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7 Signs You Have Empty Nest Syndrome

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 02.13.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

The "empty nest." It's a term that conjures up images of despondent midlife parents whose lives are suddenly devoid of the chirping of their beloved brood. Without their kids, mom and pop have no one to talk to but each other.

Circus Mom's Juggling Act

Lai-Lai Jenkins | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Lai-Lai Jenkins

As women, especially working moms, we put all this unwarranted pressure on ourselves. We have to be the perfect mom, the perfect employee, the perfect wife, the perfect... whatever hat it is we have on at the moment.

How Sesame Street May Help Your Kids With Divorce

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

One of the messages in "Little Children Big Challenges" is that parents need to care for themselves in healthy ways in order to be effective parents. Much of difficulty that children experience is when their parents are distracted and distressed.

Black & White in a Multi-Colored America

Galileo Simmons | Posted 02.06.2013 | Books
Galileo Simmons

When I was 14 years old, my mother told me I would publish books in my lifetime, but I would not be the one to write them. I laughed it off, but nine years later, her prediction has come true.

The Gift I'm Finally Ready To Accept

Elise Sax | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty
Elise Sax

I call it, The Monster. It's enormous. It may not be Hollywood big, but it's close. Nearly five carats. And it's shiny. It was my grandmother's, then my mother's, and now it's on my finger.

Sweet Memories

Tamsin Eva | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Tamsin Eva

It's uncanny that Mum died the day before we were scheduled to depart. I ate volumes of candy during that long train ride. Nobody suggested I shouldn't. And I've always suspected that a lifelong pattern of episodic over-indulgence began that day.

The Essential Human Task Is Learning to Be With Others and Other Lessons From the Research of Daniel Stern

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.27.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

When Daniel Stern died this November 12th, we lost one of the truly greats in child development research and theory.

Giving Thanks: Two Moms From Portland Changing the Lives of Orphans Around the World

Melissa Sher | Posted 01.21.2013 | Parents
Melissa Sher

All Cindy Kaplan had hoped for was a healthy baby. But when my friend and her husband met their 6-month-old son for the first time in an orphanage in Kazakhstan, he was dangerously underweight from severe malnourishment.

Who Needs Home-Cooked Meals When You've Got Scented Candles?

Donna Highfill | Posted 01.20.2013 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

Like many women, I learned to eat while I cooked, popping food in my mouth as I went along. Most of my meals were consumed while standing over the sink doing dishes. I used that time to eat the leftovers off of my son's plate. Twas a fine dining experience, indeed.

Memo to Moms: Stop Rising Tide of Work Guilt, It's a 'Moldy Blanket'

Carol Evans | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents
Carol Evans

Working Americans at every level are being asked to produce more than ever before. The result for working moms? Reverse guilt.

Band of Mothers

Lisa Lori | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents
Lisa Lori

hese women may be invisible in the anals of history but their strength and kindness will live on through their extraordinary families.

Parenting Perfectionists: From Supermom To Nervous Breakdown

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents

Tameka McFaul went from a severely depressed mother to CEO of her own company, Driven Dream Girls. On a segment for HuffPost Live, she shared with hos...

Helping Our Children Navigate a Politically Partisan World

John McCormick | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

Shortly after this month's election, I overheard several of my son's friends talking "smack" on the playground about the election's winners and losers. Nothing too derogatory, but several voiced digs along the lines of, "I can't believe your parents voted for [Candidate X]."

Letter to My Children

Allison Fine  | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents
Allison Fine 

I share this story with you, my three sons, to make a point: I do these things now, when I'm 48, and believe they're quirky and charming, although your teenage selves may strongly disagree. This letter outlines the things I do now that do not qualify as reasons to put me out to pasture.

Creating Space To Heal: Mother Transforms Murdered Son’s Bedroom

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.09.2012 | Health and Fitness

After Beth Dargis’ teenage son was murdered by his friend, she left his room untouched for months. On a segment for HuffPost Live, she discussed how...

I Left a Piece of Myself There

Lindsey Mead | Posted 01.08.2013 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

I left my body swollen with childbirth, with milk, with life. I left eyes so tired that they felt like they had sand in them. Most of all, I left behind my certainty. My certainty that I knew what I was doing, that my path was assured, that I was safe.

Are You My My Mother?

Doug Binzak | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Doug Binzak

It's my mother's birthday this week, and I have been spending a lot of time thinking fondly of her. But I know that I am fortunate to have had a great relationship with my mom. For many of us, let's just acknowledge that this relationship can be a bit more... complicated.

Marianne Williamson's Sister Giant

Monique Ruffin | Posted 01.07.2013 | Women
Monique Ruffin

As an African-American woman and a single parent, I find tremendous value in a movement that builds collations between women to wield political power. I believe now is the time for women to cross economic, race and religious divides to make a difference for ourselves and our children.

Despite Partisan Differences in America, the Job of Raising Children Rises Above

Michael Zacka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Zacka

In the final days of the election, it's easy to forget that Americans unite around some very common themes. Michelle Obama and Ann Romney, given the positive media response to their speeches, hit at the heart of one of America's most important 'jobs,' namely raising children.

10 Truths About Hosting Your Daughter's First Slumber Party

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

If your daughter is old enough for a slumber party, you are experienced enough to know the emotional build-up to any birthday is a tragic, unavoidable reality (Hello, remember your 40th?) and especially brutal when a party warrants you to kick the men out of the house.

Is My Daughter Turning Into Me?

Wendy Widom | Posted 12.31.2012 | Parents
Wendy Widom

Where, I wonder, is my dear daughter getting the flaw phobia from? Is it from her mom, who is constantly angry at herself for not being smarter, thinner, more successful, more laid back, more ambitious, more content, less reactionary and less oversensitive? Hmm ... that's a tough one.

Enough With the Boobies and TaTas

Joyce McFadden | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
Joyce McFadden

I remember picking up my daughter at middle school one afternoon years ago and watching the kids, both boys and girls, spill out of the front doors wearing rubber bracelets and waving shiny bumper stickers with "Save the TaTas" emblazoned on them.

Lifetime Network's Trick or Treat: Abby Lee Miller's Dance Teacher Disguise

Risa Gary Kaplowitz | Posted 12.26.2012 | TV
Risa Gary Kaplowitz

I can only hope that Abby Lee Miller's oft said phrase, "Everyone's replaceable," applies quickly to her. Viewers have been tricked for too long into believing that watching kids getting eaten alive is a treat.

Headed to Uganda With the UN Foundation

Jennifer Burden | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Jennifer Burden

This week I'm one of 9 Shot@Life champions who have departed on a delegation to Uganda to view UNICEF's Child and Family Health Days. So many things are running through my mind.

Beauty: A Blessing and a Curse?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.25.2012 | Women
Barbara Greenberg

Her visual charm does not mean that she is immune from pain and suffering. It doesn't mean that she won't be delighted if you ask her how she is doing or whether or not she too might like a cup of coffee. And, she may not be feeling so beautiful internally