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Affirmations for the Married Alpha

Dr. Sonya Rhodes | Posted 04.17.2014 | Women
Dr. Sonya Rhodes

It's 2014. These days, more women and men view the egalitarian marriage -- in which partners share the work at home -- as a goal for themselves.

Dear Family Whisperer: My Parents Are Ignoring Me!

Melinda Blau | Posted 04.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Applying for college is very stressful -- not just for your sister, but also for your mom and dad. If they're like most parents I've met, who spend a lot of time and energy helping their kids, it might feel as if they are being judged.

Maddie Crum

The Book We're Talking About | Maddie Crum | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books

Family Life by Akhil Sharma W. W. Norton & Company, $23.95 Publishes April 7, 2014 The Book We're Talking About is a weekly review combining plo...

On Reading Hemingway For The First Time

Posted 04.08.2014 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Family Life [W.W. Norton & Company, $23.95], a novel by Akhil Sharma. Read our review here. My father only fought ...

Dear Family Whisperer: Help Me Cope!

Melinda Blau | Posted 04.03.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Try not to typecast your boys. View them through a family lens: Your firstborn had you and his dad all to himself for more than half his life. Your second child came home to an already-formed household.

I Used to Be Married

Pamme Boutselis | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Pamme Boutselis

My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease just after he turned 40. A talented long-distance runner and veteran of many first-place race finishes and successful marathons, he was an extremely athletic and healthy man. When his foot started to drag and a tremor found its way into his left arm and hand, I somehow knew he had this disease but had no idea just what the implications might be.

Dear Family Whisperer: Help for the Culturally Challenged

Melinda Blau | Posted 03.20.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Families need to be with other families. A night out lets you enjoy adult interaction and allows your son to mix it up with kids his own age in a context outside of school.

Dear Family Whisperer: 'Sibling Prep 101'

Melinda Blau | Posted 03.14.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Everyone's been telling your daughter how much "fun" her little sister will be, but all she sees now is an uncoordinated blob who cries a lot and takes up your time.

The Problem With "Having It All"

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 03.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

"Having it all" is a myth. "Having" is far too passive, far too effortless a verb for what it takes to combine career and family life. "All" suggests a sense of wholeness that in reality most parents who earn paychecks rarely experience. Instead, we live an ever-shifting, moment-by-moment dynamic.

Michaela Fox: What Does Having It All Really Mean?

Michaela Fox | Posted 11.26.2013 | Women
Michaela Fox

If you're a woman then the chances are you will be familiar with the expression, 'Having it all.' It's rather an overused phrase to describe the push and pull of family life and the pursuit of "balance".

Why She Thinks Marissa Mayer Has Been 'Attacked Unfairly'

Posted 09.23.2013 | Women

Debora Spar has some wise words for all working women who are trying to "have it all": Don’t try. The Barnard College president appeared on HuffP...

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.16.2013 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

The advice I would give my daughter is not whether or not she should opt-out and then back in when she has children. It's to marry a partner who will fold clothes with her while watching reruns on a Sunday night with nary a complaint.

Table for Two

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 09.29.2013 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

Now when we are alone and the house is quiet, I am remembering so many little reasons why I said yes all those years ago. Why it was so important to keep the you and I part right there with the mom and dad part.

The 99 Cent Gift That Saved My Life

Candace Walsh | Posted 07.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Candace Walsh

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI never learned a single trick. I didn't gain friends by teaching others how to yo-yo. Instead, I forged tenuous, make-do friendships with other oddballs who still believed in the Easter Bunny, or punched my shoulder when we didn't agree -- who didn't feed my soul.

The Real Biological Clock Question Is Bigger Than Asking 'When to Have a Child?'

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty
Frank Schaeffer

Having children early enough to be an active grandparent, enjoying your grandchildren and contributing to their most profound sense of well being, is the deepest joy of life you've experienced.

Single Mom Stuck in the Suburbs

Erin Mantz | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Erin Mantz

Being a single mom stuck in the suburbs can be hard. Happy, intact families are everywhere, holed up in their big houses and two-parent, tag-team bedtime routines, working on the garden or schlepping in the groceries.

The Kid Got No i-Anything for Christmas

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 03.13.2013 | Parents
Cornelia Seigneur

My kid wanted an iPod 5 for Christmas. He's 9. He asked me many times. He sent me links to where I could get an iPod 5. When I fished around for comments on how my 9-year-old felt about the iPod 4, he said, "no way, that one sucks." Got to love the honesty of 9-year-olds.

The Art of the Welcome

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 12.22.2012 | Parents
Cornelia Seigneur

Mrs. Higinbotham is never in a hurry. "Mrs. Higs," as I've come to call her, does not have 100 things to do, or at least she never acts like she does. She only has to do this very present thing and be in the moment with us now.

Saying Goodbye to a Good Dog

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.28.2012 | Parents
Holly Robinson

A dog isn't just a dog, but a carrier of family history. Saying goodbye to a dog you've had for years means shutting the door on an era.

The Real -- Not Reel -- Problems Facing Gen X Couples

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 01.08.2012 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

The landscape of American culture has shifted so radically over the past 50 years, that biological, economic and social expectations have gone topsy-turvy.

Mommy-Daddy Houses Need Not Apply

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 12.12.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan McCorkindale

I took the kids to look at houses not because we're tired of the cows or the snakes or the spooked polo ponies that occasionally run up onto our front porch, do a few laps, and dart back off in the direction of whatever spooked them in the first place, but because the three of us miss people.

10 Business Strategies To Organize Your Family Life

Real Simple | Posted 08.27.2011 | Women

About 11 years ago, two big things happened in my life: My wife and I started a family, and I launched a consulting firm. For years I was much more su...

Pope Denounces 'Disintegration' Of Families

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 08.05.2011 | Religion

ZAGREB, Croatia — Pope Benedict XVI wrapped up his visit to Croatia on Sunday by denouncing the "disintegration" of family life in Europe and ca...

Happy Birthday to Me!

Rene Syler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rene Syler

I was joking last night and tweeted that today would be the 20th anniversary of my 28th birthday. That's when someone asked me what advice I'd give to my 28-year-old self. Here's what I came up with.

Brother's Bite-- When Sibling Rivalry Is Man Versus Dog

Stinson Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stinson Carter

My new little brother Griffin is a Welsh Terrier. I figured my father's obsession with the dog would pass in time, but when I went home for the holidays recently, it was a Griffin Christmas.