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Hurry Up, Rapunzel!

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 04.24.2015 | Parents
Mary Katherine Backstrom

As parents, we do our best to plan for memorable moments. To create and capture the perfect photo opps. We watch as the baby fat fades and the school years pass, and we want to make it all count. Every second. Every moment. But why are we trying so hard?

Best Summer Books to Read With Your Daughters

Diana Whitney | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

We were about a third of the way through The Hobbit when my 9-year-old asked skeptically, "Mommy, where are the girl characters?"

Why My Daughter Never Got A Trampoline For Her Birthday

Teresa Kindred | Posted 04.19.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

From the time my daughter was old enough to jump up and down, she asked for a trampoline every year for her birthday. She never got one and there are four very good reasons why. While she made it through childhood relatively unscathed, she had four brothers who each thought they were Superman.

Why I Choose To Write About My Divorce

Jessica Kahan | Posted 04.20.2015 | Divorce
Jessica Kahan

I am not glamorous like the women who star in The Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce. But, guess what? Neither are most of the women going through this. When I write and women respond, it's because I am just regular and so are they.

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

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 04.16.2015 | 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.

9 Pieces Of Advice Every Mother Should Pass On To Her Daughter

Honey Good | Posted 04.15.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

The mother-daughter relationship is complicated. Most have hills and valleys. My relationship with my mother was no different.

6 Awesome Things About Having a 6-Year-Old

Meredith Hale | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Last week, my daughter had her first drop-off playdate. I used to dreamed of the day when I'd be able to run to the grocery store while someone else's mom watched the kids. But walking away from that playdate was a bit of a wake-up call. She's growing up.

Home From the Sea

Tricia McCallum | Posted 04.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

My father is on the left in the photo. At a party years ago my father found himself sitting beside a rather austere young woman who haughtily ann...

Mom's the Word for Kitty

Jerry Zezima | Posted 04.01.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

At the risk of starting a scandal involving promiscuous sex and teenage pregnancy, I have been living in a cathouse for almost two decades. And the madam of the establishment was the mother of nine children.

You Are A Good Daughter

Rebecca Emily Darling | Posted 03.31.2015 | Women
Rebecca Emily Darling

If you have loved your mother enough to feel the pain of her hurting you, and the pain of you hurting her, you are a good daughter.

I'm Not Sally Draper, But I Could've Been

Mary Novaria | Posted 03.27.2015 | Entertainment
Mary Novaria

The Drapers lived in Ossining, N.Y., and so did we beginning in 1963. Before that, we lived in a Bronx apartment building on Fordham Hill, a place I hadn't thought of in years.

Why There's an Age Gap Between Our 3 Children

Alishia Osborn | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Alishia Osborn

She is the most determined, tough little girl I know. She doesn't take crap from anyone. She loves hard, plays hard, tries new things, doesn't give up and leaves me amazed at what she can accomplish.

The Last Ringmaster

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

As both a ringmaster and a man, it is all at once awe-inspiring and humbling to look upon the enormity of a life such as Col. John Herriott's. A steep standard he has left, and it is well worth the ascent. In circus, we never say "goodbye," rather we say "see you down the road."

8 Lessons I Learned From My Daughter's Cheerleading Tryouts

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

Whatever happens, it's all good. In every scenario there are lessons to be learned and opportunities to grow.

Let's Talk About Sex (and Puberty) Without Fear

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 03.20.2015 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

It's time that fathers take a more active role in educating and raising their daughters to accept themselves for all that they are and ever will be.

5 Steps For Raising A Strong Daughter

Jon Helmkamp | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Jon Helmkamp

Your daughter needs to know that you are there for her -- that you will protect her, do anything for her and will not judge her. Make sure you are cultivating a safe relationship with your daughter so that she knows she can come to you in times of trouble.

Mom Has Cancer

Sarah Amento | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Sarah Amento

Isabella and the teacher presented me with a a story she had written for a school project. They could write about whatever they wanted. When I first glanced at the sheet and caught the title, my eyes began to tear up and I felt a lump in my throat. This is what I read...

The 'Breast Cancer Gene': Knowledge Is Power

Anna Musky-Goldwyn | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Anna Musky-Goldwyn

For Jessica, her mother's death will always be the turning point in her life. But the knowledge of her likelihood to develop breast or ovarian cancer does not rule her, you can just tell. I sensed no overwhelming fear in her voice, no lack of self-awareness.

It's (Not) a Boy!

Courtney Reynolds | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Courtney Reynolds

Throughout our pregnancy, people just assumed we wanted a boy because we already had a girl. And, of course, every father wants a son, right? Men are supposed to want someone to carry on the family name... to play ball with... to be on their side.

A Letter To My Daughter On Her Second Birthday

Becky Tountas | Posted 03.03.2015 | Parents
Becky Tountas

May you always be so proud of your body -- pointing out your beautiful belly and happy to see your reflection in the mirror. You only get one body, so continue to love it.

My Daughter Is A Gift, But Her Autism Is Not

Ravishly | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents

She is both crushingly disabled by autism and absolutely, emphatically her own self. She is a gift, that much is true. But her autism, like my missing fingers or my damaged DNA, is not.

4 Things I Want My Future Daughter To Know

Derrell Jamison | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Derrell Jamison

There is only one person who can determine how far you can go in life -- you. Always remember that what you tell yourself and believe about yourself will be the truth.

What I Learned From My 9-Year-Old's Book Club

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 02.27.2015 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

When my daughter Lily came home saying she wanted to start a book club, I was excited -- I'm a writer after all, so this was music to my ears -- but also a bit skeptical. Right away, I started to fret about the mechanics of it.

Why I Want to Be Outwitted By My 3-Year-Old (Sometimes)

Jamie Harrington | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Jamie Harrington

I'm not there on the playground when she has to decide if the best decision is to hit a kid or to convince them to give her the ball. Hopefully, the argumentative skills she's learned at home teach her to get that ball without being aggressive.

What's the Right Age for Earrings? 2? 10? Maybe 18?

Cort Ruddy | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

Maybe I see it as a setback in our battle against a society that is pushing my girls to be a certain thing, to act a certain way. Maybe.