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How Critics Got the New 'Annie' Wrong

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

It is strange to expect a wish-fulfillment story like Annie (no matter which version) to offer trenchant commentary on anything, and especially unsettling when a critic born in the Jim Crow era decrees that actors of color must still deliver some specific "black angle" in 2014.

Dads' Christmas Surprise Leaves Beloved Crossing Guard Totally Speechless

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents

For the past decade, Nathaniel Kendrick, better known as “Mr. Ken,” has been the crossing guard on whom children at Lakewood Elementary School in ...

Baby Sings Impressive Christmas Carol With A Little Help From Dad

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents

Not feeling festive just yet? Here's something to fix that. In their adorable rendition of "Deck The Halls," this dad and his 6-month-old baby pul...

A Teenager's Guide to Good Parenting

Quora | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents

We are at a point in our lives where as much as we need you to be realistic with us, we also need you to be supportive of our dreams. No matter what your child wants to do, make sure they know that you'll help them get there.

Kids Could Not Be More Thrilled About World's Worst Christmas Presents

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents

Tim Cocker’s young son and daughter knew exactly what they wanted for Christmas: He wanted a watch inspired by the cartoon show “Ben 10,” and sh...

I Photograph To Remember

Alishia Osborn | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents
Alishia Osborn

I like to take photos of things that may be a bit out of the ordinary: My kids eating, a random trip to Goodwill, the horrid bed head my middle child wakes up with every morning.

In Pursuit of Light

James M. Chesbro | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
James M. Chesbro

I do not think anyone should feel ashamed for not feeling the way all the screens tell us we should feel. If you are sad while we are farthest away from the sun, while everyone else seems to be having a holly jolly Christmas, you are not flawed.

Reading the Clues From the Supreme Court on Pregnancy Discrimination

Tom Spiggle | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Tom Spiggle

The Supreme Court won't tell us until next year whether it will limit a law intended to help pregnant women at work, but it gave some clues last week.

Why We Say Cheese When Posing for Pictures

Kevin Kniffin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science
Kevin Kniffin

The fact that smiling is basically required when clearly enunciating a word that ends with the hard E sound is worth consideration beyond one-time photo shoots.

Father And Son Can't Help But 'Shake It Off' While Lip-Syncing To T-Swift

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.04.2014 | Teen

Fifteen-year-old Sean and his dad were recently on a road trip lip-syncing to some Guns N’ Roses when a Taylor Swift song suddenly started blasting ...

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.

What I've Learned From Modern Dads

Whitney Fleming | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

Some of these men stay at home, and some share the child-rearing load with their partners; but the most important factor is that more dads are understanding that childcare is difficult, important, and not only for moms.

What No One Told Me About Becoming A Dad

Bobby McMahon | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Bobby McMahon

I'm glad I'm in good company, but while I'm all for learning valuable life lessons, it would have been really nice if someone had given us a heads-up about this one.

The Supreme Court Could Soon Make Life Harder for Pregnant Women

Tom Spiggle | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Tom Spiggle

During her pregnancy, Patricia Young's health care provider considered the question of whether she should lift heavy boxes and said no. Young asked UPS for an alternative assignment until after she gave birth, and they turned her down. (The company has since changed its policy.)

Dad Tries To Scold Paint-Covered Sons, Can't Stop Laughing

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents

This dad clearly wanted to give his two young sons a stern telling-off after they mischievously got paint everywhere, including all over themselves. B...

Sleep Training: Crossing Dante's Fifth Circle

Giles Scott | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Giles Scott

It's been four months. Four months of sleeping in a sleeping bag on the living room floor. My wife right next to me, on the cushions off the sofa. Our son has our bedroom. All of it. He's 13 months old.

7 Things I Stopped Worrying About As A Parent

Jeff Bogle | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

Stop fretting over every decision and quit judging yourself against the people of the Internet. Half that crap is Photoshopped, anyway. Here are the seven things I finally stopped worrying about as a parent, and in turn, have made me a better, happier parent almost instantly.

How Keira Knightley's Breasts Inspired Our Family Body Image Talk

Mike Reynolds | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

I think her anti-Photoshopping statement, coming from someone more commonly referred to as "too skinny" than "too large," means as much for the future body image of my girls as it does from someone preaching the same message because they're seen as "too fat."

How to Be a More Mindful Parent

Cliff Hsia | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Cliff Hsia

Being a mindful parent starts by being present for your children -- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Lights Go on Part XXXII: Music and Me

Thomas Bähler | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

If you'd like for me to read this to you, go to This has been a long relationship, Music & Me -- Fulfilling Trans...

Your Kids Are So Lucky to Have Such Wonderful Parents!

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Christopher Thangaraj

First, my children (or anyone's children) should never hear they're lucky someone loves them and cares for them. That should be a given for every child. The fact that it's not a reasonable expectation isn't a matter of luck. It's the failure of adults, pure and simple.

Matt Lauer Is My Hero By Not Shaving

Jack Anderson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Jack Anderson

Here comes Mr. Lauer back into my life again, this time fighting the good fight against cancer for guys everywhere. So, fellas, let's all follow Matt's lead and sprout facial hair of our own this month, and send in your hard earned dollars to fight for our own male cancer cause.

Why I Won't Let My Son Play Football

Mike Julianelle | Posted 11.06.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

I want my son to enjoy watching the game. But only watching it. Because I don't plan to let him play. As the evidence of football's health risks grows, is there any parent left that will?

Dad's Ultimate Bedtime Routine

Chris B. Miller | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Chris B. Miller

Make them the best sundae they've ever had. Start with warm donuts, topped with ice cream, topped that with marshmallows, chocolate sauce and crushed candy. Wash this all down with some soda (with caffeine if you really want to mix it up). That was dinner.

Stop Asking If I Am Going To Try For A Boy

Ariel Chesler | Posted 11.07.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

My 3-year-old daughter has recently started asking me if certain characters in books and cartoons are boys or girls. After answering her questions, I ask her: "Why is that important?" I'm asking you the same thing now.