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Embarrassed By My Parents

Elli Thompson Purtell | Posted 07.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Elli Thompson Purtell

When my parents visit Chicago, they often make fun of themselves for being the "country folk" in the "big city." They've asked not entirely jokingl...

Working Mother Heads To Washington, D.C.

Regan Long | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

At one point or another, we all will have to separate from our baby, no matter what age they are. That being said, some parents are forced to do this in an unfathomable amount of time. When we look at an average leave being 6-12 weeks of unpaid leave in the United States, for many, that would be a gift.

My Little Girl Has Turned Into a Tween and It's Hard as Hell

Scott Shamberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Parents
Scott Shamberg

So as you depart for camp this year, on the precipice of your teenage years, it felt like the right time to give you less comedic advice and offer some truth. Truth that I hope will bring us both some insight into how to get older together because I'll tell you, babe, it is damn hard for me.

Cool Dad Transforms Pop-Punk Classics Into Bedtime Lullabies

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.23.2015 | Parents
Van Winkle's

Even the loudest songs can be turned into a lullaby. Change the tempo, make a few instrument swaps and Blink 182's "All The Small Things" could becom...

Dealing With Death: When Does the "Easier" Part Start?

Jessica Denis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Women
Jessica Denis

So, when does the easier start? We are approaching two years since his death and while the haze and fog may have lifted and I may have done the work to find myself again, it isn't any easier. I still drive by his old house, now with a new owner. It will always be his house.

Jerry Stahl on Voltaire, Cher, and Being a Dad When You're Not Wacked Out on Heroin

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I'm lucky enough to say I've now known Jerry Stahl for over a decade, and we're both still alive. Ten years ago you could've gotten very good odds betting against that happening.

Suppressing the Screen to Set the Standard

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2015 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Let's maintain control over our entrance and exit by reminding ourselves that we have a choice available at any given moment. This power can be obtained and sustained by asking the right questions at the right moments.

Dad's Cheesy Dance Moves Will Inspire You To Dance Like Nobody's Watching

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.15.2015 | Fifty

It's every teen's worst fear. Your dad insists on chaperoning you and your friends at a concert. That's bad enough. But then, he starts dan...

The Endearing Reason Ashton Kutcher Is Constantly Changing Diapers

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

Considering his crusade for potty parity for all parents, it's not too surprising to hear that Ashton Kutcher is a very hands-on dad. In an...

4 Key Parenting Lessons I Learned From My Unusual Childhood

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

My father was not an ordinary parent, and it was clear when I compared our life to my friends' lives that ours was not ordinary. And yet, as I've grown up and become a parent myself, I've realized that my father did some things very well -- and taught me some important lessons about being a good parent.

Navy Expands Maternity Leave. Are Dads Next?

Josh Levs | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
Josh Levs

Obviously, military families make incredible, admirable sacrifices, and many personnel can't be allowed to leave for longer blocks of time. But if the Navy can part with new moms for 18 weeks after a birth, it can part with at least some new dads for more than 10 days total during the child's first year of life.

'Dad Bods' Make Me Very Mad

Mara Menachem | Posted 07.02.2015 | Women
Mara Menachem

I am so annoyed (can you tell by my photo). I've been reading all the hype surrounding the new term coined by women, "the Dad Bod" in an attempt to make men feel better about their slightly "out-of-shape, I'm-a-dad" body.

11 Ridiculous Things Parents of Kids Under 6 Have Said

Mike Reynolds | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

We're not always at our best as parents. We repeat ourselves often, knowing the result will be the same. I'm but a parent to young kids but I've done research and I know of 11 ridiculous things all parents of kids under six have said. I know because I've said them all and I'm a parent and therefore (science explanation that's probably wrong)...

50 Boys And Men, Ages 5 To 50, Describe What 'Father' Means To Them

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents

Kind. Patient. Hero. Teacher. Compassionate. Proud. Role model. These are just some of the words that sons use to define "father." As a follow up t...

Reflections on Father's Day 2015: Don't Forget, It's Not About You

John McCormick | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

I got a glimpse for the first time of what it will be like to be an empty nester. Connor starts high school this fall, and in two years Will is off to college. If Father's Day 2015 is any predictor, I'll be a complete mess, lavishing my pent-up paternal affections on the family dogs.

Dads Share What Went Through Their Heads As They Walked Their Daughters Down The Aisle

BRIDES | Posted 06.30.2015 | Weddings
BRIDES

While you're worrying about sinking your heels into the grass, tripping over your cathedral-length veil, or your tears washing your mascara down your face as you walk down the aisle, your father is having his own internal dialogue.

Father's Day Tribute to My Father and Sons-in-Law

Honey Good | Posted 06.23.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

Last week I asked my grandchildren the question, "What is special about your dad?" These were some of the responses.

7 Things Kids Love Best About Dads

Palmer Chinchen | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Palmer Chinchen

Here is my list of seven life-areas I'm working on today so when tomorrow comes I have no regrets, knowing I did all I could to be the dad my kids love.

On Father's Day: War, Memories and Moving On

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

Home for the weekend recently, I chanced upon my father's South Vietnamese Army uniform, the three silver stars still pinned meticulously onto each lapel. Once, as a child, I had looked up to a man who had seemed more like a deity. Hadn't I imagined myself as an adult walking in his soldierly footsteps?

This Father's Day, This Is What Queer Dads Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 06.21.2015 | Gay Voices

Father's Day was first celebrated in 1910, and what it means to be a dad, in some ways, has shifted dramatically in the last century, along with our d...

What I Should Have Asked My Father Before He Died

Mary Novaria | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

This is my fifteenth Father's Day without my dad. He died of heart failure, a couple of months shy of his 79th birthday. He took his last breath quite peacefully while I sat by his bedside. He was gone. And so was a family history I'd neglected to plumb.

'It Takes A Man To Teach A Boy To Be A Man'

John A. Tures | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
John A. Tures

I'd like to say it was at a younger age when I really appreciated my father. But sadly, it really didn't occur until college. Because that's when I found out how much he means to me.

A Father's Day Reminder and Challenge to Dads in Congress

Debra L. Ness | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

Nobody should forget that paid leave is a family issue -- not just a women's issue. Men, like women, want to be good parents and good caregivers for their families. Yet the vast majority of men don't have access to supportive workplace policies that would enable them to do so.

From Dudes to Dads: What Happens When Everyone You Know Suddenly Grows Up?

Michael Rothman | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Michael Rothman

Helping dudes make the most out of life has become my life's work and what better mission than helping to make the lives of the next generation of little humans (and their handlers) just a little bit easier?

'Jean Louise, Stand Up, Your Father's Passing'

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Bil Hitchcock

I was very lucky to have a father who I could put into a similar class of man as Atticus Finch. Unfailingly kind, unfailingly fair, unfailingly respectable, unfailingly loving. Most of my friends have fathers who either fall or fell into a similar class of man...and we are lucky children.