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5 Ways My Dad Made Me a Better Mom

Mommy Nearest | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

My dad has three daughters and lucky for him, we were fierce adventurers as children who never shied away from camping, fishing or fixing things. Or, perhaps we never shied away because of our father. He taught me many important lessons and I think of them often as I care for my daughter each day.

It Was Maria von Trapp All Along

Erica Ford | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

My daughter and I spent a lovely couple of years playing with trucks, books, instruments and blocks. Then she turned two. Every single gift she received was Disney Princess folderol. I watched with dismay as she received crowns, magic wands, dolls and rash-inducing synthetic nightgowns. 

Why Father's Day Is So Important For Daughters

Monique Ruffin | Posted 08.12.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

For nearly three weeks I've been facilitating The Father Project for some sixty-plus women. The project is designed to assist participants in healing ...

When Jerry Met Barbara...

BeBe Lerner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment
BeBe Lerner

Like the lead character in Mr. Miller's greatest work, my father was a salesman most of his life.

When Father's Day Isn't About Buying A Card

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

I believe one of the most important things we can do as parents is try to figure our own parents out.

Daddy, I Miss You in the Fixing

Susie K Taylor | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Susie K Taylor

I miss you when things break down. Like today, like any day, I veer to the phone to call you, and then I remember. I have to fix this myself.

"Talking the Talk"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 08.10.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima When I was about 12 years old, my father and I had The Talk. It was such a traumatic experience that I remember only two things about...

Where the Boys Are: A Challenge to Snapchat's CEO

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 08.09.2014 | Women
Donna Wick, Ed.D

It's no longer acceptable to condemn individual behavior without looking at the culture that protects and promotes it.

Father's Day Lessons From My Father, The Cancer Patient

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Davis Schneiderman

My father is no longer the man who raised me, but he still teaches an astounding series of lessons that I try to pass along to my daughters -- Athena, 8, and Kallista, 6.

From a Fatherless Daughter: Dads, You're Doing it Right

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

If we weren't so distracted by the "outstanding" as some kind of bizarre yardstick of self-worth measurement, we would appreciate and relish the real, the small and the imperfect.

The 5 Things He Didn't Have to Teach Me

Amanda Magee | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

My stepdad came into my life when I was about 11. It was, as you might imagine, not always smooth sailing. Over time, we found our way and Steve taught me these five things.

Why I Gave In And Bought My Daughter Her First Bikini

Betsy Hnath | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Betsy Hnath

I am witnessing her life transform in slow motion as this young woman heads toward adulthood. And I am so grateful that I am here to see it.

Through My Daughter's Eyes

Estelle Sobel Erasmus | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Estelle Sobel Erasmus

I look into my daughter's eyes and I see myself reflected in them. But more than that... I see all the colors of emotion that a 5-year-old is capable of.

Reflections of My Dad on the First Father's Day Without Him

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

Since my dad's death in March, my young daughter regularly asks me to share stories from my childhood that include her "BaBop." It is comforting for me to recount cherished memories, and I love that it helps her get to know him better

I'm Motherless By Choice

Katie Naum | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Katie Naum

There is no easy way to say, "I'm estranged from my mother." It's even harder to say, "I've cut my mother out of my life," clarifying that you are the one who has severed the bond.

Because I Have a Daughter, I'm Sharing My Story of Sexual Assault

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

I am sharing my experiences now because I have a daughter. She is young and innocent. At 5 years old, I have already had to explain to her that no one has the right to touch her body without her permission. Because that is the world we live in.

Memory Postcard: What It Was Like to Be a First Generation Italian-American in the 1920s

Matthew Ross Smith | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Matthew Ross Smith

One day my mother was summoned to my grammar school to meet with one of my teachers. My mother's English wasn't very good (she was from Italy), so I had to act as the interpreter.

The Sudden Need For a 4th Grade Sex Talk

Jeff Bogle | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

We had a sex talk plan. That plan was to wait. Wait until 4th grade was over. Wait until we could have the sex talk with our 10-year-old at a leisurely pace and without any nuggets or zingers from it seeping into her classroom chit-chats or into the recess yard banter.

A Bittersweet Father's Day Gift

Luise Meyer | Posted 07.27.2014 | Fifty
Luise Meyer

My heart chronically arches for my dad, for all the things I can't do to make it better for him, for when he can't remember my son or does not understand why I can't just stop by (we live in different countries).

As the Father of a Daughter

Brian Koppelman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Brian Koppelman

As the father of a daughter, I wish that all men would take just a moment, today, to look inside, to decide if they are proud of the way they look at women on the street, the way they talk to them in bars, the way they talk about them when they feel the women are just out of earshot.

Parents Allege Their Daughters Were Indoctrinated Into A Cult By High School Teachers

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 05.23.2014 | Crime

A family in Avon, Connecticut, has filed a lawsuit in federal court that alleges teachers at Avon High School indoctrinated their daughters into a cul...

Perspective on the Bad Days

Karen Sewell | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Karen Sewell

I'm a big believer that experiencing trouble helps you keep perspective on the blessings in your life, so on days like today, even though it's a struggle and I fail miserably at it most of the time, I try to stop for a moment to breathe and regroup.

Sexual Assault and U.S. News College Rankings: Did He Just Say That?

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

My daughter told me she can't believe she is expected to GO to college in a country where 55 colleges and universities are facing federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases, and one in five girls will be assaulted before graduation.

9 Examples Of What It Means To Be 'Such a Girl'

Mike Reynolds | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

There is no one thing that makes someone a girl, and more importantly, you could not think of a less insulting insult than to call someone a girl. Many girls like flowers. Many boys like hockey. I like flowers and I like hockey. Don't define people and their traits by their gender, define them by how helpful or hurtful they are.

Not Being a Mother Doesn't Make Me Any Less of a Woman

Melanie Young | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Melanie Young

Just because I am not a mother does not mean that I am selfish or my life is incomplete. I have a very happy, fulfilling life that I embrace with appreciation and enthusiasm.