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Parents Encouragement

On Keeping the Faith

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

Parenting is tough. Being married is tough. Running a household -- whether solo or with a partner -- is hard work. But I believe that I was created to do exactly what I'm doing right now. And so were you.

What I Must Get Right For My Daughter

Rachael Clarke | Posted 02.16.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

I admire the life in her, the inhibition, the great joy. She is pure and unfiltered, gloriously free. And I let myself go, dance and sing with my family, act goofy and ridiculous. My daughter watches me with her shining eyes, learns that this is how it should be.

What To Do When Your Temper Scares You

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

I will move on. I won't carry the baggage of yesterday's explosion or last week's near meltdown into tomorrow. I will practice grace on purpose. To my tiny people and myself.

The Problem With 'I'm So Proud Of You' (And What To Say Instead)

Marcy Cole, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcy Cole, Ph.D.

My sister told me something that I vowed to share with as many parents as possible: "When my kids were small, I made a conscious decision to never say, 'I'm proud of you.' Instead, I have always said to them, 'You must be so proud of yourself.'"