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How Elmo Taught My Kids About Death

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

I started with a very basic definition of dead: something that's not moving or breathing. Then I explained how some things are never alive and others are alive for a while and then they die. And finally, I used Elmo's World type questions to help him sort out the ideas and the differences.

5 Reasons to Have a Big Party for Your Child's First Birthday

Mommy Nearest | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Birthday parties are something all kids look forward to. But as a parent, let's face it -- they basically suck. If your kids aren't old enough to have any opinion regarding their birthday parties just yet, consider yourself lucky. Here are five reasons to have a blow-out party for your child's first birthday.

Little Liars

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

To kids, time is a very abstract concept and sometimes little people just forget or tell you what they think will make you happy. Maybe your kids aren't consciously lying at all; maybe they're just telling you their own personal version of reality.

7 Work-Life Balance Secrets Of Work-at-Home Parents

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business

It isn't always easy when you have a family. Anyone who has ever tried to meet deadlines or take a call with a client while kids are screaming in the background knows how hard it can be.

The Daddy Mafia

LJ Charleston | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
LJ Charleston

For too long mothers have copped all the flak. They've been prodded and pushed into unflattering stereotypes like Olympic Mom, Germ Phobic Mom, Afraid of the Sun Mom and the much-maligned Boot Camp Mom. So now it's the fathers turn.

The Twin Mom Tribe

K.K. Goldberg | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
K.K. Goldberg

With twins, you're highly visible--everyone sees your caravan and crew. At the same time, you're also invisible, as so many people simply don't get it. I know this is true because I didn't get it either, until having twins myself.

When I Married an Entrepreneur

Annie Flavin | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Annie Flavin

When I met my husband, he was general counsel for a biotech company. It was a start-up that was on its way to becoming a public company, so I knew, to some degree, what I was getting into. What I didn't understand, however, was his desire for the chase.

My Pregnancy Pillow Saved My Marriage

Kathy Radigan | Posted 07.21.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I wrapped my legs around him and sighed. For the first time in months I could finally sleep. I felt more than a little guilty. After five years of marriage, I had never spent the night wrapped up with anyone other than my husband. But here I was, caught up in a strange and exciting love affair. Each time I was about five months pregnant. Yes, I succumbed to the temptations of an affair with my full body pregnancy pillow

The Most Perfect Metaphor For New Motherhood

Katherine Stanley Obando | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Katherine Stanley Obando

Let the waves come, murmur a seafaring song, and know this: in any moment of new motherhood that is rough going for you, there are countless like you; there are also others for whom that very same moment was transcendent and amazing (and you'll probably hear all about it).

A Fine Line in Parenthood

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 07.16.2015 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

I'm happy she's found something she loves to do and that she does it well. I sit here, in this space because of her, dreaming of days that have past and wondering if this ship has sailed for me. And it's then that I wonder if I'm trying to be a stowaway on her ship.

Comic Con Vs. Divorce: The Final Battle

Craig Tomashoff | Posted 07.15.2015 | Divorce
Craig Tomashoff

For me, Comic Con has been like facing my own brand of crippling Kryptonite -- divorce. Let me explain via this timeline, and stay tuned for a vintage comic book twist ending.

7 Telltale Signs That You Have Toddlers

Joni Edelman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Parents
Joni Edelman

You've developed a special sort of hatred for Caillou. And yet, you can sing the entire theme song.

The 5 Pieces Of Advice I'd Give About Screens If Parents Ever Asked

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The explosion of tech and screens into the lives of children is outrageously obvious to me as a pediatrician.

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Becky Tountas | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents
Becky Tountas

Writing gifts me with so much: an outlet, creative expression, record keeping. But most of all it reminds me of this: although motherhood has changed everything, I am the same woman.

The Most Invasive Question I Get Asked Daily

Julie Zack Yaste | Posted 07.13.2015 | Women
Julie Zack Yaste

It's such a slap in the face to inquire about one of the most emotionally charged and highly personal decisions in a person's life.

Don't Call Them Oldies

Sara Goldstein | Posted 07.10.2015 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

Go ahead, kids. Stage your fruitless protests. I can easily sing Pamela Long's hook of "Biggie, Biggie, Biggie, can't you see/Sometimes your words just hypnotize me" right over your dissenting little voices.

How My Son Taught Me to Capture Moments, Not Photos

Chris Harding | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Chris Harding

Perhaps I'm trying to do 'family' as I now relate to it, the images from years ago contained in the dusty photo albums my parents have. Maybe I'm hoping that by adding to it and continuing it, the legacy contained in the albums adds legitimacy to my broken family.

Parenting Is Like Living in an Insane Asylum

Rachel Toalson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Sometimes I feel like I'm doing a pretty good job as a parent. Relationships are good, all those consequences we've put into our Family Playbook--a list of infractions and their expected consequences--are well understood, the house is in almost perfect order.

Gas Bubbles or Why I Love My Children

Paul Ratner | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Paul Ratner

You might think you cherish your freedom but how can there be a stronger expression of freedom than taking on the responsibility of raising a new human being to the best of your ability and heart? That's when you can really define who you are.

The Truth About Being A Stepdad

Ravishly | Posted 07.01.2015 | Divorce

In 1986 my husband -- well, he wasn't my husband yet -- won the county spelling bee. I lost. His blue eyes and stellar spelling skills captivated me.

Reflections on Father's Day 2015: Don't Forget, It's Not About You

John McCormick | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

I got a glimpse for the first time of what it will be like to be an empty nester. Connor starts high school this fall, and in two years Will is off to college. If Father's Day 2015 is any predictor, I'll be a complete mess, lavishing my pent-up paternal affections on the family dogs.

11 Harrowing, Hilarious True Stories From The First Year Of Parenthood

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Danielle Campoamor

In the spirit of honesty, openness and pure transparency, here are true stories about the first year of parenthood. Some are mine, while others were generously shared by my like-minded and beautifully flawed parent friends.

10 Truths My Twin Boys -- 1-Year-Old Today -- Have Taught Me

Betsy Boyd | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Betsy Boyd

When you two find each other in a room, you often laugh hello and scramble to climb on your brother's back. I'm in awe of your camaraderie.

Why I Always Ask For Photos Of Just The Two Of Us

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

It would be easy to let these kids swallow us whole if we let our guard down for half a second. They are young and needy right now, and it would be easy to save everything marriage-related for after bedtime. It would be easy to let them destroy Us on some days.

Trying To Remember My Kids When They Were Little

Elin Stebbins Waldal | Posted 06.19.2015 | Fifty
Elin Stebbins Waldal

I had no idea how fast the years would speed past -- of course people said they would -- but I didn't believe them. They stare back at me now, my children, halted in all their youth. And in the way an archeologist might scour the dirt while digging, I examine them.