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Dear Family Whisperer: Take a Holiday and Let Your Kids Work

Melinda Blau | Posted 10.28.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

We need a new national holiday: Give Your Kid a Real Job Day. I'm all for Bring Your Child to Work Day. It's vital to model persistence and creativity for our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Without a Plan to Tackle Addiction, You're Not Qualified to Be President

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Patrick R. Krill

While it may be tempting to dismiss me as a single-issue voter with a narrow view of the world, consider whether there is one other issue whose poisonous vines stretch so broadly across every inch of our national landscape: public health, the economy, national security, civil rights, crime, family life, and education.

6 Reasons My Husband And I Probably Won't Make It To Your Event

Patrice Robinson | Posted 10.12.2015 | Parents
Patrice Robinson

We love and appreciate all of our friends and family, but guess what? WE come first... and we don't want you to take that personally!

In Defense of Wearing an R2D2 Dress to Homecoming

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

Around here, the high school homecoming dress code calls for a suit for boys and a cocktail-style dress for girls. My daughter's R2D2 dress is more casual. The biggest push-back against her decision has come not from me, her father, nor her boyfriend (a fellow Star Wars fanatic), but from the girls.

I Wish My Father Was Alive

Tom Morris | Posted 06.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

I wish my father was alive. I lost him decades ago, when he was only about six years older than I am now. As Father's Day approaches later this month,...

A Manifesto for Women as Agents of Peace

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Men and women who have not had opportunities to question gender roles, beliefs and cultural/religion roots, cannot change them. Women who are not aware of their rights cannot claim them.

Only 6 American Men Identified As Stay-At-Home Dads In The 1970s. Today, It's A Different Story

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 05.08.2015 | Business

My husband is a pioneer, traveling through uncharted and sometimes hostile territory. He is one of a select group of brave men who are upending stale ...

Mother's Day in All Its Messy Glory

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I will be handed presents, pictures, cards and coffee. I will ooh and ah as I hear how they picked out the presents and who tried to make a break for it at the store, or who had a meltdown at the bank because there were no more lollipops.

Sailing as Metaphor

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Moreland Johns

Life. Play it safe -- or risk everything? Avoid conflict or seize the day? At the end of a long-anticipated visit from across the country, this wri...

If These Walls Could Talk

Amy Heinz | Posted 04.26.2015 | Parents
Amy Heinz

Though the walls are gone, the people who were inside them will continue to hold each other up. And while that family will build a new house -- new walls -- the truth is, wherever they are together, that's where they'll be right at home. (Even if it takes a few more tear-stained pillows to realize it.)

A Boomer Recipe for Domesticity

Laurie Levy | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I'm opening my kitchen to the dining room and installing an island with seating for 2-3 people. This is what everyone wants these days, right? An open concept. But maybe it's also a metaphor for another change in domestic life. After all, I'm swapping my kitchen table for an island.

How to Enjoy the Holidays Like Your Kids Do

Seleni Institute | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents
Seleni Institute

However things have gone in holidays past, it is possible to have fun, connect with your children, and emerge from winter break not only with most of your sanity intact, but also feeling -- dare I say it -- relaxed. Here are some ideas for making this dream a reality.

Yes, We Are THAT Family

Regan Long | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

The dog is barking. Someone is knocking at the door. The phone is ringing. And the smoke alarm is going off from my attempt at cooking. You read about these people and watch them in a movie, but no, that's us. We're those people.

What's Not Making My Holiday Card (But Should)

Seleni Institute | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Seleni Institute

Like a browse through a peppy Facebook feed or a college alumni magazine, accomplishments at the speed of bullet points can be downright intimidating. They are also only one way to view the year you have had.

A Wardrobe Malfunction

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 12.12.2014 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

I am not much of a housekeeper. I often tell the story of the time my mother-in-law and my mother got to talking about my housekeeping skills. I don't remember exactly how it came up but their discussion ended with my mother saying, "Well she didn't get that from me."

Carolina Moreno

New PBS Series Shows Major U.S. Demographic Shift 'Is Already Here' | Carolina Moreno | Posted 10.13.2014 | Latino Voices

The days of a majority-white United States are coming to an end. But it's not something the country should fear, according to award-winning journalist...

Preemptive Parenting Is a Game Changer

Amy Tara Koch | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Amy Tara Koch

Preparation yields time. And time is an invaluable currency. Once I organized the major Mom things -- meals, school, scheduling after school activities -- I emerged cleansed, much like that glorious feeling of showering after an exceptionally sweaty workout.

This Photo Series That Shows Adorable Kids As Latino Heroes Is Challenging All The Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 10.11.2014 | Latino Voices

When mom Marisol Correa went shopping at a Halloween store with her kids recently, she said she was saddened, but not altogether surprised, to see tha...

Are You Striking a Balance With the Loves of Your Life?

Nicole Dash | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Nicole Dash

Perhaps you want to give them what you didn't have. Perhaps you want to keep up with your neighbors or your friends on Facebook. You want to take them to every fair, orchard, museum and petting zoo.

Shakira Teaches Milan To Read In Adorable Video

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 10.09.2014 | Latino Voices

Shakira proves, once again, that parents are a child’s best teacher. In June the Colombian superstar gave son Milan an impressive U.S. history le...

Ricky Martin Gives Son Heartwarming Answer To Questions About Birth

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 10.09.2014 | Latino Voices

Ricky Martin is the proud father of twins born via a surrogate, and it’s no surprise that the Puerto Rican star has some heartwarming answers for wh...

These 7 Sites Offer Us A Great Glimpse Into Our Hispanic Past

Posted 10.06.2014 | Latino Voices

It's no secret that the U.S. population is becoming more and more Hispanic. According to U.S. Census data from 2013, 17 percent of Americans are Hispa...

9 Baby 'Lasts' I'll Miss (And Also Celebrate)

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

These lasts are usually unexpected and often not even noticed until they're long gone. Then, you might mourn these little moments that made your baby a baby.

Dear Family Whisperer: Overcoming 4 Difficult Truths About Your Grandchild's Parents

Melinda Blau | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

When our children have children of their own, we have to remember that their lives are not ours to live. Your son has "the right" to circle the wagons around his family, but not to be rude and inconsiderate.

5 Lessons I've Learned Raising A Boy

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I am the mother of one high-energy, animated, car-obsessed 5-year-old boy. While he is the center of my universe, he has, at times, left me wanting to pull my hair out.