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Childhood Innocence

Kissing And Making It Better

Denise Geelhart | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Denise Geelhart

I know, logically, that the kiss didn't heal my hurts. The kiss was an expression of love and comfort. Now that I'm a mom, I kiss boo boos and owies to help them go away.

Are We Lying to Our Kids, or Keeping the Magic Alive?

Diana Whitney | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

"Made in China?" A. asks dubiously. She fingers a white tag on Shelf Elf's rump. "I thought he was from the North Pole.

The Play-Doh Penis Parts. The Gall. The Outrage.

Mike Reynolds | Posted 03.08.2015 | Comedy
Mike Reynolds

How in the hell do we talk to our sons about penises before they're 21 if they keep getting these? "Dad, why did you take that from me, I was decorating the top of my cake. I was going to put a worm on the top." "Because son, it's a penis."

The Darndest Things Kids Said This Year

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

My son was helping make up the weekly shopping list. His items included Oreos, chips, tomato soup and-surprisingly-Weight Watchers meals. I told him that he really did not need to eat diet foods. He answered, "I know; those are for you."

Why Santa Doesn't Come to Our House

Shari Medini | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

We talk about Santa, we read books about Santa, we watch movies about Santa. But Matteo (who is 4 this year) has always helped buy gifts for others, never received a present "From Santa" and has always been very appreciative of the people who actually gave him gifts.

Santa Guilt

Miranda Gargasz | Posted 02.11.2015 | Parents
Miranda Gargasz

He feels like the magic of Christmas was stolen away. I feel like my little boy just lost the last thing that made him a little boy. He mourns the loss of Santa Claus and so do I, for vastly different reasons, but leaving us both with this hollow space inside.

I Never Knew Ramen Noodles Could Be Cool

Lauren Stevens | Posted 10.28.2014 | Parents
Lauren Stevens

If there is one thing my son has taught me, it is to slow down and take in my surroundings, giving myself over to each experience, no matter how mundane or insignificant it may seem.

Why Shaming Kids for Their Parents' Mistakes Is Wrong

Today's Mama | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Today's Mama

Withholding food is something we don't do to even the worst of criminals locked up in prison, even though they're mature enough to be held responsible for their own actions. Why would anyone think it's OK to do this to kids?

The Confession That Blew My Daughter's Mind

Abbie Rumbach | Posted 07.19.2013 | Parents
Abbie Rumbach

Every now and then, the girls have actual conversations while we're cruising down the road, my favorite among them being "What are you going to be when you grow up?"

How To Keep Our Babies Safe

Glennon Melton | Posted 06.20.2013 | Parents
Glennon Melton

Safe means that you are being your best self and living the life you've imagined even in the face of uncertainty. It means that you are being kind and brave -- to yourself and to others -- even if you are afraid. Even when you don't know what's going to happen next.

The Myth of Santa

Caren Chesler | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

Eddie had been saying, "San-ta! San-ta!" all week, but now that he was face-to-face with the man, he just sat there and said nothing. He didn't look particularly happy, and yet he didn't look particularly sad or frightened. He simply sat there as if Santa's lap was a chair like any other.

The Truth About Santa

CT Working Moms | Posted 02.23.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

He is not someone who lives at the North Pole, makes toys, drinks hot cocoa and hangs out with elves, flying reindeer and Mrs. Claus. But he is real.

No One Would Touch These Children -- But Someone Did

Amanda King | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Amanda King

Those children. How can this have happened? How can this be real?

Sharing Facts About Newtown With Kids

Sara Carder | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Sara Carder

Sunday night, a group of parents in my son's first grade class began emailing one another to ask if other families had decided to tell their children what happened in Newtown. Parents were worried that if they didn't tell their child, their child would hear about the tragedy at school from kids.

Why I Still Believe in Santa

Jim Higley | Posted 02.11.2013 | Parents
Jim Higley

Instantly, every child scurried to the sliding glass doors at the back of the house, pushing their frosting-covered faces to the windows -- desperately trying to see into the darkness beyond.

Waving Santa on

Amy Sue Nathan | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents
Amy Sue Nathan

The snow reflected not only the moonlight, but strings of icicle lights. While I admired the fleeting beauty in my neighborhood, my son was contemplating the flip side of an age-old childhood quandary: "How will Santa know not to come here?"

How Long Will They Believe in Santa?

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 01.27.2013 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

It's easy to decide which magical lies you'll introduce to your kids. What's tough is keeping up with those lies, especially the ones that add the all-important magic factor to Christmastime.

Reclaiming the Wisdom of Innocence

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Levi Ben-Shmuel

We can experiment with wise innocence. We can choose to see the world and ourselves with fresh, pure eyes in any moment. Who knows what opportunities might open for us if we do?