Sunday, July 26, is the seventh annual Auntie's Day, the day I founded in 2009 to celebrate and honor aunts by relation, aunts by choice to friends' children, godmothers, and all women who play an active role in the life of a child not-their-own.
Behavioral scientists tell us relationships are the backbone of happiness, and I want to be as happy as I was during those long ago lazy days of summer. Here are some tips to help you nourish the relationships in your life, and increase your happiness as well.
I steer clear of weighty labels and propaganda. But if knowing this and teaching this small and enormous lesson to my lovely, sensitive, strong, artistic, athletic, sweet, funny, smart and undeniably cute daughter bears the label of feminism, that's fine with me.
We all know that shelter dogs need our love, but sometimes it's the unconditional love from a dog that can make all the difference to its owner.
Arianna Tanghe is like most 14-year-old girls. She loves music, movies and spending time with her family and friends. She's the youngest sibling of two athletes and longed to experience the rush of crossing the finish line just like her brother and sister before her. There is just one complication. Arianna has cerebral palsy.
Fresh from celebrating the historic marriage equality victory on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron and Austin Rhodes -- the twins well-known for their recent and emotional YouTube video in which they came out to their dad -- visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
We are raising children in an age where there seems to be more worry and fear about everything, and less ability to persevere and cope in the face of adversity. Our modern day technological culture promotes doing things easier and quickly. Exerting the least amount of effort for the greatest impact and reward seems to be most valued.
This year at Pink Dot Okinawa 2015, over a thousand braved a downpour to show their support for a better, more loving tomorrow. Our trip to Japan and the experience of Pink Dot Okinawa has filled us with hope in the power of love to create change around the world.
Last week, your dad sent me some incredible pictures of you when your mom was at the doctor's office. I was so awed upon seeing you that all I did was just look and was unable to speak.
As a dyslexic kid, my biggest fear in life was to go in front of the class and read because I just wasn't very good at it -- and that stays with you through your whole life. I practiced, and practiced, and practiced, and practiced to make sure I'd nail it.
After we RSVP-ed to your little girl's party, you called my husband on the phone, and told him how excited you were that my son was coming to your party. That you planned to hire someone to clean the house for nuts before the event, and that you wanted to know where you could buy a nut-free cake. Seriously? Who are you? The greatest person on earth?
I'm happy she's found something she loves to do and that she does it well. I sit here, in this space because of her, dreaming of days that have past and wondering if this ship has sailed for me. And it's then that I wonder if I'm trying to be a stowaway on her ship.
Creating friendships when you're a teenager can be difficult. That's why The Friendship Circle was formed, an organization that pairs teens with kids who have special needs.
In this Chicken Soup For The Soul moment we are walking across the country! Kait & John Seyal, along with their two dogs Max & Grace, walked across th...
Dear Mom, It has been way too long since I have taken time to sit down to write you a letter. I'm actually not sure I have ever written you a l...
I pour the juice and pour out the blocks and pour out the multi-toned painting water. I pour out the snacks and I pour some coffee and then I pour the coffee again because the first cup got cold.
Even though the door Mommy and Daddy exit through is a new discovery, you've been aware of the difference between your room and the outside world for a while.
Whether it is walking down the block to visit a granddaughter, or Skyping for two minutes every morning, or flying around the world to be at the side of a grandson, grandmas are there. Some are filled with joy as they laugh and play, some are filled with worry, and some give advice.
I know there are many fart jokes and smelly hockey equipment days in my future... and I can't wait. I will be the loudest mom cheering for my boys at the football game, and I will play video games with them until my fingers fall off. I will continue to grow, learn and love with them. Because they are my boys. And I am their mom. And that's exactly how it was destined to be.
Just because a romantic relationship expires doesn't mean a new connection can't eventually evolve. Becoming friends with an ex can be complex, but not impossible.