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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 03.11.2015 | 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...

The Childhood Games That Make Us Feel All Nostalgia

Richard Abrons | Posted 02.15.2015 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

Growing up in New Rochelle in the the 1930s, we played games that now are off the map. I wonder if any of my small but hearty band of readers are familiar with them. You'd have to be old and lived in the suburbs. These games took up much of our free time and I remember them with great fondness.

My Journey Back to Health

Gayle Kirschenbaum | Posted 02.11.2015 | Fifty
Gayle Kirschenbaum

I am now ready to embrace the world and shepherd this film out and turn my attention away from me to others and give all that I have learned. Life is an exciting journey I am so grateful to be on.

6 Movies That Taught Me Something About Life, Love and Other Totally Random Things

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 02.11.2015 | Entertainment
Christy Heitger-Ewing

My 10-year-old son recently asked me what movies I enjoyed watching when I was younger. A flood of awesome (mostly) '80s flicks immediately sprang to mind. I dug through my collection of DVDs and pulled out six of my childhood favorites. Each one taught me something about life, love and other totally random things.

Yagana Shah

17 Simple Sights, Smells and Sounds That Whisk You Back to Childhood

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 02.09.2015 | Fifty

The grind of adult life can make us long for childhood again -- a time when there were no bills to pay, no bosses to report to, no groceries to buy an...

New Feelings Two Years After My Father's Death

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

Two years ago today, my dad passed away. He was 86 years old and his body finally succumbed to the wear and tear he inflicted on it with alcohol and c...

#VaccinesWork: Open Letter to Parents & Families From Faith Leaders

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

A disease wiped out has returned because of choices that put the nation's health in jeopardy. More responsible choices are demanded.

Relearning The Horrors Of Measles

Seema Yasmin | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Seema Yasmin

The rapid rise of measles of this year has highlighted the importance of vaccines. They are heralded as one of the top 10 successes of public health in the 20th century. So why do some people -- even some health care workers -- choose not to use them?

The Bucket Stops Here

Charlie Carillo | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Charlie Carillo

Not long ago I was helping my father with a job at his house, and a five gallon bucket of water had to be carried outside. I grabbed the handle t...

Why We Know So Little About Moses and Jesus

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The dearth of information about the formative influences on towering biblical figures such as Moses and Jesus has invited some skeptics to question whether they actually existed.