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An Unnerving Reality: We're Deporting Adoptees

Adam Pertman | Posted 07.29.2012 | Crime
Adam Pertman

People who break the law should unequivocally pay an appropriate price for their offenses. But I think it can fairly be argued that the reason some are being ejected from the only country they've ever known is not because of the crime they've committed -- but because they were adopted.

5 Keys To Cutting Your Mental And Emotional Umbilical Cord

Judith Johnson | Posted 07.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

It is essential to recognize that these family roles are not "the truth," but simply the roles we assume in our relationship to other family members. Typically, there is a sense of self that doesn't match the role, and the individual struggles to reconcile the two.

Mother's Day: Tears and Triumphs

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 07.13.2012 | Parents
Gretchen Burns Bergman

For most women, Mother's Day is a time to honor and celebrate motherhood. For countless other women, it also marks a day of grieving and loss.

Female Role Models: The Absent Conversation

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.14.2012 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The great post-feminist irony is that in an age of hard-won female opportunity, media is channeling that opportunity to a place of hyper-sexualized stupidity. It's not who you are -- it's how hot you are.

Mother's Day: A Time To Say Goodbye To Old Grudges

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 07.10.2012 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

Like many women in midlife, I find Mother's Day as much a reminder of a fraught relationship as a celebration of motherhood. The emotional status of our relationship with them is a major factor in our ongoing reinvention.

Turning Boys Into Men: 4 Ways to Expand Your Son's "Boy Power"

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.30.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We as a culture have held fast to the idea that we need to protect the boundaries between male and female. This is wrong, and even dangerous. Instead, we need to be reframing the discussion, and asking: What makes a boy a boy?

Why Eating Dinner Together Keeps Us Happy And Healthy

Posted 04.27.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: At HuffPost, we’ve always believed in the importance of family me...

PHOTOS: Life Lessons Babies Learn From Pets

Posted 07.18.2012 | Parents

"Can Fido and Whiskers enrich children’s lives?" a New York Times blogger asked recently. For plenty of pet-owning parents, the logical follow-up qu...

SNAP: Cutting What Works?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The impact of more cuts on children and families who now receive a nutritionally adequate diet from SNAP would be devastating. Where is the justice in a vote to protect wealthy farmers over hungry children?

Five Ways NOT to Raise Bullies and Mean Girls

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

It's possible -- very possible -- to raise exceptional, morally-grounded children no matter what your family looks like. The development of your child's moral character depends less on whether there is a male or female figure or two parents. These values come from one place: you.

Why I'll Miss Rick Santorum

Ann O'Leary | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Ann O'Leary

Here is why I love Rick Santorum and why I paid close attention to his presidential bid, which he finally abandoned this week: Throughout his career in politics, Rick Santorum has never stopped talking about children and families.

Traveling With Kids: The Time Is Always Right

Barbara Adam | Posted 05.26.2012 | Travel
Barbara Adam

Don't listen to people who say your children won't be able to appreciate the culture of the places you visit or remember what they've seen. What rubbish!

Give Women The Right Not to Choose

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
Indra Adnan

Imagine now a world in which women -- and men -- had a right NOT to choose. Where they didn't have to choose between a fulfilling life at work AND a real, invested life at home.

How to Have the Best Weekend Ever!

Paul Lamb | Posted 04.28.2012 | Parents
Paul Lamb

My kids looked at me funny when I announced we would be having "the best weekend ever." I could practically see visions of Disneyland in their nine an...

8 Lorax-Inspired Nature Activities for Families

Debi Huang | Posted 05.01.2012 | Parents
Debi Huang

How will you help your children speak for the trees?

Working Families Targeted in Michigan

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 04.30.2012 | Detroit
Lee A. Saunders

We didn't fight for our rights, as Americans or as working people, only to surrender them to a governor who is cavalierly defying the will of the people. And we will not rest until full democracy is restored to the people of Michigan.

Ways My Arab Family Screws With My Head

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 04.29.2012 | Parents
Hani Almadhoun

Sure, they are the most loving, caring family who often stay close, which means you can never escape them. They are like capitalism where greed is goo...

Why Teaching Kids Self-Regulation Skills Is Essential

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 04.27.2012 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

In order to guide youth who access digital media to focus on scholarship we must develop children's learning strategies in a way that helps them resist the hundreds of thousands of distractions available with these tools.

PHOTOS: Free Camping This May Across The US

Posted 02.22.2012 | Travel

This May, Kampgrounds of America is giving away a free night of camping at all of its nearly 500 locations around the U.S. in an effort to convince fa...

Tough Immigration Laws: Tough on Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Alabama has passed the toughest immigration enforcement law in the country. Now children born in the U.S.A., American citizens, are living in fear. Some children are afraid to go to school.

Keeping Families Together Isn't Pandering, It's an American Value

Arturo Venegas, Jr. | Posted 03.15.2012 | Latino Voices
Arturo Venegas, Jr.

The abyss of our immigration system is destroying lives and hurting our economy. End 287g, put Secure Communities on hold and go after violent felons. Help DREAM kids become American kids. Please, make some sense out of the nonsense.

Are Children's Issues Only Important in Attack Videos?

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Adam Pertman

Children are routinely cited as the beneficiaries of the ideas politicians suggest, whether tax cuts or hikes, increased spending or less of it. But it's hard to recall a single instance of a candidate advocating a specific programmatic initiative with children at its core.

Create Holiday Traditions for Your Children With Books

Pamela Sage Dodson | Posted 02.15.2012 | Books
Pamela Sage Dodson

The holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, is not just a time for shopping and gifts. It's a time for special activities, friends, relatives, and stories.

Have Fun That's Actually Fun -- For You

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 02.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

One of my favorite "secrets of adulthood" is: "Just because something is fun for other people, doesn't mean it's fun for me, and vice versa." This sounds simple, but it actually was a huge breakthrough for me.

Happy Holidays? Dealing with Difficult Family Relationships: The 3rd Alternative

Stephen R. Covey | Posted 02.11.2012 | Parents
Stephen R. Covey

It might be the first time you've seen your sister since that argument last summer. You might get together once a year with your frosty in-laws. One acquaintance calls the Christmas Eve dinner "the fight before Christmas."