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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.

This Poet's Take On ‘How To Raise A Black Son In America' Is Incredibly Powerful

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices

In his April TED talk, poet Clint Smith, a PhD candidate at Harvard, shared important lessons his father taught him about the unsettling reality of b...

Like My Father Always Said...

Erin McHugh | Posted 06.16.2015 | Books
Erin McHugh

A couple of years ago I sent out a smoke signal (well, OK, the emails, texts, Facebook and Twitter shout-outs) to everyone I knew -- and then they sent it on to everybody they knew -- to start collecting quips and anecdotes and advice they all remembered receiving from their mothers.

A Wife's Letter to Her Childless Husband on Father's Day

Dani De Luca | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Dani De Luca

I lay in bed the other night, hands crossed over my heart and legs pin-straight, and thought of those words: This is not about me at all, is it? This is all about you.

A Tale of Two Children: My Path to Fatherhood, and the Psychic Who Saw It Before I Did

Abdi Nazemian | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Abdi Nazemian

Despite keeping a copy of "The Power of Now" by my bed for years, I have always been more into the future than the present. Maybe that's why I love the idea of psychics.

My Father's Red Bat Lessons of Life, Death, Business and Living Well

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

I keep my father's bat to remind me of two of my father's most important lessons -- one good, one bad and I'm not sure he intended to teach either one. He certainly wasn't conscious of it if he did. It doesn't matter, though, I learned them just the same.

One Day

Annie Flavin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Annie Flavin

Now that my children are all safe in their beds, nothing seems too hard, too problematic, too much like a fire drill, or, worse, an actual fire, to forget to grab clothes. We forget that these are the days when we are making sure to grab our children, we forget the fear we feel when things go haywire right before our eyes, when we thought we had it under control.

8 Lessons Motherhood Has Taught a Recovering Perfectionist

Maria Ross | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Maria Ross

There is absolutely no room for perfection in parenting. No median. No bike lane. You will screw up. You will doubt yourself at every turn.

Lauren Graham's TV Daughters Finally Meet

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment

Magic happened this weekend at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas when Lauren Graham's two TV daughters finally met. Rory, meet Amber. A...

'My Teenage Daughter Has Become A Cat'

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 06.08.2015 | Fifty
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

Being older parents has its benefits, which is that we get love, affection and snuggles from our children well into our 50s while everyone else we know is packing their kids off to college. However no one warned me that when my daughter turned 13 she'd become a cat.

13 Surefire Signs You're Turning Into Your Mother

Valerie Albarda | Posted 06.06.2015 | Fifty
Valerie Albarda

Your parents. You may think they have little to do with the person you ultimately turned out to be in life, but they are certainly responsible for creating you. Many of their innate qualities are coursing through your genes as well.

Advice for New Parents vs. Parenting Realities

Melissa Roy | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Melissa Roy

No matter how exhausted you are, especially in the middle of the day, when baby finally drifts off to sleep AND lets you put him/her down, the last thing you think about is napping.

The Most Important Lesson I Learned From My Marriage -- And Divorce

Jana Llewellyn | Posted 05.27.2015 | Divorce
Jana Llewellyn

I have not been writing much lately, except in my journal, in short spurts. My life has been consumed with one of the biggest and most difficult transitions anyone can deal with: my husband and I are getting a divorce.

10 Life Lessons I Learned From My Newborn Twins

MeiMei Fox | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
MeiMei Fox

It's pretty amazing how we can rise to the challenges that are placed before us. And when we do, we realize how powerful we truly are.

Sharing #UnlikelyAdviceForTeenagers On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty

#UnlikelyAdviceForTeenagers caught our eye on Twitter and we just couldn't suppress a laugh at some of the posts that sure capture what we all mutter...

"Me too!" - Graduation of a Kind Soul

Kevin Walsh | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Kevin Walsh

"Me too!" My mom actually had a dress decorated for my three year-old daughter with her all-inclusive expression painted above a daisy. Abby came ...

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On July 10, 2011, Joan T. Daniels, Esq. posted the following comment on the listserv for the members of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

11 Things Only Those With 3 Kids Truly Understand

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty

With three kids, parents are not only outnumbered but also severely stressed. Indeed, a 2013 survey of more than 7,000 American mothers found that thr...

Keeping Your Relationship Hydrated

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Just like tiny raindrops, there are small things you can do every day to fill up the reserves. The more drops or positive things you pour into the relationship, the more cushion you have for the dry spells. The result is a strong foundation of trust, love and patience.

My Child is the Boss in our Home

Ashli Mazer | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Ashli Mazer

Having a baby demoted my status in the chain of command in this house. No longer do I call the shots. All commands have been handed over to her. My child is the boss in our home.