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The Five Stages of Saying Goodbye to the Elementary School Years

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.27.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Last Thursday I sat in an all-purpose room full of other teary-eyed parents and watched my last baby move up from elementary school to the new fronti...

Learning Lessons From A Little Boy

Cort Ruddy | Posted 05.25.2015 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

"You lost dessert when you took your pants down at the table." I actually said that to him after dinner one day recently. As the girls all laughed, including his mother in a seriously-suppressed sort of way, I told him that it wasn't funny to moon the table.

The Last One

Carissa K | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

I will parent her with a confidence I didn't have before. With my first child, I was always reaching and desperate to take hold of what was next. With my last child, I cling to time even as I feel it being yanked away from me.

You Can't Treat a Second Child Like a First Child

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

When Wally was born, I was convinced I was going to treat him exactly the same way I treated Jay. I promised myself that in our family, with my parenting, it would be different. Three years in, it's clear that's the wrong strategy, even if it were possible to achieve.

How I Learned It's Not Easy Being the Youngest Child

Kathy Radigan | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I always figured the role of youngest child was pretty cushy. Your older siblings broke your parents in, and you reaped the wisdom of their mistakes. Sounded like the perfect family position. Now that I'm a mother to a youngest child, I see it a little differently.

5 Ways Your Last Kid Gets The Short End Of The Stick

Melissa Chapman | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

4. He doesn't get a front row seat to the live stage show du jour... but he does get to watch anything he wants on TV, which he will be sitting in front of for 16 hours a day.

28 Signs You're Dealing With A Youngest Child

Lian Dolan | Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents
Lian Dolan

7. Has photographic memory of every event that happened to older siblings, including what they were wearing and what Mom yelled.

What It Means To Be The Third Child

Jennifer Meer | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

You will be the third. It will be busy and far more loud and chaotic than anything your brother or sister was born into. You will be expected more than they ever were to do more, learn more on your own. You will never have less of me, but will have a different me than the one they first met.

The Dynamics of Three

Wendy Bradford | Posted 04.01.2013 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

Love expands; it is time and attention we have to divide. And those are never equal.

My So-Called Midlife Transition

Tamsin Eva | Posted 12.24.2012 | Parents
Tamsin Eva

They say that if you suspect you have a drinking problem, you have one. My best guess is that the same goes for midlife transitions.