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Fathers and Daughters

The Grounds Behind Her Eyes

Jeff Bogle | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

My urge, my only urge, is to wrap her up in my long arms and hold on dearly while the quietest storm passes over us -- only I'm pretty sure there is no storm on the horizon at all. This is growing up. This is riding the seesaw between goofy kid and complex young adult.

My Daughter's Heaven

Rob Ashe | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Rob Ashe

She loves the bright sun and the way it feels on her skin. She adores the feel of the breeze on her face. She takes joy in slowly moving her hands through the sand. She breathes in the ocean air the same way I breathe in the smell of freshly-made chococlate chip cookies.

The Worst Times Happen At Our Front Door

Mike Reynolds | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

This isn't a story about regret or failure. I raise my voice because I do a lot as a parent, because there's a lot going on. We all have a lot going on. And kids don't listen all the time, nor should they be expected to.

I Sort of Love You

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 01.06.2015 | Women
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

She may not love us as she thinks she should. "Should" is a nasty word -- she will learn that, too, as she learns to navigate the world that has disappointed her so. For now... I will take what I can get. And give all. As always. Because she is the best thing I have ever done.

Anne Serling Shares Memories of Her Iconic Father

Jill Rachel Jacobs | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jill Rachel Jacobs

For fans of "The Twilight Zone," Rod Serling was the cool, dark-haired, tight-jawed narrator with the distinctive voice, who took viewers on a suspenseful guided tour into another dimension, during the Golden Age of television. To Anne Serling, he was "Dad."

Finding Closure: How a Gravestone Helped Me Say Goodbye

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Lisa Abeyta

Today I found a moment in which I could rest. My father's grave is no longer a place where he has simply disappeared from this earth but instead a place of acknowledgment.

7 Concepts of Chasing Dreams That I Learned From My 10-Year-Old and a Tortoise

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Justin Ricklefs

Kamden has shown me that life wasn't meant to be lived on the shore. It was meant for dreaming and deep sea sailing. Sure it's windier and more wavy, but I'd argue it's where we are most alive.

7 Things I Stopped Worrying About As A Parent

Jeff Bogle | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

Stop fretting over every decision and quit judging yourself against the people of the Internet. Half that crap is Photoshopped, anyway. Here are the seven things I finally stopped worrying about as a parent, and in turn, have made me a better, happier parent almost instantly.

How Keira Knightley's Breasts Inspired Our Family Body Image Talk

Mike Reynolds | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

I think her anti-Photoshopping statement, coming from someone more commonly referred to as "too skinny" than "too large," means as much for the future body image of my girls as it does from someone preaching the same message because they're seen as "too fat."

In Defense Of The Older Parent

Dan Szczesny | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Dan Szczesny

I'm not a young man. I have 20 years of experience, education and hard knocks behind me. I paid my dues and now my kids will benefit because I'll be able to spend more time with them, instead of hitting the salt mines every day to make ends meet.

In Gratitude of a Father's Service to His Country

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

I discovered my father was a consultant to NASA. Who knew? I didn't. He never bragged about it, despite the prestige and respect it would have garnered. He didn't care at all about those things. He cared about people, about helping others and doing the right thing by those he encountered.

The Sexist Case For Vaccinating My Daughter

Jeff Bogle | Posted 01.04.2015 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

My silence was deafening, to me at least. Do my girls have a dad who won't stand up to crap like that from archaic people who still believe a girl's chief purpose in life is to make themselves "cute" for boys?

Stop Asking If I Am Going To Try For A Boy

Ariel Chesler | Posted 01.04.2015 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

My 3-year-old daughter has recently started asking me if certain characters in books and cartoons are boys or girls. After answering her questions, I ask her: "Why is that important?" I'm asking you the same thing now.

Feminism Should Not Be Controversial

Tony Posnanski | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Tony Posnanski

I have a son. I have a daughter. I want my daughter to have every opportunity my son has. Not more. Not less. Equal.

The Subtle Backlash: It's My Kid in a Box

Ariel Chesler | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

I fear that my daughters will be limited by the culture they ingest, that I will be powerless to stop it. That they will, in the end, be eaten by Cinderella.

What Happened When My Daughter And I Switched Places For Halloween

Mike Reynolds | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

Last year, my youngest daughter and I set the bar so high for ourselves that I fear we'll never again reach it.

An Open Letter to My Kindergartener's 'Boyfriend'

Chris Cate | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Chris Cate

Today, my 5-year-old daughter informed me she has a boyfriend and that this hooligan (my words, not hers) is you. Before you try to tell me you didn't know that you were her boyfriend, you can rest assured that I presumed that to be the case. Nobody would be so foolish as to court my daughter without asking for my permission first, right?

15 Things All Dads Of Daughters Should Know

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Justin Ricklefs

Having daughters is one of the greatest joys I could imagine. We have a saying at our house that goes like this, "I love you more today than I did yesterday." Raising girls is a privilege, not a burden.

Why I Want My Daughter To Curse

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I'm not ready for Sienna to have her mom's sailor mouth, but eventually, when she's a teen, I don't want her to be afraid of speaking the language of her classmates and once she reaches adulthood, I hope to be ready for her to speak such words in my presence as part of normal conversation because the reality is that cursing is ordinary and sometimes, often even, acts as a release for pent up stress.

Why I Taught My Daughter To Punch

Ken Harbaugh | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Ken Harbaugh

Never let anyone tell you what a woman can and cannot do. And should someone make fun of how little girls hit, offer to teach them.

This Woman Spent 40 Years Thinking She'd Lost Her Dad's Special Bible

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

It’s been decades since her father’s death, but a Tennessee woman has finally found a way to be close to him again. Thanks to the kindness of s...

Ah, The Things We Do For Our Daughters

Michael Cavender | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Michael Cavender

I love having daughters. It is absolutely awesome. However, I was horrified when I found out I was having not one, but two of them. Over time, all tha...

My Father's Last Yankee: A Eulogy for Derek Jeter's Career

Stefanie Williams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Sports
Stefanie Williams

I simply say thank you to Derek Jeter -- whether he ever reads it or not -- for giving me 12 extra years to feel the limited warmth and love for my father I thought I lost when he died in 2002.

7 Things I Learned About Love When My Dad Started Online Dating

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 11.22.2014 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

When most 20-somethings have dating questions, they call a single friend. A few might call their moms. But what if your "person" is a 60+ guy who also happens to be your dad?

Show-and-Tell Feminism For Dads of Daughters

Ariel Chesler | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

Women are rightly frustrated that it takes reproducing a girl from their own genetic material for many men to be aware of what it's truly like to be female in our society.