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Looking for Joy in a Jar of Peanut Butter

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 10.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Oakes-Ash

Yes, it has come to this, occasional weeping behind sunglasses in dark corners of an upmarket Colorado ski town in between envy inducing photos of adventures posted on my social media feeds that belie these not so happy moments.

Why Your Negative Patterns Aren't Going Away

20 Beautiful Women | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
20 Beautiful Women

After six years of intense spiritual study and meditation practice, I thought I understood what it meant to be a spiritual woman. That was until earlier this year when I became angrier than I had ever been at my mom.

She Is My Daughter

Joshua Braff | Posted 08.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Joshua Braff

We had a girl in 2003. She'll be 12 this summer. Unlike her older brother she is of pastel colors and random giggles. Her room is purple with unicorn-...

The Double Date That Led Barbara Walters To Adopt Her Daughter

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.11.2015 | OWN

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Becoming a Trans Godmother

Stephanie Mott | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

This journey into becoming a trans godmother has much more to offer than I can begin to imagine. Our discussions have included the maybe-one-day events of seeing my goddaughter get married and start a family of her own. Who knew? Who could have known? I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Blessed be.

'The Ice Cream Man Cometh'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 08.07.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

In the whole wide world -- which, as NASA has proven, is a whole lot wider than Pluto, a Disney character who can't hold a candle to "Sesame Street" star Elmo -- nothing is sweeter than my granddaughter, Chloe.

Shark Kills Diver While Daughter Watches In Horror

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 07.25.2015 | Green

A large shark attacked and killed a man who was diving with his daughter off the coast of Maria Island in Tasmania, Australia. The man, who was in his...

Surviving the Summer

Beth Whitley | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Today is day 3, and we're doing alright. Yesterday we had 14 children round to play all morning, and another 3 in the afternoon - filling our home with those truly amusing humans Hannah loves and creating a chaotic normality indeed!

The Royal Treatment

Jerry Zezima | Posted 07.21.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Since the birth of the little princess, people around the world have been abuzz with excitement. I refer, of course, to my granddaughter, Chloe. Peo...

My One Wish for Father's Day

Ebony Underwood | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Ebony Underwood

In April 2015, the New York Times wrote that there are 1.5 million men missing in the Black community because of mass incarceration. My father is one of them.

Conversation With My Daughter About Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

As we take turns pushing her one-year-old brother in his stroller, my daughter asks me why people don't just stay away from bad people, then they won't be trafficked. I tell her that usually the story starts out with hope.

To My Daughter On Her Bat Mitzvah

Nina Kotick | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Nina Kotick

My wish for you as you enter adulthood on your bat mitzvah is simply this: to remain a kid. Don't lose your gift of being playful and living in the moment.

For My Daughter, on Her 18th Birthday

Adina Ciment | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Adina Ciment

I've written recommendations for hundreds of students and helped them write their essays for college. I've helped them apply for jobs, internships, and summer programs. But ask me to come up with a few words about my own kid, and I'm drawing a blank.

When He Couldn't Find a School for His Daughter, This Father Made His Own (VIDEO)

NationSwell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education

Patrick Donohue's life changed when his daughter Sarah Jane was born on June 5, 2005. Five days later his life changed again when he noticed Sarah Jane was lethargic. Tests revealed she had lost 60 percent of the rear cortex of her brain -- the result of being violently shaken by her baby nurse.

Graduation Season: What Your Parents Were Thinking Last Week

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Peter Van Buren

This time of year everybody talks about the ritual of college graduation. But no one seems to focus on the other college right of passage that's unfolding now, the move out of the dorm and back home for the summer.

5 Lessons I Want My Daughter to Learn from 'The Golden Girls'

Mommy Nearest | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

The Golden Girls shouldered each other's burdens and shared in each other's good times. It is funny, heartbreaking and beautiful to watch. I hope that my daughter is blessed with great friends with whom she can share both joy and sadness.

To My Mom: All The Things I Never Told You

Sonya Matejko | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Sonya Matejko

Here it is as a testament to how much you mean to me. I am sorry for the things that I never told you. Mostly though, thank you for being my mother, and I know that I will love you always and forever.

Daughter With Down Syndrome Inspires Mom to Create Fashion Accessory Business

HooplaHa | Posted 05.07.2015 | Good News

This is the ultimate story of a mothers love for her child. Boynton Beach, FL mom, Laurie Ruehlman wanted to spend more quality time with her daughter, Payton, who has Down Syndrome.

My First Mother's Day

Stacy Pelander | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Stacy Pelander

I had a baby 17 years ago, but I'll be celebrating my very first Mother's Day on Sunday. I remember the first (and only) Mother's Day gift I ever received. It was from my daughter's adoptive mother, and it was a lovely poem that she'd written for me

Dolls and Princesses and Pretend Weddings, Ages and Stages and Phases -- Oh My!

Christopher Phillips | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Every time I both celebrate and mourn my 8-year-old's passing from one stage and entry into another, I thank my lucky stars that I have another daughter, Cybele, almost seven years her junior.

'Chloe and Poppie Go to the White House'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.29.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Since becoming a grandfather two years ago, I've really been on a roll. But nothing could top taking my granddaughter, Chloe, to Washington, D.C., for the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Hyundai's Daddy-Daughter Spot You Must Watch to Believe

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Christopher A. Brown

What these automakers understand, however, is that beyond these consumers being men, they're fathers. These automakers understand the growing influence of the fatherhood role on today's man and how powerful that identify has become.

'Chloe and Poppie Go to the Aquarium'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.14.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Accompanying us on this exciting excursion were my younger daughter, Lauren, known to Chloe as Mommy, and my son-in-law Guillaume, aka Daddy.

A Poet's Truth, and a Mother's

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Jeremiah Horrigan

In late December, my daughter Annie asked me how to repair a poorly-mounted drawing I'd made for her some dozen years ago. ​The drawing was my attempt to illustrate a favorite poem of ours, "Days," by the English poet Philip Larkin.

Damaged Goods

Beth Whitley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Sometimes, in trying to explain the impact that Rett Syndrome has had on our lives, I have referred to myself and my husband as "damaged goods." People don't respond to this very well.