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What Will You Choose to Wear Today: Faith or Fear?

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Olayiwola A. Alara

But just like every problem hypothetically is supposed to have a solution, fear also has an antidote, which is known as faith.

5 Thoughts That Go Through Every Parent's Head As Back-To-School Approaches

Dynamom | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents

Of course, you love spending more time with the kids during the summer months, but let's be honest: Having them back in their classrooms is all kinds of awesome.

Emojis For Parents

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

Instead of a boring old yellow smiley face or unusable tree sapling, here is a list of emojis displaying typical parenting scenarios -- starring me, a typical parent.

Corporal Punishment: The Monster That Won't Leave Us

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 08.22.2014 | World
Devishobha Ramanan

Schools have the potential to break the patterns of violence by giving children, their parents and communities the knowledge and skills to communicate, negotiate and resolve conflicts in more constructive ways. Losing this great opportunity could cripple the entire human race.

Children Who Shine From Within

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

Maybe you know a Firefly. Maybe you love a Firefly. If you do, please don't wait. Don't wait for someone to hand him an award or a give her a certificate to make their talents and gifts "official."

Get Outside and EXPLORE! The Importance of Nature For Grandchildren

Gramma Good | Posted 08.21.2014 | Fifty
Gramma Good

How many of your children or grandchildren walk home from school? How many children are obese because they don't play outdoors? How many of our children have been taught about their environment?

Parents Who Don't Teach Their Kids Manners Drive Me Crazy

Jen M.L. | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Jen M.L.

I can't blame the kids. Kids are naturally animalistic, narcissistic megalomaniacs. It's the parents who must mold them and break them down into responsible, polite, contributing members of society.

The One Thing I Want to Tell My Kids Before They Start School

Galit Breen | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself for mistakes. Give yourself time to rest and relax and rejuvenate. Figure out what you love and do it. Often. Say nice words in your mind and your heart because you are golden.

A Little White Girl's First Experience Of Racism

Amanda Smear Baudier | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Amanda Smear Baudier

"Mrs. W, hi this is Amanda. I strangled Jamie too. We were just playing a scene from The Simpsons. They only got him in trouble and not me because he's Black."

In Our House, We Stim

Michelle Sutton | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Michelle Sutton

My oldest autistic child is almost 16. My youngest autistic child is 7. I have four other kids aged between 19 years and 18 months old. I've been pare...

Why My Dad Committed Suicide

Allison Ellis | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Ellis

Instead of "why," I need to instead continually ask "how." How, as I approach middle age, can I avoid succumbing to a similar fate? How can I best handle the stresses of modern life? How can I treat my own periods of loneliness and depression? This is what I believe my father was trying to tell me.

Why 'Funny Kid Shaming' Isn't Really Funny

Vicki Hoefle | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Vicki Hoefle

Kids today have far too much responsibility ahead of them to be pushed down before they've even learned to tie their own shoes. While the logic behind it may seem reasonable, it's NEVER okay to publicly shame a child.

Sending My Son to Central America: A Mom's Reflections on Unaccompanied Children

Cheryl Doss | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Cheryl Doss

No parent sends a child across the world without a tightening of the chest, an ache in the heart, and prayers that they will be safe. A compassionate policy will not halt this flow of children, but it would recognize the dreams that all parents have for their children's safety and survival.

A Different Kind of 'Kvelling'

Nancy L. Wolf | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Nancy L. Wolf

Kvelling gets a bit trickier as your kids get older. Especially if your kid happens not to be on the do-not-pass-go direct path from high school to early admission to the elite college of their choice, and then on to a top grad school or impressive first job.

Teaching Mindfulness to Teenagers: 5 Ways to Get Started

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

If we want students to take mindfulness seriously, they need to see it in action. They need to see us paying attention and handling challenges skillfully. Those millennial Holden Caulfields can spot a phony a mile away.

Treatment Before Tragedy: A Mother's Plea

Allen Frances | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Liza Long is the mother of a son who has bipolar disorder. When her post-Newtown blog post "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother" went viral, she decided that she had to speak up for children like her son. Her goal is to expose the gaping cracks in our badly broken mental healthcare system.

A Moment Between Mothers

Wendy Cray Kaufman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Wendy Cray Kaufman

Someday, I will be the old woman in a parking lot who walks up to an overwhelmed mother juggling two small children, bags of groceries and a cart that won't stay put.

Yep, I Started An Instagram Account For My 5-Year-Old Son

Zach Rosenberg | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Zach Rosenberg

Part social experiment, part artistic expression and part introduction to modern digital life, I think that opening an Instagram account for my son will be fun for the both of us.

5 Ways People Die Before They're Actually Dead

Shola Richards | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Shola Richards

Sadly, many people die thousands of little deaths before they finally make it official, and that is not the life that I want for my two little girls. That's why I am sharing this gift with them now.

Parenting Never Gets Easier

Sarah Bregel | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

One day your 4-year-old will be throwing the most massive public tantrum and you'll be staring into you cuddly baby's eyes thinking, what's so bad about this? When he's up again to nurse at 4 a.m., you'll think the opposite.

Talk To Your Kids About Ferguson

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

If you also believe that most Black families in the United States have talked about Ferguson, what does it say about the rest of us if we have not?

Education, Education, Education and the Role We Play in Its Unfolding

David Scott Clegg | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

I am an educator. This is true. Education has been where my passion has met with purpose for nearly a quarter century. I am an educator. And so are you.

7 Guides for Parents to Help Their Children through Competitive Youth Football

Michael Gervais, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Michael Gervais, Ph.D.

Though young athletes handle pressure differently, parents of youth football players often experience their own anxiety not knowing how to help their children navigate a stressful experience.

Why I Won't Get Divorced

Brian Leaf | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

One minute I am stressed and miserable. The next, I sigh, my body softens, and I could not be happier. Literally. The highs are so high, they completely dissolve the lows.

15 Life Lessons a Dad Wishes He Had Learned Earlier

D.J. Wilson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
D.J. Wilson

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved." -- Victor Hugo 1. Thus I've learned that happiness is not defined by what...