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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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11 Things White People Need To Realize About Race

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 4:44 PM

“We talk a lot about race in this country a lot, but we don’t include you [in] the conversation… I’m interested in how you feel.” 

That’s the open-ended question award-winning filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas poses to young white Americans in his (aptly named) new documentary:

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An Ode To The Friendships Of 'Clueless,' 20 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 11:21 AM

Cher and Dionne are friends because they both know what it's like for people to be jealous of them. Tai has never had straight friends before -- until she finds the perfect duo to blow off seventh and eighth with.

Twenty years ago this week, Amy...

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11 coisas que só filhas de mães extremamente fortes sabem

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Eu tenho uma mãe daquelas.

Aquela mãe que vira mãe solteira com duas filhas de menos de 4 anos e nunca duvida que dará conta. Aquela que consegue resolver qualquer problema com um telefonema e furar a fila do restaurante com uma desculpa convincente. Aquela que enche um caminhão de...

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강인한 여성의 딸이라면 이해하는 11가지

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 2:57 PM

는 강인한 엄마의 딸이다.

강인한 엄마란 4살도 안 된 아이 둘을 챙겨야 하면서도 그 역할을 충분히 감당할 수 있는 싱글맘. 전화 한 통화로 모든 문제를 해결하고 아무리 긴 줄이라도 적절한 이유를 들어 가장 앞으로 우리를 끌고...

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10 πράγματα που γνωρίζουν πολύ καλά όσοι μεγάλωσαν με μία δυναμική μητέρα

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 9:09 AM

Εάν το πρότυπο μίας μητέρας που μπορεί να λύσει κάθε πρόβλημα με ένα μόνο τηλεφώνημα και καταφέρνει να κάνει καριέρα και να περνά, ταυτόχρονα, χρόνο με τα παιδιά της σας είναι γνώριμο τότε θα ταυτιστεί με τα παρακάτω 10 πράγματα.

1. Δεν πειράζει να σου αρέσει ο εαυτός σου. Για...

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11 Things Daughters Of Strong Women Know

(28) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 4:22 PM

I have that kind of mom.

You know, the kind who becomes a single parent with two kids under the age of 4, and never doubts she'll be enough. The kind who can solve any problem with one phone...

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The 22 Best F-Bombs From Female Authors

(7) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Sometimes you just need a great fuck.

From Erica Jong's "zipless fuck" to Cheryl Strayed's plea that we all "tackle the motherfucking shit out of" life, women writers know the power of a well-placed f-bomb.

After all, the...

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17 sinais de que definitivamente você não é uma 'garota relax'

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 5:32 PM

Se você acha que “seguir o fluxo” soa mais como slogan ruim de absorvente íntimo do que uma sugestão válida para pensar no futuro, você provavelmente não é uma garota que olha para a vida com tranquilidade.

A atitude da Garota Cool, a irmã mais velha da Garota...

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12 Powerful Responses To People Who Think The Baltimore Protests Are Unnecessary

(29) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 3:34 PM

Protests over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland gripped the city this week and prompted a series of news reports and social media posts reflecting the unrest that has unfolded.

Gray died on April 19 after sustaining a spinal cord injury from an arrest...

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17 segnali che indicano che non sei di certo un "tipo Glaciale" (FOTO)

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 7:45 AM

Se credi che "seguire il flusso" suoni più come un pessimo slogan per una marca di assorbenti che un valido suggerimento per i tuoi piani futuri, probabilmente non sei una Tipa Glaciale.

Lo stereotipo della "Tipa Cool", sorella maggiore e alla moda della "Tipa Glaciale", è stato delineato...

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El padre que aprendió a hacer peinados a su hija ha sido toda una inspiración para muchos otros (FOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 7:56 AM

El pasado mes de febrero recogimos la historia de Greg Wickherst, que tras haberse separado de su mujer, decidió acudir a clases para aprender a peinar a su hija de tres años, quien vive con él la mayor parte del tiempo. De no saber hacerle una coleta pasó...

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17 Signs You're Definitely Not A Chill Girl

(49) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 4:54 PM

If you think "go with the flow" sounds more like a bad tampon slogan than a valid suggestion for future plans, you're probably not chill.

