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Nothing Beats a Snow Day... Until We Grow Up!

RB Bronson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
RB Bronson

I think even the most rabid anti-science, anti-evolution, anti-global-warming American would have to agree that we've been experiencing some pretty dramatic weather. This winter, storms seem to sweep through swaths of the country, dropping feet of snow along with freezing rain and sleet. Nasty stuff.

Alright, I Have Bad Taste

Anthony Romeo | Posted 12.23.2014 | Comedy
Anthony Romeo

It's practically 2015, and we mustn't forget the Tiffany Pollards and Brooklyns of the world. It was the perfectly highlighted and coiffed Todd Chrisley who said, "You don't ever go out of the house with your snapdragon snappin.'" I will buy a round of beer for anyone who can translate that.

10 Reasons To Be Proud Of Your Father

Marco Cáceres | Posted 12.21.2014 | Fifty
Marco Cáceres

When you're a child or a teenager, the tendency is to look at your father as a bit of a pain in the neck. But as you grow up, have a career, get married and have a family of your own and face the daily pressures of life as a father, you quickly realize that your father was much smarter, much wiser and much greater than you used to give him credit for.

The Unexpected Gift I Got From My Kids This Christmas

Catherine Naja | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents
Catherine Naja

This absolute sense of joy and trusting belief so emblematic of the littlest among us is both powerful and inspiring. It's the stuff we should all be grasping for, something we'd all benefit from tapping into now and then.

Why The Whole Family Benefits When Kids Believe In Santa

Jacqueline Woolley | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Woolley

Children are empowered by feeling that they have figured it out by themselves. Upon making the discovery, they become part of the adult world; they are "in on the secret" and can derive even more emotional benefit by being given a role in keeping the myth alive for their younger siblings.

To My Daughter On The First Christmas She Doesn't Believe In Santa

Sarah Dille | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Sarah Dille

I thought I'd be sad when we talked about presents and you knew they'd all be bought by me. But that isn't what has happened.

The Christmas I Will Never Forget

Deanna Smith | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Deanna Smith

I often think back to this Christmas that I will never forget and wonder what I'm supposed to learn from this experience that I still can't talk about. I can barely write about it. I know that it has been hard for me to trust after this.

Homeless Kids' Letters To Santa Remind Us Not Everyone Will Have A Happy Holiday (How To Help)

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact

Not every child will wake up on Dec. 25 to a mound of presents under the Christmas tree. Some won't even wake up with a permanent roof over their head...

Santa Guilt

Miranda Gargasz | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents
Miranda Gargasz

He feels like the magic of Christmas was stolen away. I feel like my little boy just lost the last thing that made him a little boy. He mourns the loss of Santa Claus and so do I, for vastly different reasons, but leaving us both with this hollow space inside.

Homemade Holidays

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 12.05.2014 | Parents
Nancy Davis Kho

The homemade Christmas gifts we made as children were good practice for hobbies that have followed us into adulthood.

My Very Personal Happy Christmas Story

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

For me, as a child in the mission, Christmas meant feeling guilty because Mom did so much and we mere mortals did so little. My childhood Yuletide question was: "Mom, who's going to be in our house for Christmas?" The answer never varied: "The guests God brought to us this year, my dear."

Am I The Only Parent Who Thinks Today's Homework Load Is Insane?

Michael Levin | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Michael Levin

My children, my wife and I are slaves to homework. Play is a rarity. The homework load is mind-boggling. My ninth grader has three hours a night. My sixth graders have an hour to two hours. Why?

5 Ways To Stop Screwing Up Our Kids

Jeff Bogle | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

What we seem to be forgetting is that without struggle, there can be no progress. Without embarrassment, there can be no empathy. Without failure, there can be no success.

Truth, Lies And The Elf On The Shelf

Erica Ford | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

I looked over at my daughter and wondered where she got her hearty constitution. If someone gave me a doll-man and told me it would watch my every move and then astrally project itself at night, I'd have chronic diarrhea and never sleep again.

Mothers and Lovers: From Parenting to Romance

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.02.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Scientists wanted to see if children's experiences with their parents shape their nervous system responses much later on, when they are in romantic relationships. They wanted to see if children's experiences with their parents shape their nervous system responses much later on, when they are in romantic relationships.

F is for Father and Forgiveness: A Thanksgiving Story

Loren Kleinman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Loren Kleinman

My father is the type of guy that demanded your attention. He could tell you to f*ck off and inspire you within those same seconds. He held the key to wisdom and business secrets.

To Her, I Was

Tricia McCallum | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Tricia McCallum

Her name was Catherine. Her favorite song was "Imagine" by John Lennon. Her favorite color, yellow. She knew the words to just about any song you could name and would sing at the drop of a hat.

Ebola, Africa and the Fight to Protect Childhood

Lauren Book | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Lauren Book

It knows no socio-economic boundaries. Blind to race, gender and religion, it's infected thousands and infiltrated public consciousness like nothing in recent memory.

Things I Miss About Being A Kid

Kathy Radigan | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Laughing so hard that milk shot out of my nose. Sometimes, I could achieve this state of hysteria with just my two sisters, but usually, it only happened when we were with our male cousins.

Learning to 'Unlove' My Mother

Robin Korth | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

For most of my life I thought my childhood was the epitome of healthy wholesomeness. I even thought I had the stories to prove it. As a writer, stor...

What My Daughter's Deadly Allergies Have Taught Me About Parenting

Lorraine Allen | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Lorraine Allen

It is unnatural for a childhood to be robbed of its freedom by worry and disease. But only strict vigilance and avoidance of allergens can protect a child like mine, and with this come many restrictions.

How Do We Unlearn the Lies Learned In Childhood?

Brian F. Martin | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Brian F. Martin

Every day we have opportunities to unlearn lies we may have learned. Many of the lies that we believe about ourselves were seeded in childhood. Especially if you grew up in violent home. A home in which the violence could have been physical or nonphysical.

My Pagan Youth Within The Walls Of Christianity

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 11.09.2014 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

The all girls' private school that I attended from kindergarten through the sixth grade, played havoc with my personal wardrobe creativity. Being called out of class and into the school office to have my skirt length measured or queried about a certain hairstyle I had designed that morning on the way to school, was a regular occurrence for me. So was detention.

Love, Death and Innkeeping: Tricks and Treats

Melissa Levis | Posted 11.02.2014 | Women
Melissa Levis

This will be my first Halloween in Vermont since I went as the Pink Panther in 5th grade. Despite my advanced education and 20 years as a New Yorker, not that much has actually changed, as I still dress in pink on a daily basis.

Halloween: It's For the (Older) Kids

Sarah Smiley | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

I ruined my oldest son's experiences with Halloween. I regret that. But maybe by sharing my story, I can help you to not ruin your child's experience.