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Mentors We Don't Realize Exist

Patrick Hess | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
Patrick Hess

Sitting around arm and arm with my siblings, aunts and mother eight years ago as my dad struggled for each breath is a moment in my life I will never forget.

The 'Mother Figure' I Didn't Know I Needed

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women
Rachel Levy Lesser

No one would ever fill that void left by her death, I told myself, and it's true that no one really has. But my father has certainly made that void feel a little less empty.

9 Horrible Thoughts I've Had As A Parent

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 02.20.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

There are days when I wish there was a return/exchange lane for my children. Sort of like Costco's no-questions-asked return policy.

Dad Commemorates Black History Month With A Heartwarming Video About His Own Father

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents

In the latest installment of his "New Father Chronicles" video series, dad La Guardia Cross is observing Black History Month. Titled "His Father Left,...

A Thank-You to the College Athletes Who Welcomed My Son

Michael Plansky | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Michael Plansky

Like every new dad, as I held my newborn son, I dreamed of teaching him to play catch, shoot a basketball, and ride his first bicycle. But Max was different. A premature twin, I couldn't hold him for months, and when I did, he fit in my two hands. A few months later, I found out Max had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

The Timer And The Ticking Clock Of Parenting

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

Parents are in a mortal battle and locked in an eternal death match with time. Except the only way we survive it on a daily basis without losing our damn minds is by keeping it on the back burner and putting it out of sight and out of mind for brief periods of time.

Adopting? Proceed Reverently

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

I welcome the on-going dialogue about adoption, with hope it can lead to better care and protections for children worldwide. I pray for understanding and grace as we all continue this conversation.

Dad's Message About 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Jim Higley | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Jim Higley

Go enjoy Fifty Shades of Grey. Thank you for sparing me any of the details. And just remember, the love of your life will be nothing like Christian Grey. He'll be better.

10 Daddy-Daughter Date Ideas

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 02.13.2015 | Parents
Justin Ricklefs

Our daughters care far more about time with us than they do the stuff we can buy them. I'm learning to trade my selfish ambition, my phone and my agenda for meaningful time with my girls.

Sons Can Never Really Please Their Dads

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 02.13.2015 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Do all sons want to be "better" than their fathers? Do all fathers want the same for their sons -- that they grow to be "better" -- or do they secretly, perhaps unconsciously, always want to be someone their sons can look up to in every which way?

Why It's (Still) Important To Refute The Doofus Dad Stereotype

Carter Gaddis | Posted 02.06.2015 | Parents
Carter Gaddis

Knowing male privilege is real, that 21st century Western society remains slanted in favor of men in many ways does not mean that dads should stay silent in the face of (yet another) mass media depiction of fathers as buffoons or secondary actors in the complex dance of parenthood.

The 5 Dads of Elementary School

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Dads, don't think you got off easy. Just as I paid attention to all the moms, I was watching you guys, too. That's how the half group, the subdivision, was born: we were all watching you.

Ballet Dads

Richard Greenberg | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

It doesn't matter if you're the dad or the mom, on a dance floor or on a ballfield, the things children need to be taught are all the same: kindness, respect, generosity and fair play.

The All-Time Most Unoriginal Thought About Parenting

Andrew Knott | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Andrew Knott

It finally happened last week. I finally had that moment of clarity and inspiration that wannabe writers dream about. That game-changing idea that no one has ever had before. I was so excited; this was it!

10 Things Every Parent Is Doing Right

Meredith Ethington | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Meredith Ethington

Parenting is hard. Some days it sucks, and yes, some days we mess up. But remember the most important thing -- you're doing the best you can, and YOU are the best parent for your kids.

Why I Will Never Carpe Diem Again

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

When we let go and stop trying to force our days to bend to our stubborn wills, the moments that make our days worthy of remembering will find us, and if we are willing and ready, they will seize us, enrapturing us in its loving grip.

Dear Dad, You're Doing It All Wrong (A Letter To Myself)

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

Dad, your kids don't need you to help them live the fullest life; they need you to help them find the deepest life. You don't have to show them the world; you just have to listen to the world going on inside of them.

What An At-Home Parent Is Really Worth

Bret Spears | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Bret Spears

Being a stay-at-home dad, I have man-danced a time or two with insecurities about (not) making that sweet coin. Stacking paper. Procuring pork products and delivering them to my domicile. Um, money.

The Dad with the Butterfly Tattoo

Brian Horn | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Brian Horn

The tattoo tells the story of my journey with my son Jackson through the chrysalis of a butterfly (the butterfly is also the international symbol for Down syndrome).

How 12 Koalas Taught Me To Talk About Life As a Parent

Bobby McMahon | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Bobby McMahon

We haven't been parents that long, but already we've learned the heretofore secret way that parents sometimes just look at each other and nod, like old cowboys in the West.

7 Hilarious (And True) Changes From Baby No. 1 To Baby No. 3

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Kid No. 1: Everything is brand new, washed in delicate soap and properly folded and put away in the matching dresser or hung on color-coordinated hangers. Kid No. 2: Hand-me-downs are washed and haphazardly checked for stains. Kid No. 3: It's cool if boys wear purple polka dots, right?

Where Similac And The Mother 'Hood Go Wrong, and Why It Matters

Chris Routly | Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents
Chris Routly

It's not insulting or offensive, and certainly won't make anyone lose any sleep. But it matters that Similac went ahead with this campaign as it is, and they need to know they can do better.

Rainbow Baby's Pregnancy Is Nerve-Wracking

James Sims | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts
James Sims

It has been eight months since we set foot in the labor and delivery unit of this hospital . We lost our baby girl in room 13 last May, following a nightmarish few months consumed by trips to the emergency room, bleeding with unknown causes and bouts of contractions.

This Is What I Told My Sons

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

I told them I know they might not like them now, but one day, they'll think girls are pretty cool. And I told them it's important above all to respect those girls.

What My Daughter Would Say If She Could Talk

Jon Helmkamp | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents
Jon Helmkamp

My daughter is just shy of eight months old, and although she can't talk yet, it sure seems like she has a lot to say.