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A Lesson From Father to Son: The Small Things Matter

Pamela Boccia | Posted 06.15.2016 | Parents
Pamela Boccia

On Sunday, I spent a few hours with my family at the town pool. We were sitting at our picnic table when we spotted a couple dollar bills blowing by o...

What Would You Have Done? Wedding Edition

Lynn Messina | Posted 02.29.2016 | Parents
Lynn Messina

I'd love to know what other parents would have done. If your child had planted himself or herself at the front of the middle aisle at an outdoor wedding, how would you have handled it? What would your first or second or third -- or tenth--thought have been?

Night Riders

Tricia McCallum | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

I was a girl of nine the night I rode shotgun alongside my father in his tractor trailer. He worked for British American Oil Company (B/A) then, dri...

On Nixon and the Legacy of Love

John Montorio | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
John Montorio

By loving our kids, and loving them unconditionally, we're giving them an enormous advantage. That love is a private gift that stands entirely outside of money, position and power.

Once Upon a Lyme: Starting the Conversation About Lyme Disease

Mark W. Guay | Posted 05.16.2016 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

Lyme Disease has grown to epidemic proportions with more than 300,000 new cases annually in the U.S. alone.

What I'm Giving Myself For Mother's Day

Megan Egbert | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Megan Egbert

I calmly said, "I am a good mother. I made a mistake, I'm human, but I am a good mother." Silence. Like 20 seconds of silence. Which was reward enough. But then this: "It's OK if we don't make it, Mom."

Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

When Your 'Best' Could Be Better

Kathleen Siddell | Posted 04.08.2015 | Parents
Kathleen Siddell

Isn't it time I expected more of myself? I know I'm good enough, but I think I can do better.

The Importance of Being Kind

Lindley Pless | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Lindley Pless

These little moments caused me to pause and reflect. And maybe you too need time to take a breath. Do we all have our right foot pressed so firmly to the gas pedal that we are speeding along neglecting to see the little ways in which we are avoiding kindness and compassion?

The Daily Risks of Good Parenting

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

How do we do this every day, when there is no guarantee? No promise of a future, or of grandchildren on our laps, no cure for cancer, no special bubble wrap that can protect our children? We let them go each day, small pieces of our hearts with goals and a will all their own.

A New Trick to Parenting Teens

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

I have 22 years of parenting experience. I've read hundreds of articles on how to parent. Often, I do find suggestions and insights that help, but parenting has a way of leaving me feeling humble, human and in need of more -- and so my quest for tools and tricks continues.

A Beta Parent Manifesto

Jen Nessel | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Jen Nessel

Contrary to what you might read, there are parents out there who don't hire bi-lingual nannies or fall to pieces when their kids brush up against a non-organic toy.

Love Your Children: Easier Said than Done?

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Our children are here to be as human as anyone else and their being human is not a poor reflection of us as parents.

Kids and Life Online: Are Parents' Fears Warranted?

Robert Weiss | Posted 01.26.2014 | Parents
Robert Weiss

Sometimes parents think that if they simply keep a watchful eye on their kids' digital activity, everything will be fine. It's a nice theory, but putting it into practice is significantly more difficult than one might think.

6 Ways To Survive Your Teenage Daughter

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

Lara Fox and Hilary Frankel, authors of Breaking the Code: Two Teens Reveal the Secrets to better Parent-Child Communication, give us their best advic...

My Ex Keeps Trashing Me to the Kids! What Should I Do?

Kate Scharff | Posted 02.21.2014 | Divorce
Kate Scharff

It takes practice, but you can learn to address misinformation about you (and redress the emotional damage it causes) without resorting to counterattacks or pulling your kids into an alliance against their other parent.

Why I Want You To Judge My Parenting

JJ Keith | Posted 06.21.2013 | Parents
JJ Keith

Not all judgment is baseless. Sometimes I need horrified onlookers to make me realize that I could be doing better.

Are You the Parent You Want to Be?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

We all have something that triggers us as parents, be it defiance, tantrums, nagging, or whining. When we are triggered, we may not react to our kids appropriately. However, we often don't realize how much how we are reacting in the present has to do with feelings from our past.

Are a Lack of Boundaries Turning Our Children into Criminals?

Ashley Ryan | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Ashley Ryan

If we use punishment, this is the kind of communication our children will get used to, and, in turn, learn. Punishment sets an example of fear, aggression and pay back.

7 Laws Of Good Parenting | Posted 03.14.2013 | Parents

There are many measuring sticks we use to see how well we're doing at this impossible game of parenting. There is no scoreboard, there is no game clock, there are only arbitrary milestones.

'Too Much Mother Love': Proving the Necessity of Nurture

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Lisa Wade

"All that rot they teach to children about the little raindrop fairies with their buckets washing down the window panes must go. We need less sentimentality and more spanking." Or so said Granville Stanley Hall, founder of child psychology, in 1899

Starting the New Year Right with Your Teen

Andy Braner | Posted 03.02.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

What if our New Year's Resolutions revolved around helping others achieve theirs? Stay with me for a second.

Why I Can't Say "No" In Midlife

Kathryn Livingston | Posted 01.17.2013 | Fifty
Kathryn Livingston

I'm sure there's a happy medium between yes and no (and I don't mean maybe)...a place where no excuses are needed, where there are just enough yeas and just enough nays, where one feels balanced and satisfied and content. I just haven't found it yet.

Trans Is A Teacher For All Of Us

Teo Bishop | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Teo Bishop

I like to think of trans people as agents of transition and transformation. They call on all of us to acknowledge that what we assume about the world is not always the case, and what we believe is fixed about humanity is often quite fluid. That's how special my kid is.

Is the American Happiness Formula Making our Kids Depressed?

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Jonathan Hewitt

We have become approval junkies always looking for the next fix, the next hit of validation and approval. The problem is that our goals (Look Good + Perform Well + Get Approval) are all extrinsically based.