iOS app Android app

Raising Daughters

Is This the Little Girl I Carried?

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 04.10.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 02.20.2015 | 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.

Does Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Make Me a Good Example For My Daughters?

Lisa Witherspoon | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Lisa Witherspoon

I wonder if they see (or will someday see) my lack of a formal career as an expectation of who they should be as adults.

'They'll Be Best Friends Forever'

Mike Reynolds | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

I've never been a sister or had a sister. I've just gone along assuming sister experts were right; that our two little girls would walk hand in had across clouds, their pet unicorns nibbling at magic dust they held in cupped hands.

4 Things I Never Say To My Daughters

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

You are lucky to have that beautiful, whole body. You are lucky in the opportunities you have. Good fortune has been given to you and it's your responsibility to make the most of it.

Life Lessons From My Kids' Everyday Existence

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

As adults, we usually don't give ourselves permission to process and express our emotions. But we really need to -- not necessarily in the middle of Target, but as soon as possible.

My 2-Year-Old Daughter Was Pressured About Body Image And Marriage

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I will educate my daughter as best as I can. I will raise her to be strong, to fight back, to be herself and be proud of who she is. I will raise her to realize how ignorant a 50-ish man with salt-and-pepper hair can be. Who's with me?

I Always Wanted to Be a Princess

MotherWoman | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents

What does it mean to love pink, to feel that pull towards cuddling and dressing up dolls? Why did I think I had to choose between Jo March and Cindy Brady? Through many discussions with my women friends, I concluded that wanting to be a princess is about wanting to feel valuable and valued for who we are.

Sexy Tween and Teen Halloween Costumes? Let's Talk

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Halloween is almost here and I've had costumes, not candy, on my mind. Lots of parents have been asking me about the appropriateness of sexy costumes for their tween and teen daughters.

16 Things I Want My Daughter To Know

Christine Burke | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Christine Burke

She just turned 9 this week, which means I only have nine more years to get her ready to fight for herself in the real world. Nine more years to make sure she knows how to braise a roast, manage her iCloud storage and distinguish between a jerk and Prince Charming. That's not a lot of time.

Who's Really Sexualizing Our Daughters, Anyway?

Karyn Pickles | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

Children are not sexual. Exposed skin is not sexual. Children with exposed skin are not sexual. Children are children.

Ah, The Things We Do For Our Daughters

Michael Cavender | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Michael Cavender

I love having daughters. It is absolutely awesome. However, I was horrified when I found out I was having not one, but two of them. Over time, all tha...

Show-and-Tell Feminism For Dads of Daughters

Ariel Chesler | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

Women are rightly frustrated that it takes reproducing a girl from their own genetic material for many men to be aware of what it's truly like to be female in our society.

32 Feminist Lessons For My Daughter

Maureen Shaw | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Maureen Shaw

Having a period isn't a curse. It makes you uniquely qualified to create and sustain life, if you so choose. Speaking of choice, only you can/should make the choice of if/when you would like to become a parent.