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It Takes a Village

How I Found My Village After The Deaths Of My Children

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 09.30.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

I never expected my life to take a dramatic turn. Bad things didn't happen to me. I was happily married with a successful was good. But, it only takes an instant for your life to turn upside down. That happened to me in 2013, when two of my triplets died within two months of their birth.

The Heart We Need In the White House

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.04.2016 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

I've never been interested in politics, but can't help it these days, after hearing what's going on between our presidential nominees on the news. I'm sure you're hearing all about it, too. As a reader, I've heard different, negative things about Hillary Clinton, and what's even sadder is hearing it from other women!

Moms: We Are Contradicting Ourselves

Jenna Wawrzyniec | Posted 06.15.2016 | Parents
Jenna Wawrzyniec

Everyone has their own boundaries, anxieties and triggers; I absolutely understand this, and these personal boundaries should be communicated and respected. I'm not trying to argue that any mother's boundaries should be pushed, but maybe when a boundary is crossed, we can start using it as an opportunity to educate rather than let it create resentment.

Conquered: My Biggest Fears on Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

Jenna Wawrzyniec | Posted 06.02.2016 | Parents
Jenna Wawrzyniec

As we packed up our belongings for another move -- with growing baby in tow -- I put my search for another 9-5 gig on pause. There was a career opportunity right in front of me: stay-at-home mom. I took it.

The Power of the Smile and Nod

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 05.23.2016 | Parents
Kristy L. Moore

I have since discovered and have taken great comfort in the simple, gentle smiles and nods I get from those people who understand -- the fellow moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, nannies, teachers--who know what it's like to deal with children.

Missing the Village

MotherWoman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents

Photo: flickr Creative Commons: dgphilli By Megan Stonelake After my son was born, I was fortunate to have my mom stay with us at least one night ea...

When We Are Missing Our "Village"

Jennifer S. White | Posted 12.23.2016 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

Right now, for a few minutes, I'm on the computer when I "should" be playing with my kids. Apparently, according to all of this sage parenting "wisdo...

Don't Put It All In One Village

Tarja Parssinen | Posted 10.29.2016 | Parents
Tarja Parssinen

As someone living without a traditional village (parents, siblings, aunts, uncles), I have spent the last seven years trying to build a non-traditional one (ie: any living, breathing creature that offers friendship and/or childcare) and it occurs to me that I am going about this all wrong.

How I'm Learning To Live Alone

Nancy Lang | Posted 08.31.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Lang

Today I had a day off with nothing planned, which actually made me feel a little uncomfortable. I generally like to have a list to check off in order to feel productive, but nothing I had to do was screaming out as urgent. Thus, I felt no urge to do any of it, so I didn't.

The Business Concept That Changed the Way I Think About Parenting

Monika Szamko | Posted 06.09.2016 | Parents
Monika Szamko

Too many of us want to learn "how" (concrete behaviors and techniques) rather than "why" (philosophy and greater purpose). If we first chose a philosophy that resonates with us, the set of necessary behaviors aligned with that philosophy might come more easily, or even naturally.

It Takes a Village

Kathleen Siddell | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Kathleen Siddell

This virtual village is far and wide -- populated by parents all over the world, with all kinds of circumstances. We have the opportunity like never before to learn and share and adjust and improve... if only we could stop burning it down.

Why We Need to Talk to Strangers

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Minding your own business (or calling the cops) is fine, knocking on a stranger's door or helping someone else's kid off the jungle gym is creepy. What has become of us?

Hillary Clinton Is Right, Every Child Must Be Considered 'Too Small to Fail'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

In a recent Washington Post article it was reported that the federal Healthy Start program was changing and becoming more of a competitive grant progr...

Yes, Your Kid Can Actually Live Without Peanut Butter

Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor | Posted 11.22.2014 | Parents
Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor

I cannot imagine having to live with that kind of fear every day, and I certainly cannot imagine having to deal with people who seemed so callous about the life of my child.

I Refuse To Walk Alone

Anjali Joshi | Posted 11.22.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

I refuse to shed tears in solitude. I will find a shoulder. I refuse to settle with smiles and looks. I will strike up a conversation, and learn about you and your children. I refuse to raise my son alone. I will be your eyes and ears, and you'll be mine.

Inspired By Dating Sites, Moms Create Online Community To Help Families Find Friends

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Two San Francisco moms want to help all parents find the people who will make up theirs. Sheila Tenn...

Sometimes There's Still a Village

Rachael Clarke | Posted 09.14.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

We're all capable of being a part of this village, the village it takes to raise a child. We can all offer an encouraging look, a kind word, a helpful gesture

Why Women Need Their Girlfriends Even More As They Get Older

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 02.23.2016 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

While I'd always treasured my girlfriends, I'd never thought about needing them MORE with age.

Hillary Clinton's Latest Title, 'Grandmother'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

What title could Hillary Clinton add to her resume that would make her even more appealing to voters than those she already has on her resume? That question was answered recently when Chelsea announced that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky were expecting. In the eyes of much of the world, grandmothers can do no wrong.

12 Reasons I Really Do Need A Village To Raise My Kids

Dr. G | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. G

We may be able to get our kids fed and dressed on our own, but to raise the kind of people we want to raise? We need a lot of help.

To The Moms I Never Met, Thank You

Carissa K | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

My friends are an invaluable part of this stage of parenthood and since you raised them to be the people they are, I want to say thank you.

It Actually Does Take a Village in Special Needs

Dan Levitz | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Dan Levitz

To be at a birthday party for a really amazing little boy that my daughter is just crazy about and not to have to explain to anyone why she's holding her hands over her ears while she bops to the music is just heaven.

Never (Ever?) Talk to Strangers

Kristen Levithan | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Kristen Levithan

I put my arm around her and pointed to my eldest inside the van: "My son goes to kindergarten here. Why don't you come inside and warm up and we can figure out what to do next?" And then, just like that, a little girl I didn't know was sitting in my car.

Remember When Hillary Clinton Won A Grammy?

Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment

The 56th annual Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, but let's remember the 39th annual Grammy Awards, since that's when Hillary Rodham Clinton was awa...

Family-Style Fitness

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

If we are really serious about doing something to reverse the unfitness of many Americans, we need to have places to exercise that are inexpensive or free, convenient and open when families have the time to use them.