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The Stories That Bind Us: What Are the Twenty Questions?

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 05.23.2013 | Parents
Marshall P. Duke

The major criterion for inclusion in this set of questions was that they test knowledge of things that children could not possibly have learned first hand.

How Easter And Passover Can Make Your Family Happier

Bruce Feiler | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Bruce Feiler

Over the next week, tens of millions of people will do something so familiar it's easy to forget how radical it is: They will commemorate the worst moments of their past. What rightful people put their most ignoble days at the heart of their identity? The answer: a people that wants to survive.

Legalized Infant Abandonment: Alarm in Europe, Barely a Peep in the U.S.

Adam Pertman | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Adam Pertman

The proponents of safe havens and Baby Boxes most effectively answer criticism by saying their approach is worthwhile even if it saves just one baby's life. I have an alternative suggestion: Let's aim higher.

To This Day Project: Interview with Anti-Bullying Video Creator Shane Koyczan

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Based on a powerful spoken word problem, Shane Koyczan's To This Day Project explores the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

Why You Should Save for College

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 04.23.2013 | Parents
Sharon Greenthal

Encourage your children to go to college. If you can, save a little -- or a lot -- to help them with the financial burden that being a student brings. Make sure they know that you value a college degree from early on.

5 Secrets Happy Families Know

Bruce Feiler | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Bruce Feiler

Tolstoy was right. Happy families do have certain things in common. Today we finally have the knowledge to know what those things are.

The Education of a Vietnamese American Writer

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

Finding and following my passion and path in life is a bit like that. Scary. Delightful. A struggle, to be sure. But once I dove into that pool, I took to the water. And I kept on swimming.

Before It's Too Late: Understanding the Impact of Institutionalization on Children

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Parents
Adam Pertman

Through all the dark shadows that Russia has cast with its ban on adoptions by Americans -- on the affected girls and boys, on the U.S. citizens seeking to become their parents and on the process of international adoption itself -- a thin glimmer of light is struggling to emerge.

What Lance Armstrong and Bernie Madoff Have in Common

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 01.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

What do Lance Armstrong and Bernie Madoff have in common? Are they a different species from each other and from us? No, they are all too human. Like many of us, they want to be superhuman. The difference? They feel driven and entitled to go for it at any cost.

Forced Family Day

Christina Arata | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents
Christina Arata

I dread the day when my daughter is too cool to give me kisses and my son would rather play basketball with his friends than hang out with his mom. But even when they complain, I'll be forcing the tradition of family days.

''Family' Is A Hard Word For Me To Understand'

| Posted 01.12.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Represent Magazine, a platform for and by young people in foster care. Some details, such as names,...

Recipe for a Healthy Family (and Delicious Sangria)

Intent | Posted 02.14.2013 | Healthy Living

We spoke with the Duers, an all-American family of five living in New York, on how they stay connected, sane, and healthy while juggling family and work responsibilities.

Hungry for Meaning

Donna M. Butts | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

If you've ever had to fast for 24 hours before a medical procedure, you know the discomfort of an empty stomach. Not pleasant perhaps, but at least it's fleeting.

Why We Should Put Children and Families First During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 02.10.2013 | Education
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Instead of sequestration, we must demand that policy makers develop a well-balanced plan, making critical decisions on revenue and spending that put children first!

What Does It Feel Like To Have Your Sibling Die?

Quora | Posted 02.04.2013 | GPS for the Soul

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Shannon Holman, Poet and Builder I wrote this in 2000, when my sister Jan had been dead elev...

Trim Your Christmas 'Three': A Crucial Tip for Holiday Survival

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Just like abstaining from carbs will trim your waist in two weeks, trimming three from your family relationships will decrease your load of "dirty laundry" in the same amount of time. Keep it up between now and New Year's Day, and you'll coast through the holidays like Santa on a sleigh.


Sonia Taitz | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Sonia Taitz

What will we leave our children when we're gone? Most of us will leave pictures and scrapbooks; echoes of their lives and our own. We can all leave something else that's just as precious -- a taste of who we are and where we came from.

Yes on 30 & No on 32: Moving California Forward

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

Propositions 30 and 32 are pivotal for the future of education, public safety and the voice of hard-working families in our state. They both carry major implications for the future of California.

20 Tips To Prepare Your Family For Hurricane Sandy

Kathy Carter Woods | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Kathy Carter Woods

Some of these tips saved time and money. Others saved my sanity. So after you've gathered the canned foods, batteries and water, consider these.

WHiP IT! Our Responsible Outrage

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Elias, MS

This is dedicated to the women who cannot speak their truth. It is for those women's voices that cannot express themselves for fear that they will be destroyed by the man in their life.

How To Handle A Daughter-In-Law You Hate

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 12.11.2012 | Weddings
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

Your son is in love and marrying the girl of his dreams so... what do you do if she is the girl of your nightmares? We'd love to tell you that all sons marry women their mothers love as much as they do but honestly, that just wouldn't be true.

Is One Child Enough?

Francine Jay | Posted 12.08.2012 | Parents
Francine Jay

The one-child household is the fastest growing family unit in the U.S., and now outnumbers those with two children. On my own street, four of the nine families with kids have a single child. So our daughter is unlikely to be the only "only" in her kindergarten class.

Adoption Subsidies: A Great Investment for Kids Who Need Families

Adam Pertman | Posted 11.25.2012 | Parents
Adam Pertman

More than 104,000 children in the United States are waiting in foster care to be adopted by permanent, loving parents. These girls and boys, who are on average 8 years old, typically remain in temporary situations for over three years before being placed with "forever families."

What Home Exchange Taught My Daughter

Shelley Miller | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Shelley Miller

Last month my daughter, Michele, left our home in San Diego for jolly ole' Oxford, England where she'll participate in a semester abroad program for the next three months. I was a wreck.

Get a Rock and Talk

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Robert Koehler

He'd won his case. He got custody of his daughter. This is the limit of conventional justice: "victory," which of course means defeat for the other person, in this case, the mother of his daughter. Why not celebrate? But Bill Heenan had the nagging feeling that his daughter was also one of the losers in the decision.