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

Posted 04.16.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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.

Mindful Motherhood: Doing My Best, One Breath at a Time

Wendy Wisner | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Wendy Wisner

As much as I want to be as present as possible, I know that motherhood is a balancing act. Sometimes I just need to decompress on the couch with my phone, connecting to other adults. Sometimes I seriously need to get the dishes into the dishwasher, and can't focus on the precise way my toddler is sliding his garbage truck across the kitchen floor.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: A Few Things (I Think) I Know About Kids or What My Children Have Taught Me

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 03.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

I wrote down these parenting tips around 20 years ago, as little reminders to myself when my sons were quite young -- they are 28 and 25 years old now. Yet, these observations still feel as true to me today, as they did back then.

5 Things I Learned When I Said Yes To My Daughter For 24 Hours

Meg Conley | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Meg Conley

Too much of womanhood -- from the food we eat to the clothes we wear to the way we spend our time -- is motivated by the word "no." We focus on what we should cut out rather than what we should embrace.

Mom Guilty of Being a Baby Memory Book Slacker!

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Stephanie D. Lewis

Yesterday, my last (sixth!) child dragged out my firstborn's "stuffed so full it's tied shut with a ribbon" keepsake book to compare with her own minuscule 1/8 inch thin "baby pamphlet" as evidence of my crime. She's lucky to have gotten any handwritten documentation out of me at all.

Talking Barbie Could Eavesdrop On Kids, Critics Warn

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business

Mattel has plans to release a tech-savvy, wifi-connected doll called "Hello Barbie." And, apparently, she can have whole conversations with you. ...

Somewhere Between Two Time Zones: Why My Kids Will Live a Very Different Childhood

Jennifer Legra | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Jennifer Legra

My kids are growing up Dominican. In the future they might grow up Argentinian or Croatian or Chilean and with us as their anchor, I'd like to believe they're growing up New Jerseyan too. And I hope that one day their purple flowered, daisy infused minds will see that the world is one big place full of many different childhoods. None better than the one they lived.

How Will My Kids Remember Me?

Abby King | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Abby King

There are days I can't stop hugging, kissing and squeezing my kids. I absolutely adore them. But love isn't only in kisses, hugs, cuddles and "I love you's."

My So-Called Free-Range Childhood

Erika Milvy | Posted 03.03.2015 | Parents
Erika Milvy

When I read these gloating musings, I bristle. These parents were probably raised in suburbia, I think, sneering to myself a tiny bit. I'm contemptuous of these contemptuous parents with their Rockwell-esque reveries.

A Book Review and Interview: "Just Kids from the Bronx" by Arlene Alda

Cathy Chester | Posted 03.02.2015 | Books
Cathy Chester

Every story is a gem, bringing us back to our childhood when we'd sit on the front stoop to hear our grandmothers spin yarns about their childhood adventures. And, because the Bronx gave birth to countless influencers, by the end of the book, you'll wish you were born there, too.

The Upside Down Economy of Parenting

Sarah Sandifer | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Sarah Sandifer

Who you are and what you have to say and what you have to offer and what you think matters. I want you to learn how to speak your mind. If you have a good idea, share it, because your words have value.

A Little Time With My Sweetheart

Rebecca Stoufis | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Stoufis

Shelly is at that stage where she still rents a stroller and sets up play-dates and all of that new mom fun stuff. I miss those days.

The 'Mother Figure' I Didn't Know I Needed

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women
Rachel Levy Lesser

No one would ever fill that void left by her death, I told myself, and it's true that no one really has. But my father has certainly made that void feel a little less empty.

Give It Up For Sexual Chocolate

Ashley Allen | Posted 02.23.2015 | Women
Ashley Allen

Today, I'm a stay-at-home-mom of three boys under the age of 7. My karaoke machine died a long time ago, and even though I wept at its funeral, I realized that it was its time to go. There is no place for a karaoke machine in a home full of animals, I mean young boys.

This Office Just Installed A Ball Pit

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living

The creative team at London-based design agency Pearlfisher believes that work environments today have grown too serious, focusing on goals without nu...