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Parenting Is Like Living in an Insane Asylum

Rachel Toalson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Sometimes I feel like I'm doing a pretty good job as a parent. Relationships are good, all those consequences we've put into our Family Playbook--a list of infractions and their expected consequences--are well understood, the house is in almost perfect order.

4 Words My Husband Says That Reflect the Importance of Parenting

Pamela Boccia | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Pamela Boccia

My husband is certainly not perfect, but he's pretty extraordinary in his recognition of the value of parenting. He lives out this value every day in his interactions with our children. He gives everything he has to them -- every ounce of energy, attention, patience and love that he has within.

Gas Bubbles or Why I Love My Children

Paul Ratner | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Paul Ratner

You might think you cherish your freedom but how can there be a stronger expression of freedom than taking on the responsibility of raising a new human being to the best of your ability and heart? That's when you can really define who you are.

What I Want My Daughter to Know About Self-Esteem

Jessica Hoefer-Land | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Jessica Hoefer-Land

While I have been trying to nurture my daughter in modeling healthy attitudes about body image all she is hearing is static because I have portrayed just the opposite. She is learning to hate her body because she has listened to me speak negatively about my own.

Why I Let My Son Wear a Dress

Frida Berrigan | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

My son Seamus wears a dress. Actually he has two: a dark pink long-sleeved ballerina number with a leotard top and a short sleeved princess dress with pearls and ribbons. I am trying to check my straight (but not narrow), hetero-normative biases. I am trying to give my son more than two choices.

11 Harrowing, Hilarious True Stories From The First Year Of Parenthood

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Danielle Campoamor

In the spirit of honesty, openness and pure transparency, here are true stories about the first year of parenthood. Some are mine, while others were generously shared by my like-minded and beautifully flawed parent friends.

6 Things I Said I'd Never Do When I Had Kids

Dina Strada | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Dina Strada

I hope all moms out there can give themselves a break if you're doing even half of the things I'm doing, which if I'm perfectly honest, I don't think are all that bad now.

Wonder Moms: Lindsey J. Boyd

Dana Holmes | Posted 06.25.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Lindsey lives in NYC and co-founded her eco-friendly company, The Laundress, ten years ago following a successful career at Chanel, and has since been reviving the lost art of laundry care one person at a time.

Religion, Race, Phobias and Four-Year-Olds

Trana Pittam | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Trana Pittam

As I stood sipping a cold and colorful beverage, I looked around at the faces that filled my daughter's 4th Birthday party and was amazed. I was amazed at the juxtaposition of her four-year-long life to that of my own 30 years before.

Don't Blame the Kids: The Truth About Relationship Issues

Lena Aburdene Derhally | Posted 06.18.2015 | Women
Lena Aburdene Derhally

It would be great if couples problems were solved simply by prioritizing each other but it doesn't work that way for most people.

Jillian Capewell

Why This Mom Is Helping Other Moms Find Each Other | Jillian Capewell | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents

Hillary Frank calls the origins of the parenting-centered podcast she hosts “a selfish endeavor.” Today, it feels a strange descriptor for a p...

I Am Not A Saint. I Am A Foster Mom

Angelique Mattin Russell | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Angelique Mattin Russell

I did not "rescue" my boys any more than I rescued my daughter from my womb. I welcomed all of my children into my home as members of my family. We had no way to predict how successful it would be but we gave it our all. Did I get lucky? Absolutely, four times over.

The Business Concept That Changed the Way I Think About Parenting

Monika Szamko | Posted 06.10.2015 | 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.

Girls Can't Play With Dinosaurs?

Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson

"Of course you can be a paleontologist when you grow up, you can be anything you put your mind to... You can't have dinosaurs they're for boys! What a...

What's Good About Bad Parenting

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

We all know by now what "good" parents do; namely, sacrifice all time, energy and resources to the higher calling of raising children. However, it seems many have confused normative parental sacrifice with the unquestioned accommodation of their children's wants (not needs) and behaviors.

TV Shows to Binge-Watch With Your Daughter This Summer

Michelle Cove | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Michelle Cove

I know of no better show that captures the ups and downs of the first kiss, first fight with a friend, first failure on a test, first break-up, first play audition. All of these moments provide perfect entry points into conversations that allow you to share relationship values with your daughter.

8 Things You Need To Know About Raising Tween Girls

Jeff Bogle | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

I don't know everything, nor would I ever pretend to have all the answers about parenting a child of any age -- let alone one in the oft-dreaded "tween" zone. That said, I have stumbled into a bit of parental wisdom over the past few years.

Sending Our Chickadees Off to College and Keeping the Shoulds at Bay

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Kay Tacke Morse

They are on their way back home this season. The ones we said "goodbye to you" to last autumn.

New Mom Alert: 10 Inexcusable Opinions

Amanda Rumore | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Amanda Rumore

If you are loosely, even somewhat of an expert, I will probably welcome your opinion. However, if you haven't been around a child in decades, I, and others in my shoes, may find some of your thoughts to be questioning.

Boys Can Cry, Too

Rachel Toalson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Here's the thing, society: Real men do cry. Real men do feel. Real men talk and grieve and walk with vulnerable hearts instead of clenched-tight ones.

10 Cute and Creative Ways to Keep Your Kids Organized

Hometalk | Posted 06.01.2015 | HuffPost Home

One of the most challenging parts of caring for a child and a home at the same time is finding harmony between the two. You don't want your child to have to walk on eggshells, or your home to be a constant mess, but the two seem pretty exclusive.

Are You Jeopardizing Your Child's Relationships?

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 05.29.2015 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

Adult relationships are plagued with misunderstandings. Somehow, in all this, a child's relationship with other important adults (grandparents, etc.) should not get sidelined.

6 Ways to Keep the Passion Alive After Kids

Regan Long | Posted 05.29.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

Parenthood -- the biggest blessing and most incredible thing that can happen to a couple. However, too often, the couple that once was becomes subsumed in their new role as parents.

The One Question You Must Stop Asking Your Kids

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Asking our kids to continually gauge the majority of their life experiences through fun binoculars (and to present them that way on social media) isn't just annoying and unrealistic, it's potentially harmful.

Teach Your Kids To Talk To Strangers

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We may think we're teaching safety when we tell them to disregard the unfamiliar, when we tell them to turn away from strangers, but what we're teaching is intolerance and indifference.