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Father Son Relationship

The Fragility of Life and Lung: My Dad's Severe Pneumonia Story

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

I am not the kind of person who wants to forget trauma and suffering. Rather, I want to cherish it. I want to remember that life is fragile no matter my effort to prevent another cancer -- no matter my dad's effort to stay active, healthy and strong.

Your Son Doesn't Need to 'Just Suck It Up'

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents
Justin Ricklefs

Dads, your words are strong. Powerful. And lasting. It's fine to want your son to be strong, tough and really good at baseball. But not at the price of cutting him down and breaking his spirit.

My Son Is a Loser (and So Am I)

Doug Gertner | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Doug Gertner

My son is, and has long been, a loser. This simple teenage truth became comically clear about this time last year and remains true to this day. The mystery also remains, "Why can't my son keep track of his things?"

10 Reasons To Be Proud Of Your Father

Marco Cáceres | Posted 12.21.2014 | Fifty
Marco Cáceres

When you're a child or a teenager, the tendency is to look at your father as a bit of a pain in the neck. But as you grow up, have a career, get married and have a family of your own and face the daily pressures of life as a father, you quickly realize that your father was much smarter, much wiser and much greater than you used to give him credit for.

A Wave To Remember

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

As I was walking to the door thinking I had successfully avoided waking anyone up, I heard a whisper in the dark say, "Dad, where are you going?" It was my son walking towards me in his jammies with crazy bedhead.

Age Can't Dim His Blue Eyes

Dan Szczesny | Posted 01.24.2015 | Fifty
Dan Szczesny

Last spring, I froze when I got the simple text from my sister, "Dad had stroke, on way to hospital." As a reporter, you're taught to distill information, to base your coverage decisions on what's important, what's real and how fast the information is coming.

Things We Won't Tell Your Mother

Andy Bellin | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Andy Bellin

For the most part, we are a very happy family. But I realized then that my fear of doing some indelible future damage to my boys had put me on permanent guard.

The Unique Way Parents Walk Toward Their Children

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

I remember how far behind she'd left my stepfather, who'd come with her, and the way her purse swung on her arm, and the broad, breaking smile on her face as she drew nearer. It felt almost embarrassing to be the object of such emotion after having done nothing more than come home.

Gentle-Men

Heather Risinger | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Heather Risinger

Let's let our boys read books, make bracelets, tap dance, sing, make music and anything else they want to do, with no judgment.

Confusing Concepts I've Failed to Explain to My Kids

Joe DeProspero | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

Have you ever been sitting across from your inquisitive child and wondered, How the hell am I going to possibly explain such a thing to this kid in a way that he'll actually 'get it'? Well, this blog is written exclusively for you.

I'd Like You To Meet My Son... And His Two Amazing Moms

Dave Meslin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Dave Meslin

Most commitments in life come with an escape clause. You can join a group and later decide to leave. You can accept a job and then quit. Deep friendships can slowly fade -- even marriages. But to be asked by someone to participate in the act of creating a child... this was truly sacred.

The Father of All Problems

Craig Tomashoff | Posted 08.30.2014 | Parents
Craig Tomashoff

We all want our kids to have better lives than we do (just as we have all vowed not to be like our parents). I just wish I could relax and not worry so much about him making the same mistakes I did and start letting him go instead of clinging to how he and I used to be.

The Symbol To Remember When Your Family Is Going Through Hard Times

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents

"A family's everlasting promise of love and care is like the shelter of an umbrella." Those words appear at the end of "The Promise," an acclaimed ...

How to Give Your Kid a Compliment

Dan Milledge | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Dan Milledge

My GOD Oscar, I was giving you a compliment! I was saying something nice about you, TO you. Give me that. (Grabs Lego) Oscar. Listen. Do I have your attention? Good. I am proud of you for the--

The Influential Fathers Behind These Powerful World Leaders

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 06.24.2014 | World

The bond between a father and his children is something experienced globally. As these dads show us, the saying "the apple doesn't fall far from the t...

Why My Father Didn't Need Parenting Books

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

I wanted to become the kind of father who would earn my children's love and respect, as he had earned mine. The rest, as it is said, is commentary.

Eating Lunch Outside With My Son

Vincent Daly | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Vincent Daly

Together, for the first time in our history as father and son, we collectively experienced a sense of tranquility. Honestly, I nearly fell off the bench where I was seated in disbelief.

I Really Need a Fish in My Life

James M. Chesbro | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
James M. Chesbro

"Daddy," he said, turning toward me, the palms of his not-yet 3-year-old hands up, arms spread. "I really need a fish in my life." He squinted his eyes, the wrinkles in his sun-kissed face pressed for an appeal.

Dadmissions: The Trains In The Basement

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It was the late '70s when my dad first showed me those boxes of Lionel trains being stored in the basement behind the furnace. These trains belonged to my father and my uncle when they were kids. These trains meant everything to them. My dad told me these trains were now mine.

Starting Over Again: The Beauty and Terror of Becoming a Dad a Second Time

John Corcoran | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
John Corcoran

There's a gnawing, uncomfortable feeling that washes over you at some point in the weeks shortly before your second child arrives. It may come when you are cleaning out the house, sorting newborn clothing or setting up the crib.

My Father's Legacy: Author Portraits

Henry Köhler | Posted 03.26.2014 | Arts
Henry Köhler

I started working with my father's, Swedish visual artist Carl Köhler's (1919-2006), art about six month after he passed away in that beautiful Swedish summer of 2006.

My Son, the Rocket Scientist

Les Trent | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Les Trent

I have the fears of any parent, most especially, of course, of war. But being a child of a career Army man who served in Vietnam, I have other concerns.

Hey Parents: Your Kids Want (and Need) One More Gift

Jim Higley | Posted 03.08.2014 | Parents
Jim Higley

I've had the good fortune of giving each of my children, through the course of their lives, many of those "big" things: A nice home, schools, vacations, clothing. Years ago, I thought those were the important things. But life's handed me a few lessons.

Mexico City Nightmare: A Father's Worst Fear

John Godfrey | Posted 11.12.2013 | Parents
John Godfrey

You never want your phone to ring after midnight. "Your son Jack was assaulted tonight and suffered a serious injury to his head -- a massive subdural hematoma. We're going to have to perform an emergency craniotomy."

Dad's 'First Day of School' Curtain Call

Jim Higley | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Jim Higley

The little caboose, the baby of the family, the one who I somehow thought would never grow up, is off to high school.