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Mother's and Daughters

The Secrets to Raising a Confident Daughter

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

We moms want our daughters to feel strong, smart and powerful. But in an overstimulating world of mixed messages -- from school, friends, magazines and TV shows -- the goal of raising a confident daughter can feel understandably daunting.

Raising A Rock Star

Diana Whitney | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Diana Whitney

As parents, I think we need to discover an erotic world in our house that remains separate from the children. The girls have no trouble entering their imaginary realms -- any place, any time of day.

My Mom's Alive, But Her Eating Disorder Took Her From Me

Abby Norman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Abby Norman

By the time I started school, my mother's bulimia was a normal part of my life. But as I grew, her focus on my looks and her fears weighed heavily on me. It would take me years to figure out that it was never about me at all.

Her Heart Remembers: The Doctor's Office

Janelle Capra | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Janelle Capra

I tried to gain composure and looked at my mom through the tears in my eyes. She had been answering those questions like she was someone else. She has no clue that I have been the one paying her bills for the past three years! But, her rambling stopped when she saw that I was the one hurting, that I was the one who needed her.

Why I Want My Daughter to Learn Ballet

Mommy Nearest | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I am so excited for my 3-year-old daughter to start ballet class next week. She has been wearing her ballet shoes and leotard around the house and practicing her twirling in anticipation of the big day. She's excited because she adores dancing and pretty outfits. I'm excited for different reasons.

7 Tips For Surviving a Sleepover Party

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

You may think, "How hard can it be to have a sleepover birthday party for a bunch of 8-year-olds?" Please allow me to be the one to throw a bucket of cold water on your naïve fantasies.

When Your Adult Daughter Moves Home After a Breakup

Amy D. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Amy D. Cohen

Walking away from a relationship that isn't fulfilling you anymore is a huge right of passage for our daughters. And if they trust us enough to come to us for help during this journey, how lucky are we?

Grief In the Rearview: Three Motherless Years

Nicole Belanger | Posted 11.16.2014 | Women
Nicole Belanger

I assumed that it would be loud, dramatic and chaotic. I thought that my body would collapse under the weight of the grief, that I would be so beside myself with sadness that I would be unable to function.

Navigating the Nuptials: Surviving Our Child's Wedding

2BoomerBabes | Posted 11.15.2014 | Weddings
2BoomerBabes

Let's face it, weddings and all the related festivities are opportunities for awkward moments and a bit of hand wringing. As parents, we want to do more than just survive our child's wedding.

101 Things I Will Teach My Daughter

Sierra Vandervort | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Sierra Vandervort

Don't regret the times you feel sad. How else will you appreciate the times you feel good?

What I Learned About my Daughter's Identity While Shopping for Dresses

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Julie Flynn Badal

I worried about when and where my daughter would choose to wear the dress. I feared women from the Middle East might assume my daughter viewed the gown as a kind of costume that appropriated their culture. But for my child, I think the dress just symbolized selfhood.

Please Do Grow Up

Wendy Bradford | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

I remember when I realized I had a daughter and not just a baby. It was as if the planet shifted, and I felt close to slipping off. All the hard edges revealed themselves, and it occurred to me I would be teaching a girl how to be in a world I had not yet figured out.

That One Time A Stranger Called My Toddler 'Fat'

Janel Mills | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Janel Mills

To start, let's be real: Bella is not fat, or even remotely overweight. She's not rail-thin like my other daughter, but how many kids are? Bella is a healthy weight for her body and her age. To think someone could look at a child her age and think she is overweight is unnerving.

So Long, Sweet Summer

Courtney Byrne | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
Courtney Byrne

I suppose I thought making a memorable summer for my girls had to include traveling to new and exciting places, but we seem to have made a million little memories just enjoying the simple things summer has to offer right at home.

Poet Slams Daughter's Twitter Hater

Tamara Star | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Tamara Star

Shame + embarrassment + grade school. These three words unfortunately seem to go together don't they? Now add in social media's catch fire resp...

Why I Really Love Princesses And all Things Pink And Girly

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

It's her love of pretty clothes, tiaras and princesses that are the threads I clutch to when I can't connect with her on any other level.

Escaping My Inner Body Image Bully

Lindsay Beckman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Lindsay Beckman

I had a bully following me around everywhere. The worst part was, I couldn't hide from my bully, because that bully was me.

5 Things I've Realized Through Having a Child

Sara Morgan-Beckett | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Sara Morgan-Beckett

My daughter turns 1 today which is cause for much celebration; not only is it her first birthday but it marks the fact that my husband and I have made it through the first year without divorcing. No mean feat when you consider that's 365 quarrels over who's the most tired.

How Musician Tori Amos Learned To Embrace Life After 50

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.15.2014 | Fifty

Sometimes the younger generation can have wisdom beyond their years -- even when it comes to the troublesome topic of aging. For singer-songwriter Tor...

When the Image I See In the Mirror Isn't Just My Own

Jamie Krug | Posted 10.12.2014 | Women
Jamie Krug

I don't share my life, or my marriage, or my children, or my accomplishments, or my setbacks, or my fears, or my dreams with her.

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.