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Liebe Tochter, darum gehe ich arbeiten

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 9:46 AM

von Sasha Emmons, veröffentlicht auf

Liebe Chloe,

vor Kurzem hast du mich gefragt, ob ich die Arbeit mehr lieben würde als ich dich und deinen Bruder liebe.

Diese Frage zerreißt mir das Herz, und weil du schon fast acht bist, bin ich mir ziemlich sicher, dass...

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The Truth About Family Dinners

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 3:17 PM

By Sasha Emmons for

When we moved from New York to Toronto last year to create a less hectic life for our kids, one of the things I was most excited about was eating family dinners together every night. Between long commutes home to Brooklyn...

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The Parenting Myth That Drives Me Crazy

(77) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 11:43 AM

By Michelle Horton for

It's easy to turn parents into a caricature of sorts. There's the bumbling diaper-illiterate Dad who intently watches ESPN while his toddler scales a bookshelf, and sincerely can't say if his son just turned 7 or 8. Standing above him is the disheveled,...

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How to Choose Life When Facing the Death of a Child

(50) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 12:20 PM

By Erin Musto for

In this life we have choices, so many choices. We can choose to smile when we wake up, we can choose to laugh when our heart hurts and we can choose to stay mad and hard when someone hurts us. We choose.

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My Toddler Had Plastic Surgery

(256) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 10:05 AM

By Sasha Emmons for

"What's that on her head?"

It was my daughter Chloe's second day on Earth, and already the mom anxiety had kicked in over what looked like a bruise just above her forehead. "That's just a hemangioma birthmark. It might get a little bigger,...

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'It Doesn't Get Better'

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 10:13 AM

By Allison Gilbert for

When it was revealed Monday that 8-year-old Martin Richard was one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Aren Almon Kok felt an immediate, sickening tightness in her gut. She's never met the Richard family and lives nearly 2,000...

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Dear Daughter, Here's Why I Work

(128) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 1:09 PM

Written by Sasha Emmons for

Dear Chloe,

Not long ago you asked me if I love work more than I love you and your brother.

The question breaks my heart, and as you are almost 8, I'm pretty sure it was designed to. Don't worry; I...

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The Done-With-Kids Blues

(19) Comments | Posted April 6, 2013 | 2:32 PM

Written By Sasha Emmons for

My 3-year-old son Julian cries out in the middle of the night. "Mommy, I don't like these pajamas anymore," he says when I go to him. I pull them off, help him into a two-piece pair, and tuck him back in.

I climb back...

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Three Cheers for Inclusiveness

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 5:06 PM

By Robert Rummel-Hudson

It looks like Schuyler may become a cheerleader at her middle school next year.

I don't think anyone would blame you if you thought this sounds like an unlikely outcome for a nonverbal little girl attending a public school. We love to...

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Finding Her Own Voice

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2013 | 10:09 AM

By Robert Rummel-Hudson

National Public Radio recently broadcast a story about Samantha Grimaldo, a 17-year-old girl with Perisylvian syndrome, another name for the same neurological disorder that my daughter Schuyler was born with. The similarities don't end there; indeed, as my wife pointed out, Schuyler and...

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AAP Endorses Gay Marriage. So Why Am I So Annoyed?

(52) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 12:54 PM

By Erik Botsford

I want to be happy about yesterday's news that the American Academy of Pediatrics has reaffirmed its support of gay marriage, I really do. I'm a gay dad of twin 5-year old boys, so it's fair to say that this news resonates with me....

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My Special Needs Baby Taught Me How To Live

(4) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 1:45 PM

By Kelle Hampton

It was numbness at first -- the absence of emotion as if the capability to feel anything fled the moment I gave birth to my second daughter, Nella, and recognized something was different. "She has Down syndrome," the pediatrician gently informed me. I held my daughter and...

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Fakebooking: Why I Didn't Post This Photo to Facebook

(87) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 3:12 PM

By Erin Zammett Ruddy for Parenting

Before I could even click the share button, the voice in my head was like, dude, don't post that picture. That would be Fakebooking. Making the snowman was pretty awful. Alex is in timeout right now. You were kind of crazy. You're...

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Quvenzhané Wallis, the C Word, and Our Loss of Innocence

(96) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:31 AM

Written by Sabrina James for Parenting

Sunday night I sat down to watch the Oscar red carpet with my 6-year-old daughter Kaia. She played dress-up with her American Girl doll while I followed the commentary on Twitter. "Look, Mommy! Julie's all ready for the red carpet," she exclaimed,...

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The Difference

(25) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 11:07 AM

By Robert Rummel-Hudson

Like most special needs parents, when I spend time with the parents of neurotypical children, I become hyperaware of the differences.

When they talk about their children's accomplishments in school, I am aware of my daughter's simple navigation of her day, and all the little victories over...

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How Young Is Too Young for Internet Safety?

(9) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 9:38 AM

By Kim Hays

My 5-year-old son is obsessed with Star Wars Legos, and ever since he discovered the games and videos on the product website, he begs to play. I'll admit I don't really want to sit there and watch him wield his pretend lightsaber. So I give him a...

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Lactation Failure: It Happened to Me

(349) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 10:36 AM

By Lisa Selin Davis

Five days after the birth of my first daughter, I held her in my arms as my husband held me. My head was bent against his shoulder and I was sobbing so heavily that I shook. I could barely breathe, but I pushed out the words:...

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What Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Would Have Done to Me

(6) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 12:25 PM

By Joshua Alston

I spent a lot of my last two years of high school staring at Mike. His name wasn't really Mike but a euphonic West African name as unique as he was. He had all the markings of a stereotypically gay kid: He was sensitive and soft-spoken,...

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How I Teach My Children to Love Their African-American Heritage

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 3:25 PM

By Denene Millner for Parenting

It's a ritual I began the first day my girlpie, Mari, started kindergarten. I'd fluff her super cutie outfit, adjust the fancy barrettes in her hair, take her little moon pie face into...

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