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Why I'm Going To Let My Daughter Fail Math

Kristen Kennedy | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Kristen Kennedy

This year, I've decided I'm not going to stand over her with a timer and a cupcake to coax her to the finish line.

Here's Why Parents Have No Business Giving Their Kids Life Advice Anymore

Michael Price | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Michael Price

The only person who knows what's best for your kids is your kids. That may sound like a radical and ridiculous idea, but think about it.

'The Divorce Girl': A Novel for Divorcing Parents

Susan Kraus | Posted 08.21.2014 | Divorce
Susan Kraus

Divorce fiction is hot. There are categories for women's divorce fiction and teen divorce fiction and kid divorce fiction and even men's divorce fiction. Parents buy kid divorce fiction to help kids cope as their lives get turned inside-out.

The Jealousy Trap: Those Deceiving Family Photos

Carrie Kenny | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

Someone looking at my old albums might see a picture of me as a new mom, holding a sleeping baby and think how precious and sweet it is. I remember what that was really like. The lighting in the picture hides the spit up on my shirt.

10 Things I Should Do To Be A Better Parent

Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld

BK, or otherwise known as "before kids", you have all the answers. You see things clearly, as only an outsider looking in can. It's easy to believe that parenting is divided into things that should be done and shouldn't be done. That works fine... until you have kids.

The Simple Life

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Lynn Shattuck

If I try and squeeze it all in and hold it all together, it shows. I snap at my family. I miss out on much-needed sleep because my brain buzzes with my to-do list. I miss so many moments because I'm obsessing and worrying about everything I'm not doing. Saying no to opportunities that don't serve me helps. Yoga helps. Meditation helps. Writing helps.

Are American Parents the Most Insecure?

Dr. Jessica Michaelson | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jessica Michaelson

I don't want my children to feel the anxiety I feel, and that I see all around me. I don't want them to frantically research and read and look outside of themselves to determine what is right from wrong. I want them to be inspired by our family, and feel that they have inherited traditions, values, and wisdom that they can trust.

A Stranger Saw What I Couldn't

Casey Carey-Brown | Posted 08.14.2014 | Parents
Casey Carey-Brown

Sometimes it takes a stranger at a restaurant to turn the volume up on the lovely a bit.

To The Women Watching My Kids At The Gym Daycare

Janie Porter | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

First, I plan to shower in silence (aside from the occasional toilet flush of a fellow member). The hot water will feel so amazing that it won't even bother me that the water pressure is exceptionally low and I have to wear my workout socks because I forgot flip-flops.

Why I Don't Want to Hear About How Much You Love Your Kid

Emily Ballard | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

We should be able to share our war stories. Instead, we shine them up, telling just enough of our tales of woe to feel like we're "relating" without putting ourselves in danger of being deemed the worst mother at the table.

Being a Mother: The Expectation and the Reality

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Sybil Adelman Sage

Expected: Natural delivery with no intervention Reality: 20 hours of non-progressive labor that required a C-section

On Bedside Baptist

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

I recognized the heaviness and sadness to be a tremendous feeling of guilt. Guilt that I would somehow impairing or negatively impacting my children's spiritual development all in the name of a few extra winks.

What Infertility Really Feels Like In Your 20's

Audrey Bellis | Posted 08.04.2014 | Women
Audrey Bellis

The relationship I have with my body is a direct expression of the relationship I have with myself. I can't wear exhaustion like a badge of courage anymore.

How Parents In The '70s And '80s Had It Made

Erica Ford | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

Sadly, my kids will never know the joys of rolling freely around the back of a station wagon or eating Twinkies as part of a healthy lunch. 

On The Days I Struggle the Most With My Little Ones

Regan Long | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

I'm given one shot with my children. They are given one childhood with me. The amazing, yet scary part of all of this, I'm the author of this part of their lives.

4 Ways My 'Paternity Leave' Shaped Me As A Father And Strengthened My Family

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

My paternity leave fundamentally shaped me as a person, parent and spouse, and I believe it contributed to the strength and resiliency of my family. I wish all fathers and families had the same opportunity.

Extreme Parenting: More Drama, New Foray By Bravo

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 07.29.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Hirschman Weiss

When I saw a Facebook post about a new Bravo show called Extreme Guide to Parenting, I felt compelled to find out more. You might think that aromatherapy is no substitute for Ritalin, or that there is no way a teeny-tiny infant can communicate her need to go potty, but these parents have their own creeds.

The Cadence of Co-Parenting: Staying Close Even After Divorce

John McElhenney | Posted 07.28.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

There are not fewer things to coordinate when you become a single parent, in fact there are more. The things you once traded equitably, now fall 100 percent in your lap when it is your parenting time

Letter to My Daughter of Love and Forgviness

Laura Loterszpil | Posted 07.28.2014 | Divorce
Laura Loterszpil

I know our relationship hasn't been easy. Starting from conception, I know the choice you have made to come into this physical world was a huge challenge to say, YES, I will come down. From conception, I know your life hasn't been a "bowl of cherries."

A Love Letter to Emilia and Francesca

David Kirsch | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
David Kirsch

I have learned that children are very forgiving. To their credit, they don't hold onto negative energy for any extended period of time.

Sorry, 'British Nanny,' I Let My Kids Choose Their Sippy Cups

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

My kids are human beings. With whom I am in relationship. It is one characterized by affection, trust, and attachment. I believe my children heed my influence because they feel secure and loved and free to make wise choices and empowered to behave well.

The Funniest Parenting Quiz You Will Ever Take

Brian Leaf | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

Artwork that you are dying to recycle but are not allowed to recycle and that you will recycle in seven months when your kid forgets about it... 20 points

Sorry, Kids -- I Will Never 'Let' You Beat Me

Beau Coffron | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

The thing is, games aren't always just about fun. Sometimes they can teach us about life.

7 Apologies From A Perfectly Imperfect Mother

Leigh Ann Torres | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
Leigh Ann Torres

As your typical flawed mother, I've been apologizing to my children pretty much since the day they were born. Now I have the chance to use my apologizing skills for a whole new set of screw ups.

Wish List for Our Children: Be Kind, Be Strong, and Love Who You Are

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

We make sure you eat your vegetables and cross our fingers that you will sleep through the night. We encourage you to say "please" and share your toys. These are important lessons, but you will soon learn that our hopes for you are much bigger than the day to day tasks that take up so much of our times as parents.