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Raising Daughters

A Lesson in Parenting: Sometimes Our Kids Know Best

Rebecca Deurlein | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Deurlein

You know those moments as a parent when you realize you were dead wrong? I recently had one with my 24-year-old daughter when she announced that she would spend the summer backpacking through Europe.

How The Presidency Made Me A Better Father

Barack Obama | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Barack Obama

People often ask me whether being President has made it more difficult to spend time with Michelle and our girls. But the surprising truth is that being in the White House has made our family life more "normal" than it's ever been.

How To Raise Brave Girls

Margie Warrell | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Margie Warrell

Too often, somewhere between wearing tiaras and leaving school, we dial down our dreams and reset our sights as the realities of the real world crush in on us.

Parenting Without Fear

Lindley Pless | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Lindley Pless

When I am not there, I get the sense they dig a little deeper to find the strength to try new things without the "training wheels" of their mother's outstretched hands.

Raising Brave Daughters

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

Here we were, two 36-year-old women weeping at an elementary school talent show. And I suspected we weren't the only ones.

To My Mom: All The Things I Never Told You

Sonya Matejko | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Sonya Matejko

Here it is as a testament to how much you mean to me. I am sorry for the things that I never told you. Mostly though, thank you for being my mother, and I know that I will love you always and forever.

My Mother's Day Commitment Is Raising My Daughter's Self-Image

Jodi Aman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Jodi Aman

The best way to help others is to heal yourself, I realized. Though I am a work-in-progress, as long as I am committed to growing and cultivating that self-love everyday by caring for myself, celebrating my successes and seeing myself as more than just my body, I can support and share what has been helpful with my daughter.

I'm Raising A Princess

Melissa Charles | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Melissa Charles

think the real reason is that I can remember having such pretty dresses in my closet and never being allowed to wear them. And then, when the High State Occasion finally came when it was deemed acceptable to wear it, I was allowed to wear the dress once... if I hadn't outgrown it first.

Letter to My Girls About the Mean Girl

Janine Huldie | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Janine Huldie

A mean girl is a bully who will use mental warfare and aggression to drag you down every chance she can get.

Raising Wonder

Karen Brett | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Karen Brett

She hasn't gone through the years that change little girls. The years that make girls doubt themselves and everything around them. She still has the gift of WONDER.

Embracing My Wild Child

Becky Tountas | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Becky Tountas

Everyone has to grow up, but I want my daughter to hold onto the magic of being a toddler as long as possible. I want her to run around, uninhibited. I want her to understand the beauty of freedom.

Best Summer Books to Read With Your Daughters

Diana Whitney | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

We were about a third of the way through The Hobbit when my 9-year-old asked skeptically, "Mommy, where are the girl characters?"

Is This the Little Girl I Carried?

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Leslie Kendall Dye

She's mesmerized by the girls, and I'm fascinated by her. I can feel her leaning into them. We are social animals and her timer has gone off and she wants to participate. She wants friendships and cross talk with children her own age. She yearns to be close to older children, older girls.

Advice for My Daughter on Her 10th Birthday

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Kelly Suellentrop

This "deodorant effect" applies to life in general: Anytime you can do something simple to ward off a problem down the road, do it. It gives you the best chance to come out smelling like roses... or at least not like body odor.

Teaching my Daughter That Her Voice Matters

Becky Tountas | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Becky Tountas

Every time I hear her loudly demanding to watch Frozen again or asking for the RED cat shirt, not the white one, I think to myself: Yes, speak up! I silently hope she will always take up space and use her strong voice.

When Your Daughter's Purple Hair Is Making Yours Gray

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 05.23.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My daughter has purple hair, colorful tattoos and teaches physical and mental health to her loyal clients. I have thin hair, gnarly age spots and tell jokes until people snort beer from their noses.

Your Tween's Private Photo Could Go Viral. Here's How.

Galit Breen | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

Our kids aren't all that different then we were at this age. But their access to social media makes their quickly made decisions capable of being a little bigger, a little louder, have a little more impact, a bigger punch, if you will.

A Letter to My Teenage Daughter

Melissa Chapman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

Everything feels REALLY MONUMENTAL right now, but if you could just stop and repeat these words silently to yourself, " Will this matter in a year from now?" I promise you that your perspective will shift.

Forever Young. Want Her to Be Forever Young

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 04.12.2015 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

One beautiful afternoon in Central Park, my husband and I sat and discussed having a child. Today, that child turned five. Though I'm not quite sure how that happened.

To My Daughter, At Halftime

Whitney Fleming | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

Although other moms have warned me that the second half is hard -- perhaps the hardest -- part of having a daughter, I think we're ready to tackle it. Like any good coach, I've got a game plan, and I know what worked in the first half probably won't work in the next.

The Mother-Daughter Relationship

Honey Good | Posted 03.28.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

The truth of the matter is, I am my mother's daughter and have been for years. The ties between my mother and me are fierce and forever.

This Is What I Told My Sons

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

I told them I know they might not like them now, but one day, they'll think girls are pretty cool. And I told them it's important above all to respect those girls.

The Grounds Behind Her Eyes

Jeff Bogle | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

My urge, my only urge, is to wrap her up in my long arms and hold on dearly while the quietest storm passes over us -- only I'm pretty sure there is no storm on the horizon at all. This is growing up. This is riding the seesaw between goofy kid and complex young adult.

14 Lessons I Want To Teach My Daughters

Lisa Witherspoon | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Lisa Witherspoon

Choose friends wisely. Envelope yourself with positive, supportive, intelligent, morally ethical people with whom you share a mutual respect. Choose friends who see your beauty (inside and out) and who make you a better, happier person.

Lessons From a Little Girl

Becky Tountas | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Becky Tountas

The truth is, she can take or leave my instructions -- they are just words, but she sees everything that I do.