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Forgiving My Father

Elana Christiansen, LMFT | Posted 11.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Elana Christiansen, LMFT

Forgiveness and gratitude go hand in hand for me. I share this in the spirit of the season. When my father says to me: Don't have as many children as...

Why I Am Thankful to Be Called Daddy

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Without a doubt, each child that has come to live with me has made me a better person in some way. To me, there is no difference between biological, adoptive, or foster child; they are all children I have been fortunate enough to care for as my own.

How to Raise a Resilient Child

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

No matter how closely parents try to manage their children's lives they can't possibly protect them from life's trials and tribulations. Indeed, parents shouldn't protect their children from those things. Parents should guide their children instead in how to effectively manage the challenges they'll face on their own.

I'm JUST a Mom

Regan Long | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

I'm just a Mom who no longer knows what to tell her children when they ask why there is so much pain and hurt and "bad guys" in this world.

Building Oona's Future by Remembering Her Father

Plumfund | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact

After a truly brave battle, Stephen passed away peacefully in his sleep. He had to tell Oona he was not going to live much longer and when he did he asked her, "Do you know whom I will miss the most? I will miss you the most."

6 Life Lessons From Teaching My Son to Shave

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Most of my father-son memories are documented in some way using the camera from my iPhone. It takes pretty good shots, and I'll admit it, I have a bit of a social media addiction. This moment was different, though.

Adolescent Maneuvering of Loss and Grief

Melanie Bishop | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

A Series of Small Maneuvers by Eliot Treichel is an exquisite debut novel about a father/daughter river trip gone horribly wrong. Classified as young adult due to the age of the protagonist, this book is entirely relevant for readers of all ages.

A To-Do List For Myself After My Father's Death

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 11.06.2015 | Women
Abby Rosmarin

3. Wake up when you wake up. Be it with the alarm or at 2 a.m. Don't fight it.

Two Supports Lacking for U.S. Children in Poverty

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

The effects of father absence and the poverty that results from it are exacerbated by two supports lacking in the U.S. -- the lack of extended family and the dismal spending by the federal government on family-benefit programs.

A Beautiful Place, Without Fear

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

How do we really know whether that inner voice we hear is God's voice or our own? How many times do we try to solve problems in our own lives or try solving them for others, seeking a solution or a change for the better? And how many times have we failed?

Timeless... at 103...

Debbie Davis | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Debbie Davis

With a little self-indulgence, I write a salute to Dad, who would be 103 today, Oct. 16, 2015, had he lived past age 82.

Why Every Working Mother In America Is Done

Regan Long | Posted 10.08.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

I refuse to accept what isn't acceptable. I refuse to remain silent. I refuse to stand by and watch other families crumble, literally be torn at the seams, emotionally and financially.

Dear Dad, I Still Remember You

Rachel Brehm | Posted 10.04.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

Dear Dad, I still remember you. The memories shift and fade over the years, but you are not forgotten. I remember the Thai restaurant where everyone knew your name. I remember your sleepless nights, and the days when you cried.

Does Your Kid Behave Much Better When You're NOT Around?

Juliet Linley | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Juliet Linley

Why oh why, when we leave our kid with friends, grandparents or other relatives, do they often tell us what deep down we'd rather not hear? I mean, sure on the one hand we're relieved to hear that those who were doing us the favour of watching our kids, didn't end up having to deal with a gigantic tantrum.

No Coincidence: The Message I Received From My Late Father

K.C. Wilder | Posted 09.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
K.C. Wilder

I was sitting in a McDonald's parking lot, alternately sobbing and sucking down gulps of a mocha frappe. I was trying to decide if I'd just experience...

Dads Hold Key to Reducing Child Poverty

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

The U.S. Census Bureau just released its report on income and poverty for 2014. The good news or bad news, depending on your perspective, is the overall rate for adults and children living in poverty did not change, from a statistically significant perspective, compared to 2013.

What I Want My Kids to Remember About Their Childhood

Alison Chrun | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents
Alison Chrun

As I stumble through the first handful of years of my kid's childhood, I'm often reminded of my own. My best childhood memories were when I was quite young, probably between the ages of 5 and 7 years old.

How My Estranged Father's Death Healed Our Narrative

Sara Bobkoff | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Sara Bobkoff

Alzheimers is a disease that takes the story of your life and throws the pages of memory up in the air. Many blow away. But some land right in your hands.

Am I the Only One With an Ungrateful Kid?

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Iris Ruth Pastor

The following was written over 30 years ago, at 4:00 AM - one of those times before daybreak when everything looks a little bleaker and a little darker than perhaps it really is.

How Much Economic Power Do Dads Have?

Josh Levs | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Josh Levs

False claims and inaccurate statistics about modern families abound. Many of these focus on dads, the most misunderstood part of the modern family. Mainstream media is filled with headlines and references to surveys that get fathers completely wrong.

Teach Me to Be a Man, Dad

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I was deeply moved this week. I am frequently moved when I meet with families in the privacy of my therapy office but this week I was particularly touched. I watched closely as a 15 year old teenage boy told his father that he'd like him to be more involved in his life.

Why "Back to School" Is Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

John McCormick | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

I already long for those July mornings when all I had to worry about was getting myself fed and dressed. Or sip my coffee and read the paper in a quiet kitchen while the boys sacked in 'til noon.

7 Things I Want My Son to Know About Leadership

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Standing in a crowded gym I watched as my teenage son and several of his friends took to the basketball court. He's been playing sports since he was f...

I Was Never A Fatherless Child

Quincy LeNear Gossfield | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices
Quincy LeNear Gossfield

I've never lacked fathers or father figures. What matters are those great father figures who loved us, taught us, cared for us, protected us, and helped shape us into the men and women we become.

The Moment I Captured My Father No Longer Holding His Breath

Quiet Revolution | Jennifer Mattern | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

My father—from whom I have inherited all my introvert DNA—is visiting me and my two daughters. He lives in Philadelphia; we live in western Massac...