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6 Parenting Moments I Now Miss That Totally Annoyed Me At The Time

Alisa Schindler | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

As mommy to young kids, there were so many particulars that needed tending to simply get through a day responsibly and with the least amount of tantrums -- "Not the blue bowl!!! The red!" But now that we're a bit older, a lot of these peculiarities have faded away.

Playgrounds, The New Bar Hopping

Linda Roy | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Linda Roy

Before kids, I bar hopped. My rock band played in them. It was a lot of monkeying around minus the monkey bars; a pretty swinging lifestyle.

So You Think I'm A Bad Mom For Not Playing With My Kids At The Pool

Jennifer Hicks | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Hicks

You do what works for you and your family; I'll do what works for my kids and me. If we seem to have the same ideas about parenting, great. If we don't, OK. If we do things in different ways, let's just leave it at that: different. Not bad, not worse, not a shame. Just different.

Is a Comic Strip Worth a Thousand Words?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

She thrilled us when she sent me some panels from a comic strip she'd drawn -- and got me to thinking all over again about what I would've missed had she never been around.

A Message For My Beloved Children Who Insist Their Lives Are Really Really Hard

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

Back in the 1980s there were only three crafts in existence: friendship bracelets, latch-hook rugs, and Shrinky-Dinks. My friends and I spent an entire decade enjoying them without a single complaint. You might want to try that same technique right about... now.

31 Things Parents And Kids Can Do Without A Screen

Bob Staake | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents
Bob Staake

23: Look at the night sky with your family and when you see a shooting star yell "Ooooo, an animated GIF!!!"

What I Will Miss Most About Being A Stay-At-Home Dad

Zach Rosenberg | Posted 03.11.2013 | Parents
Zach Rosenberg

'm not here to tell you that it was a perfect world being home with my son day-in and day-out. I'm not here to say that it was easy. But I'm here to tell you that if I could do it again, I would.

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.

Surviving A 2-Year-Old's Attack

Jason Good | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
Jason Good

Though I fear for my skin and internal organs, my son is goddamn adorable. He's my first choice for "People I would let excavate my throat," and "If you had to pick someone to accidentally give you a spleenectomy, who would it be?"

45 Ideas for Summer Fun with Kids

Signe Whitson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

I refuse to let another "must," "ought" or "should" prevent me from savoring this brief window of opportunity that I have to enjoy time with my only-young-once daughters.

Up Side of the Down Slide

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 02.11.2012 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

They have had their share of scrapes and bruises. But I love that my girls have band-aids on their knees and keep on running. When life knocks them down, which it will sometimes, I know they will rally.

What to Expect When You're Expecting ... to Fail

Teresa Strasser | Posted 10.05.2011 | Parents
Teresa Strasser

There are days I don't want to be just me, with a kid. I want to be a version of me who knows how to cook, so rustling up dinner every night wouldn't mean several stops into various health food stores for ready-made nutritious side dishes and gluten-free microwaveable burritos.