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Why I Became A Sports Fan

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

Full disclosure: There is one and only one reason I have this newfound interest. That reason is my firstborn -- my 12-year-old-son.

The Lessons of Landing In the Middle

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 06.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

It has been said that we, as soul beings, choose our parents because we have lessons to learn from them as well as lessons to teach them. While no one...

10 Life Lessons Muhammad Ali Taught Black Boys

Terri Linton | Posted 06.17.2016 | Black Voices
Terri Linton

Muhammad Ali will always live in our hearts for being the great man that he was. Because of how he lived his life, he left an indelible legacy that survives his death. Live your life in such a way that you leave a rich legacy for your family, friends, and community.

Father's Day, a Letter to Future Dads

Amber Sabathia | Posted 06.08.2016 | Parents
Amber Sabathia

As I write this letter, I hope that when the day comes for you both to become fathers you will take the time to read it. As your mother, I have found that you will have many fears when raising a child. One of them will be the failing effort to raise a respectful, responsible and, most importantly, loving young man or woman. As much as your personal life experiences will teach you, I wanted to give you a little insight on what Mom and Dad have learned so far raising you and your siblings.

My Son Is Not the Man of the House

Bonnie Koehn | Posted 05.19.2016 | Divorce
Bonnie Koehn

My son is not the man of the house; he's a little boy! It's not his job to take care of mom; its mom's job to take care of mom.

The Non-Identical Way My Twin Sons Came Out to Me

E.J. Russell | Posted 05.16.2016 | Queer Voices
E.J. Russell

My identical twin sons were born 8 minutes apart. They look alike, they've gone to the same schools all the way through college, they're both professional dancers, they're both gay.

Me, Myself and Mom

Jon Vaughn | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Jon Vaughn

When I was a kid, I tried everything. Soccer, baseball, football, basketball, rollerblading, it didn't matter. In 6th grade, I learned the trumpet; in 7th grade, I started dabbling in guitar; and in 8th grade, the junior high marching band lost their tuba player so I stepped in.

My Best 5 Mother's Day Gifts Ever and Why

Michele Weldon | Posted 05.02.2016 | Parents
Michele Weldon

My three sons are grown men at 27, 25 and 22. And over the years I have gotten a lot of bouquets of daisies dyed in unnatural tones of bright blue or green; body splash cologne; shirts in sizes way too small; magazine subscriptions; Chinese take-out from my all-time favorite spot for the chicken egg foo young; and CDs that are not really my taste, but theirs.

My Autistic Son

Joel Peterson | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Joel Peterson

He started flapping his hands, walking on his toes and staring off into somewhere only he could see. Or not. He started rocking and banging his head against walls. Against chairs. Against his fists. And he loved to watch wheels spin, around and around and around and around. There was no end.

Simple Evolution

Lauren Derrett | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Lauren Derrett

I've been having a really tough time with my eldest son lately. He wants to grow up, I don't know how to let him. I've never had an 18 year old son before and I'm as in the dark as much now as I was on that first day I brought him home from the hospital all full of newborn smell and innocence.

Dear Children: This Is Why I Work

Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents

An estimated 39 million Americans and many more people around the world will participate in “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day” this year. M...

20 Love Lessons From Being Part of a Big Family

Kindness Blog | Posted 04.01.2016 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Share well with others or else. All 7 of us have experienced the "or else." Choose wisely before you dip into the black hole of "or else." What was said and discussed at the kitchen table stayed at the kitchen table.

Dear Incarcerated Brother: Don't Lose Hope

John W. Fountain | Posted 04.01.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

And I am praying for you--without judgment. Believing in you, hoping for you--on the "free" side of those cold steel bars, and yet, still in the struggle.

A Father to a Son on the Day of His Bar Mitzvah

Bryan Behar | Posted 03.02.2016 | Parents
Bryan Behar

No bar mitzvah goes off without a hitch. You lock 200 Jews in a room with free egg salad and some level of weirdness is bound to ensue. There was my s...

For Every Mother Who Has A Son

Regan Long | Posted 02.26.2016 | Parents
Regan Long

Today, my little boy seemed to disappear before my eyes, and if he even knew what I would give to go back to dancing with him in circle after circle in the kitchen. My son will tell you he is no longer a little boy, but he will tell you that he is Mommy's boy.

12 Things Every Young Man Needs

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.22.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Dear Son, there are 12 things, in my humble opinion, that every young black man needs.

A Recovering Nervous Mom

Leslie Lofgren Berger | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Leslie Lofgren Berger

I could be a control freak if I wanted to be. Umm, ok, I work hard not to be a control freak. What I've found in 8.75 years of mothering a willful boy...

This is How Dads Can Teach Their Sons to Appreciate Women

Heather Gray | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Heather Gray

In an instant, that dad saw me, who I was, and how I choose to move through the world. It was important to him that his son really see me, too. He taught his son to notice a person's actions and to place more importance on what they do and how they act than on their appearance.

I Will Always Protect You: A Letter to My Sons

Lauren Dillard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Lauren Dillard

If ever there comes a day when I am unable to tell you myself, remember that you have touched my soul in ways I cannot accurately express. Even if my body doesn't physically allow it, when you need me I will stand up for you.

When My Cute Black Kid Becomes What You Fear Most

The Establishment | Posted 01.09.2016 | Black Voices
The Establishment

Today, my kids are deemed "golden" and "adorable" and "sweet" because they look the way society has decided children should look. In a few years, as they grow into black young adults and men, that same line of superficial reasoning will mark them as dangerous.

The New Year Bonanza in Parenting Books: Unlocking Parental Intelligence

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Why do Children Do What they Do? What's on Their Minds? How Can Parents Know their Child's Inner World? Unlocking Parental Intelligence lifts the cur...

WATCH: How to Make Sure Your Boys Become Gentlemen

HooplaHa | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents

It is every mother of boy's dream to raise polite, kind young men. What is the trick? While there is no sure fire way, there are some tips that can help.

A Letter to My Son About Girls and Kindness

Sara Lindberg | Posted 11.03.2015 | Parents
Sara Lindberg

Stand up to the boys who view girls as objects. Show them that boys CAN be gentle and kind. Teach them that a girl is their equal in mind and body. Encourage the girls around you to disregard the negative and embrace the positive.

'My Dad's Amazing'

Sara Lindberg | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Sara Lindberg

Thursday night was a buzz of energy in my house. In fact, the last week has been one non-stop continuous question. "When is it going to be Friday?" As soon as Cooper realized that it was the night before the BIG DAY, he became a little man on a big mission.

Mental Illness Is a Laughing Matter... If You Want

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael C. Bryan

Mental illness is a superpower. I wish my mother had lived long enough for me to have told her that.