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Mother's Day Tribute 2014

Austin Blood | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Austin Blood

I've always thought children are kind of like poorly-timed bursts of flatulence. You can tolerate them if they're your own, but other people's are simply unbearable. So in commemoration of this and other challenges of motherhood, I am hereby tasking my pen to acknowledge moms everywhere for all that you do.

From A to Z, All The Reasons My Wife Is An Awesome Mom

Mike Reynolds | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

A: A human. That grew up inside of her. That she pushed out of her. I could stop this list right here. That's absolutely Amazing and Astounding.

My Wish List for Teachers

Jen Hatmaker | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Jen Hatmaker

I wish I could skip into your classrooms and make it rain cash money, travel vouchers, solid gold trophies, and confetti made out of the STAAR test you just endured.

Why You Shouldn't Overlook Hiring a Male Babysitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Although babysitting has come to be viewed as a female-dominated domain, there's no reason to think that women will take better care of your kids than men.

The Kid Connection

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

To parent well post divorce, the kid connection is something to accept and perhaps to foster. Here's why.

Do Kids Need Special Online Protections or Do We All Need Them?

Larry Magid | Posted 07.04.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

We have always taken child safety more seriously than adult safety, even where children are not necessarily at greater risk than adults. It's probably instinctual. As every parent knows, protecting one's offspring is not something we even have to think about. We just do it.

This Boy Is Going Blind, So He's Not Wasting A Single Moment

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.02.2014 | Parents

Ben Pierce was born prematurely and only weighed one pound and six ounces. According to USA Today, his eyelids were fused shut at birth, which has cau...

Keeping It Sweet During Menopause and Motherhood -- the New M&M's!

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Motherhood and Menopause are strange bedfellows. With more women giving birth at 40+, the two M's can become a challenging tag team

You're Never Too Old For a Baby Gift

Donna Fish | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Donna Fish

For this Mother's Day -- which I always advocate as a time to buy yourself a present -- buy yourself a baby book and relive and record that early history of when your first was born. (Or that early history of your growing family.)

Sun Safety and Education Needed In Schools

Kate Solomon | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Kate Solomon

My 5-year-old has what we like to call "sensitive skin." It's lily-white, soft, and so translucent, it nearly glows. She has a scar on her forehead that needs extra care. And after 15 minutes of recess without sunscreen, she's as red as lobster.

9-Year-Old Jorge Vega Discusses His Role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Ilana Rapp | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

At just nine years old, Jorge Vega plays a character, also known as Jorge, in the film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Jorge has already conquered all three mediums -- stage, television and film.

100 Reasons Not To Have Kids (That I Discovered After I Had One)

Anjali Joshi | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

While I, myself, have taken the parenting plunge, I do understand the opposing perspective -- choosing to be childfree. As a matter of fact, I think I understand it better now than I did before.

How to Teach Kids to Make Mindful Choices -- Even When We, Parents, Aren't Around

Karen Salmansohn | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Karen Salmansohn

It's very important for me to make sure that my son doesn't get used to me dictating and commanding what he should do. Instead, I'd rather my son develop good, mindful, thoughtful choice-making skills on his own, so he can learn to make right and wiser choices on his own.

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.

Parents vs. Legos

Samantha McGarry | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

I hate that Lego pieces have this way of breeding, like little horny plastic bunnies -- and then liberally distributing their spawn over every surface of my home.

Eva Hill

Adorable Kids Try Coffee For The First Time, And Their Reactions Are Priceless | Eva Hill | Posted 04.29.2014 | Taste

Proof that we were probably smarter as kids, in this instance.

3 Pearls of Wisdom From the Queen of Children's Music

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

If you are the parent of a child under the age of 7, you need to get to know Laurie Berkner. Berkner created the "kindie" genre, or as I like to call it, "kids' music that parents like, too."

A Parents Guide to Minecraft

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Jason P. Stadtlander

I heard other friends of mine mention Minecraft from time to time, no one could really tell me what it was or what kids did within the game. So, as with every other technology, I told my son that I couldn't let him play it until I had tried it myself.

Well, Your Kids Might Be Able To Wear 'Duck Dynasty' Soon

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 04.28.2014 | Style

You might be able to dress your kids in "Duck Dynasty"-inspired gear soon. Jessica Robertson, of the A&E reality television show, told Naughty But...

Dear Cashier

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

He fights back and is inconsolable. He is frustrated with my pleas and pulls at the boxes we are parked beside. I watch in utter horror as the 10-foot chip bag tower tumbles to the ground.THIS IS NOT HAPPENING.

To Working-Class White Mothers: Just Say Yes to Father Involvement

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

Our focus should be on what is best for children. And frankly, when fathers are encouraged and educated about being involved, responsible, and committed fathers, children, moms, and dads are better off. Isn't that what creating strong families is all about?

Learning the Lessons of the InBloom Failure

Stephen Balkam | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

The controversy over how to manage and store sensitive student data reached boiling point this week. InBloom, the non-profit organization backed by a $100M grant from the Gates Foundation, closed its doors over parental concerns about the potential misuse of that data and other privacy and security fears about how students' information might be used, manipulated or get into the wrong hands.

Hungry for Attention: Is Your Cell Phone Use at Dinnertime Hurting Your Kids?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Our children desperately need us to stay present with them. In this increasingly distracting world, how are they ever to learn how to prioritize people over things?

An Open Letter to Rap Music (For My Daughters)

Mike Heenan | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Mike Heenan

If you choose to forgo "Happy Birthday" for crooning about your "Magic Stick," you'd better be the guy in the Gandalf getup passing goodies out to the party-goers. You will NOT be "making it rain" around my girls unless you are a sprinkler technician.

To the Mother Who Held Her Crying Daughter

Tony Posnanski | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

I noticed your table early in the night. I saw you and your husband. I also saw your two kids. You looked unhappy. When I walked by the table, there was no eye contact. I got concerned that we screwed something up.