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Family Values

What do Preschoolers Really Need?

Monica Swanson | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Monica Swanson

It's true: Preschoolers depend on us for most of their needs. As loving parents, we quite naturally want to meet their needs...all of their needs. It seems the list goes on and on. But today I pose the question: What do preschoolers REALLY NEED?

What Growing Up Traveling With My Family Taught Me

Sonya Matejko | Posted 07.06.2015 | Travel
Sonya Matejko

I was brought up at home as well as abroad therefore learning that there is more to discover than just a city's history when traveling with family. You learn about your kin, your parent's past, and your sibling's dreams. You understand more about yourself, as well as where you came from.

Kids and Kindness - How You Can Get Your Child Involved This Summer!

Leigh McManus | Posted 08.18.2015 | Good News
Leigh McManus

Those who know me best, know how much I long to be a Mom. While the process to become a mother, has so far been a long and challenging one for me (which I will share some other time), it is always in my heart.

Family Values

Liza Long | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Liza Long

One thing I have learned from my conservative Christian friends: We shouldn't be afraid to share our values. In the end, no matter what your family looks like -- black, white, gay, straight, or some combination of all of these -- the love you share is what matters. Love wins.

Liberals and the (Not So) New Family Values

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

The impact of resuscitating a liberal tradition as part of the 2016 Democratic platform is anyone's guess: will it radically reshape one of society's most conservatizing institutions, enabling progressives to advance in territory unchallenged for decades?

Friday Talking Points -- Bernie Sanders Shows Democrats What 'Family Values' Should Mean

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Trade deals are one subject (one of the very few left) which do not break down on party line. Both the Republicans and the Democrats are split over the issue, so it's not a repeat of the usual partisan battle lines. But it is a clear defeat for Obama, who lobbied hard to very little effect.

New Mom Alert: 10 Inexcusable Opinions

Amanda Rumore | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Amanda Rumore

If you are loosely, even somewhat of an expert, I will probably welcome your opinion. However, if you haven't been around a child in decades, I, and others in my shoes, may find some of your thoughts to be questioning.

Following Your Own Path While Keeping the Legacy

Tajci Cameron | Posted 06.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

"Do you want me to play piano because you want me to be like you and continue your dream?" my then-6-year-old son asked me when I refused to let him q...

7 Parents' Dinner-Table Rituals That Make The Most Out Of Family Time

Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents

In most homes across America and in nearly every on-screen family, dinner scenes are the same: there’s dysfunction, yelling, spilled milk...or in Ke...

Friday Talking Points -- Double Standards and Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a rather loaded question: How much attention do you think the media should be paying towards a presidential nominee who is right now getting 13 to 15 percent support in public opinion polls of their party's voters?

Stereotyping? We Can Do Better, With Common Values

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Molly Alexander Darden

Recently in Georgia at a high school graduation ceremony, the school's founder-director made comments that drove people, black and white, to get up and leave before the event ended.

There's No Place Like a Full(er) House

Katharine Rose | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Katharine Rose

Faced with various milestones, situations and challenges we can all relate to -- such as fear of failure, insecurities and wanting to belong -- each episode left the viewer with a clearly defined message or "takeaway" which, more often than not, came down to one simple principle: Always try to do the right thing.

7 Meaningful Moments To Share With Your Mom This Mother's Day

Posted 04.28.2015 | Women

Moms do everything. For wiping our butts to our noses, driving us everywhere for at least the first 16 years of our lives and feeding us invaluable ti...

'Little Boy' Stands Tall

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.25.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The movie follows "little boy's" path to faith and shows how it affects the entire town. This is done in a way that is not maudlin, but heart-warming. If it causes tears to flow, well that is the nature of the circumstances, and not a cheap way to wrest emotion from the audience.

In Culture Clash, Consumers Take Control

Andy Stern | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Andy Stern

When Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the state's now-infamous "Religious Freedom" law, the reaction was fast and furious. Celebrities such as Mi...

Latino Family Values No Match for Cold, Hard Cash

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.27.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

In the realm of simplistic nonsense, few ideas are more insidious than the claim that you don't need money if you just, well, love each other a whole lot. This sentiment ignores the overwhelming financial stresses that clobber poor people every day.

There's More Than One Kind of Family -- It's Time Our Laws Include Everyone

Yee Won Chong | Posted 05.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Yee Won Chong

My family does not look like me. We don't share the same DNA. But our family ties are real and our economic stability is interdependent. We must make sure the rights of each person and their families are equally protected.

Paid Family Leave Moves Forward in Connecticut with Bipartisan Support

Michelle Noehren | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Michelle Noehren

Something historic just happened in my home state of Connecticut. The Connecticut General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees committee moved forward a bill that would create a state-wide system of paid family and medical leave, with bipartisan support.

Hammocks and Ladders: The Poverty of Republican Thinking on the Poor

David Coates | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Coates

In general Republican thought, poverty is not something caused by society into which some people are unfortunate enough to fall. Rather, poverty is something people fall into by their own failures, and it is also something that they can leave behind by climbing the ladder of success.

Stay Weird. Stay Different. Why Our Kids Have Got To Know We Love Them For Being Exactly Who They Are.

Lola Reed | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Lola Reed

So why did Graham's wholehearted Oscar acceptance speech get the standing ovation it deserved? Because he was willing to be vulnerable enough to share who he was as a part of what's he's become -- he was courageous and authentic and we loved him for it. By making our families a place where we can show up, be seen and celebrated for who we really are -- weird, different, ordinary and extraordinary -- is what builds and deepens our family's bonds of trust and love.

Passages

Tricia McCallum | Posted 04.05.2015 | Books
Tricia McCallum

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

Barilla and Gay Families: 18 Months Later, Does the Pasta Company Really Care? (VIDEO)

Jordan Bayne | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Jordan Bayne

In summer 2014 Barilla launched a contest calling for content creators to submit work under 60 seconds that reflected their new diversity campaign. I felt strongly compelled to create a commercial testing their commitment to a more inclusive ad campaign. In fact, my submission was the only one that confronted them face-to-face with a gay family.

What Would Steve Jobs Do?

Lola Reed | Posted 03.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lola Reed

If we're frustrated with not getting our kids' full attention -- much less eye contact from them -- we need to own up to what we're modeling with our loved ones and seriously reconsider just how short our leads are to our screen of choice.

Holy Family Values

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

The choirs are rehearsing their music, the preachers are mulling their texts and volunteers are organizing to once again deck the halls for the six services of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Making Marriage Work

Richard Greenberg | Posted 02.17.2015 | Weddings
Richard Greenberg

In honor of the fact that JoAnn and I are celebrating our thirty-seventh wedding anniversary this week, I thought I'd reflect a little on what I think has allowed our relationship to survive.