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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.

Pumpkin Parenting

Karen Mangiacotti | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Karen Mangiacotti

Left on their own to find their way, pumpkins and children usually do just that.

Positive Divorce: Upward and Onward After Splitting Up

John McElhenney | Posted 09.30.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

Even when you feel like you're not getting through to them, you are. The support they feel just from your check-ins cannot be underestimated. Letting them know you love them. Making sure they hear it from you as often as they will tolerate it.

Single Parents Want to Be Good Parents

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Madeleine M. Kunin

let's stop decrying family structure and begin focusing on good parenting. The earlier we begin, even before pregnancy, the better for the child.

To Hug or Not To Hug That is the Question

Al DeLuise | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I am not a 'hugger'. I don't think I ever have been a hugger but I notice I get even more distant the older I get. I'm not saying I don't like to be...

Upcycling Creativity With Homemade Cards

Jessica Shaool | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Jessica Shaool

Practically from birth, I was waiting for my son to grow big enough to sit with me at my art table in our craft room so that we could work on a project together.

How Do You Do It All?

Jennifer Latch | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Latch

I think the lie we are fed is that you have to have it all at the same time. That if you are not in a constant state of happiness and bliss with a clean house, well-behaved children and a fat bank account, something must be wrong.

Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.

Little Girl Tries Pop Rocks For First Time And Cracks Up

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents

Ah, the strange sensation of eating Pop Rocks. Five-year-old Emma had never experienced the crackling candy before, so her parents decided to let h...

I Redshirted My Son And I Don't Regret It

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.26.2014 | Parents

While choosing to ‘redshirt’ is a common practice in the sports world, is the same process the key to ensuring your child’s academic and social ...

On Being a Gay Uncle

Paul Florez | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Florez

Last year, my fiancé's sister, Julie, gave birth to a beautiful red-headed girl named Mira Celeste, and it was then I found myself taking on the role of uncle. And with that new role came a slew of fears I wasn't ready for.

Yagana Shah

15 Empty-Nesters Having Way More Fun Than Their Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.26.2014 | Fifty

Did your teen just head off to college? Or did your boomerang kid finally get a job and move out of your basement? Do you find yourself not knowing wh...

Will She Ever Be Royal? The Story of a Toddler Queen Wannabe

Jessica McNeill Azar | Posted 09.25.2014 | Parents
Jessica McNeill Azar

I've always been radically opposed to kids having a sense of entitlement or "status." Before I had kids, I always slightly cringed when people would tell their daughters that they were princesses. I felt like it was setting them up for failure somehow.

He's 8. He's Already Asking.

Sarah Walton | Posted 09.25.2014 | Parents
Sarah Walton

How many times do I answer a question from my kids while typing on the computer or phone? How many times do I say, "Hang on just one sec..."

Kids Arguing About Rain Will Debate Their Way Into Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.25.2014 | Parents

Despite what the little boy's mom told him in the video above, the jury is still out on whether it's raining or sprinkling. But we don't care. As ...

11 Things Only Parents Of Boys Understand

The Next Family | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
The Next Family

In my vision, there were tea parties and tutus. There were hours spent quietly reading on the couch together. There were braids and pigtails. There was shopping and giggling. There was peace and love and joy and... and... peace. Then, I had boys.

Child's Play Is No Joke: A Mother and Toymaker's Mission to Unplug Playtime

Mary Beth Minton | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Minton

As another beautiful sunny day was hastily snuffed out by the whipping of heavy drapes across the window to avoid the glare in the screen, I became fascinated -- and horrified -- by the power this screen held over my normally adventurous and outdoorsy kids.

Food Shopping

Dana King | Posted 09.23.2014 | Comedy
Dana King

There is no single deed that I despise more than food shopping.  I hate everything about it.  A visit to the supermarket should be considered a fo...

A Working Mom's Cheat Sheet to Awesome Kid Parties

Janice Windt | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Janice Windt

The Birthday Cheat Sheet I present here relies heavily on Pinterest (a free and magnificent source of ideas) and your own ingenuity to leverage the small amount of time you do have available to make the most wonderful, special and fun-filled kiddies parties you can imagine!

Tough Love Is Tough On Parents, Too

Jon Carras | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Jon Carras

It hurts my heart to have to scold or punish such a small child who fills me with such joy. A child who, along with my extraordinary wife, Lauren, and our blue-eyed angel, Annette, is the reason for everything I do.

5 Reasons She Might Not Want More Kids

Kim Schenkelberg | Posted 09.26.2014 | Parents
Kim Schenkelberg

I cannot speak from a man's perspective, but I can absolutely appreciate why a woman is reluctant to journey down the pregnancy path while holding a toddler on her hip.

Hook's Revenge: A New Twist on a Classic Tale

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Inspired by the classic tale of Peter Pan, the book follows 12-year-old Jocelyn, who dreams of becoming every bit the pirate as her infamous father, the legendary Captain Hook. So it's no surprise that Jocelyn springs into action after receiving a letter to avenge her father's death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile.

5 Ways to Behave Like a Grown-Up Through Your Midlife Divorce

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 09.22.2014 | Divorce
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Midlife divorce is skyrocketing. And the reasons for that are many. Chiefly, most of us are looking at longer lifespans than our ancestors and we're not willing to live out those lives in complacent misery.

Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

The World Has Problems? Ask Your Kids to Solve Them!

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Fifty
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!