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The Ultimate Father's Day Guide

Ada Polla | Posted 08.04.2013 | Style
Ada Polla

I know around this time of year, fear strikes as I try desperately to find the perfect gift for the two men in my life: my father, and my husband, who is a father himself. They have everything, and what they don't have they can get. What is a girl to do?

Children and Families Need to Be the Number One Priority in Our Society

Mark Baer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Children and families need to be the number one priority in our society. Currently, we only pay lip service to such things. Our children are our future. Isn't it time that we reflect on our true values as a society?

Getting Your Teen Daughters Ready for Bathing Suit Season

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.31.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

This summer, encourage your daughters to wear bathing suits that they feel good in, to have fun at the beach and to focus on making friends and conversation, not losing weight.

Pregnant Teen Boys? An Anti-Teen Pregnancy Campaign

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Barbara Greenberg

Sometimes we have to step out of the box to educate and warn our teens. Sometimes we even have to capture their interest for more than just a few moments to make some impact.

Child Abduction and the Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Mark Baer | Posted 07.20.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Let's say that a child is born to a same-sex married couple (or registered domestic partnership or civil union). What do you think happens if that same couple later moved to a jurisdiction that fails to recognize their relationship?

10 Things I Wish I'd Told My Father

Posted 05.14.2013 | OWN

By Rosie Schaap The author of the wise and wholly original Drinking with Men: A Memoir looks back on life with her dad, who unexpectedly passed awa...

Dear Sad Daughter In The Future

John Kinnear | Posted 07.13.2013 | Parents
John Kinnear

Old me is going to look at you and tell you I love you, and you're going to scream at me that your life is over and that I will never understand, and you're right about at least half of that. I probably won't ever understand you. But I did once. I promise.

The Conditions of Unconditional Love

Jason Good | Posted 07.13.2013 | Parents
Jason Good

The ridiculous downside to parenting is clear and visceral -- that's why it's so easy and funny to complain about it. But how can I explain the upside, that enormous emotional experience, which compels us to persevere?

Mother's Day in America

Matthew Dowd | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

As we approach Mother's Day this Sunday, it is time to take a moment to reflect broadly on women and their role in this world. I think the values of a culture are reflected in how women are treated, both in what society expects of them and what they value in themselves.

The Blessing of Telling Dad

Christopher Horan | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Christopher Horan

When I came out I told my mother and brothers first. All three , within 2 sentences and 30 seconds implored me to not tell my father.

3 Things To Never Say To A Fatherless Son

OWN | Posted 05.06.2013 | OWN

By Wes Moore The author of The Other Wes Moore wants to call attention not to the things we should say to a young boy, but to the comments we shoul...

Teens, Makeup and Self-Esteem

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.03.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I am not suggesting that a little lip gloss at age 12 is a dreadful thing. I am talking about extremes here.

What Parents Of Little Kids Need To Admit To Themselves

Steve Wiens | Posted 09.06.2013 | Parents
Steve Wiens

There are many moments when I have no idea how I'm going to make it until their bedtime. The constant demands, the needs and the fighting are fingernails across the chalkboard every single day.

What to Expect During Your Teen's Senior Year of High School

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 06.25.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Senior year of high school is a mixed bag. It's not Santa's gift bag, but is instead a bag full of emotional joys, disappointments, separations and boredom. Yes, boredom.

Why I Care for My Mother

Janie Emaus | Posted 06.24.2013 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

Chances are if you're in your fifties or older and one or both of your parents are still alive, some of your time is spent in a caregiving situation.

A New Way of Talking to Your Teens About Tragedy

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

How can we possibly reassure teens that they are safe and that these tragic events are low frequency events that are unlikely to happen yet again?

Occupy Childhood, or How I Learned to Love the Moment

Whit Honea | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Whit Honea

My sons take their seats, the motor kicks on and the swings start turning to the right in a soft, careful circle. It is their spotlight. It is as wide as a slow dance and twice as wild. Their hearts beat accordingly. They pass me by again and again. The only thing that changes is the calendar.

The 'Hip Dip' Is Not a New Dance

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Just when I thought that I had heard it all, I learned about yet another disturbing trend among our teen girls. Teen girls are now afraid of having a hip dip -- a slight curve on the outside of their upper thighs.

My Disabled Son's Special Vocation: To Show People How To Love

Paul Gondreau | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Paul Gondreau

Why is the whole world so moved by images of this embrace? A woman in the Square, moved to tears by the embrace, perhaps answered it best when she said to my wife afterward, "You know, your son is here to show people how to love."

The Sweet Way My Son Helped His Brother Deal With Grief

Whit Honea | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Whit Honea

We found his brother mid-smile, with a ray of sunshine across his face and his hair a golden tussle. I held the moment as long as I could, willing the story to end on this page.

Men and Boys Behaving Badly: Where Are Their Fathers?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We need to establish a firm principle: the abuse of women by men will no longer be tolerated by other men. The voices of more men need to make that perfectly clear. For boys, for young athletes, and for fathers, Steubenville should become a wake-up call.

How Not to Be a Modern Dad

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.18.2013 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

There was a dad alone with his infant daughter and pushing a primary-colored stroller, just the two of them enjoying a stroll in the fresh air, a modern man and his wee lass! I thought it beautiful. Until I opened my mouth.

My 75-Year-Old Dad Reviews "Shaun of the Dead"

Leslie Goshko | Posted 05.13.2013 | Comedy
Leslie Goshko

They say kids say the darndest things. But my belief is that it's 75-year-old parents who have just discovered a new movie who really blurt out classic nuggets of truth (hell, just look at Shit My Dad Says).

Lessons From Grief

Juliana Stock | Posted 05.12.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Juliana Stock

I had no idea what I wanted to do or be, and in many ways his passing felt like I was starting from scratch... like I had to relearn how to have Thanksgiving dinner or shop for Christmas gifts, blow out my birthday candles -- would I even want birthday candles again?

After Two 'Practice' Kids, I'm Hoping Third Time's a Charm

Jim Higley | Posted 05.09.2013 | Parents
Jim Higley

Not that I made terrible mistakes with child one or two. I hope not. But they certainly were burdened with my trial-and-error years. And some occasional misplaced focus. What they didn't get -- for sure -- was a father who realized how quickly the parenting merry-go-round comes to an end.