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Mother's and Daughters

I Wasn't Supposed To Call Myself Fat

Rebecca Gallagher | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Gallagher

As a mother to a teen daughter, one of my jobs is to build her self worth and body image up to a positive standard. I need to be selective on how I describe myself. I shouldn't say I'm fat or chubby or I don't like my thighs. I'm supposed to be all positive and empowering so she feels that way about her body, too. At least that's what I'm reading. Oops. I failed.

Beauty and the YouTube Beast

Michelle Cove | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Michelle Cove

Let's not forget as parents to teach our kids, boys and girls, the devastating and enduring impact of their "joking" comments they tweet and post in comment sections on the Internet. It is so easy to lose sight of the fact that there is a real human with real feelings on the other end of anonymous comments made without thinking twice.

How Selfies Taught Me Self-Esteem

Emma Davis | Posted 10.05.2014 | Women
Emma Davis

Women are often mocked for taking or posting selfies, called "vain" or "shallow" or "obsessed with their appearance." But what's so wrong with insisting to the world that you, too, are beautiful? That yes, in that moment, you like yourself and aren't afraid to reveal it?

My Best Day As A Mom, So Far

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

My best day as a mom came about six months after my worst day as a mom.

The Secret To Healing Your Troubled Mother-Daughter Relationship

Sherry Amatenstein | Posted 09.25.2014 | Fifty
Sherry Amatenstein

I discovered the prevalence of midlife women still chained to the shadow of a toxic mother. When that woman spends years pecking at, rather than building her daughter's sense of security in the world, psychic scars result.

Why This Mom and Her Tween Daughter Climbed Kilimanjaro

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

In January 2014, Cokie Berenyi and Helen Simons "HS" Berenyi climbed Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro -- making HS, then 9, the youngest American female on record ever to do so.

This 10-Year-Old Whips Up Pizza and Potato Gnocchi Like a Pro

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

Kelly Myers and 10-year-old Kika Garcia started cooking at home together when Kika was in preschool -- a natural mother-daughter activity, given that Kelly is the executive chef at Portland's acclaimed Xico restaurant.

How an 11-Year-Old Got Her Mom and Community to Give Back

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

"Every day on my way to and from school, I'd see the same homeless man with shoes that were completely falling apart," says Mimi. "I wanted to do something to help people like him."

Bethenny Frankel, You Are Not Being Funny

Paulina Pinsky | Posted 09.16.2014 | Women
Paulina Pinsky

When your professional title is "Skinny Girl," of course wearing your 4-year-old's pajama set is going to spark controversy. Bethenny Frankel's fortune gets bigger as she "helps" women get physically smaller.

Lessons on Bathing Suits From a Little Girl in Lycra

Sarah Chang | Posted 09.14.2014 | Parents
Sarah Chang

When I first found out Gemma was a girl, I made a conscious promise to abandon any body image issues -- or at least confine them to my own mind. I certainly didn't want to pass that type of negativity on to my girl. And now, with two daughters, it's a goal that's even more poignant

Top 10 Things We Will Tell Our Daughters About Sex

Em & Lo | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

Writing about sex for the past 15 years has also given us plenty of time to think about how we'd like to raise our daughters, and how we will talk to them (and in some cases, are talking to them) about sex. Here are the top 10 things we want them -- eventually -- to know and understand.

25 Things I Learned From My Mother Bunny Koppelman

Jenny Koppelman Hutt | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Jenny Koppelman Hutt

She was so pretty. Six years ago this week my mom died. I'm trying to laugh -- instead of cry (not easy!) because my mom liked when we laughed.

A Jewish Daughter's Take on The Jewish Daughter Diaries

Ilana Greenstein | Posted 09.08.2014 | Books
Ilana Greenstein

How could there exist such a pervasive stereotype of a Jewish mother if someone like me, who came from such a Jewish area, didn't even know what it was?

8 Lessons I Want To Teach My Daughter

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

All your actions and words should come from a place of love. But not everyone will be loving back. And that is OK.

Is a Comic Strip Worth a Thousand Words?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

She thrilled us when she sent me some panels from a comic strip she'd drawn -- and got me to thinking all over again about what I would've missed had she never been around.

What My Daughter and I Learn When We Carve Out Mom and Daughter Time

Laura Usky | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Laura Usky

It's scary to be a parent of any child in this day and age. Giving Gigi special time with me, as well the time she spends with her dad, has also been another way to make her feel secure in a world where kids can often be exposed to some pretty scary stuff.

The Right Answer I Almost Didn't Give My Daughter

Karen Mangiacotti | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Karen Mangiacotti

My brows furrowed, my mind raced. Are you kidding me? I thought. Are you really setting the bar that low?

The Tools for Change: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Why Did This Happen? Estranging Myself From My Mother

Katie Naum | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
Katie Naum

Why did this happen? There is no answer to that question. There are too many answers to that question.

Role Model Mom

Tina Karkera | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Tina Karkera

When you become a parent, you automatically also become a role model. It's a title that's conferred upon you, whether you are ready or not.

My Mom's Greatest Gift

Nell Minow | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Nell Minow

I'm grateful for that gift my mom passed on to my daughter, and for showing me that the small gesture of giving my prize a place of honor could be so meaningful. But I am most grateful for her lesson that the value of anything does not depend on what other people think it is worth but on what it means to you.

The Homemade Parade

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

I knew I had many years ahead of me of trying -- and likely failing -- to save my daughter from humiliation and heartbreak. But on this one day, the success and magic was enough.

Mom's Helpful Hints Fall on Deaf Armpits

Parri Sontag | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Parri Sontag

As I headed out to CVS, my 17-year-old daughter asked me if I could pick up some deodorant, because she was almost out. I came home with a brand she'd never used before ― my personal fave, which I think is worth the extra buck-fifty: a clear, unscented anti-perspirant/deodorant gel.

Losing My Mother Defined Me, Unleashed Me and Changed Me

Jenny Koppelman Hutt | Posted 08.20.2014 | Women
Jenny Koppelman Hutt

I feel sad that my mom was part of a generation that felt so ashamed of any odd thoughts or odd behaviors that she couldn't really laugh at what made her unique, fantastic and also impossible.

What Your Words Do to Me

Jessica Braun | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Jessica Braun

Right now, I need to stop and listen to the story that is taking shape for you, day by day. Right now I can support you best by being with you, not doing for you. Right now I can ask more questions and give less advice.