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Let Them Be Little

Liza Dora | Posted 08.02.2016 | Parents
Liza Dora

I won't let her miss late nights and hot chocolate while we wait for lunar eclipses, or the chance to splash and bring ripples to the perfect puddle. For years she'll wake up to presents under trees brought by magic and to mysterious eggs that appear in the garden. She will be little, and we'll be grateful, because so many children don't get to be.

The Most Underappreciated Parenting Milestones

Jenny Witte | Posted 02.05.2017 | Parents
Jenny Witte

Can I get an AMEN for these big moments that will change your life as a parent...

Back To School: The 70s vs. Today

Victoria Fedden | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Victoria Fedden

1. Take five deep breaths and say a positive affirmation. School begins in two weeks. It is the middle of July. Don't worry, you still have time to order BPA-free bento boxes and authentic Indian tiffins made with special stainless steel that did not involve any child-labor, sweat shops or animal cruelty.

16 Things Bookworms Will Ignore To Finish A Great Read

Posted 08.15.2014 | Parents

August 9th is National Book Lovers Day. Naturally, our celebration includes the littlest literati. We asked the HuffPost Parents Facebook communi...

11 Ways To Reclaim A Relaxing Summer For Your Family

Grown And Flown | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

It's worth reminding ourselves that summer is a break from routine, after all, not a break from parenting.

I'm Done Making My Kid's Childhood Magical

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 03.25.2016 | Parents
Bunmi Laditan

Do we want to teach our children that the magic of life is something that comes beautifully gift-wrapped -- or that magic is something you discover on your own?

10 Things The Experts Won't Tell You About Parenting

Kristen Hansen Brakeman | Posted 05.26.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hansen Brakeman

I've read a ton of parenting books over the years, often desperate for insight or answers. But what I've found is that most parenting advice is just trite hooey.

I'm Guilty Of These 5 Parenting Mistakes (And You Probably Are Too)

Susannah Lewis | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

I can only hope that the unconditional love that I possess for my precious offspring will keep them on the right path and make up for my countless mistakes.

When Motherhood Becomes More Complicated

Lindsey Mead | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

It feels like as soon as I figured out how to truly love being a mother with children at home, it's almost over. More and more, I feel the tension between holding on and letting go.

What I Learned From A Moment I Am Definitely Not Proud Of

Beth Rosen | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Beth Rosen

Did you ever have one of those mornings where, despite your best intentions, you screwed up and you are guilt-ridden the rest of the day? I recently had a day like that.

How My Sister's Cancer Battle Strengthens My Resolve

Jane Saccaro | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Jane Saccaro

Today, there are over three million children affected by a parent's cancer. Our goal is to continue to expand our programs until we can serve every one of those kids.

What To Do When Your Kid Throws An Epic Tantrum

Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em? Mom, Kathy Sterner, posted this clip of her husband lip syncing his daughter's temper tantrum. "My 6 year old daug...

Is Your Daughter a Bully?

Anastasia Basil | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Anastasia Basil

If you have a daughter, don't just talk to her about being a good person, get all up in her business the way you do with grades, sports, nutrition and safety. Every morning say to her: Be someone's discovery of kindness in the world.

What Do You Do When Your Child's Friend Acts Rudely?

Michelle Cove | Posted 11.07.2013 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Now, here's the sticky wicket for many of us: Do you tell the kid's parents that their beloved has behaved poorly post-play-date?

My Daughter Is More Courageous Than Me

Mike Adamick | Posted 08.31.2013 | Parents
Mike Adamick

Courage is 7. She wears tan jodhpurs and a blue coat, and she rides a bowy, knock-knee pony with a wild forelock and a white blaze.

13 Things to Expect When Your Babies Become Children

Anastasia Basil | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Anastasia Basil

You cannot use a cellphone or computer. Once you attempt to use either device, children flock to you screeching like large, wounded birds until you hand them the device and step away, careful not to draw further attention.

Spring Break Woes: My Kid is Too Old for Camp

Quia Querisma | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Quia Querisma

I miss the days when I could send them to camps to occupy their little minds and bodies all day. They've since aged out of camps and now they're home all day, vegging out on school breaks. What exactly does one do with big kids on spring break? Allow me to share my theories:

Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder? 8 Warning Signs

GalTime | Posted 04.03.2013 | Parents

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses stemming from a variety of contributing factors; they are not any one person's -- or parent's -- fault.

Winter in the '70s: Sledding, Sliding and Skeeching

Tom Cramer | Posted 03.30.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I recently remembered how much I liked winter when I was a kid. Although I first recalled the clothes, it wasn't about fashion. Everyone played outside. All you needed was warm, durable clothing that allowed relatively free movement. If you stayed active, you stayed warm.

To Little Dude, On The Occasion Of Your Fifth Birthday

Devon Corneal | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Devon Corneal

You're turning 5 this week. You are one-eighth as old as me, yet sometimes you seem worlds wiser.