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Deborah Carberry: I'm One of Those People

Deborah Carberry | Posted 04.27.2014 | Women
Deborah Carberry

I am who I am because of the people in my life, not the things in my life. My family. My friends. The experiences I've shared with them. Knowing they believe in me. Knowing and feeling I am loved no matter what.

The Briefness And Beauty Of Childhood

Jeff Bogle | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

They will never again be as young or as old as they are right now. Or now. Or now.

Hot and Spicy Gluten-Free Indian Dumplings For Valentine's Day

Amber Rehman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Taste
Amber Rehman

There are some dishes that can transport me back to my grandmother's kitchen with every bite I take.

3 Very Different Babies Showed me the Way

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Sidonie Sawyer

I could have written three books on babies, and they would have been very different ones. Truly now, I do believe that baby knows best. No matter what you believe in and try, the children will probably live the life they are intended for, the way they want to.

Revisiting the Books We Loved

Ellen Dulsky Watkins | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Ellen Dulsky Watkins

Turning the pages of an old and adored book allows me a wistful glimpse of my less-than-a-decade old mind. As I crack the dusty spine and reread familiar sentences, I recall what enchanted me as a child.

LA's Cold Spell

Myra Demeter | Posted 04.01.2014 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

There was no transportation provided to schoolchildren and I had to walk to school in all types of weather. I wore knee socks with my skirts, but it didn't prevent the bitter cold from invading me as I walked those 15 blocks to junior high.

The Detail In This Photo That Stunned Me To My Core

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Through my presence, I can become someone my son can believe in. Perhaps then, I can learn to believe in myself.

This Is A Mom's Brain On Noise

Kim Forde | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Kim Forde

Of course I expect noise. It comes with the territory. But at some point, it began eating my brain and swallowing things like complete thoughts and witty remarks.

Navigating The Awkward Side Of Parenting

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2014 | TED Weekends
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgArguably, the most important thing to remember is what has long-term implications. Trust is a fragile commodity and is easily damaged. Always assume that they will "fact check" you in some way. It may not be right away, but inevitably, the topic -- whatever it is -- will come up at some point with their siblings, cousins, friends or teachers.

'How Did The Tooth Fairy Find Me In New Delhi?'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.26.2014 | TED Weekends
Susan Stiffelman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgChildhood is brief; as the ubiquitous presence of media exposes our little ones to more and more "realities", they are being pushed to grow up at accelerated rates. Despite the arguments one can make about the importance of telling children the true truth, there are times when I believe it is okay to blur the edges of reality, as long as no one is being hurt.

On the Occasion of My Little Girl Turning 1

Paul Fidalgo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Paul Fidalgo

My baby is turning 1. She's a marvel. I have to trust that all those who would impede her will be dazzled, blinded by her strength, character and confidence, rendering them harmless and cowed.

Misery Never Felt So Rewarding

Linda Flanagan | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Linda Flanagan

Jennifer Senior's book All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood is a tonic to the realist school of childrearing, exploring the grind in the job along with the bliss. We're having no fun, and we are no fun, but we wouldn't do it any differently.

Why I Can't Get Rid of the Crayons

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 03.16.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

I wish that parenting them now was as simple as that brand-new 64-count box of crayons was. That I could once again offer them something that was full of possibilities and open to whatever their heart -- and little fingers -- could create.

One Thing I'll Never Be Able To Give My Daughters -- And What I Can Do Instead

Alexis Castellano | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Alexis Castellano

My daughters are still so young. Their greatest concerns are about wearing a dress with tights to school vs. leggings and a sparkly shirt. They'd like to string beads on a necklace, but they can't decide between pink and purple or green and blue. Please, can I just press pause?

What My Son Might Not Remember -- But I'll Never Forget

Kristin Shaw | Posted 03.09.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Will he remember falling off his new bike in the first five minutes that he tried it? Will he remember that I cajoled him back on the bike and helped him gain his confidence back until he could do it by himself? The reality is that he might not. But I will.

The Meaning of the Word Shelter

Jana Lee Frazier | Posted 02.23.2014 | Good News
Jana Lee Frazier

For us, the holiday evolved from and revolved around the Christmas tree. But the trip, the many trips, to find the right tree were for my mother only an excuse to shamelessly, obscenely revel in the pure pleasure of nature.

What Christmas Means to Me

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lillie Leonardi

In this lifetime, I have learned that Christmas magic is powerful, but the power in our hearts is even more magical.  Our ability to love one another, to renew our faith and bring hope into our lives and the lives of others, are the greatest of gifts to bestow and receive.

The End of Childhood in the Era of the Emerging American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
John W. Whitehead

It wouldn't be a week in America without another slew of children being punished for childish behavior under the regime of zero tolerance which plagues our nation's schools. Here are some of the latest incidents.

Redemption in a Santa Suit

Kathryn McCullough | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathryn McCullough

I don't know if Broadway musicals play a place like heaven in the end -- if that's their final run. But if they do, I bet my father has orchestra seats. I bet he's hanging out in bookie paradise, a promised land of legalized gambling, perpetual ESPN, and the best Broadway has to offer.

Remembrances: A Child's Christmas in Dalat, Vietnam

Andrew Lam | Posted 02.14.2014 | World
Andrew Lam

So many years have passed since the war ended, yet it is not the horrors of war that dwell now in my mind during Christmas time. It's the transcending peace in a tranquil world that is now lost.

'My Daughter Needs to Make a House for Her Fairies... Right Before Bed!'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Before the advent of electronic diversions -- video games, ipads, cell phones and "educational" computer games -- children's imaginations provided hours of entertainment.

Nelson Mandela, Forgiveness and Brothers and Sisters

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

How did he do it? How did he see stars instead of bars while in prison? Apartheid, suffering, and twenty-seven years of imprisonment did not stop him from leading a nation through a process of truth and reconciliation.

9 Of The Most Awful Toys Of Christmases Past

Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

There are few joys as exciting as opening a present as a child. You shake the box to inspect for any clues on the contents, admire the shiny wrapping ...

Celebrating Imperfection

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 01.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

Our communal expectations, created by society and pounded into our psyches by seasonal advertising, are that when we celebrate our holidays -- Chanukah, Thanksgiving, Christmas (for non-Jews) and even secular New Year's -- we should have a perfect holiday.

Parents Need to Encourage Kids to 'Know Thyself'

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

When kids have adults who not only respect their deeper selves, but also lead by example by sharing their own inner search, a powerful connection is made. Kids trust these efforts as true concern. And kids will seek a bond with these adults because they know they need mentors to be prepared for life.