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"Mothers and Sons

Mothers and Sons at the Golden: Terrence McNally Makes History

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Strident, a woman with whom to reckon, Tyne Daly's Katharine Gerard is a force of nature. Encased in fur, she's the refrigerator-sized iceberg in Terr...

First Nighter: Terrence McNally's Must-See Mothers and Sons With Tyne Daly

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

I can't say enough about the complex emotions carefully observed and translated to the stage that the prolific playwright -- represented on Broadway for more than 50 years -- covers in his intermissionless 90-minute four-hander.

The Bittersweet Milestone I Didn't See Coming

Devon Corneal | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Reading is one of those things that make sense to me as a mother, something that came easily and defines the contours of my days.

Curtis M. Wong

A Radical Look At Gay Men's 'New Reality' On Broadway | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices

Much of the buzz surrounding Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” focuses on the show’s portrayal of a legally married gay couple with a chil...

To Change in the Face of Change

Sheryl Kaller | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Sheryl Kaller

Growing up in a conservative middle-class Long Island community, it was easy to think that freewheeling traditions only existed in our showtune-singing, freeish-thinking, theater-invested home that fostered individuality.

I Lack The Discipline to Discipline My Son

Cara Paiuk | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Yes, I am being played. I know it. But my heart melts EVERY TIME he says I love you. Or I smile ear to ear. Or laugh. He knows how to break my will to discipline. He knows how to soften my anger. He KNOWS! How does he play me, a professional negotiator, who has made grown men beg for mercy?

The Phase of Raising Tough Kids

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Watching your children teeter on the threshold of adulthood is a thrilling and frightening thing. It's waiting to see whether the crops you planted -- of lessons imbued, forgiveness granted and love showered -- will yield a successful harvest.

The Blessings Of A Botched Piano Recital

Brain, Child | Posted 05.04.2014 | Parents
Brain, Child

I feel confident that given the chance, Sam will make it through many of life's songs, no matter how many do-overs and false starts he has to endure along the way. I wish that same confidence for my other three children. I wish it for all of us.

26 Lessons Your Son's Future Spouse Will Thank You For Teaching Him

Suzanne Fleet | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Fleet

Plant deep within him the knowledge that showing affection is a sign of strength, not weakness.

4 Ways Having a Son Has Helped Me to Better Understand My Husband

Melissa Chapman | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

Boys, like men, CANNOT multitask. If I ask my son a question while he is doing ANYTHING -- watching TV, brushing his teeth, staring into space -- he will likely ignore me (as will my husband). Scratch that. He won't ignore me, he just won't hear me.

How To Lose An Argument With A 5-Year-Old

Wendi Aarons | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Wendi Aarons

Listen to me closely, mister. From this point on, you will no longer argue with anyone. I want you to act like a big boy. In fact, I want you to act like the most important guys in the world do. These are the guys who never, ever argue.

The Sweetest Thing My Son Said To Me After My Divorce

Jennifer Ball | Posted 03.18.2014 | Divorce
Jennifer Ball

William laughed. He said, "Do you think you'll ever get married again, Mom?" I'm always honest with my kids. Always.

Mary Poppins and Me

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Ann V. Klotz

As a mother, I feel caught between this yearning for happy endings and my sense that it is my job to stand for reality. I want to raise a son who retains his sensitivity but is resilient enough to cope. If only we could sip reality in small doses -- a spoonful of sugar to help us cope with tough times.

Why I'll Always Let My Kids Have Sleepovers

Wendi Aarons | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Wendi Aarons

When my boys ask to have friends sleep over or beg to go to a slumber party, I will always say "yes." Go. Grab your sleeping bag and your pajamas and have fun.

Listening to the Little Man Inside, Healing Our Hearts

John McElhenney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
John McElhenney

I am not the healer. But I can see the need for that masculine energy in their lives. Even in my own son's life. I see that he misses me.

The Lesson I'll Remember Every Time I See This Note

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Erin Michelle Threlfall

My son, the one whom I am always ushering from place to place, is not one to be rushed. When allowed to move through this world in his pace, given time to think and explore, he flourishes, and teaches me to see the beauty that surrounds us.

Dear Son, I Hope You Stay Soft

Janelle Hanchett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Janelle Hanchett

I will not harden you. I will not break you. I hold between my mama hands your giant gaping sensitive heart. I refuse to abuse it.

My Promise To My Son As He Starts Kindergarten

Kathy Glow | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Kathy Glow

I know you will have struggles. I know you feel insecure and alone at times. But you are YOU. You ARE bold and brazen and confident, and you make friends and put yourself out there. You are just fine. You are in kindergarten. And it will be awesome.

A Letter To My Son's Best Friend

Kristin Shaw | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Here's the deal, my friend -- I'm going to break it to you as gently as I can. There is going to be a day when he doesn't need you anymore.

I Didn't Think I Was An Embarrassing Mom

Lisa Rubisch | Posted 09.20.2013 | Parents
Lisa Rubisch

My style was cultivated out of a need to rebel against the conservative, preppy sameness of my hometown. It never occurred to me that my son would grow up to rebel against me.

The Story I Needed To Hear On A Horrible Parenting Day

Devon Corneal | Posted 09.17.2013 | Parents
Devon Corneal

My friend reframed my day. Not by telling me to ignore what had happened, or to "give myself a break" or to "move on." Instead, she put that day in a timeline of a thousand other days, some full of gardening and caring for our neighbors and others full of impatience and crap.

My Answer To The Question My Son Won't Stop Asking

Kristin Shaw | Posted 09.08.2013 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

My son is getting to be old enough to remember the words I choose with him. And I don't want him to remember that working is always a chore that must be endured.

Culturing My Kids, Episode 2

Elise Sax | Posted 08.31.2013 | Parents
Elise Sax

Instead of a tourist with a guide book and suitcase of wash and wear, I would have to be more like Sir Richard Burton, packing to explore Africa in search of the source of the Nile. Richard Burton didn't pack as much as I did.

Darkness and Light

Wendy Francis | Posted 08.18.2013 | Parents
Wendy Francis

June 15th marks a celebration I didn't know if I'd ever see: my son's fifth birthday. We assembled a quote board of Nicholas's most memorable lines from the year, including his prayers one night when he asked, "God bless the Superheroes who keep us safe. Superman, Batman and Robin."

Reflections on My Son's Graduation

Andrea Barbalich | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Andrea Barbalich

My family constantly makes fun of me for crying at anything remotely sentimental, and I know I will cry at my son's graduation ceremony next week.