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Happy Father's Day!

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 07.13.2013 | Fifty
Rob Hiaasen

It's probably too late to return the Mother's Day card and gift, but it's not too late to plan your special Father's Day gift. Think material things. Think wonderfully expensive material things. Think boat.

A Family Anywhere: What More Gay Marriage Means to My Daughter

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

When I told my daughter that Delaware passed gay marriage this week, she was puzzled. "Why don't they already have it?"

Parenting Lessons From Nature's Creepy Crawlers

John McCormick | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

I watched my sons carefully to see if they were buying into mom's passionate ode to nature. The boys seemed to be warming up to the cicadas swarming around them when several flew up and landed on Connor. "Dad!" he yelled. "Get them off me!"

Why the Blogger Scared of Raising Twins Has It Wrong

David Vienna | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
David Vienna

Right now, you're worried about you. It's not about you, it hasn't been since your first kid was born. Stop thinking about how raising twins will suck and start thinking about which superhero you want to be when the three of you storm Lex Luthor's fortress in the backyard.

They Grow Up So Fast! And That's Fine With Me

Mike Julianelle | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Parenthood just keeps getting harder and harder and I'm not sure how prepared I am for the James Dean portion of the gig. I have no doubt in my mind that when he's 16, I'll be dying for the days of Thomas the Tank Engine and his insipid brethren.

Giovanni Ribisi Is Heading Back To TV

Posted 04.18.2013 | TV

Giovanni Ribisi has replaced Tommy Dewey in Fox's multicamera comedy "Dads," Deadline reports. The six-episode series was created by Seth MacFarlane, ...

Why I Won't Explain What Happened in Boston to My Toddler

Mike Julianelle | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Even without a personal connection, tragedies like this used to be "easier" -- somehow -- before I had a child.

Occupy Childhood, or How I Learned to Love the Moment

Whit Honea | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Whit Honea

My sons take their seats, the motor kicks on and the swings start turning to the right in a soft, careful circle. It is their spotlight. It is as wide as a slow dance and twice as wild. Their hearts beat accordingly. They pass me by again and again. The only thing that changes is the calendar.

How to Tell When Your Child Is Lying

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Vanessa Van Edwards

How do you know when your child or teen is telling you the truth? Being able to decipher truth from fiction is incredibly important for parents.

Taming the Wild Things by Force

David Vienna | Posted 06.09.2013 | Parents
David Vienna

Later, as we select books to read before bedtime, he requests Where The Wild Things Are -- a book about a boy so untamed, he scares even the most ferocious of creatures. There's a metaphor here, I know it. Is he one of the wild things? Am I? Are we both the boy?

Lights Go On Part IV: Our Little Car

Thomas Bähler | Posted 06.08.2013 | New York
Thomas Bähler

Dad was a visionary. He delighted in following and building upon his dreams. He loved a challenge. For instance, he might look at a piece of scrap and see a car. Michelangelo seemed to do that with marble.

Why Kids Should (Or Shouldn't) See The Croods

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 06.05.2013 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

You'll do better with this film if you don't think about it as offering meaningful messages at all. As entertainment, the film is a rip-snorting barn-burner.

Grab Your Moment, Dad

Jim Higley | Posted 06.01.2013 | Parents
Jim Higley

Ask me what I like about being a dad. Seriously, ask me. Because I think I finally have an answer. For some, kids complete the family. That's certainly the case for me. But it wouldn't have gotten to the core of what I really value as a father.

The Sweet Way My Son Helped His Brother Deal With Grief

Whit Honea | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Whit Honea

We found his brother mid-smile, with a ray of sunshine across his face and his hair a golden tussle. I held the moment as long as I could, willing the story to end on this page.

The Toddler Words That Parents Will Miss The Most

Posted 03.21.2013 | Parents

As your kids grow out of toddlerhood, they learn that their favorite color is "yellow," not "lello," and that a trip to the zoo is to see the "animals...

Angels in White Lab Coats and Green Scrubs

John McCormick | Posted 05.19.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

Two years ago this month, I experienced every parent's worst nightmare. My 10-year-old son and I were playing catch when I launched the ball in the air. What happened next is still a blur.

How Not to Be a Modern Dad

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.18.2013 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

There was a dad alone with his infant daughter and pushing a primary-colored stroller, just the two of them enjoying a stroll in the fresh air, a modern man and his wee lass! I thought it beautiful. Until I opened my mouth.

The End of the Little Days

John Willey | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
John Willey

Parenting is a hard job. Nobody said that it wasn't, but there is nothing that can prepare you for the wave of emotions that you feel at any given moment. Kids really do keep you on your toes as you just never know what they are going to hit with you with next. Such was the case this morning.

The End of Innocence

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

The precise moment my own innocence was lost is a mystery. To which it is doomed to stay for as much as I reflect back on my youth I simply cannot -- will not? -- process the required innocence-losing memories.

After Two 'Practice' Kids, I'm Hoping Third Time's a Charm

Jim Higley | Posted 05.09.2013 | Parents
Jim Higley

Not that I made terrible mistakes with child one or two. I hope not. But they certainly were burdened with my trial-and-error years. And some occasional misplaced focus. What they didn't get -- for sure -- was a father who realized how quickly the parenting merry-go-round comes to an end.

A Boy's Promise to His Father

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

When I was a pup of 6 years experience in this world, I made a promise I honestly believed I had the ability to keep. I promised my father that I'd stay 6 forever. Until the end of days, a 6-year-old boy; wide-eyed and pudgy-faced.

Single Dad for Six Months

Charles Scott | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Charles Scott

Being a single dad was a challenge. I was sometimes lonely, regularly exhausted and often wished my wife was around to help. But even though it was not easy to be a single parent, I'm grateful for the experience.

Things I Won't Miss About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad to Babies

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

It isn't during romantic second anniversary weekend getaways. It's iPhoto, it's the hundreds upon hundreds of Kodak moments in folders with names like "Jimmy's 1st Birthday Party" and "Olivia At Disneyworld -- 2008." This is where babies come from.

Guys, It's Time to Get Together With Your Fellow Man

Jack Anderson | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jack Anderson

My dad's time away with his friends was on a golf course. He never really mastered the game, but he didn't really care. That's because dad was with his guy friends, relaxing in nature, taking his frustrations out on a little white ball.

Kids and Team Sports: Should Parents Push Their Children to Play?

John McCormick | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

For me, spring begins when the air fills with the crack of the bat or the snap of a ball hitting a glove. It begins in February, when baseball spring training gets underway. As a parent, my real joy comes from watching Little Leaguers play. I can't wait to root for my kids on the ball field.