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If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mothers

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Baudouin

The doctor didn't expect to find what he found. It wasn't ovarian cancer but it certainly was everywhere. Her biopsy went to the cancer board -- you know, the one filled with the "experts" who would try to figure out what we were dealing with.

Do Men Get More Appreciation For Being Parents?

Courtney Carter | Posted 12.05.2014 | Parents
Courtney Carter

I'm not saying that a man raising his kids shouldn't be appreciated. But he is doing what he is supposed to do just the way mom is.

5 Things Our Kids Are Not Getting for Christmas

Ken Harbaugh | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Ken Harbaugh

This year, we are trying something different. Out with the big gifts, the expensive, over-the-top extravagances. We are also putting the kibosh on the "But, Daddy, Everyone Else Has One!" gifts. If it's so popular, go play with it at someone else's house. We're not buying it.

Open Letter to Kim K: How to Tell the Difference Between a BFF and Your Kid

Joyce Linder | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Joyce Linder

Your kids don't need another friend. They need a loving, respectful and respectable role model who will help them become a happy, productive adult! For those of you who need a reminder, here are five ways to know the difference between a BFF and your kids...

A Dad's Message to His Cyber-Baby and The World

Fabian Blue | Posted 12.02.2014 | Books
Fabian Blue

If we all teach our children from an early age a simple message of tolerance and acceptance, we could undoubtedly transform this world into a more fantastic place.

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.

The Side of Motherhood We Aren't Prepared to Discuss

Traci Bild | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Traci Bild

I treaded very lightly and explained that I was that mom at one time, but that I had found a way out of the daily grind. My passion and book, Get Your Girl Back, was to help their moms do the same.

14 Essential Truths About Raising A Tween Girl

Galit Breen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

Never "dumb down" your conversations. Share with her happy things and hard things and important things. Model a good debate, a strong reaction, smart questions and kind (re)actions.

The Terror of Consumerism

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

It is established that the role of parents can never be diminished in such a context. What can we do guard our little men and ladies from the terror of consumerism? Here are a few things...


Bethany & Daniel Henderson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Bethany & Daniel Henderson

This year, we're doing something different. No forcing ourselves to muster platitudes when we really don't feel like it. No mumbling half-hearted blanket statements. No, this year, we're acknowledging head-on all that drives us crazy every day.

Full Disclosure: Telling My Son About My Previous Marriages

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 11.24.2014 | Divorce
Lisa Page Rosenberg

When she was 19, one of my closest girlfriends was helping her parents clean out a dresser and came upon a wedding photo of a bride and groom, the bride was her mother, the groom was not her father. Shocked and confused, she asked her mom about it. Her mom said, "It didn't matter."

How To Make Your Loveless Marriage Work For You And The Kids

Susan Pease Gadoua | Posted 11.24.2014 | Divorce
Susan Pease Gadoua

Maintaining a romantic bond for years on end is challenging, but adding kids to the mix and keeping a romantic connection the entire length of the relationship is extremely challenging, if not impossible (even with all the great advice books out there on the topic).

What A Trip To Vegas Taught Me About My Marriage

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I married my husband because he is smart, funny, and great in the sack. That's how we ended up with these kids. What would it say about our marriage if I did not trust him to care for them?

How My Little Boy Has Slowed Me Down

Amanda Mushro | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Amanda Mushro

If you see me moving towards you at lightning speed, take a look a few yards behind me. That's where you find my boy. Just strolling along, no sense of urgency, taking it all in.

I Am Not a Clueless Parent, Can I Say That?

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

Why is it OK to be openly clueless"as a parent, but not openly confident? Is it all a backlash against Tiger Moms and Helicopter Parents? Whatever the case, it seems that it is not acceptable to openly strive for competence in the most important role that we will ever have.

The Words I Can't Believe I Heard On The Playground

Marina Sbrochi | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Marina Sbrochi

I almost instantly threw up in mouth. I turned around to check to see if I had suddenly been transported to the 1950s, but the cars looked pretty new and people were wearing modern clothes.

3 Keys to Raising a Compassionate Child

Lauren Stevens | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Lauren Stevens

I remember, in vivid detail, lying on the couch, silently crying after having suffered my second miscarriage. My despair was momentarily halted when m...

Raising Rich Kids: Money and the Teenage Brain

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Let's hope rich kids will find their way. But romping in a mountain of money like most kids play in a pile of leaves will not make it easy. As the developing cells of the teenage brain react to the world around them -- money does change everything.

Are These Unhelpful Comments Ruining Parenthood?

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 11.07.2014 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

It is fascinating to me to contemplate how uncreative so many of these comments are. The scary part is that they are so commonplace that they really do frame our collective experience of parenting.

21 Things I Want to Teach My Daughter

Shaney Vijendranath | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Shaney Vijendranath

You're beautiful and you will always be my baby. I love you more than you will ever know, and the bond we share can never be replaced.

10 Ways To Feel More Like A Woman And Less Like A Mom

Emily Ballard | Posted 10.30.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I needed pretense. I needed to feel like I was a real person even though I was really a milk machine. And for me, the way I dress has always been an outward extension of who I am, even as my style has changed.

6 Things I Didn't Need To Raise A Child In Nepal

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

Looking back 27 years later, I marvel at how little it took to raise a child in a Nepali village in the late '80s and early '90s. Most raised their children the way people have been doing for centuries, with abundant love and not too many things.

The Biggest Challenge for Today's Dual-Career, Working Family? Syncing Calendars

Bethany & Daniel Henderson | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Bethany & Daniel Henderson

Our full-time jobs require our presence at frequent early morning and late evening events, plus occasional weekends. All of our extended family lives a plane ride away, and paying for a nanny --- not in our budget! We get by by making significant sacrifices to our careers and our pocketbook.

To My Daughter, About Your Birthmark

Dawn Weber | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Dawn Weber

"A lovely baby girl you have there. It's too bad about that awful birthmark." Those are the first and last words I ever hear from your original pediatrician. After she leaves the delivery room, I tell the nurse to keep her away from us, and I cry myself to sleep.

What to Do When Your Teen Thinks She's Beyond The Rules

GalTime | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents

Your teens are watching you. They will want to see if you mean what you say. Surprisingly, they may secretly be watching to see if you are looking out for them.