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10 Things I Said I Would Never Do As A Parent

Meredith Masony | Posted 06.10.2016 | Parents
Meredith Masony

I remember always be the last kid to get picked up from school or sports practice. It was so embarrassing. Recently, my son was the last one to be picked up from daycare. Guess what? He survived, and so did I.

Is There A Sweet Spot of Parenting?

Janine Huldie | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Janine Huldie

There are times when I am honestly overjoyed to be past the baby and toddler parenting phases -- especially when I am in the presence of a current parent with their screaming baby.

Important And Not-So-Important Things I Want To Tell My Kids, From A To Z

Melissa Sher | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Melissa Sher

Two of the greatest things about getting older are caring less about what other people think about you and thinking more of the people you care about.

5 Parenting Lessons From My All-Star Mom

Andrew Knott | Posted 05.08.2016 | Parents
Andrew Knott

Sorry, folks, I'm here to deliver a little slice of harsh reality this Mother's Day: All your moms are scrambling for the runner-up trophy, because my mom has a strangle hold on the top prize.

Not Missing My Baby

Lisa R. Petty | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Lisa R. Petty

Think about it. Imagine if your spouse put an old picture of you up and said, "I miss this skinny, blonde person." That is how teens see this "I miss my baby" nonsense.

What I Want My Kids To Know Part 3

Abby King | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Abby King

I lied to you when you were little. They did have the light up, plaid, jeweled sneakers in your size (Emily) and I am the one who threw out the "Kids Beatles" CD you adored (Ben). Kids singing Beatles songs is not the Beatles. I could not take it anymore.

Parenting 101: Learning to Let Go

Andrew Knott | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Andrew Knott

When you have small children, focusing on task completion is the ultimate fool's errand. Of course, accepting this reality did not transform me overnight into a paragon of Zen-like patience.

The All-Time Most Unoriginal Thought About Parenting

Andrew Knott | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Andrew Knott

It finally happened last week. I finally had that moment of clarity and inspiration that wannabe writers dream about. That game-changing idea that no one has ever had before. I was so excited; this was it!

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.

Six Words My Kid Said That Contain Such Wisdom

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 01.02.2015 | Parents
Cornelia Seigneur

I believe we as parents need to allow our kids to go at their own pace. To not be compared with others who are the same age, the same grade in school, the same size, the same anything.

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.

Being Right Beside Them For The Rites of Passage

Carissa K | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

My habit is to parent to the youngest common denominator. While the youngest of their ages is an age that was once foreign to me, it is now where my experience lies, three times over. It is my comfort zone. Realizing this, I try to make a conscious effort to get myself unstuck.

8 Things It Took Parenthood to Teach Me About My Own Parents

Audra Rundle | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Audra Rundle

It's taken 30+ years of life, marriage and two kids to really understand what my parents have done -- and are still doing -- for me. Here are a few of the decisions, actions and sacrifices they made that I only comprehended after becoming a parent myself.

5 Hard Truths About Parenting

Chrissy Kelly | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Chrissy Kelly

No matter how lengthy or difficult the days are, it's nice to know we can get through them together, arms raised high, enjoying the ride.

55 Things You Taught Us About Parenting In 2013

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich and Farah L. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

From babyhood to graduation and beyond, we proudly present a selection of the many, many lessons we learned from HuffPost Parents bloggers in 2013. ...

7 Things I Learned At My Son's College Orientation

Shelley Emling | Posted 09.15.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

It's called 'Freshman Orientation' but it's probably designed more for the parents than for the freshmen.

19 Things I've Learned As A Wife And A Mother

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 08.17.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

Last year I wasn't as smart or as old. This year, on the occasion of my birthday, I'm making notes. I want to remember what I've learned.

20 Things Every Parent Should Hear

Beth Woolsey | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Beth Woolsey

If you pay attention, kids will teach you how to laugh loudly, how to love deeply and how to live fully. They will also ruin all your stuff.

On Praise and 'Bribes': What the New York Times Got Right (and What It Didn't)

Emma Jenner | Posted 03.30.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Children need challenges and increased expectations as they age, but change can be scary, and offering rewards -- coupled with choice and a sense of autonomy -- helps make their introduction smoother.

13 Things I Never Thought I'd Say To My Kids

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 03.12.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

In one of those curveballs that life likes to throw, I've heard some of the things that have come out of my mouth lately. I've realized that I'm saying things I never even anticipated having to have to say to my children.

Dos And Don'ts For My Friends Without Kids

JD Roberto | Posted 02.26.2013 | Parents
JD Roberto

I imagine that it must be hard to watch a friend get swallowed whole by a completely foreign set of experiences. Since I'm the one getting swallowed, I can't know what that's like -- but I can offer a few (entirely unsolicited) dos and don'ts to those who have not, as yet, procreated.

A Letter to William and Kate

Emma Jenner | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

The English are truly great at bringing up resilient, well-mannered, brave, and kind children. Too many parents -- in our own country and across the Western world -- have lost sight of what we've always done right.

The Point of Parenthood -- and 4 Tips for Making it Through Adolescence With Your Kids

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.30.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I just got back from spending Thanksgiving in Paris with my eldest child, and it got me thinking about the point of parenthood.

Wisdom in 4G: Here Today, Everywhere Tomorrow

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

We can create a habit for ourselves and our children: Pause and reflect. Even alone in the woods, with no technology in sight, recall the teaching of the Internet. What's the intention behind this next action of mine? Would the world reprove if this particular moment goes viral?

Physician, Speak No Harm

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

We can speak up when doctors betray our trust with their lack of professionalism. And we should seek out physicians who model healthy behaviors and promote wellbeing with competence and caring.