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Keeping Memories Alive and the Importance of Family Values

Gramma Good | Posted 07.29.2014 | Fifty
Gramma Good

As parents and grandparents we know it our responsibility to teach positive family values. My daughters, I am proud to say, value family above all else. Growing up in our home, life revolved around family. Living on an island played a positive role in reinforcing our teachings because island living is all about family.

Friendships Before and After Kids

Joelle Wisler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

Making new friends then: Oh my god! I am totally in that same class! You are coolest, let's hang out. Now: OK. So I see from the stains on your pants that only go from the knee down that you have some type of toddler living in your home. Me too. Wanna come over?

The Secret to Sustained Peace and Happiness?

Kellie Edwards | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kellie Edwards

I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we ta...

Why American Mothers Have Less Leisure Time And Find Ourselves Overwhelmed And Exhausted

Vanessa Loder | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Vanessa Loder

Did you know that Danish mothers have, on average, one and a half hours of leisure time every day that is spent in "pure" or child-free time to themselves? American mothers, in contrast, have about thirty-six minutes a day to themselves.

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.

What I've Left Unsaid On Balancing Career And Family As A Woman Of Color

National Journal | Michel Martin | Posted 07.29.2014 | Black Voices

I thought the telephone interview was going so well: The woman was mature, had taken care of kids of different ages, and even (bonus points!) had expe...

My Best Day As A Mom, So Far

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

My best day as a mom came about six months after my worst day as a mom.

Devious Maid's Dania Ramirez On Her Humble Beginnings and Raising 7-Month-Old Twins

Caroline Presno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

Dania Ramirez easily recalls her humble beginnings in the Dominican Republic. Her parents came to the United States when she was six-months-old and left Ramirez in the care of her grandmother. Now Ramirez, who stars in Lifetime's Devious Maids, is the mother of seven-month-old twins.

Oh Sh*t, I'm So Tired (A Poem For New Mothers)

Melissa Sher | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

Yes, I'm tired, exhausted and bitter. Can't you tell I'm at the end of my wits? My poor brain is fried and my body hurts. Sleep deprivation is truly the pits.

25 Reasons Why Aunts Deserve a Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Babies are born from the womb. Maternity is born from the soul. There are many ways to "mother" a child. Aunthood is as close as it gets.

Why We Need to Talk About the Sexual Assault of Men and Boys

Kristen DeFalco | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
Kristen DeFalco

Let's talk about rape. No, not the rape of women and girls that seems to consume the media, and has become a staple for just about every drama on television these days. I'm talking about the conversation that nobody is having; the rape and sexual assault of men and boys.

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."

Exposed By My Children For What I Really Look Like

Bridgette White | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Bridgette White

My default mode is to see and focus on my flaws and imperfections. I'm starting to see a bit more.

3 Big Perfectionism Struggles For Women

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 07.24.2014 | Women
Paula Davis-Laack

Many of us think it's the key to our success, when in fact, it's the very thing leading us away from our true purpose and completely wipes out our energy in the process.

If My Child Is My Mirror, Then I...

Inga Batur | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Inga Batur

Don't leave home without my crown and when I am feeling particularly good, I put on my princess costume, too. Swear by pink, violet could pass but I ...

A Letter To Myself Two Years Ago

Heather Lens | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Heather Lens

You think you love your husband right now, but you have no clue how much your definition of love will change. When your daughter is placed in his arms for the first time, not until then, will you know what true love is.

When the Bough Breaks

MotherWoman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

My labor and delivery were less than ideal, but they were behind me. What I didn't know was that the nightmare was just beginning.

Regarding My Altercation With The Security Guard At A Mississippi Rest Stop

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

Parenting kids... man, it rocks you to the core. You think pushing them out is gonna be the hard part -- they call it labor for a reason. But that is a Disney cruise compared to the years that follow.

What Happened When I Went to the Grocery Store... Alone

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

I did not name 'apples' and 'bananas' and 'carrots' as I wound through the produce department. I did not stop at the lobster tank to point and ogle those creepy creatures trying to claw their way to the water's edge.

I Miss The Village

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 07.26.2014 | Parents
Bunmi Laditan

I miss that village of mothers that I've never had. The one we traded for homes that, despite being a stone's throw, feel miles apart from each other.

Beach Body Mommy

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

I welcomed getting to the point where what many called a "cute" belly developed and I felt like people could see that I was pregnant.

Why This Mom and Her Tween Daughter Climbed Kilimanjaro

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

In January 2014, Cokie Berenyi and Helen Simons "HS" Berenyi climbed Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro -- making HS, then 9, the youngest American female on record ever to do so.

This 10-Year-Old Whips Up Pizza and Potato Gnocchi Like a Pro

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

Kelly Myers and 10-year-old Kika Garcia started cooking at home together when Kika was in preschool -- a natural mother-daughter activity, given that Kelly is the executive chef at Portland's acclaimed Xico restaurant.

How to Avoid the Awkward Moments While Vacationing With Your Sitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 07.18.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Taking a babysitter along on the family vacation provides you with the freedom and support necessary to truly feel like you're on vacation. It gives you the flexibility to see sights that aren't kid friendly, enjoy nightlife, and participate in activities that are not possible when you're caring for young children.

How an 11-Year-Old Got Her Mom and Community to Give Back

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

"Every day on my way to and from school, I'd see the same homeless man with shoes that were completely falling apart," says Mimi. "I wanted to do something to help people like him."