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Fathers and Daughters

Another Open Letter to My Daughter, The Returning Camper

Scott Shamberg | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Scott Shamberg

Rather than writing you another letter full of fatherly advice that at this point you would probably ignore anyway, I thought I'd tell you what I'm going to miss while you're gone this summer.

You're In Charge Of Your Body. I Still Get To Make Rules.

John Kinnear | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
John Kinnear

Here's the problem with shirts and bumper stickers and sound bites. They boil everything down into a simple digestible message that, while catchy and convenient, is also easily misconstrued.

This Is What It's Like Being Raised Without A Father

Kirsten Larson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Divorce
Kirsten Larson

Two days before my mother died from cancer she asked, "You won't be contacting your father, will you?" They had been divorced 37 years but their animosity toward each other never waned. "Really? This isn't important right now mom."

6 Parenting Lessons I Learned From a Father Dying in Hospice

Rudri Bhatt Patel | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Rudri Bhatt Patel

Experiencing the pendulum between sorrow and happiness, I learned that no state is ever permanent. This is the meat of life. We are all swinging back and forth in various times from happy to sad emotions.

7 Things You Personally Should Avoid As A Parent

Mike Reynolds | Posted 06.27.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

Don't re-enact the alien-through-the-stomach scene from Alien with your kids using a real alien in their stomach.

Did I Forget to Mention My Dad Is Gay?

Xesenia Maurice | Posted 06.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Xesenia Maurice

I don't think of him as a "gay dad." I see him as the man who was strong enough to overcome many obstacles, including addiction, so that he could take care of his brothers and sisters, a man loving enough to raise me as his own even though he is only my guardian by law.

After Father's Day

Chef Rossi | Posted 06.18.2014 | Women
Chef Rossi

This year marked two more Father's Days for Dad since then, and his 88th birthday. Since that fall, his new life includes a wheelchair and nurses, but the champ is far from counted out.

What 53 Hours in a Hospital Teaches You About Your Kid

Rob Sachs | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Rob Sachs

I thought horrible accidents weren't supposed to happen on beautiful weekend mornings. Certainly not when you're less than five feet away from your 6-year-old daughter, who's playing on a tree branch less than two feet off the ground.

Fathers Who Are Redefining Manhood

Ama Yawson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

Tony Porter, Armond Mosley and others are doing phenomenal work in leading men towards a more holistic definition of manhood.

Why I Avoid Card Stores on Father's Day

Joanne Tombrakos | Posted 06.13.2014 | Women
Joanne Tombrakos

It wasn't like I didn't already know. My birthday had come and gone with the absence of his card, addressed as he always had, "to my one and only." T...

It's Not Too Late To Stop Yelling At Your Kids. Here's How I Know.

The Orange Rhino | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
The Orange Rhino

As a gift for my dad this Father's Day (an odd gift, I know, but trust me, it's a good one), and as a way to offer hope that it isn't too late to stop yelling, I share this story with you.

Lessons From My Father

David Kirsch | Posted 06.13.2014 | Parents
David Kirsch

I think we take too many things for granted in life, and often leave important things unsaid. As a 53-year-old single father of soon-to-be-5-year-old twin girls, I see my father with very different eyes.

What Makes a Father?

Suzanne Fleet | Posted 06.13.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Fleet

He put furniture together, fixed my leaky toilet, helped me shop for cars, gave me rides to the airport, slipped me money, mowed my lawn, didn't say what he was thinking when I brought loser boyfriends home time after time.

Celebrating Father's Day With a Divorced Dad

Madeline Wahl | Posted 06.13.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

The last time I saw my father was two years ago at my sister's wedding. The time before that was the year prior on his last day in Florida before moving to Minnesota to start a new life. We had our good-bye at one of our favorite places in Florida, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

Why Father's Day Is So Important For Daughters

Monique Ruffin | Posted 06.13.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

For nearly three weeks I've been facilitating The Father Project for some sixty-plus women. The project is designed to assist participants in healing ...

Dads, Daughters, and Business Lessons

Meg Seitz | Posted 06.12.2014 | Business
Meg Seitz

There's a super special connection that lives between dads and daughters. It's why we think it's funny to watch tall, brawny fathers crumble at the sweetest and pinkest of birthday parties.

My Dad Is Always Right, Despite What My Mother Says

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 06.12.2014 | Parents
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

When I was a baby, my mom had a well-deserved night out with friends. Upon my mother's return, she found me fast asleep in a diaper held together by electrical tape. Hence my dad's parenting credo: You may not do everything perfectly as a parent, but as long as the job got done and no one got hurt, it's all good. And really, more than anything, I'm just grateful he used electrical tape and not a staple gun.

Top 10 Father Figures in Literature: Great Reads for Father's Day

Allison Pataki | Posted 06.12.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

This weekend we will celebrate our fathers and the important men in our lives. In their honor I've come up with my list of top ten great reads about great father figures in literature.

Dear Dad: I've Never Told You This, But...

Suzy Strutner | Posted 06.12.2014 | Women
Suzy Strutner

Writing the perfect Father's Day card is easy. Writing what I want to say is not.

What Really Matters? Life Lessons From My Father

Mable Chan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Mable Chan

When I think about the many ways he's shaped my thoughts and choices since childhood, I recall stories and conversations.  Here are three of the most memorable lessons that come to mind. They taught me what really matters in life, what matters to him, and how to weigh what's worthwhile.

Grieving Dad Goes To The Stanley Cup Finals, Courtesy of Fellow Hockey Fans

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.12.2014 | Parents

Many parents try to share their love of sports with their children, and Rangers fanatic Bobby Ackerman hoped to do the same. According to TODAY.com...

A Father's Day Letter to the Man Who Thinks He Looks Like Sam Shepard

Blogdramedy | Posted 06.12.2014 | Comedy
Blogdramedy

Dear Dad, It's Father's Day on Sunday. Before you remind me, yet again, about the many times Mom said you could have been Sam's twin brother, let me open your eyes to the truth. Mom lied.

When Father's Day Isn't About Buying A Card

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 06.12.2014 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

I believe one of the most important things we can do as parents is try to figure our own parents out.

Why I'm So Grateful For My 'Soccer Mom' Dad

Alanna Vagianos | Posted 06.13.2014 | Women
Alanna Vagianos

As a lawyer turned successful restauranteur, my father is by far the hardest-working person I know. And after years of piecing together his dream life, my dad turned out to be, well, my soccer mom.

Nuggets of Wisdom From an Unconventional Father

Allie Smith | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Allie Smith

I was blessed with an unconventional father, although I must admit the blessing sometimes felt like a curse.