The trope of the Cool Girl, the Chill Girl's trendy older sister, was first outlined by Gillian Flynn in her novel-turned-movie "Gone...

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Inspiring 8-Year-Old Won't Let A Tragic Accident Stop Her From Dancing

(6) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 12:33 PM

Alissa Sizemore was playing outside with her siblings one night in May 2014 when a UPS truck ran over her right leg. According to, the 7-year-old's foot couldn't be saved.

At the time, Alissa's dance teacher told the local news outlet, "She'll dance again." Mom Heather Sizemore recalls Alissa's determination to do so. When the mom took Alissa's sisters to their dance studio last summer for dance team placements, the little girl handed her mom her crutches and started to dance. "She hopped to the middle of the room and gave it her all. She wasn't going to let anybody hold her back," Heather told PEOPLE.

Members of the dancer's hometown raised enough money for the little girl to get a prosthetic leg in September 2014 -- a big contribution came from an 11-year-old girl who sold her prize pig to donate $10,000 to the Sizemore family. After receiving the limb, Alissa started rehearsing for her dance studio's recital.

"Dancing has been my favorite thing since I was 4. I don't have part of my leg, but I can't let that stop me. I still want to dance," Alissa told PEOPLE.

In late February, the now 8-year-old took the stage to perform a beautiful and inspiring routine to Colbie Caillat's "Try," and received a standing ovation.

Watch her performance above, and head over to PEOPLE to read more about Alissa.

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Single Dad's Viral Hairstyles Spark A Ponytail-Tastic Movement

(3) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 1:01 PM

In February, HuffPost Parents featured the story of Greg Wickherst, a newly single dad who went to cosmetology school to learn how to do his daughter's hair, and the photos of his adorable hair creations went viral.

Soon after, Wickherst and 3-year-old Izzy became Internet celebrities. They were...

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26 φωτογραφίες που σπάνε τα στερεότυπα του αυτισμού

(5) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 10:29 AM

«Αυτισμός σημαίνει να βλέπεις τον κόσμο μέσα από ένα διαφορετικό πρίσμα», αναφέρει η μαμά Megan Kuecher που ο γιος της είναι στο φάσμα του αυτισμού.

«Αυτισμός σημαίνει να ακολουθείς ένα εντελώς διαφορετικό μονοπάτι στη ζωή από αυτό που νόμιζες, ενώ ταυτόχρονα μαθαίνεις ότι όμορφο δεν είναι μόνο αυτό που νόμιζες»,...

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29 Kids Who Just Could Not With Those Creepy Easter Bunnies

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 2:59 PM

Plopping your kid on the Easter bunny's lap for a photo op is a time-honored tradition. The problem? Mall Easter bunnies are big, hairy strangers with impossibly large eyes -- and sometimes kids freak out.

Based on these photos submitted by the HuffPost Parents Facebook community ... can...

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26 fotos preciosas que desmontan los estereotipos sobre el autismo

(9) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 6:29 AM

"Autismo significa mirar el mundo a través de unas lentes magníficas que sólo él posee", dice Megan Kuecher, madre de un niño con autismo.

Con motivo de la celebración del Día Mundial de Concienciación sobre el Autismo, nuestros compañeros de la edición estadounidense preguntaron a la comunidad del...

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How A Mother-Daughter Team Is Trying To Change The Dating Game For People With Autism

(17) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 9:03 AM

Art by Eva Hill

Kirsten Fitzpatrick doesn't know when her husband is mad, sad, frustrated or irritated unless he specifically says so. She's unable to process the subtle hints or body language cues that indicate how he is feeling at a given moment, so...

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26 Gorgeous Photos That Shatter Autism Stereotypes

(37) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 8:56 AM

"Autism means looking at the world through a magnificent set of lenses only he can provide," says mom Megan Kuecher, whose son is on the spectrum.

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, and World Autism Awareness Day, we asked the HuffPost Parents community what autism really...

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Gender Equality Is Here! Sexism Is Dead! We Can All Go Home Now!

(85) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 7:40 AM

rip sexism

A recent survey of approximately 38,701 millennials found that women are finally equal to men.

“Ever since Tina Fey was elected to congress, there’s been a total shift,” said Katie, a 23-year-old PR account manager. “My boss just gave me a 22 percent...

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