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Why I Got Arrested in Washington, D.C.

Linda Meric | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Linda Meric

I was arrested on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Washington, D.C., with 104 other women, partly because I am a mother and grandmother.

Grandma, What Big Eyes You Have

Claire N. Barnes, MA | Posted 11.13.2013 | Fifty
Claire N. Barnes, MA

I am encouraging my fellow grandparents to consider the importance of their role in their families as characterized across cultures and through multiple, artistic representations.

A Lot to Learn: As the School Year Begins, Adoption Needs to be in the Curriculum

Adam Pertman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Adam Pertman

Even as adoption becomes increasingly normalized in the U.S., adoptive families continue to confront roadblocks for their children in a place they expected only smooth roads: the classroom.

Appliance Recalls: Understanding Their Importance

Steve Ash | Posted 10.28.2013 | HuffPost Home
Steve Ash

My experience working in the appliance industry has taught me that when appliances and other products are recalled, homeowners need to take quick action and deal with it as soon as possible.

Fifty Years Later: Children and Youth Still Waiting to Live the Dream

Donna M. Butts | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

"Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children." It's been 50 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King voiced those words as he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the 1963 March on Washington. If only that part of the dream had come true.

The End of the American Household and Healthy Childrearing

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 08.23.2013 | Impact
Dr. Peter Breggin

Increasing numbers of individuals feel unable or unwilling to make the commitment to take on the tough jobs of maintaining a marriage, raising a family and building a career.

Am I Queer? Nope. Just Familia Please

Lillian Rivera | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Lillian Rivera

Queer is a term loaded with a spirit of oppression, violence and "othering." I am not the "enlightened" scholar who has been able to lift the heavy chains that this word carries in my mind. I have not been able to re-claim the hatred I prescribe to its targeted use.

Lutherans Adopt 'The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries'

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

The statement affirms the fundamental principles of the U.S. criminal justice system, such as due process of law and the presumption of legal innocence, and it also recognizes serious deficiencies.

Should Your Child Consider a Two-Year College?

Jodi Okun | Posted 10.16.2013 | Parents
Jodi Okun

For some families the two-year path is a strictly financial choice. Many find that it is cost-effective to take more of the core classes at a local community college and then transfer those credits to a four-year institution.

Back to School + ACA Open Enrollment = Affordable Health Insurance for California Families This Fall

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

California educators and The Children's Partnership are doing their homework to make it easy and convenient for families to learn about affordable health insurance options, get help enrolling, and even enroll at schools, child-care centers, and after-school programs.

Carnival Labor Day: Charlie Chants 'Union'

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Carny John once helped his mother run a carnival but says he gave up ownership because of carnies, who describes as a class of difficult, overlooked people he loves.

Lessons I Learned from My Parents: Part I

Mark Baer | Posted 09.22.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Unfortunately for my mother, her parents refused to allow her to call off her engagement to my father because they did not want to suffer the embarrassment it would cause them. My parents' marriage was miserable from the outset, even though they remained married for over 20 years.

Dogs Are Gay Children

Jason Howe | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Howe

"Dogs are gay children," goes the joke, and you know what? They continue being your children even once real children arrive. The only thing that keeps us from loving a dog like we love a person is the knowledge that the relationship is temporary, and that soon we'll have to lose them.

Attention Must Be Paid, Even By Fiat

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2013 | Fifty
Jane Adams Ph.D.

While trying (or not) to let go of our grown kids and enjoy the responsibiity-free years between now and that distant country of the "old old," we're not ready to cut all the ties that bind us. Will it take a decree from the government to nudge them into paying attention to us when we get there?

More Grandparents Raising Children Than Ever Before

The Economist | Stay Informed Today and Every Day | Posted 07.07.2013 | Fifty

BARACK OBAMA was raised by his grandparents for part of his childhood. He remembers his grandmother as being “tough as nails”. ...

Connecting Everyone to Our National Parks

Neil Mulholland | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Neil Mulholland

Although our national parks are increasingly accessible -- more than 70 are in urban areas and most are within 100 miles of a city -- the parks have struggled to engage growing urban and multicultural populations.

Parents Just Want Their Kids Back

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

At the core of the concern of people in communities across the country is the desire for their children to come home, for their families to heal and for forgiveness to take place.

What Will We Remember About Graduation Day?

Diana Grycan | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

If you are going to a graduation this year, enjoy each fleeting moment. Enjoy the tears and the laughter and the glue called love!

Your Behavior, Your Kids and Divorce

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 08.12.2013 | Divorce
Sharon Zarozny

Ask anyone who's been through it, and they'll tell you one of the most gut-wrenching aspects of separation and divorce is figuring out how to co-paren...

Is the Adversary Model Appropriate or Suitable for Family Law Matters?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.09.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Divorce doesn't impact children, especially if they are adults, does it? When families are "ripped apart by divorce," it has no consequences, right? ...

The Law Is a Baseline and Nothing More

Mark Baer | Posted 08.10.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Consider the impact of a family systems and service based approach, meaning that there are value-added inputs being offered to the families, rather than merely a brokering of deals.

Recognizing When Your Elderly Parent Has Dementia

John Shore | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
John Shore

Once all the emotional baggage has been cleared out of the way, you're free to worry about the only thing you really have to worry about, which are the practical aspects of physically protecting your mother from herself.

Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 08.03.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Tahmina Akhter Sadia started working in a Bangladesh garment factory at just 11 years of age. She didn't want to go to work the morning of April 24, 2...

Blogging for LGBT Families Day: A Celebration of the Season

Dana Rudolph | Posted 07.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

Blogging for LGBT Families Day sits almost exactly between Mother's Day and Father's Day, honoring both parenting titles but recognizing that not all families fit neatly into those two observances. There's a big spectrum out there.

An Honorable Memorial to the Fallen

Lee Woodruff | Posted 07.24.2013 | Fifty
Lee Woodruff

On Memorial Day, we'll remember those who died in service to our country. But this year, my thoughts are also with our injured service members and their families -- the folks who carry the biggest burden when loved ones return, different, broken, hurting.