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"Mothers and Sons

On Raising My 2-Year-Old Gentleman

Meredith Hale | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

We've all heard the expression "chivalry is dead." While I'm convinced true gentlemen are still out there (I happen to be married to one), I do wonder about the younger generation. Now that I'm raising a little boy, I think about the kind of man I want him to be.

Why I Don't Want To Cut My Son's Hair

Tina Donvito | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Tina Donvito

I didn't mean for it to get this way. I did cut his hair twice, myself. Just a little snip in the back to get rid of the rat tail that was forming. But the second time, it came out a little crooked. So I lost my confidence.

I Refuse To Tell My Son He's Perfect

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents
Danielle Campoamor

When we tell our children they are perfect, we close the door on the opportunity for something powerful to happen. Something that can make them better suited for the world, and give them a higher chance of succeeding -- and being genuinely happy -- in it.

My Son and the Other Woman

Jaye Watson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Jaye Watson

I don't like my son's wife. I don't like that he spends Christmas with her family. I don't like that he does whatever his wife wants. My son is 10 years old so, technically, there's no wife. But there will be, and I like to be prepared.

My Light, My Love And My Learning Curve

O, The Oprah Magazine | Pam Masin | Posted 09.10.2015 | OWN

 I so loved being pregnant that I wished I could carry my son forever. The bigger I got, the more luxuriously contented I felt. And not just con...

Memoir in Fantasia: Defining the Indefinable With Buck 65's Wicked and Weird Tales

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Jaime Lubin

The acclaimed Canadian hip-hop artist, producer, and radio host is speaking to me via Skype about his new memoir Wicked and Weird: The Amazing Tales of Buck 65, unaware that he's just made the understatement of the century.

The Moments When You Know You Are a Good Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I thought of all the mistakes I know I make on a daily basis, and I realized that in the end, what I do "wrong" isn't nearly as important as what I do right. And that is being the mother that my son needs me to be. Not perfect. Not even close, but his mom.

Elderly Women's Empowerment Fiction or 'Soft-core, Old-lady Porn'-- Behold the Great New Movement Upon Us!

Paul Gordon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Books
Paul Gordon

I want Charmaine Gordon's elderly women's empowerment fiction to go viral and, while it might not, her work is deserving of it because it is devoted to a small, somewhat overlooked, yet important genre that deserves all the attention it can get.

Becoming Obsolete

Sarah Trillin | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Sarah Trillin

Between now and the end of the year, my husband and two sons, ages 8 and 11, have three separate trips planned without me

But How Can He Still Look the Same?

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

In the early days of parenting and on through the rush of childhood, the dizzying breakneck of high school, we only feel the tasks. We don't have the time to remember, or the time to think ahead that there is an "after this."

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Running Our Way Through a Mother/Son Rut

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

We have found a simple space that contains only joy and ease, and nothing could keep me from showing up there. I could run for miles in it.

I Don't Want To Raise 'Gentlemen'

Kathleen Siddell | Posted 05.23.2015 | Parents
Kathleen Siddell

We talk a lot about raising strong girls, about challenging them to break stereotypes, about pushing them to do anything boys can do. But what about our boys?

Why It's So Important To Keep My Mom Promise

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Life with two teens and a tween is beyond crazy. I've never regretted my choice to stay home with my children, but lately, the stress of life has been getting to me. I feel as if I'm rarely on my game anymore.

My 11-Year-Old Taught Me Resilience

Melissa Levis | Posted 04.01.2015 | Divorce
Melissa Levis

When I asked him how he was able to rebound, he simply said that he noticed himself slipping and didn't like it. So he decided to change. He was only in 4th grade! No therapy, no coaches, no self help books, no medication. He just decided to change and did the work to make it happen.

Legally Blind Woman Sees Her Baby For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents

Kathy Beitz has been legally blind since she was a child, and she desperately wanted to be able to see her son on the day he was born. So the eSight C...

Saying Goodbye to Our Kids' Childhoods, One Ritual at a Time

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

I turned away, my eyes filled with tears, as I put away the peanut butter and jelly. He's only 8. I'm not ready for this, I thought. It's all going by too fast.

10 Things My Sons Have Taught Me

Christina Romo | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Christina Romo

Parenting is not for the weak. Kids will tell it like it is and will challenge you in ways you never thought were possible. Buck up, and enjoy the ride!

10 Things I Want My Son To Learn Before He Becomes A Teenager

The Next Family | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

As we stand on the cusp of zits and body hair and raging hormones, I am beginning to think about the type of teenager I want him to be in a couple of years. And the type of man I want him to eventually become.

12 Wishes For My Baby Son At His First Christmas

Maria Ross | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Maria Ross

As I ponder what this new year and future years will bring with this new tiny person in my life, here is a letter to my son who right now can't even say "Mama," but who I hope will have a lot to say and do in this world.

And Just Like That, My Kid Surprised Me Again

Caren Chesler | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Caren Chesler

As she introduced me, I took a seat on the floor in the front of the room with my guitar. My son grabbed his guitar and sat down next to me, so close that our guitars banged into each other. I moved a couple of inches away from him to give myself some room, but he inched toward me.

9 Truths 'Moms of Boys Only' Need To Know

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

My sister (a mother of girls only) would marvel when my little boys would pick me flowers or caress my hair. They learn how to love women -- and how to be loved by women -- from you.

Police and Black Men Are At War, And The Two Men I Love Are On The Battlefield

Jennifer Borget | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Borget

My husband always has the option of changing careers. My son can never change who he is. But my son and other black boys need allies in uniform to protect him. Allies like his father.

Chasing the Proverbial Rabbit's Foot

Wendy Francis | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Wendy Francis

"Nicholas, did you do this?" I exclaimed. He smiled and nodded. "It's fantastic! I love it. This part looks like the Empire State Building," I said, perhaps a little too eagerly. He peered at it closely, then shrugged. "Maybe."

Hold My Hand A Little Longer

Susannah Lewis | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

Will this sweet boy who often rests his blonde head on my shoulder someday shut me out? Will the very sight of my face and the sound of my voice make his stomach churn? Will we become strangers? Will the teenage version of my son despise me?