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Raising Independent Kids

Even Parents Trip

Shannon Sutherland | Posted 04.02.2013 | Parents
Shannon Sutherland

The moment the word "trip" left my mouth, I burst into tears. I had been holding my emotions in all day, trying to stay calm for my daughter. But as I recounted that day's events to the nurse I couldn't do it for a second longer. I tripped, my daughter hit her head and now we're in the ER.

Shut the F**K Up (and the Beauty of the Death of Control)

Richard Melnick | Posted 03.21.2014 | Parents
Richard Melnick

Instead of being bossy, feel the vulnerability you seek to avoid by complaining and controlling. Give yourself a hug. Give your kid a hug. Shut the f**k up! Your kid doesn't need fixing.

My Hero, Lance

Richard Melnick | Posted 03.09.2013 | Sports
Richard Melnick

Like so many, I was overcome with emotion and pride at Lance's achievement. Then, just four months later, I faced my own cancer diagnosis and ironically, it was cycling that taught me to endure chemotherapy.

Be Willing to Feel

Richard Melnick | Posted 03.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Melnick

Thirteen years ago, as a cancer patient with 3 and 5-year-old boys, I was afraid. I gained peace by asking myself over and over, "What am I afraid of right now, in this moment?" And the answer was always the same: nothing. My fears were all based on the future.

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids This Holiday

Richard Melnick | Posted 03.21.2014 | Parents
Richard Melnick

Your kids have the dexterity and intelligence to contribute. You'll be shocked by what they're capable of and the pleasure they may take in being helpful.

Why September Can Be The Toughest Month For Working Mothers

Laura Rowley | Posted 11.06.2012 | Fifty
Laura Rowley

When it comes to working motherhood, it is the small things that break you. September seems to break me every year.

Our Summer of Self-Sufficiency

Kerry Lyons | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

If I decided to take a more introspective look at our "DIY Summer," I would have to admit that I can be an impediment to our children's self-sufficiency. It's hard for me to accept "their" way of doing things. After all, no one can make "hospital corners" like I can or load the dishwasher just so.

Before You Sign Up for that Extra Week of Camp…

Karen Dillon | Posted 08.12.2012 | Parents
Karen Dillon

With the best of intentions, we hand our children off to a myriad of coaches and tutors because we think they will best prepare our kids for the future. But this can come at a high cost.