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Mothers and Daughters

3 Things Every Little Girl Should Know

Bethany St. James | Posted 12.23.2012 | Parents
Bethany St. James

What words would I have wanted to hear that could have saved a lot of time and trouble in the years that shaped who I would later become?

Let My Daughter Roughhouse

Lyz Lenz | Posted 12.19.2012 | Parents
Lyz Lenz

I can't stop people from telling their children that girls don't run, yell, punch or get rowdy. But I wish I could.

Celebrating My Mother at 90

Joanne Tombrakos | Posted 12.17.2012 | Women
Joanne Tombrakos

My mother celebrates 90 years today. She's asked me to keep it a secret. To tell people she is only 89. For some reason, she seems to think this sounds better. I beg to differ. Here's why.

A Letter to My Daughter on Her 6th Birthday

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Wendy Fontaine

When I was pregnant, I tried to imagine what you'd be like. I thought you might like flowers and the color pink, so I decorated your room in violets and made you a rose-colored quilt. Today, your bedroom is covered in Star Wars posters and pictures of sharks.

My Mother, By The Numbers

The Hairpin | Posted 09.14.2012 | Women

It’s August and it’s San Francisco so it’s cold. While I’m walking home from work there’s a call from a Portland number I don’t recognize....

The Mompetitors: Can't Stop, Can't Win

Jill Herzig | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Jill Herzig

I grew up in the '60s and '70s, when motherhood was a different ball game. No one suggested that my mom do half the things that mothers feel compelled to do in 2012.

Why I Allow My Daughter to Wear THIS

Stephanie Covington Armstrong | Posted 09.12.2013 | Parents
Stephanie Covington Armstrong

My girlfriend couldn't contain the surprise and horror at what my daughter was wearing in public. She stared at me open-mouthed, waiting for some sensible answer, like maybe all of my child's pants were dirty or better yet, stolen.

Why I Dread My Kid Going Back to School

Mary K. Moore | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Mary K. Moore

For me, September is just another small goodbye hinting at bigger ones ahead. But like a criminal on the lam, I realize our Thelma and Louise days are numbered, and not just because school is back in session.

Todd Akin's Teachable Moment

Monica J. Vila | Posted 10.26.2012 | Parents
Monica J. Vila

"What is rape, mom?" My 12 year-old daughter asked.

A Different Kind of Love Letter

Elisabeth Egan | Posted 10.23.2012 | Parents
Elisabeth Egan

I'm a ferocious communicator, firing off texts, e-mails and tweets at all hours, but I'd forgotten how much I love the ritual of collecting my thoughts and writing them down, in pen.

A Mama's Self-Analysis as Her Firstborn Heads to Kindergarten

Erin Cox | Posted 10.21.2012 | Parents
Erin Cox

My oldest child, Ella, will be heading to kindergarten in two weeks... and I find myself experiencing a swirl of mixed emotions.

15 Questions Every Mom Of Daughters Should Ask Herself

Joyce McFadden | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Joyce McFadden

If we want to dilute social pressures on our girls to be sexy, we have to offer them an alternative.

You Can't Leave For College Until You Put Your Dishes In The Sink

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 10.15.2012 | Fifty
Bonni Brodnick

This summer, our daughter, a rising senior in college, had an internship and lived at home. We were thrilled to have her back. Let's turn back the clock to June and take a peek into our world.

'Our Daughters Are Proof That Life Goes On'

CT Working Moms | Posted 10.14.2012 | Parents
CT Working Moms

Our daughters are proof that life goes on.

How I Became Homeless... and How I Got Out

LearnVest | Posted 10.14.2012 | Women

I was once homeless, but I am not hopeless.

The Magic of Meteor Showers

Hayden Bixby | Posted 10.13.2012 | Parents
Hayden Bixby

As my daughter rested her head on my shoulder, I was glad we were home together. She slept and I watched the stars blaze by, feeling wonder at being so very tiny, yes -- but significant, too.

Why Criticism of Gabby Douglas Is a Wake Up Call to Moms Everywhere

Christina Pesoli | Posted 10.09.2012 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

When young women who step up are ridiculed for things that have nothing to do with the subject at hand -- things that are as irrelevant as their hair and clothes -- it sends a chilling message to girls everywhere about the perils of putting oneself out there.

How to Raise Strong Daughters

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 10.07.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Your daughters need to be taught that we all need a place to love, to be necessary and to play in life in order to maintain our vitality and strength.

Full of Magic

Lindsey Mead | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

"Oh, yes. Grace," I began, haltingly. "One thing to remember is that you will be at camp, having all of these new experiences. Everything here is just the same as ever. I'll be here in my ordinary life."

A Mother's Letter to Her Daughter on "Having it All"

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 10.03.2012 | Home
Dr. Tian Dayton

I am a mother of a daughter....when I was raising my daughter and my son, it was in that period when we were breaking glass ceilings and challenging a...

I Remember...

Meredith Israel Thomas | Posted 09.26.2012 | Women
Meredith Israel Thomas

I remember to live each day to the fullest. I remember I have a baby girl to fight for.

My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding

Nedda Alammar | Posted 09.16.2012 | Women
Nedda Alammar

Though our exes may seem long gone, maybe they never really are; maybe part of us still feels that wherever they are, we are both still in on the same secret.

The Media's Influence On Our Daughters

Mary Pritchard | Posted 09.16.2012 | Parents
Mary Pritchard

"Telling my daughter that weight doesn't matter while she sees me berating myself as I step on the scale every morning probably isn't good parenting, right?" Bingo.

Top 10 Mistakes I Hope my Girls Make

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 09.15.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

Like all parents, I have many hopes and dreams for my girls. I want them to have rich, fulfilling lives. However, I also want them to make mistakes and learn from their missteps.

Why Summers Make Me A Total Wreck

Joslyn Taylor | Posted 09.10.2012 | Parents
Joslyn Taylor

Guilt just feels fruitless, so I try with every fiber of my being not to succumb to it. Except in the summer.