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Father's and Daughters

Let's Talk About Sex (and Puberty) Without Fear

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 03.20.2015 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

It's time that fathers take a more active role in educating and raising their daughters to accept themselves for all that they are and ever will be.

A Dying Neurosurgeon's Exquisite Message To His Daughter

stanford | Posted 03.20.2015 | Parents

Editor's note: This piece was originally published in Stanford Medicine magazine on February 23, 2015; Paul Kalanithi passed away on March 9, at age 3...

The Time We Waste

Dani De Luca | Posted 03.12.2015 | Women
Dani De Luca

As I stood over him, noticing the deep crease in his left earlobe and the shallow pulse in his neck, I thought nothing of the man he hadn't been. Nothing. Every harsh word exchanged, every disappointment, every hurt, vanished. All I could see was my father.

5 Steps For Raising A Strong Daughter

Jon Helmkamp | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Jon Helmkamp

Your daughter needs to know that you are there for her -- that you will protect her, do anything for her and will not judge her. Make sure you are cultivating a safe relationship with your daughter so that she knows she can come to you in times of trouble.

How Do You Instill Confidence in Girls as They Grow Up?

Quora | Posted 03.13.2015 | Parents
Quora

I have two daughters who are both incredibly confident. When I think about how they came to be this way, it makes me very proud to have instilled a quality in them they will benefit from for life.

4 Things I Want My Future Daughter To Know

Derrell Jamison | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Derrell Jamison

There is only one person who can determine how far you can go in life -- you. Always remember that what you tell yourself and believe about yourself will be the truth.

Saying Goodbye to the Baby Years

Ian Colvin | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Ian Colvin

It's a strange feeling, saying goodbye to the baby phase. We've been in this phase since returning from our honeymoon. We didn't come back from Hawaii pregnant like most couples; we returned knowing it was the right time to pursue our dreams of becoming dads.

The Time We Get

Kathy Radigan | Posted 02.10.2015 | Women
Kathy Radigan

After the heart attack I knew that time was precious. If I wanted to repair the relationship, I was going to have to do it sooner rather then later.

The Most Important Marriage Lesson My Dad Taught Me After My Divorce

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 02.05.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

One day I will meet someone who loves loud, quirky, and sometimes anxious. I am good enough as is and a strong marriage requires two people who accept each other for who they are inside.

Passages

Tricia McCallum | Posted 02.05.2015 | Books
Tricia McCallum

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

The Grounds Behind Her Eyes

Jeff Bogle | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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 02.22.2015 | 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 02.14.2015 | 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.