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Mother's and Daughters

How My 4-Year-Old Daughter Helped Launch My Writing Career

Mary Hickey | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

It's easy to forget in the daily grind of motherhood that the life your children watch you live is just as important as the life you give.

Why Those We Miss Most Will Be With Us On The Holidays

Wendy Francis | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Francis

When I was first married, my mother sent along a recipe box filled with her favorite recipes, all handwritten in her familiar slanting cursive. It is the one thing of hers that I cherish most. I have a piece of her, her handwriting, an occasional Post-it note stuck to a recipe with additional helpful tips. It's as if she's still standing right there in my kitchen, a glass of wine in hand, and we're laughing about something silly we once did.

A New Addition To The What-I'm-Thankful-For List

Jeremy Krashin | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Jeremy Krashin

I am thankful for these nurses, and so many others. They made the most challenging part of our life bearable. They made it human.

To Her, I Was

Tricia McCallum | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Tricia McCallum

Her name was Catherine. Her favorite song was "Imagine" by John Lennon. Her favorite color, yellow. She knew the words to just about any song you could name and would sing at the drop of a hat.

To The Boys Who Told My Daughter She Couldn't Play Volcano Because She's a Girl...

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

You can't ever take back what you told her yesterday in that sandbox. It's a done deal. I know, because I've lived it.

Learning to 'Unlove' My Mother

Robin Korth | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

For most of my life I thought my childhood was the epitome of healthy wholesomeness. I even thought I had the stories to prove it. As a writer, stor...

Mom's Not Dead Yet... Living in the Moment With Terminal Illness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

As Kathleen reminded me, I need to stop killing off my mother. I have the rest of my life to grieve after she dies. For today, all Mom wants is for me to be with her... now.

I Always Wanted to Be a Princess

MotherWoman | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
MotherWoman

What does it mean to love pink, to feel that pull towards cuddling and dressing up dolls? Why did I think I had to choose between Jo March and Cindy Brady? Through many discussions with my women friends, I concluded that wanting to be a princess is about wanting to feel valuable and valued for who we are.

Now That I Have Another Chance, This Is The Kind Of Mom I Want To Be

Stacy Pelander | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
Stacy Pelander

Just before I turned 21, I had a baby girl who was adopted at birth by an amazing couple. The fact that I have another chance to be a mom -- and more, that I get to be a mom to a little girl -- is overwhelming at times.

That Moment When Your Last Baby Says She Doesn't Want To Grow Up

Amanda Magee | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
Amanda Magee

A quiet moment and a sound different from anything I'd heard at the table happened. Finley, her head resting on the table, arms crossed beneath her face like a cradle. Her voice no more than a squeak, I missed it the first time.

The Season I'm Embracing For My Mother's Sake

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 01.03.2015 | Women
Leslie Kendall Dye

This autumn does not beckon in the way that it always has before. For many people, autumn's chill and fading light, is a metaphor for death. My mother is sick. I cannot live in denial anymore.

'They Grow Up So Fast!'...and Other Cliché Phrases

Denice Duff | Posted 12.31.2014 | Fifty
Denice Duff

I came home from the airport to quiet house with an empty laundry hamper, the sink devoid of dirty dishes and a bathroom counter I could actually see. And I thought to myself, there are two things that are keeping me from sobbing from loneliness.

What No One Teaches Us About Love

Ken Page | Posted 12.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Ken Page

We do not have to rid ourselves of our fear of intimacy before we can have deeper love. It's the practice of intimacy that gets us past our fear of intimacy.

6 Things I Want My Daughter To Know

Erin Dullea | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents
Erin Dullea

I wish I could give my daughter a cheat sheet so that I might spare her any experience that might dim her magnificent light. But this is her story -- heartbreaks, failures, lessons and all. And those will be her guides -- her messengers.

Gratitude for People Who 'Get It'

Meg Seitz | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Meg Seitz

I don't know if "getting it" is as much a part of any religious faith or doctrine as it is just about being an awesomely aware human. There's no book out there that says to drop off a casserole 24 hours after a lumpectomy and then follow up three days later with People magazine.

Would I Have Been Friends With My Mom if I'd Known Her Back Then?

Jesse Damiani | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
Jesse Damiani

It's a simple question, one that many of us ask ourselves at some point. While scrolling through #tbt photos on Instagram, Danielle Delph, a Portland-based artist, had an epiphany: she wanted to explore the idea concretely.

My Phantom Daughter-in-Law

Amy Barr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Fifty
Amy Barr

The transition from full time advisor to mind-your-own-beeswax bystander feels pretty jarring. After all, the role of daughter-in-law is a big position that someone will ultimately play in our lives.

5 Money Lessons to Teach Our Daughters

Beth Kobliner | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

Since math and money are so inextricably tied, it's possible that you're transmitting anxieties about both, leaving your daughter less confident to handle personal finance decisions

The 5 Ways I Promise Not to Embarrass My Daughters

Erica Ford | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

I promise not to flop onto her bed when her friends are over, fan out a bunch of Tiger Beat magazines and ask, "So who do you guys think is cuter? Zack from Saved by the Bell, or Ricky from Silver Spoons?"*

10 Things I Want My Child to Learn By Age 10

Mommy Nearest | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Raising a girl takes me back to my own childhood and brings up memories -- both good and bad -- of how fun, wonderful and difficult it can be navigating the move from child to tween.

10 Fall Must-Haves You AND Your Daughter Both Need

Laura Usky | Posted 12.09.2014 | Style
Laura Usky

1. Uggs. Yes, they are cliche and some say not the prettiest, BUT they are definitely comfy and can be thrown on with jeans, leggings and even skirts....

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.