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Secrets to Raising Independent Children

Mehdi Toozhy | Posted 02.27.2015 | Parents
Mehdi Toozhy

Children need to grow, flourish and become independent under a parent's protection and with us helping them to become their best. If one's children are already independent, chances are the parent did a good job providing them with the belief that they are competent and capable of taking care of themselves.

My Transgender Life - Hard Choices That Were Not Only Mine

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I was 63-years-old and never could say the word out loud. I was afraid that if I dared to utter it -- if the word actually formed and left my lips, it would make it true -- and then -- my life would be over.

Dognapping: How to Steal a Dog in 6 Easy Steps

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 02.20.2015 | Comedy
Jennifer McGaha

When I found a beautiful yellow Lab mix sitting outside my fitness club one morning, I already had four other dogs and two cats, and this dog obviously belonged to someone.

Enter the Dragons: Imagine Dragons and Childhood Cancer

Jonathan Agin | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

To combat the entire problem of childhood cancer, from the development of less-toxic and more effective treatments, along with the economic burdens of the disease upon families, we truly must be a community united around the end game of helping children and families.

Larger Family Apartments Driving the Manhattan Studio Out

Toni Haber | Posted 02.11.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

With new construction driving the housing market and developers targeting the high-end buyer, inventory for smaller-scale apartments, specifically the studio, is low -- the larger the apartment, the larger the inventory.

Passages

Tricia McCallum | Posted 02.05.2015 | Books
Tricia McCallum

This story is included in Tricia McCallum's first book of poetry: Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered .

President Obama Makes Families a Priority

MotherWoman | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
MotherWoman

We are thrilled with President Obama's commitment to women and families. In his most recent State of the Union address, Obama called on Congress to pass a bill that would allow workers throughout the nation to earn up to seven paid sick days a year. We're proud that Massachusetts voters adopted our own paid-sick-leave law by ballot initiative last November.

Snow Zen

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa DeCastro

Every winter could use a blizzard. Not for the lines for groceries or the hard commutes and cold weather faced by those outside, but as a reminder of our priorities.

A New Organization and a New Focus: Enabling Children and Families to Succeed

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Adam Pertman

When families struggle to address the consequences of children's early adversity, they should be able to receive -- as a matter of course integral to the adoption process, and not as an "add-on" that can be subtracted -- services that meet their needs and sustain them.

The 3 Surprising Ways 'Pet Parents' Are Treating Their Pets Like Humans

Sean Conlon | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business
Sean Conlon

Could today's children experience "sibling rivalry" -- with the family dog? As an increasing number of Americans consider their pets to be like children -- and themselves to be "pet parents" -- the concept of sibling rivalry is taking on a whole new dimension.

My Proposal to Eliminate Poverty Amongst Vulnerable Families in Columbus, Ohio

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Given societal views about single mothers, I wondered if I could successfully make the case for using two-generation strategies to improve economic and educational outcomes for women like me and our children within my community. This question was answered during my participation in the 2014 Aspen ThinkXChange.

Want to Help Moms and Kids? Help Dads With Their Work-Family Balance

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

My colleague quit her job and spent the past five years as a hardworking SAHM. She would have rather kept working, but had to compromise her career. Both spouses lost out on one of their important life priorities, and their kids lost out on dad time.

Is Now The Time For Parenting Blogs To Get More Political?

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

Perhaps if parent bloggers step up and share more about how these policies would impact their families, we would see modern family values reflected more widely in policies across America. The business voice is loud and clear; what would be the impact if the family voice was just as loud?

From Student to Teacher: The Rise of Singapore Education

David Scott Clegg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

How did they do it? How did an island nation of five million people become one of the elite education systems on the planet? What is their secret, their special formula? What is the Singapore story?

Here's How Illinois Demographics Have Changed Over 50 years

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.08.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Much of the growth and demographic shifts in the United States over the last five and a half decades have been echoed on a smaller scale in Illinois. But there is one important exception: Illinois' population is growing at a slower rate than the country as a whole.

Your Life. Your Family. Your Money. All Equal Need for Cyber Security.

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 02.25.2015 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Well, this was the year that Cyber-security (personal security) became Paramount in people's mind-share. Whether it was Target, Home Depot, Equifax, Sony, JP Morgan, and the list does not stop there.

Is Dementia the Grinch Who Stole Christmas?

Mary Novaria | Posted 02.21.2015 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

I began to think of dementia as a Grinch -- descending upon our family, dimming the lights, stealing our baked goods, and taking away my mother's ability to give, which is really all she ever wanted to do.

Home for the Holidays with a Grand Family

Donna M. Butts | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

They had all the love in their hearts but not the dollars in the bank. And it takes money to raise a child.

Big Moments in Disguise

Beth Frede | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Frede

Enjoy not just the holidays, but the days surrounding them. Pay attention to the little things; they are the big moments in disguise.

Moms Need Friends, Too

Karen Cordano | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

I tried to play it cool around her, didn't want her to know that I was in desperate friend-love with her. On Facebook I wrote frequent, obsessively creepy status updates chronicling my quest to awkwardly befriend her.

The Most Important RSVP from Pope Francis

Catherine Nagle | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

I have seen examples of people ending a marriage only to realize later that they hadn't been so bad off after all. In the Church, discernment, listening to our hearts, and deep prayer and meditation, are all called for before entering into or ending such a union.

Helping High-Need Families Stay Housed and Together

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Many communities have embraced supportive housing for their highest-need populations, including families facing homelessness or other forms of housing...

Can a Teen Die of Embarrassment?

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 01.06.2015 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

How many teens actually die of embarrassment anyway? And you can't count the time I went to pick up the pizza in my pajama bottoms and his dad's winter boots. When you're 16 years old, the answer is every day, and every time, your mother is near you, living and breathing.

The Common Core Standards: A Matter of One Nation

David Scott Clegg | Posted 01.01.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

'We the people... in order to form a more perfect union...' There have been statements made throughout the history of the United States of America...

Tens of Thousands Apply for Scarce Housing Vouchers

Barbara Sard | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Barbara Sard

While the lottery approach has drawn some criticism, the problem isn't the lotteries -- it's the scarcity of vouchers.