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The Day I Stopped Hiding From Bullies

Ashley Allen | Posted 07.30.2014 | Women
Ashley Allen

How could I go back and face that lunch table with no ally, no disguise, no excuse to hide behind? I was always hiding, and I suddenly realized I was sick of it. Why should I hide, I thought, when none of this is my fault?

5 Tips That Will Change the Way You Parent Your Children

Kathie Holmes | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Kathie Holmes

When you rush from place to place, you tend to forget that you are actually raising children, not just keeping them busy and meeting deadlines.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Sally Swanson

It's only been in recent years that I am at peace with food, and I am certain that this is much more than a temporary truce. Why did it take me such a long time to appreciate the value in my acupuncturist's words? Look around, there's a standard in this country that is harmful to women. Life is lived in many shapes and sizes.

U.S. Military Members Have Higher Rates Of Childhood Trauma: Study

Associated Press | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

CHICAGO (AP) — Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say...

Losing My Religion

Ashley Allen | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Ashley Allen

My relationship with God has always been, um, complicated. When you grow up with a mom who frequently converses with God, and those conversations often lead her to pack up all your stuff and move somewhere overnight, you might occasionally want to give God the finger.

3 Words I Wish All Parents Would Remember

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

I know you think that all of your actions are in the best interest of your child, but I want to share some lessons learned in the hope that you stop doing some of those seemingly well-intentioned things. I was forced to stop. I hope you choose to.

Saying Goodbye to Creepy Baby

TueNight | Posted 07.18.2014 | Women
TueNight

The photo was a forever-frozen time capsule, a blip in some nameless baby's life, suspended in perpetuity in a chintzy frame. An anonymous toddler, ostensibly born around the same time as me, in a backyard kiddie pool, living a childhood that looked like mine.

Home Is Where the Heart Is and Other Lies

Katie Tandy | Posted 07.17.2014 | HuffPost Home
Katie Tandy

The knots in the wooden floor were raised so high they could send you sprawling. The linoleum tiles in the kitchen made my feet sweat. I hated that house.

What a Pair of Boots Taught Me About Parenting and Fads

Erica Ford | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

My heart soared with joy. She fit in! Then I immediately felt guilty. I shouldn't be glad that my daughter looks like the masses.

The Boy Who Loved 4th of July Fireworks

Kristen Mae | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Kristen Mae

Lucas had been dreaming of loud bangs and colors filling the sky, and I'd been snarling at him and sending him to his room.

Buckle Up -- Things Are Getting Real With #TheStitch!

Matt Pipkin | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

You know those seasons in life that you look back on and think, "Whew, those were some amazing times!"? Well, that's how we're going to look back on what's happening right now.

The Pieces of Me

Robin Korth | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

I no longer have that hole in the center of me that aches for the comfort of feeling loved. That hole of need -- that no partner or lover could ever really fill -- is where these pieces that I set aside belonged. It was so very simple and elegant in the rightness of it all.

Cloud Schools: An Educational Revolution

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Ricardo B. Salinas

Today in Mexico, politicians are paying more attention to education. It would be worthwhile to consider new experiences that go beyond cosmetic changes and to visualize the future of an education guided by the natural curiosity of children.

Why I Won't Stop Going On Dates With My Daughters

Mike Reynolds | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

Building a relationship where my daughters feel they can talk to me about anything at any time is far more important to me than someone perversely thinking that when I announce I'm going on a dad-and-daughter date, I'm looking to engage with them on a romantic level.

10 Truths for My Infant Twins

Betsy Boyd | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Betsy Boyd

At this point in my life, I've cultivated decent emotional intelligence to make up for the lack of calculus, but I tend to be forgetful. So here are 10 simple but super helpful things I've learned (frequently, the hard way) that I'd like to remember to tell you over the years to come.

Losing My Mother Defined Me, Unleashed Me and Changed Me

Jennifer Koppelman Hutt | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
Jennifer Koppelman Hutt

I feel sad that my mom was part of a generation that felt so ashamed of any odd thoughts or odd behaviors that she couldn't really laugh at what made her unique, fantastic and also impossible.

Summers of Content

Bushra Alvi | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Bushra Alvi

We didn't have television and internet to vie with. Social interaction was our entertainment. And hordes of indoor games. Hot summer afternoons would be spent lazing about the house, playing cards and ludo.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Sally Swanson

Much like the feeling I had the day I spent in the garden with these same students, these are lessons that will be carried and accessed like talismans, woven into every aspect of their lives as they grow older and away from school experiences.

The Father's Day Card I Wish I Could Send

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 06.15.2014 | Fifty
Rob Hiaasen

I have become a memory hoarder, but I wish I could remember more things to thank you for on Father's Day.

11 New Parenting 'Lasts' That Will Make You Cry

Galit Breen | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

When our babies are little, there are so many lasts that people warn us about. We're on alert for the last time they pronounce that one word in that sweet, incorrect way. The last time they toddle. But as my girls get older, I realize that I'm entering a whole new round of lasts.

It's Okay to Stop Looking

Robin Korth | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

I am beginning to truly understand what love is. It is a powerful owning and gentle honoring of my own heart and soul as I walk into each day loving, learning and cherishing just me. And in doing this, I am at last fully able love others -- honest, open, grateful and free.

Kids Freak Out Over 'DuckTales'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 06.09.2014 | Entertainment

Get ready to feel old, '90s kids. "DuckTales," a show featuring a catchy theme song, anthropomorphic water fowl and crazy adventures, was once a '9...

What I Learned In My Daughter's First Year of School

Sarah Dille | Posted 06.05.2014 | Parents
Sarah Dille

I stood off to the side, my heart beaming with pride, my eyes filling with tears, and wished that I could have known last year, as I lost sleep and grew more grey hairs, that kindergarten isn't about the end of childhood at all. It is so much more about beginnings.

18 Photos To Remind You That Growing Old Is Inevitable, But Growing Up Is Optional

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 06.05.2014 | Comedy

When did you get so old?!!?!

Giving Trees and Why We're So Obsessed With the 90s

Jennifer Flaa | Posted 06.04.2014 | Women
Jennifer Flaa

People my age are so obsessed with the 90s because, for the first time, we feel our childhoods slipping away. The toys that we liked, the clothes that we wore, the foods that we ate are all becoming relics.