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Mother's and Daughters

The Last First Time

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.15.2016 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

One day you will be counting her fingers and her toes, and the next you will see her looking off into some foggy distance, and she will be smiling.

Aren't We All Wonder Women?

Linda McMahon | Posted 03.14.2016 | Women
Linda McMahon

Beneath our business suits, yoga hoodies and work uniforms, don't all women secretly wish we had on a red bustier emblazoned with a golden eagle? If only her outfit were the source of Wonder Woman's power.

Mommy, Do You Want to Be Skinny?

Regan Long | Posted 03.22.2016 | Parents
Regan Long

"Mommy, do you want to be skinny?" My 8 year old daughter asked me this, and it brought me to a complete halt.

Meet the "CBS Survivor" Contestant That's Challenging Beauty Stereotypes

Michelle Cove | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents
Michelle Cove

I was excited when Julia reached out to MEDIAGIRLS after returning from the show (where she was placed on the "beauty tribe"), to share how the experience altered the way she thinks about beauty, smarts, and self-worth.

How to Love Survivors of Childhood Narcissistic Abuse

Dina Marie Blas | Posted 03.10.2016 | Queer Voices
Dina Marie Blas

The healing process varies in structure and length for everyone. Encouraged by my partner, I allowed myself to express the hateful and sad feelings I had suppressed for all those years.

Mommy and Me and Marijuana

Catherine Hiller | Posted 03.08.2016 | Women
Catherine Hiller

My husband is very supportive. My three grown sons feel some mixture of pride, amusement, and embarrassment about my latest book Just Say Yes: A Marijuana Memoir, which has been featured in popular publications and websites. My friends are happy for me in my new role as a marijuana advocate. But my mom does not approve.

Breaking the Cycle of Food Addiction

Georgia Kolias | Posted 03.08.2016 | Parents
Georgia Kolias

At this age, my daughter loves food just because. She is not me. She is not growing up around constant hostility. She is not unhappy. She does not want to either starve herself into disappearing or eat herself into oblivion. She simply loves food.

I'm Just Not That Kind Of Mother

April McCormick | Posted 02.26.2016 | Parents
April McCormick

If you are trying to be a certain kind of mom to please society or your own mother, stop. Be true to yourself, love your child and do your very best, because I've come to realize that's the secret to being the best kind of mother.

I Finally Found Alzheimer's Silver Lining

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 02.26.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Since my mother lives in Florida and I reside in New York it had been a while since my husband and I had visited her. What made this trip extra special was the fact that we would be seeing her every day for one whole month.

Tweenage Drama Island: Where EVERYTHING Is Personal

Lori Duff | Posted 02.24.2016 | Fifty
Lori Duff

Some other Moms of pubescent girls and I have been talking, and we think we've found a solution to our problems that will not only make our lives easi...

Telling The Truth About My Daughter's Death Brought Me Back To Life

Katherine Hill | Posted 02.23.2016 | Parents
Katherine Hill

What I only realize now, as I type these words, is that the last sounds my baby heard as she gracefully and bravely exited this world were of her mama's wild laughter. My last gift to her. To hear my laughter again is to begin living again.

Hiding My Insecurities From My Daughter

Ashleigh Wright Haslinger | Posted 02.22.2016 | Parents
Ashleigh Wright Haslinger

I'm aware that I can't hide everything from my growing daughter, but an honest effort on my part needs to be made. She will be 10 this year and is increasingly more curious in her knowledge of a young girl's role in life. I'm trying to raise the most confident woman I can.

The Day My Daughter Taught Me How to Love Myself

Michelle Zunter | Posted 02.24.2016 | Parents
Michelle Zunter

We're all prone to complaining about how we look, and projecting it on to the much younger versions of ourselves. This is part of a culture of not loving ourselves enough that gets passed down through generations of women.

Author's Poignant Essay Describes What She Learned About Love From Her Daughter

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 02.17.2016 | Parents

Author and poet Asha Bandele said that motherhood and raising her now 15-year-old daughter, Nisa, has taught her what it really means to love and to f...

A Letter to My Daughter on Her 5th Birthday

Stacey Ogden | Posted 02.12.2016 | Parents
Stacey Ogden

Dear Miss O, Today you are 5 years old.  How did that happen? It seems like just yesterday we found out you'd be arriving a few weeks early, and no...

When your parents move to assisted living, what to do with the family keepsakes?

Nancy Sommers | Posted 02.05.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Sommers

It was time for my parents to give up the family home. They had clung to the house and the independence they cherished way past the time they could l...

My Heart Broke When My Mom Said 'We'll Get To See Each Other Soon'

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 02.04.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

I discovered that mom's money would shortly be running out. We are now getting closer to the moment, when she will have to go on Medicaid, and be admitted into a nursing home. Her condition is progressing, and my brother and I do not know how long she will be able to stay in her home.

The Scent of a Mommy

Jenny Koppelman Hutt | Posted 02.01.2016 | Women
Jenny Koppelman Hutt

It's my mom's birthday. She would be 73 years old today had she not died at 65. My mom's birthday is a super hard day because it highlights what should be in stark contrast to what actually is. My mom should be celebrating turning 73.

I AM My Mother's Daughter

Honey Good | Posted 01.28.2016 | Fifty
Honey Good

The last time my mom and I were together was on December 10. The next morning, Shelly, Orchid and I left Chicago for our home in California. When we p...

Mommy Make Over: Get Red Carpet Ready (VIDEO)

Meredith Masony | Posted 01.18.2016 | Parents
Meredith Masony

When you are short on time, enlist the help of your daughter to do your makeup and hair for any special occasion. I was red carpet ready in a jiffy.

Single-Parent Families Are Not 'Less Than' Two-Parent Families

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Dealing with biases and stereotypes is depleting, and serves to tear single parents down, rather than build them up so they have the best chance of succeeding.

When Work Defines You

Naa-Sakle Akuete | Posted 01.14.2016 | Women
Naa-Sakle Akuete

Is success Wall Street and money? Not for me. Success is waking up every morning fulfilled by my work and confident that I'm forging a new American Dream. I want to share a lesson my mom taught me: It's not bad to be defined by what you do, so long as you can be proud and happy in that work.

Trying To Remain Grateful During The Long Goodbye Of Alzheimer's

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 01.22.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Yes, I understand that I am lucky to still have my mom, yet I also know how much more Alzheimer's can rob from her. Just thinking of how much worse she could become, as her disease progresses, leaves me feeling nauseous and sick to my stomach.

Sometimes, Bad Shots Happen

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 01.13.2016 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

Maybe being "in control" all of the time isn't what our kids need to see in us. Maybe they need to see that we acknowledge their pain and their hurt. That we feel it too because we hate to ever see them suffer, even in the most minor ways (like penicillin shots).

Don't Call My Daughter A Tomboy

Meredith Hale | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Why should she have to be a "tomboy" to enjoy sports, or "act like a man" to succeed in business?