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After Losing Son To Cancer, Mom Finds Joy She Never Thought Possible

Julie Guillot | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Julie Guillot

We found our way into the mountains and, despite being outnumbered by two small children, I got them fully outfitted and into their lessons. Then I made a radical decision.

7 Reasons to Risk an Intervention

Heather Kopp | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Kopp

Regardless of outcome, stepping in to urge treatment and set boundaries is a way of showing an addict just how far they've fallen at the same time that you're showing them how deeply you love them. Being part of such an event can be a profound, even sacred experience. If it doesn't change the addict, it might change you.

What Is "Collaborative Divorce" Without Collaboration?

Mark Baer | Posted 05.22.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The concept of collaborative divorce resonates deeply with me. As I have written in the past, "Collaborative divorce truly does incorporate all of the...

Moms Taking Action to Save Lives

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Burns Bergman

If it wasn't for the stigma that is promoted by punitive drug policies, this certainly wouldn't be an issue. Why isn't naloxone made as available as an epi-pen or other common antidote? The answer is misguided moralistic judgment and ignorance about the true nature of addictive illness.

Getting Unmarried vs. Divorced: What's the Difference?

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 05.06.2014 | Divorce
Sharon Zarozny

Divorce conjures up an angry, ugly legal battle often with a lose/lose ending. One that keeps you stuck in unhappily-ever-after. Getting unmarried, on the other hand, is a split acknowledging a once loving relationship that no longer works.

The Hope in Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

Addiction is perceived almost universally as shameful, even by association. As we see in all the recent discussions about whether people with substance abuse problems "deserve" the troubles they incur, even having empathy for someone with these issues is suspect and denigrated by many.

This is What Community Health Looks Like: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project gives $1,000 away, every day, to change-makers all over the world who are creating more peaceful, just and sustainable communi...

Not the Same or Different: A Better Way to Look at LGBT-headed Families

Melinda Blau | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Melinda Blau

LGBT parents aren't necessarily "better," but the fact that so many of their children seem to be resilient enough to deal with whatever life throws at them is a testament to both the individuals and their relationships.

There is a Family Homelessness Crisis and Provisional Placement is Not the Answer

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 04.23.2014 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

The crisis isn't that too many families are in DC's shelters; the crisis is that so many families need shelter. That is the crisis the Mayor should be addressing.

Parenting: Let's Hear it for Experience

Hilary Wilce | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

In the past, new parents tended to rely on parents and grandparents to help steer them on their way. Now, as life hurtles forward, parents often seem to think that no one who was around before the iPad era can have a clue about the amazing, breath-taking challenge that is parenting.

Hello, God, It's Me, Dadmissions

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

This week, I've really been thinking about things. So I grabbed my computer and I wrote my very first letter... to God.

Why Teaching Kids Resilience Is So Important

Hilary Wilce | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Resilience is so multi-faceted, so important to successful living and learning, that it is a kind of inner superpower that we should be aiming to cultivate in our children from the moment they take their first breath.

Coming Home

Robin Korth | Posted 04.05.2014 | Women
Robin Korth

We were all together again. It had been many years since all of my tribe had gathered in one place. Dad had called us all home. In that, we were pleased and happy to see each other

Children Benefit as California Leads the Way Enrolling Families in Health Coverage

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

March 31 marks the end of open enrollment for 2014 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but many Californians aren't waiting until the deadline to sign up for health coverage.

Paid Leave Keeps Women in Their Jobs and That's Good for the Economy

Linda Meric | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

February 5 marks the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). At the time, FMLA was a groundbreaking law -- a great first step toward ensuring that we can all succeed at being both breadwinners and caregivers. But FMLA still has a long way to go.

6 Qualities Kids Need To Succeed -- And One They Don't

Hilary Wilce | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

I've come to believe our job as parents is never to seek to develop confidence, but instead to encourage the right climate for it to grow.

The New(er) Normal

Anthony Romeo | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

If I had ovaries, I think it would be safe to say they've been aching. I want a baby. I want a baby very, very badly.

6 Family Behaviors That Are Totally Dysfunctional

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Caila Ball | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Dysfunctional behavior can be easy to slip into for even the most well-functioning families. While the temptation to ...

Playing Poor Children Against Jobless Is Ugly Game of Survival

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 03.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Marielena Hincapié

The shameful attempt to make game of the most vulnerable among us is likely to play out in the Senate arena this week, where Sen. Kelly Ayotte and conservative teammates are forcing a choice between poor, mostly Latino children and those who are jobless in a struggling economy.

Are Punishments and Consequences Different?

Shefali Tsabary | Posted 03.16.2014 | Parents
Shefali Tsabary

When children aren't allowed to learn from the natural consequences of their behavior, they don't develop the ability to direct their lives from their own center of gravity.

Our Agenda in 2014

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 03.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Momentum is on our side, but we know any number of variables can change the direction at any time and that's why we continue to fight on behalf of New York's LGBT community to push the needle forward on civil rights.

A Tale of Two Prisoners

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 03.10.2014 | Crime
Tracy Rosenberg

Every study confirms that guess. Prisoners who retain steady contact with family and friends while in prison have a dramatically lower recidvism rate. A better outcome for individuals and a better outcome for taxpayers.

An Experienced Mom's Tricks For Surviving Stomach Flu Season

Julie Cole | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Julie Cole

Some people beam when their kids get a gold medal in a sport or win a spelling bee. My pride comes from knowing that I had 19 rounds of vomit in our house and every single kid hit a toilet or bucket every single time.

Read This If Your Father Is Still Alive

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 03.04.2014 | Fifty
Mitch Ditkoff

If only we could pay as much attention to the living as we do to the dying. If only we could stop long enough from whatever occupies our time and truly care for each other, aware of just how precious each breath is, each word, each touch, each glance.

A Better Ending for the "Invisible Child"

Judith Sandalow | Posted 02.19.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

If there's one news article I would put on your must-read list from 2013, it's last week's exceptional New York Times series on Dasani, a homeless gir...