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A Thanksgiving Tale, Served With Punch

Charlie Carillo | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Charlie Carillo

It all began when this nasty kid was picking on me in electric shop class, shoving me from behind and laughing when I didn't fight back. I didn...

Age Can't Dim His Blue Eyes

Dan Szczesny | Posted 11.24.2014 | 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.

What A Trip To Vegas Taught Me About My Marriage

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I married my husband because he is smart, funny, and great in the sack. That's how we ended up with these kids. What would it say about our marriage if I did not trust him to care for them?

s The Stepdaughter-Stepmother Relationship Doomed?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I'm a 17-year-old female and nearing the end of my life as a child. My parents have been divorced for about four years now, which is for the better, but a year ago, my father married a woman I cannot bear to be around.

6 Steps to Deal with Fears for Your Children

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

I'm generally not a fearful parent. Even though I fear accidents the most, I rarely think about whether they might happen. But every once in a while, the scar that Jillian still has from that awful day reminds me how much I love my children and don't want any harm to come to them.

The Hard, Daily Switch from Work to Home

Hilary Wilce | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

I'd been living all day in neon office light, with grown-up office people. My head was still buzzing with the rhythms and problems of my fast-paced day. Home was domestic, lamp-lit and adhering to its own time table.

In Gratitude of a Father's Service to His Country

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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.

Dad's Ultimate Bedtime Routine

Chris B. Miller | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Chris B. Miller

Make them the best sundae they've ever had. Start with warm donuts, topped with ice cream, topped that with marshmallows, chocolate sauce and crushed candy. Wash this all down with some soda (with caffeine if you really want to mix it up). That was dinner.

Stop Asking If I Am Going To Try For A Boy

Ariel Chesler | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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.

One Mother Wonders, 'Can There Be Love Without Sex?'

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have allowed my daughter to go on dates with him as long as she checks in with me so I know their whereabouts and that she gets home by curfew. I've asked my daughter what she means when she says she is in love and she just says that she really really is crazy about this boy

Two Ways We Can Make Work-Family Balance Easier For Working Dads

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

Many dads struggle with work-family balance, but because they do not see other men talking about these issues, many feel like they struggle alone. We all struggle with work-family, and just knowing this fact helps.

Why I Love Halloween -- Now More Than Ever

Andy Miller | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Miller

That's when it hit me. All those future Halloweens. I never considered I might not be around for those. Was this the first and last time I would take Clark trick-or-treating? Was this the only costume I would ever see him in?

Be Prepared: How to Have Thriving, Joyful Children, Part I

Amanda Gore | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

I am sitting on the plane flying back from a conference with the South Australian Scouts Association reflecting on what an amazing organization they...

Should I Become a Parent Again?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.30.2014 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

The nine couples attending the first week of my wife Ceci's natural childbirth course look on as she points to a chart that provides a preview of a ba...

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

Ariel Chesler | Posted 10.29.2014 | 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.

Dads, Step It Up For Your Teens

Todd Kestin | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Todd Kestin

You're busy with work and life, we know. But put it down for a minute. Stop what you're doing, close your computer, and put attention on your teen. We all know that teens want to be more independent and to move away from their parents, but at the same time they know dad will be there for them. Always!

Yes, Life Does Come With Instructions

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 10.28.2014 | Good News
Jennie Sutherland

In the early 1990s Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. was a New York Times bestseller and a perfect graduation present. With its unassuming red plaid cover, the book consolidated more than 500 suggestions, observations and reminders that Brown shared with his son who was going off to college.

Celebrate 5000

John Willey | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents
John Willey

Let's face it, we all want a reason to party, and not something stupid like announcing the gender of your child.  That is NOT a thing.  What...

3 CEOs, 2 Paths, 1 Goal for Working Fathers

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 10.23.2014 | Business
Scott Behson, PhD

Recently, two male CEOs stepped down to be more involved dads. Most working dads have to muddle through with difficult trade-offs. What we really need are "CEO Dads" who stick around and create supportive workplaces for the rest of us.

Get The Hammer Out of Daddy's Hands

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 10.22.2014 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

I can't imagine the mayhem in our lives if those mega-hardware stores like Lowe's and Home Depot had been around. He could have just gotten into all sorts of trouble. Heaven help us.

Being the Primary Caregiver Does Not Mean Being the Favorite Parent

David Lesser | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
David Lesser

I get it. I stay home with the kids while my wife works, so when she gets home, she returns the conquering hero. Like I said, I get it. Most of the time, but clearly, not always.

Thank Heaven for Daughters

Rich Siegel | Posted 10.10.2014 | Comedy
Rich Siegel

I read this article the other day or somebody sent it to me. To be frank, my memory as well as my resistance to a second beer with dinner, is lon...

15 Things All Dads Of Daughters Should Know

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 10.03.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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.

7 Signs That You Are Getting Old

John Willey | Posted 10.01.2014 | Comedy
John Willey

You eat things like brussel sprouts... AND ENJOY THEM. I love them roasted with a little bit of oil and salt. I never would have given them a second thought if I was younger.