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Two Words I'll Never Say To My Daughter Again

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 10.06.2013 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

Although the words "hurry up" did little if nothing to increase my child's speed, I said them anyway. Maybe even more than the words, "I love you." The truth hurts, but the truth heals... and brings me closer to the parent I want to be.

A Three-Word Message For My Teenager (With Love)

Beth Woolsey | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Beth Woolsey

I say this in love. Knowing that you can't. But that someday you will. Knock it off.

The Words I Will Never Use Around My Son

Mike Julianelle | Posted 09.13.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

When I talk to my son, I don't get all high-pitched and I don't go all wide-eyed and rubber-mouthed and I don't make goo-goo noises. Because my son is not an asshole, and neither am I.

5 Things Parents Need to Stop Saying to Non-Parents

John Kinnear | Posted 09.12.2013 | Parents
John Kinnear

"You think you're [insert anything here]? Try having kids!"

The Movie Quote That Changed How I See My Son

Jamie Krug | Posted 09.01.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I have grieved for myself, for the life I could have had. For the woman I could have been. But I have never grieved for the child I was going to have. Because I have Owen. That is the child I've been given.

Death Row Inmate Gives Chilling Last Words

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 05.09.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A Texas death row inmate convicted of killing a fellow drug dealer while robbing him outside of a Waco convenience store 10 years...

These Are The Lines Of A Story

Mary Martin Wiens | Posted 07.06.2013 | Parents
Mary Martin Wiens

The healing in this story is not that I have wholly accepted my body or that I will never again attempt to change it. It is that now when rejection rises in me against my body -- how it looks, how it feels -- I have a fuller answer.

The Question I Don't Want You To Ask About My Family

Denise Henry | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Denise Henry

I wipe my children's faces a certain way, I caress their knees or elbows in a certain way when they fall down and I scold them in a way that only a parent can.

One Word That Can Change Our Understanding Of Kids With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 06.27.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

So often our kids' challenges are described in terms of impairment (disability, special needs), words that encompass their entire beings. But "rebel" makes it clear it's just a part of them that's acting up. It doesn't let their challenges define who they are.

What Nobody Prepares You To Have To Tell Your Child

Andrea | Posted 06.26.2013 | Parents
Andrea

No one tells you that someday you might have to answer questions that don't have answers. No one tells you that you'll have to swallow so many tears to let them cry theirs.

The Word I Wasn't Ready To Hear My First Grader Say

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

After school one day a few months ago, Emma perched on the kitchen counter while I cooked dinner and chattered away. Then out of the blue she said, "Somebody said The Aff word at school today!"

The One Lie You Should Never Tell Your Kids

Terry K Carr | Posted 05.04.2013 | Divorce
Terry K Carr

You might wonder how she could say such a thing, but she stuck to her story for eight years.

One Man Finally Had Enough, Confronts Homophobic Preacher

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Instead of attempting to ignore a "preacher" spewing homophobic rants, a gay New York City subway rider decided to confront him. On Saturday, a st...

The Most Important Conversation I've Had With My Daughter About Her Body

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 10.03.2013 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

I was sitting on a toilet, feeling surprised and kind of insulted, when I realized I had an opportunity before me like no other.

13 Words I Hope a Little Girl Being Mistreated Heard Me Shout Her Way

Christie O. Tate | Posted 04.26.2013 | Parents
Christie O. Tate

I wonder if the action I chose was enough. I have no idea. Was it even necessary? I will never know. All at once, it seems like too much and not enough.

Grandma's Heated Words Startled Churchgoers

Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

The story of one courageous grandmother, who reportedly stood up to a church pastor who outed a young gay man, is touching hearts across the Internet....

21-Word Text message That Ended My Marriage

Lisa Arends | Posted 04.26.2013 | Divorce
Lisa Arends

When my husband left, I trembled for a year. That's not just some figurative language used to convey emotion; I literally shook. For a year.

Teen's Surprise Admission During Acceptance Speech Sent Room Wild

Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

A New Jersey teen took to his school's highest platform earlier this month, announcing he was LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) to his enti...