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A Letter To My Future Self

Andrew Knott | Posted 01.08.2015 | 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 | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

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.

Joaquin Phoenix: Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds You

Eva Glettner | Posted 12.19.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

When the kids were little, the phrase "don't bite the hand that feeds you" was in fact quite literal. I know you really want the Cheerios and you want to show off your choppers, but don't bite my arm as I put them on your plate.

7 Survival Tips for Taking Your Kids to Restaurants

Conor Grennan | Posted 11.11.2012 | Parents
Conor Grennan

Why is it that the benchmark we set for our happiness when we have children is to ensure that our lives don't change?

Here's What Happens When Parents Blink

Jim Higley | Posted 09.01.2012 | Parents
Jim Higley

I remember noticing my son's shoelace -- a little too long -- and telling myself that I needed to retie it so he didn't trip. Then I blinked. That little boy just took his last college exam.

Is It True That Becoming A Parent Changes You?

Dan Bucatinsky | Posted 07.14.2012 | Parents
Dan Bucatinsky

Is there a natural shift that occurs when we realize we're responsible for more than just ourselves?

Children Are Only Children for Eighteen Years

Jodi Ciampa | Posted 07.01.2012 | Parents
Jodi Ciampa

Children have such a short time to be kids and we, as parents, have even less until they don't need us anymore.

Anne Lamott, On Parenting, Grandparenting and The Secret To Keeping Your Mouth Shut

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.20.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Reading Anne's books feels like talking to her. Talking to her, it turns out, feels a lot like reading her books -- which are about parenting, faith, writing, love and loss. It isn't happenstance that these all intertwine in her writing, she told us, because they are all braided up in her life as well.