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Due North: The Imprint of Our Mothers -- And Others in Our Lives September 29, 2013, Remembering My Mother

Barbara Lazaroff | Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Lazaroff

My mother was my due north, my compass in all things, my greatest cheerleader, my partner in mischief, the champion of my dreams, knowing when to advise and when to remain silent. She gave me permission to soar and was the proverbial "wind beneath my wings."

Why Middle Age Is The Time To Kick Booty

Deborah Gaines | Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

I'm using my newfound perspective to find joy in the life I've got now, every glorious day of it. It's not more time and it's certainly not more money. But it's more than enough for this badass 53-year-old.


Mona R. Washington | Posted 11.24.2013 | Women
Mona R. Washington

MOTHER: What's wrong? DAUGHTER: It's my boob. MOTHER: Oh no. Is it a lump? DAUGHTER: No. It's a hair. MOTHER: A hair?

Does Religion Increase or Decrease Parental Stress?

David Briggs | Posted 11.22.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Do religious teachings set up impossibly high standards that increase parental guilt? Or does the idea that God stands with them in times of both joy and anxiety reduce stress and lead to increased parental satisfaction?

What Lipstick Taught Me About Being a New Mum

Rajika Bhandari | Posted 11.19.2013 | Parents
Rajika Bhandari

For the next few weeks I decided to make an investment in looking more presentable. It actually made me feel better, perhaps because in taking that extra time and effort, I was finally paying attention to myself.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Was Diagnosed With Cancer

Leah Yomtovian Roush | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Leah Yomtovian Roush

I never in a millions years thought I would thank my mom's cancer, but I am grateful for the perspective it's enabled me to gain. My life will never be the same because I'll be happier appreciating the blessings in my life -- like my mom.

WATCH: Dr. Phil's Best Advice For A Busy Mom

OWN | Posted 09.10.2013 | OWN

As longtime "Oprah Winfrey Show" viewers know, Oprah believes motherhood is one tough job. "So many people feel like once you are a mother, you've los...

Share Your Problems With Me

Lauren Kahn | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kahn

Just because someone is struggling with new and potentially overwhelming challenges doesn't mean the tenor of your relationship with your friend has to change. Allowing her to continue being that friend can be its own form of compassion.

Media Takes Notice of ... Naked Women

Jacquie Jordan | Posted 11.05.2013 | Media
Jacquie Jordan

I have had the privilege of taking Jade Beall's yoga and dance classes in the desert and was thrilled to see the popularity of her A Beautiful Body Project touching the central nerve of so many women.

How-To Make Your Mom Proud Of You (Or Not)

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents
Jonathan Lewis

If you have parents, your social activism career just might, with any luck at all, turn out OK. For some social sector activists, parents are hurdles...

Postpartum Depression: My Shameful Secret

Kaylee Scottaline | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Kaylee Scottaline

Following the birth of my daughter, I suffered from Postpartum Depression, something I didn't realize, however, until the darkness had passed. When you're stuck in the middle of the whirlwind, it's hard to see clearly. I knew I was spinning but I wasn't sure why.

Moms Need Mom Friends: 5 Qualities To Look For

Caitlin Fisch | Posted 10.21.2013 | Parents
Caitlin Fisch

I never want to be oversharing with every mom at the swingset, but when I have allowed myself to be open, honest, and real with my friends, our relationships always grow more fulfilling.

Lessons I Learned From My Parents: Part III

Mark Baer | Posted 10.17.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When people consider the impact of divorce on children, they typically focus on minor children. Is this because they somehow believe that once children reach the age of majority, their parents' divorce doesn't affect them?

Boomer Mom or Jewish Mother?

Meta Wagner | Posted 10.16.2013 | Fifty
Meta Wagner

I recently experienced a Boomer mom's dream come true: my son's indie rock band was in Rolling Stone online twice in one month. My son Daniel was quoted on the virtues of free basement shows as compared with larger venues because, as he put it, "people are just a lot more drunk." I couldn't be more proud.

5 Secrets of a Successful Momtreprenuer

Jeannie DeSanctis | Posted 10.15.2013 | Small Business
Jeannie DeSanctis

How do we balance being the best parent we can be, being truly present in our children's growth and development, while we simultaneously prepare sales presentations and soccer car pools?

Lessons I Learned from My Parents: Part I

Mark Baer | Posted 09.22.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Unfortunately for my mother, her parents refused to allow her to call off her engagement to my father because they did not want to suffer the embarrassment it would cause them. My parents' marriage was miserable from the outset, even though they remained married for over 20 years.

How I Lost A Ring And Found Myself

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 09.20.2013 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

"I think I found it for a reason. I think it's here to remind me of something. I think it is reminding me of me."

Who Owns This Shame?

Margery Leveen Sher | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Margery Leveen Sher

I am a fairly well-to do, middle-aged, white woman. What do I know? Well, I know that I am a mother, and as a mother I spent decades worrying that my...

Why I Can't Sleep Anymore

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 09.16.2013 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

I woke to the news of George Zimmerman's acquittal and cried for Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin and the terrible loss of their seventeen year old son, Trayvon. Since then I have spent my sleepless nights worried about young black men in America.

An Open Letter to Our Teen Daughters About Relationships

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.14.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Each failed relationship is an opportunity to learn about yourself as a woman and as a partner in a relationship.

Moms Who Drink Too Much

Heather Kopp | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
Heather Kopp

We're kidding ourselves if we think that our addiction to any mood-altering drug or activity isn't affecting our kids. And we're dangerously deluded if we conclude that it can actually improve our parenting.

A Public-Private Partnership Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Samir Singh | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Samir Singh

Public-private partnerships were traditionally a one-sided relationship: a company provided the money to fund a project, which was designed, developed...

Teaching Your Teen Daughters the Social Rules of Dating

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.30.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Dear Dr. G., I am a 17-year-old girl and I'm going into my Senior year of high school. I have a serious problem. At least it's a problem to me. Maybe...

Why Mothers Struggling With Depression Should Seek Help

Lisa Firestone | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

So much worry goes into your child's well-being. Yet, one of the most important things a woman can do when becoming a mother is to work on being in good mental health herself. If she starts to notice symptoms of depression, she shouldn't be afraid or ashamed to seek help.

A Caregiver's Identity Crisis

Lauren Kahn | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kahn

My mother died in January of 2010, and I am no longer a caregiver. And when I wish she were here to advise or support me, I think back to a time before our roles reversed, to a time when she was my caregiver. I know her well enough to guess how she might advise me today.