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What I Got Wrong About Babies

Alana Romain | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Alana Romain

There are a few universal truths about tiny, baby humans. They cry. They poop a lot. They need a lot of love and attention (but not actually a whole lot else). They have delicious-smelling heads. But there was one thing I got wrong about those little, love-and-attention-needing babies.

The Upside Down Economy of Parenting

Sarah Sandifer | Posted 02.25.2015 | Parents
Sarah Sandifer

Who you are and what you have to say and what you have to offer and what you think matters. I want you to learn how to speak your mind. If you have a good idea, share it, because your words have value.

30 Lessons Learned From Six Years of Parenting

Matthew Dicks | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Matthew Dicks

The parent who assumes the tougher position in regards to expectations and discipline is almost always correct.

11 Things Empty Nesters Want Parents Of Little Kids To Know

Shelley Emling | Posted 03.27.2015 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

You think you'll remember every key moment of your kids' lives -- but you won't. Oddly enough, I can recall the theme song from 'Gilligan's Island' but I find it nearly impossible to draw out of cold storage a memory of my oldest kid's first bike ride.

5 Things That Have Made Me A Better Mother

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

My constant worry about rushing off to the next place or checking off the next thing on the list of things to get done was stressing out my kids.

50 Things I've Learned In 10 Years As A Parent

Melissa Sher | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Melissa Sher

I've learned that if one door closes and another opens and then slams shut, it means the kids are fighting.

A Letter To My Future Self

Andrew Knott | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Andrew Knott

All my questions will be answered in due time. So, I'm writing not in search of answers for myself. I'm writing to help you remember.

Getting My Daughter to Dive Into the Deep End -- And Jumping in With Her

Raluca State | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Raluca State

When the time was right and we were both able to open up our minds and put our fears aside and see through our rolling and crying eyes more clearly... We found that we fit into that round hole perfectly.

Rediscovering Kindness

Jason Guberman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Jason Guberman

As a dad, there are moments I'm filled with doubt because my hope is that I'm doing everything I can to give my daughter the best life possible. To me at least, part of giving her the best life means giving her space to grow and be independent, even as a toddler.

11 Things We've Learned In 8 Years Of Parenting

Joelle Wisler | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

I have learned to always, always, always have a snack with me. I have found that we can only love each other and talk in normal-pitched voices when we aren't starving, raving lunatics.

On Being Cold, Tired, and Hungry... And a Jerk!

Carrie Kenny | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

"Tournament." Where you can make major parenting mistakes, learn a lot about yourself, and get an opportunity for a real life lesson.

Why You Don't Need 'It All' to Be Happy

Ingrid Vasquez | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Ingrid Vasquez

I grew up wearing hand-me-downs and eating from dollar menus, and I was often left wishing for more toys under the Christmas tree. You'd think I'd say I didn't have much -- I lived in a trailer home, I shopped at thrift stores and my family survived off food stamps. But the truth is different.

My First (and Last) 10 Days of Breastfeeding

Alexis Castellano | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Alexis Castellano

I was miserable for the first 10 days of my child's life. Breastfeeding was hard, but you were supposed to see it through, you shouldn't give up. It would get easier. It would become natural. On Avery's eleventh morning, she had a meltdown after I nursed her for two straight hours.

Lessons From Motherhood: Better Than an MBA

Heather Deason Zynczak | Posted 10.05.2014 | Women
Heather Deason Zynczak

Motherhood is humbling. I think my experience has been compounded by the fact that I did not become a mom until I was 35 years old. I thought I had learned most of the more important lessons on management, but attempting to "manage" my three sons has taught me a lot.

What My 'Fun' Dad Taught Me About Parenting, And How My Mom Made It Possible

Jen Simon | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

Since having kids, I've come to understand that my dad wasn't just teaching me to be a good person -- he was also teaching me to be a good parent.

Everything I Need to Know About Parenting I Learned From Baseball

Sarah Trillin | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sarah Trillin

It seems to me that during the past decade, there have been endless discussions about how we as parents are failing to let our kids fail.

The Best 5 Things I Learned From My Dad

Emily Kaye Lazzaro | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Emily Kaye Lazzaro

If my dad has to pee, he will walk into any building anywhere and use their bathroom. If I run a 5K while my dad is in town visiting, he will join me in the "runners only" beer tent and enjoy free beer while wearing a sweater vest. My dad does not think it is inappropriate for him to be anywhere.

I Really Need a Fish in My Life

James M. Chesbro | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
James M. Chesbro

"Daddy," he said, turning toward me, the palms of his not-yet 3-year-old hands up, arms spread. "I really need a fish in my life." He squinted his eyes, the wrinkles in his sun-kissed face pressed for an appeal.

5 Things My Mother Taught Me About Perfection

N'tima Preusser | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
N'tima Preusser

Without the confidence she exemplified, I would not have learned the significance of loving myself, and in turn, teaching my daughter to love herself, too. Through my mom, I learned loving yourself is the beginning of all victories.

Parenting Lessons I Learned From My Mother

Emily Cappo | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Emily Cappo

My mother passed away one year ago, right after her 75th birthday. I've spent the past 12 months missing her and wishing she was still here to watch her grandchildren grow up.

6 Parenting Lessons I Didn't Know My Mother Was Teaching Me

Alexis Castellano | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Alexis Castellano

I thought she carried me through life, but actually, she showed me how to carry myself.

The Parenting 'Rules' My Mom Taught Me To Break

Allison Tate | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Allison Tate

I can be too guarded or too afraid to embarrass myself. But my mom has been a role model when it comes to reminding me of the importance of vulnerability.

5 Things My Mom Taught Me About Being A Dad

Doyin Richards | Posted 07.05.2014 | Parents
Doyin Richards

The undeniable truth of parenting my mom shared with me is that it can be the absolute worst gig of your life if you don't have a sense of humor.

5 Business Lessons from a Little Boy with Down Syndrome

Brian Horn | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Brian Horn

Kids can be some of the best teachers, even when it comes to business. My son has been no exception to that rule, despite the fact that he has a learning disability.

3 Lessons Learned In The First 5 Years Of Parenting

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Rachel Leventhal-Weiner

This predictably unpredictable life is exhilarating and terrifying. And as we muddle through each day, I have made a few discoveries about parenthood and motherhood through the eyes of my children.