*. They were together often, and he'd even met her parents. One night at dinner, the "where is this going?" conversation came up. Michael...

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믿을 수 없는 12살 소녀 듀오의 댄스(동영상)

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:57 AM

힙합 댄스는 역시 남자들이 잘한다고? 12살 소녀들이 힙합을 잘 춰봐야 뭐 그렇게 잘하겠느냐고?

편견을 버려라. 메릴랜드주 베세스다의 미아와 칼리는 지금 당장 프로 무대에 세워도 손색이 없는 12살 힙합 듀오다.

미아와 칼리는 시-유닛 댄스 스튜디오의 주니어 컴퍼니 멤버들이고, 걸음마를 시작할 무렵부터 춤을 춰왔다.

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Amy Poehler's Honest Take On The Challenges Of New Parenthood

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 6:16 PM

Amy Poehler has been out promoting her new book, which is wonderful because she keeps doling out funny and wise discoveries about life. On Tuesday's "Fresh Air," one of the topics she touched upon was what it's like to be a new mom....

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