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The Lost Art of Skipping Rocks

Jennifer Bly | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

As we stood there, it occurred to me how much we've lost to the hectic pace of a technologically advanced society.

A Simple Way to Connect With Your Kids Every Day

Pam Howard | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Pam Howard

The way you reconnect with your kids each and every day helps set the tone for your relationship. The more they feel connected to you, the less they'll need to act out in order to get your attention. And the stronger your bond, the more they'll actually want to cooperate.

7 Ridiculous Park Rules I Don't Make My Kids Follow

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

There are certain things that belong to just me: My cell phone. My wallet. My underwear. I'm not sharing these things with random people I meet at the park. Why should I force my children to share their prized possessions with kids they just met?

Let's Talk about Free-Range Parenting

Kathy Walsh | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Kathy Walsh

Our neighborhood was a place for us to learn. We thought we were having fun, but through play, we were taking a life skills class taught by life itself.

Sara Boboltz

A Brief Yet Complex Color History Of Crayola Crayons

HuffingtonPost.com | Sara Boboltz | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts

Few things stir up childhood nostalgia as quickly as a fresh box of crayons. It's easy to see what makes them an appealing collectors' i...

What Was So Great About A Gen X Childhood?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Daniel Cubias

I'm here to tell you that growing up the way we did was not a long-term favor or blessed accomplishment. Let me be clear that I don't blame my parents. No, my disdain for nostalgia has more to do with cold, hard facts and unpleasant anecdotes than personal issues.

Hands Upon My Heart

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

Hands are the tools with which we shape the world. They define us to an extent -- as sons and daughters, providers and professionals, laborers and learners.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On July 10, 2011, Joan T. Daniels, Esq. posted the following comment on the listserv for the members of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

I'm Holding On

Wendy Wisner | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Wendy Wisner

At this point in my life as a parent (8.5 years!), I don't really think about my parenting choices, at least not in the way I used to when my first child was a baby. It basically works, and if it doesn't, I'm too tired to question it.

12 Things You Took For Granted When You Were Younger

Unwritten | Posted 05.15.2015 | Women
Unwritten

Remember getting praised for small victories? Think about the fact that at one point, someone actually congratulated you for going to the bathroom and finishing all your dinner.

Don't Leave Out These Women On Mother's Day

Melissa Carter | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Melissa Carter

"Mother's Intuition kicked in," Heather told me, "and I said we're going to the children's hospital and won't leave without answers. Something's going on."

17 Mother's Day Vows to My Child

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Lisa Marie Wilson

My mother taught me how to be the best me, so I continue the cycle to teach my child how to be the best that she can be. To all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and friends who help raise each other up to be the best we can be, I salute you and thank you for the vows you took to your child and loved ones.

Dolls and Princesses and Pretend Weddings, Ages and Stages and Phases -- Oh My!

Christopher Phillips | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Every time I both celebrate and mourn my 8-year-old's passing from one stage and entry into another, I thank my lucky stars that I have another daughter, Cybele, almost seven years her junior.

To All the Moms I've Been Before

Tiffany Beveridge | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Tiffany Beveridge

I've been the mom in the car who, pushed to her limit, throws the chocolate chip cookie that was causing all the trouble in the first place squarely out the window. I've been the mom who tolerated rap music and then slowly discovered that Eminem was her spirit animal.

Woman Who Claims She Had A Painful Childhood Reunites With Her Mom

Posted 05.01.2015 | Dr. Phil

Beth claims she grew up in a “house of horrors” filled with abuse allegedly at the hands of her mother. “Living through the abuse from my mother...

On Finally Breaking Free From Paralyzing Perfectionism

Rebecca Strong | Posted 04.15.2015 | Women
Rebecca Strong

People like to idealize perfectionism. They convey it as an endearing quirk, a Woody Allen-esque neurosis. But here's the thing: Striving for excellence and setting unrealistic expectations for yourself are very different things.

In the Meantime, Find What Brings You Joy

Z Zoccolante | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

Childhood can be terrible, my friend stated. It's important to remind people that it will get better. Between bites of breakfast, the discussion circl...

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.

'It's Taken Me Almost 60 Years To Realize There Was One Thing I Was Never Taught'

Robin Korth | Posted 04.13.2015 | Fifty
Robin Korth

I was never taught to love myself. In fact, I was taught the opposite. I was taught that loving myself was selfish and 'wrong.' I was taught that others always came first and that self-sacrifice -- being loving and kind to everyone else -- was the way to happiness.

6 Awesome Things About Having a 6-Year-Old

Meredith Hale | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Last week, my daughter had her first drop-off playdate. I used to dreamed of the day when I'd be able to run to the grocery store while someone else's mom watched the kids. But walking away from that playdate was a bit of a wake-up call. She's growing up.

I Love Me!: New Stories For Children

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

I Am Lilly and Penelope's Pearls are a new dynamic duo of children's books, written by Annie Reiner. Annie Reiner comes from a gold medal show biz fam...

Let Them Eat Cake

Jana Zindell | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Jana Zindell

Those who can improvise, be creative, make others laugh, adapt quickly to a new situation, take a tense situation and make it into an adventure, those are the people we admire.

I Am 28 Years Old, And I Am Too Young to Lose My Mother

Alicia Cook | Posted 04.08.2015 | Women
Alicia Cook

My grandmother never got to see my mother marry my father. She never got to grow old with my grandfather. She never got to attend the weddings of her grandchildren. Hell, she was gone long before she even had the chance to find out she was going to be a grandmother to four children.

When Joking With Your Kids Isn't Funny

Pam Howard | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Pam Howard

There are enough bullies and meanies out there to contend with -- kids shouldn't have to protect themselves from their own parents, too

The Wishes I Have for My Children

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

As I watch my three children morph from babies and kids into tweens and teens, I become more and more aware that my time with them is somewhat limited. Their world is expanding, and more and more people are entering their spheres of influence.