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Sometimes I Ignore My Children, And That's OK

Kristen Howerton | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I'm all for introspection and self-analysis and balance and boundaries. I think our kids deserve our time and attention. But I can't help thinking that the idea that children require our 100 percent undivided attention 100 percent of the time has gone a little too far.

I've Got Your Lifestyle Blog Right Here

Kristen Howerton | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I'm worried that there are just too many Internet destinations selling an idealized version of motherhood that no one can live up to. Because motherhood is beautiful, but it's also messy. In fact, I would even argue that happy family life SHOULD be messy. A lifestyle blog of only perfect moments is not a lifestyle I'm familiar with.

9 Things I Want My Kids To Know This Mother's Day

Kristen Howerton | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

You only have this one body: take care of it. You only have this one life: make the most of it.

Could the Internet Have Saved My Mother?

Meagan Francis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Meagan Francis

When I think about my mom, I wonder what a difference these relationships with a variety of other women across the globe might have made in her life. In our lives, too, my brothers' and sister's and mine. I know that it's had an immeasurably positive impact on my life.

Brother And Sister Star In Adorable Recreation Of Gap Ad

Posted 02.07.2014 | Parents

Kembe and India Howerton saw a Gap ad featuring "Kinky Boots" Tony Award winners Cyndi Lauper and Billy Porter and thought they were looking in a futu...

Davion's Plea for A Family (And The 101,000 He Represents)

Kristen Howerton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

Maybe Davion's plea will create a bigger change than he ever imagined. Maybe it will prompt our nation to listen to the voices of foster youth who are asking for a family before it's too late.

What Will Be Left When You Are Older?

Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor | Posted 06.18.2013 | Parents
Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor

If by age 9, my daughter already has a Kindle Fire, access to an iPad and has been to New York City twice and on and on, what is left for her to experience when she is older? Am I somehow setting her up for crushing disappointment?

3 Blog Posts We Loved This Week

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 01.07.2013 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, Kelle Hampton discusses the difference between real life and Instagram perfection, a foster mother catalogues her experience...

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.

4 Ways To Limit Kids' Screen Time

Kristen Howerton | Posted 01.29.2013 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

Figuring out how to appropriately negotiate screen time has been an issue in my house ever since the kids have been old enough to operate the computer.

Three Blog Posts We Loved This Week

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, Jim Griffioen dazzles (again) with his creative kid costumes, Charlie Capen looks back on his child-fearing days and Kristen...

How Much Do You Know About Where Your Halloween Candy Comes From?

Kristen Howerton | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

My family is breaking up with commercial chocolate, or buying fair trade. I hope you will, too.

Best Of The Mom And Dad Blogs

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 10.15.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, a young boy goes to his first dance, a subway encounter brings a blogger to tears -- and more. Laughing it up People I W...

Why I Finally Told My Son He Could Play With Toy Guns

Kristen Howerton | Posted 08.04.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I spend a lot of time pondering the disparity between the mom I thought I would be, and the mom I am. I was such a good mom before having kids.

What I Learned About Motherhood by Being an Adoptive Parent

Kristen Howerton | Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I firmly believe that it's in each child's best interest to have a loving parent whose goal is to provide the love and attention that only a family can afford.