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What's In A Name? Everything.

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Names are for the future. We choose them with the expectation that they will be carried forward, a first and most lasting gift.

Parents Of Violent Children Respond To Liza Long's Essay

Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.17.2012 | Parents

"We installed a Schlage deadbolt on our bedroom," one mother wrote, describing how far she went to keep a 17-year-old stepson out. "We are terrifi...

After Newtown, There Is No Place For Parents To Hide

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Parents can't hide anymore either. There is nothing left to conjure from our desperate imaginations that separates our children from the ones who were dropped off for just another day of school Friday morning. There is no way to blame their parents here. So we have to blame ourselves.

Gun Control Is A Parenting Issue

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

More than a dozen children went to elementary school this morning and were dead before lunch. White House spokesman Jay Carney says today is not the day to talk about gun control. I disagree. That's all we should talk about today. We are heartbroken, yes. But saying that will fix nothing. It won't bring anyone back, and it won't keep this from happening again. And of course we know the parents of Newtown could have been any one of us. That's important to remember, but it isn't enough, because the knowing doesn't change the fact that we could still be next. So we can't just do as we did after Columbine, after Virginia Tech, after Aurora. We can't just grieve and hold our children close. We have to demand that our country earn the right to call itself a civilized nation.

Mommy, Please Define That Word You Wish I Hadn't Heard

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

I tried to sound nonchalant. Stammering only raises those (cute) little antennae. But there is nothing quite so stressful as aiming for mellow.

The Downside Of Having Children Later?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Parents

Is workplace reform and life-work balance the antidote to everything from the rise in autism to the crisis in Social Security? That is the logical...

This Year, I'm NOT Stressing About ...

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents

It is supposed to be fun, right? Rewarding, reaffirming, heartwarming, spiritual? And yet the word many of us would use to describe the season is ...

What Kate Middleton Lost When Her Pregnancy Was Announced

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.04.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

The space between the moment you learn you are pregnant and the one when you reveal that to the wider world is the most intimate time in a woman's life. You are quite literally carrying a secret.

What Are A Birth Father's Rights In Utah?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.07.2012 | Parents

Eighteen-month-old Leah Frei must be returned to the father who has met her only twice, a Utah judge has ruled, in the most recent of a series of case...

Lisa Belkin

'I Wanted To Die': Hyperemesis Sufferers Tell Their Stories | Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Parents

Kristen Kemp remembers lying on the floor of her bathroom believing she was being engulfed by unseen flame. Seven weeks pregnant with twins, she was h...

How Travel Has Changed Since I Was A Kid

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.02.2013 | Travel
Lisa Belkin

My first airplane ride was when I was nine-years-old. My mom brought the three of us kids special travel outfits, and while I don't recall specifics, I do remember shiny white patent leather shoes. The stewardesses were exotic, the food was delicious, and the whole experience was glamorous. We visited the cockpit, and wore our tin pilot wings proudly back to our seats.

No Judgment Day: When Parents Forgive Themselves

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.30.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Parents are passing judgement alright, but not on each other. We are too busy criticizing ourselves.

Dear Marissa Mayer: Please Stop Saying Your Baby Is 'Easy'

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

It's just that we don't have a lot of other pregnant Fortune 500 superstars to look to, so we held you up as a role model and now we worry that you're modeling the wrong thing. When there are dozens more of you we will probably stop paying attention.

Too Much Stuff: Teaching Kids How To Give

Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.23.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

One of my early epiphanies as a new parent was realizing that shopping for them was even more fun than shopping for myself. There is joy in the giving of the "stuff," which is why we do it.

Ghosts, And Chocolate Turkeys, For Thanksgiving

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.22.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Belkin

Thanksgiving is no longer something being passed down to us, but rather something for us to pass on to our children.

Man Arrested For Telling Kids The Truth About Santa

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents

A man was arrested in Canada for outing Santa Claus. The 24-year-old had been walking the route of a the Christmas parade in Kingston, Ontario las...

Are Tantrums A Psychiatric Diagnosis?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents

Naming a syndrome gives it power, which is why changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, are so closely watched. W...

Lisa Belkin

Which Type Of Parent Are You? | Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.15.2012 | Parents

What kind of parent are you? There are bookshelves filled with options: Tiger Mom or free-range, attachment or laissez-faire. Pick a guide, and b...

Dying Parent: Woman Makes Decision About Visiting Abusive Father In Hospice

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.15.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Belkin

A few weeks ago, a reader who we called "SH" wrote to ask advice from readers about whether to go visit her dying father. He had been abusive to her mother throughout a 20-year-marriage, she wrote, and had cut all ties with his children back when SH was still in her teens. She just made her decision.

'Far From The Tree': Loving Children Who Are Very Different

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.12.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

"The widespread use of the word reproduction for this activity, with its implication that two people are but braiding themselves together, is at best a euphemism to comfort prospective parents before they get in over their heads."

Why Do Powerful Men Cheat More Than Powerful Women?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.09.2013 | Women
Lisa Belkin

We will likely learn that it isn't just sex that means different things to men and women, but also power.

A Mother's Departure Memo

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

"I...have chosen to leave private practice, and the practice of law (at least for now).I truly admire all of you that have been able to juggle your career and family and do not envy what a challenge it is trying to do each well."

25 Things I Learned In 25 Years (Of Marriage)

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.09.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Belkin

When you have been together for 25 years, friends start to ask for advice. I have none. I don't presume to know what makes a relationship work -- all I have is some vague idea of what might possibly make mine work.

Women Won Last Night -- But Did Anyone Get The Message?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.07.2013 | Women
Lisa Belkin

Politicians talked to women, about women and at women when they wanted our vote. Now they have to talk with women if they want to keep our support.  

Lisa Belkin

6-Year-Old Battles Cancer While His Family Battles Sandy | Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents

When the evacuation order came, the Lograno-Weinstein family began packing. Ten-year-old Katie brought a flashlight, her pillow pet and a “real” b...