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Fathers and Daughters

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."

In Defense Of The Older Parent

Dan Szczesny | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Dan Szczesny

I'm not a young man. I have 20 years of experience, education and hard knocks behind me. I paid my dues and now my kids will benefit because I'll be able to spend more time with them, instead of hitting the salt mines every day to make ends meet.

In Gratitude of a Father's Service to His Country

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

I discovered my father was a consultant to NASA. Who knew? I didn't. He never bragged about it, despite the prestige and respect it would have garnered. He didn't care at all about those things. He cared about people, about helping others and doing the right thing by those he encountered.

The Sexist Case For Vaccinating My Daughter

Jeff Bogle | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

My silence was deafening, to me at least. Do my girls have a dad who won't stand up to crap like that from archaic people who still believe a girl's chief purpose in life is to make themselves "cute" for boys?

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.

Feminism Should Not Be Controversial

Tony Posnanski | Posted 11.04.2014 | Women
Tony Posnanski

I have a son. I have a daughter. I want my daughter to have every opportunity my son has. Not more. Not less. Equal.

The Subtle Backlash: It's My Kid in a Box

Ariel Chesler | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

I fear that my daughters will be limited by the culture they ingest, that I will be powerless to stop it. That they will, in the end, be eaten by Cinderella.

What Happened When My Daughter And I Switched Places For Halloween

Mike Reynolds | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

Last year, my youngest daughter and I set the bar so high for ourselves that I fear we'll never again reach it.

An Open Letter to My Kindergartener's 'Boyfriend'

Chris Cate | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents
Chris Cate

Today, my 5-year-old daughter informed me she has a boyfriend and that this hooligan (my words, not hers) is you. Before you try to tell me you didn't know that you were her boyfriend, you can rest assured that I presumed that to be the case. Nobody would be so foolish as to court my daughter without asking for my permission first, right?

15 Things All Dads Of Daughters Should Know

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Justin Ricklefs

Having daughters is one of the greatest joys I could imagine. We have a saying at our house that goes like this, "I love you more today than I did yesterday." Raising girls is a privilege, not a burden.

Why I Want My Daughter To Curse

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I'm not ready for Sienna to have her mom's sailor mouth, but eventually, when she's a teen, I don't want her to be afraid of speaking the language of her classmates and once she reaches adulthood, I hope to be ready for her to speak such words in my presence as part of normal conversation because the reality is that cursing is ordinary and sometimes, often even, acts as a release for pent up stress.

Why I Taught My Daughter To Punch

Ken Harbaugh | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Ken Harbaugh

Never let anyone tell you what a woman can and cannot do. And should someone make fun of how little girls hit, offer to teach them.

This Woman Spent 40 Years Thinking She'd Lost Her Dad's Special Bible

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

It’s been decades since her father’s death, but a Tennessee woman has finally found a way to be close to him again. Thanks to the kindness of s...

Ah, The Things We Do For Our Daughters

Michael Cavender | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Michael Cavender

I love having daughters. It is absolutely awesome. However, I was horrified when I found out I was having not one, but two of them. Over time, all tha...

My Father's Last Yankee: A Eulogy for Derek Jeter's Career

Stefanie Williams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Sports
Stefanie Williams

I simply say thank you to Derek Jeter -- whether he ever reads it or not -- for giving me 12 extra years to feel the limited warmth and love for my father I thought I lost when he died in 2002.

7 Things I Learned About Love When My Dad Started Online Dating

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 11.22.2014 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

When most 20-somethings have dating questions, they call a single friend. A few might call their moms. But what if your "person" is a 60+ guy who also happens to be your dad?

Show-and-Tell Feminism For Dads of Daughters

Ariel Chesler | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

Women are rightly frustrated that it takes reproducing a girl from their own genetic material for many men to be aware of what it's truly like to be female in our society.

What Matters Most About Being a Father

Cliff Hsia | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Cliff Hsia

Your kids need you to really love them. And loving them is more than just financially providing for them. You need to love them for who they are and who they want to become.

'This Is What It Feels Like To Be Fatherless'

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 11.16.2014 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I'd never experienced seasickness before. I'd been on ocean trawlers, cruisers, catamarans, and pontoons and never had a queasy moment. I was suddenly alone in space, shivering and sick inside my foul weather gear.

Magic

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
John Roman, Ph.D.

The thing about loss is that it's not a dark, brooding presence. Not like in the movies. Not in reality. Loss hibernates.

4 Words All Dads Of Daughters Need To Hear

Jeff Bogle | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

There is nothing in your daughter's timeline that you need to fear. Nothing. The only thing worth fearing as the dad of a daughter is not being there to share in her experiences.

Alzheimers: A Daughter's Perspective of the Long Goodbye

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

Grieving isn't new for me, and it's been a long, long road -- this journey of saying goodbye to my father. Ronald Reagan called his Alzheimers the "long goodbye", and he was right. Since the day my mom called to tell me the news six years ago, it's been an incredibly difficult, painful but often beautiful experience.

4 Things a Fatherless Daughter Wants all You Dads Out There to Know

Noreena Sondhi Lewis | Posted 10.17.2014 | Parents
Noreena Sondhi Lewis

Dads, take note. I've had the honor of watching my friends with their fathers, learning what a nurturing father-daughter relationship looks like, collecting tiny gems of knowledge and placing them into my pocket for safekeeping.

Why We Need to Show Up for the Hard Stuff

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 10.11.2014 | Good News
Lisa Abeyta

I laid there in the dark for a moment, almost upset that I'd read it. I didn't want to go. I didn't want to be there for this -- the end. I didn't want to see my dad like that. I didn't want to do any of this.