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This Is What Kids Need From Their Divorcing Parents

Honoree Corder | Posted 06.30.2014 | Divorce
Honoree Corder

I realize something is happening, but I don't really know what it is. Life is different, I'm scared to death and unsure of my future. Here's what I need from you, my parents.

Dear Family Whisper: How To 'Convince' a 6-Year-Old to Cooperate

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.18.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

From the time he was born, your "spirited" little one has been -- and continues to be -- shaped by you, your husband and by whatever situations and surprises your family encounters.

The Clothes We Keep

Sara Goldstein | Posted 05.29.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

I worry I could end up 80 years old, Rubbermaid bins full of my children's clothes stacked to the ceiling.

On Not Being a Parent

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Julie R. Enszer

As the United States moves into the frenzied celebrations of female parenthood, I want to register an alternate voice and declare my autonomy from children. I am not a parent, and I am happy to not be a parent.

Gabriel: Powerful Portrayal of Mental Illness on the Screen

Rachel Busman, PsyD | Posted 06.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Busman, PsyD

Gabriel is a powerful look at a young man who could be anyone's son and who desperately wants to be able to function without medication and without continued treatment. It reminds us how real mental illness is and how devastating its impact can be.

Community Action To Save And Improve The Lives Of Mothers And Their Children

Fatima Shahryar | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Fatima Shahryar

Life seemed to have lost its meaning for Zareena Bibi. Her babies died, one after the other, very soon after they were born. Her family had become distant, and she too became convinced that God was unhappy with her. Access to a doctor changed Zareena's life.

How Teaching Prepared Me For Parenthood

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 05.26.2014 | Education
Katie Mgongolwa

Teaching taught me the value of lesson planning, to have a game plan, but to also go with the flow, read the situation and be spontaneous. Kids crave boundaries, but you have to be flexible and be willing to deviate fro script. I've learned to read the room and adjust.

"The Pun and Only"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.18.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima As a guy who has always loved puns, and has been known to use as many as 10 at a time (even if they don't work, I can say, "No pun in...

Sad Faces, Sad Futures and a Recipe for Change

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

There is an old adage, "Adults make war and children suffer," and so it is more so today than ever.

Baby's First Surgery: The Perfectionectomy

Whitney Frink | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Whitney Frink

Let it go. Your child was born with an abnormality, despite you doing everything right. You planned, you controlled, and still. Your beautiful baby is beautiful, but not perfect. Not like you pictured.

'Stop Stuffing Your Face and Sit Down!' Compulsive Overeating and ADHD, 6 Tips for Parents

Varda Epstein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Varda Epstein

Keep the gates of communication open and enlist your child's help in fighting the temptation to overeat. With a can-do attitude, the two of you can win the battle, every time.

Pee-Shy: Dr. Frank Spinelli Exposes His Struggles With Child Molestation, Paruresis and Finding True Love in NYC

Austin Head | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Austin Head

Pee-Shy takes you through a whirlwind of emotions from the grand fears of childhood to the small disappointments of adulthood. Dr. Spinelli shines a bright light into deep shadows of child molestation from the view of the victim ... it is a brave endeavor.

11 Things That Are Better Than An Orgasm

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 02.20.2014 | Women
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

The next time you're feeling the pressure to have an orgasm, or have more orgasms, or have a certain type of orgasm... remember that life offers you many forms of bliss.

Brains Are Strengthened in the First Three Years of Life

George Halvorson | Posted 02.04.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

We imprison far more of our minority citizens than our white citizens. That set of facts is well known. What isn't well known is another extremely important but almost entirely invisible fact about our prisoners. They can't read.

Happy Thanksgiving: Allow Me to Remind You That There Is "GOOD" In This World!

Laura Wellington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Laura Wellington

I spied an endearing act of kindness the other day while picking up a few items at a local store. A young boy standing in the check-out line holding a piggy bank received both a gift and a lifelong lesson when the store manager refused to take the little boy's money to pay for the bank.

When Is It Time to Give Up the Fight? When Your Child Refuses to Practice...

Nancy Colier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Nancy Colier

Being willing (and tough enough) to keep practicing something hard gives us a sense of pride and inner strength. It connects us to ourselves in a very profound way.

Comprehensive and Successful Healthcare: Innovations from Brazil

Saude Crianca | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Saude Crianca

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg Saúde Criança's holistic approach to healthcare is an investment that provides positive returns to society.

The Nightmare Before You Sleep

Sarah Barness | Posted 08.26.2013 | Comedy

Remember how scary bedtime was when you were a child? How absolutely horrible it was to take a bath? How devastating it was to put on your jammies and...

Ode to the Black Tiger Mother

Farai Chideya | Posted 08.19.2013 | Black Voices
Farai Chideya

How do you retain a sense of dignity when people treat you as a second class citizen? Do you laugh it off, walk it off, or fight? When do you make that decision, and why? This may substitute for violin lessons in the regular Tiger Mom curriculum.

Sometimes You Need a Doula to Birth Your Inner Mother

Sarah Tuttle-Singer | Posted 07.14.2013 | Parents
Sarah Tuttle-Singer

Where'd I go? What happened to the girl who wore high heels, and read books and listened to NPR? What happened to the girl who knew how to twerk and put on mascara and wrote an honors thesis, who called her friends on their birthdays, and kissed her partner goodnight?

Our Child Plays With Barbie Dolls -- Is He Gay?

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Jonathan Alpert

Playing with dolls is a perfectly healthy behavior for a male toddler. No different than a female playing with dolls, a part of normal development and entirely consistent with a toddler's vivid imagination and creativity.

President Obama's Budget: Finally Good News (Mostly) for Kids

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

President Obama's 2014 budget proposal contains a lot of good news for children and families on the rough edges of America's struggling economy, putting real teeth behind his recent calls for creating ladders of opportunity and helping to level the playing field for millions of Americans wrestling with poverty.

LOOK: How Much It Costs To Raise A Child Today

VisualNews.com | Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents
VisualNews.com

According to some striking data presented in TurboTax's latest infographic, the average American can expect to spend between $200,000 - $500,000 on their child during the first 17 years of their young one's life.

A Gay Son and His Dad: "Why I am an Aging Advocate"

Bryan Pacheco | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Bryan Pacheco

"Dad, I'm gay. Please don't hate me," I said. He responded, "I love you no matter what. And I'm happy you're out now and can be yourself. I always knew you were gay. I was just waiting for you to feel comfortable enough to tell me."

Let's Protect Children 365 Days of the Year

Teresa Huizar | Posted 04.05.2013 | Impact
Teresa Huizar

This April, as we recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month, let's commit to protecting children from abuse not only today, but every single day of the year.