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Mothers and Daughters

A Jewish Daughter's Take on The Jewish Daughter Diaries

Ilana Greenstein | Posted 09.08.2014 | Books
Ilana Greenstein

How could there exist such a pervasive stereotype of a Jewish mother if someone like me, who came from such a Jewish area, didn't even know what it was?

8 Lessons I Want To Teach My Daughter

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

All your actions and words should come from a place of love. But not everyone will be loving back. And that is OK.

Is a Comic Strip Worth a Thousand Words?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

She thrilled us when she sent me some panels from a comic strip she'd drawn -- and got me to thinking all over again about what I would've missed had she never been around.

What My Daughter and I Learn When We Carve Out Mom and Daughter Time

Laura Usky | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Laura Usky

It's scary to be a parent of any child in this day and age. Giving Gigi special time with me, as well the time she spends with her dad, has also been another way to make her feel secure in a world where kids can often be exposed to some pretty scary stuff.

The Right Answer I Almost Didn't Give My Daughter

Karen Mangiacotti | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Karen Mangiacotti

My brows furrowed, my mind raced. Are you kidding me? I thought. Are you really setting the bar that low?

The Tools for Change: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Why Did This Happen? Estranging Myself From My Mother

Katie Naum | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
Katie Naum

Why did this happen? There is no answer to that question. There are too many answers to that question.

Role Model Mom

Tina Karkera | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Tina Karkera

When you become a parent, you automatically also become a role model. It's a title that's conferred upon you, whether you are ready or not.

My Mom's Greatest Gift

Nell Minow | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Nell Minow

I'm grateful for that gift my mom passed on to my daughter, and for showing me that the small gesture of giving my prize a place of honor could be so meaningful. But I am most grateful for her lesson that the value of anything does not depend on what other people think it is worth but on what it means to you.

The Homemade Parade

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

I knew I had many years ahead of me of trying -- and likely failing -- to save my daughter from humiliation and heartbreak. But on this one day, the success and magic was enough.

Mom's Helpful Hints Fall on Deaf Armpits

Parri Sontag | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Parri Sontag

As I headed out to CVS, my 17-year-old daughter asked me if I could pick up some deodorant, because she was almost out. I came home with a brand she'd never used before ― my personal fave, which I think is worth the extra buck-fifty: a clear, unscented anti-perspirant/deodorant gel.

Losing My Mother Defined Me, Unleashed Me and Changed Me

Jenny Koppelman Hutt | Posted 08.20.2014 | Women
Jenny Koppelman Hutt

I feel sad that my mom was part of a generation that felt so ashamed of any odd thoughts or odd behaviors that she couldn't really laugh at what made her unique, fantastic and also impossible.

What Your Words Do to Me

Jessica Braun | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Jessica Braun

Right now, I need to stop and listen to the story that is taking shape for you, day by day. Right now I can support you best by being with you, not doing for you. Right now I can ask more questions and give less advice.

What I Realized When I Let My Mom Take Over My Online Dating Profile

Jen Glantz | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Jen Glantz

One breezy September evening, I gave my mom the verbal OK, my username, my password and my attention. I let my mom take over my JDate account for one night.

This Is Your Mom on Drugs

Jennifer Coburn | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Coburn

In my mind, having a little space cake in Amsterdam was like having a glass of sangria in Madrid. I might feel a bit tipsy, but my 16-year-old probably wouldn't even notice.

THIS Is How to Transform Your Relationship With Your Daughter

David Kanegis | Posted 08.08.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

There's no time like the present to begin transforming your relationship with your daughter. Communication is the key and we're laying the foundation today for a more fulfilling tomorrow. It's easy to accomplish and a great way to kick off the summer.

What Mom Missed

Erica Ford | Posted 08.04.2014 | Women
Erica Ford

When my first daughter started cooing, my heart swelled and I ran to call my mother. The feel of my ribs turning inward on themselves when I remembered she was dead was more than I could bear.

Why I Gave In And Bought My Daughter Her First Bikini

Betsy Hnath | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Betsy Hnath

I am witnessing her life transform in slow motion as this young woman heads toward adulthood. And I am so grateful that I am here to see it.

Through My Daughter's Eyes

Estelle Sobel Erasmus | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Estelle Sobel Erasmus

I look into my daughter's eyes and I see myself reflected in them. But more than that... I see all the colors of emotion that a 5-year-old is capable of.

A Letter to My Daughters

Nicole Scott | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Nicole Scott

One of the things I always tried to do was make sure I showed you that I loved my body -- inside and out. I never wanted you to grow up with the image of me worried about my weight or how I looked.

6 Things to Finally Forgive Mom for

Kendra Alvey | Posted 08.03.2014 | Women
Kendra Alvey

Who else will tell you it's their loss when you're rejected by a boy or a friend or a publisher? Who else remembers fondly the dance routine you made up to "Cool Rider" from Grease 2 and will tell you with a straight face that it was a very good performance?

Hey Hallmark! Girlfriend Mom Day Has Arrived

Dani Alpert | Posted 08.02.2014 | Divorce
Dani Alpert

The first Sunday in May is officially Girlfriend Mom Day. Mark your calendars, Hallmark. This day is for all women who are dating, in a relationship ...

What's Wrong With Girls? Apparently Everything

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 07.26.2014 | Women
Abby Rodman, LICSW

It's tempting to remind parents of girls to watch their running commentary on women's clothes or hair or weight or beauty. But so many moms and dads are already out there fighting the good fight for their daughters' self-esteem.

The Me I Love

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

I won't pretend to be excited about my newly-sagging eyelids or gradually gradating chins, but I contest the idea that it's somehow selfish of me to walk around like this, as if I'm exposing others to some sort of putrid, decaying, possibly contagious zombie flesh.

Sexual Assault and U.S. News College Rankings: Did He Just Say That?

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

My daughter told me she can't believe she is expected to GO to college in a country where 55 colleges and universities are facing federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases, and one in five girls will be assaulted before graduation.