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Skills of Good Parents

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 08.08.2013 | Parents
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

Parenting is a demanding task and it takes an aware, determined and conscious parent to be a good one. The good news is many of us can be great parent...

Dad Humor: Groan-Worthy or Pure Genius?

Alf LaMont | Posted 08.12.2013 | Comedy
Alf LaMont

You can bet that somewhere in suburbia there's a dad, mowing a lawn, who is fairly certain that if the world heard but half of the zingers, he'll be bigger than that Jimmy Kimmel guy. You can also bet that his family disagrees with that observation, especially his kids.

A Mother's Promise on Father's Day

Kirsten Palladino | Posted 08.12.2013 | Parents
Kirsten Palladino

My dearest chickadees, I want you to know that although we may have lost the two most important men in my life, you are the two most important boys in my life. And you are beyond blessed with an amazing mother, a woman I am honored to share my life with.

Lauren Graham's Book Is Headed To TV

Posted 06.11.2013 | TV

Lauren Graham has another TV gig lined up. Graham, who recently became a New York Times bestseller with her debut novel "Someday, Someday, Maybe,"...

Letter to the Clothing Store Cashier

Kaylee Scottaline | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Kaylee Scottaline

I used to be just like you. I used to look at the women with screaming, misbehaved babies and think, why can't this woman control her kid?

The Incredible List of 10 Steps to Create a Magical Summer for Kids

Maggie M. Ethridge | Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents
Maggie M. Ethridge

Summer can be stuffed with days that your kids will never forget and you will never regret. Simple, free ( or cheap! ) and designed to create a flow of magic summer memories, the following list contains my best ideas for every summer with my four kids, and hopefully your best summer with yours.

Single Dads Face More Pressure to Have Babies (and Single Moms Win at Dating)

Emma Johnson | Posted 08.05.2013 | Divorce
Emma Johnson

While friends will occasionally ask if I want more children, I don't feel much pressure to make a decision. I'm single, after all. I have two kids who are awesome and healthy.

Working Mothers As 40 Percent of Household Breadwinners Further Pleads the Case for Flex

Sara Sutton Fell | Posted 08.05.2013 | Business
Sara Sutton Fell

New information from the Pew Research Center has proven what we have already been seeing as a major shift in the workplace. Working mothers have become the breadwinning -- or sole -- sources of income in 40 percent of households with children.

I Knew Something Was Very Wrong

Aidan Donnelley Rowley | Posted 08.04.2013 | Parents
Aidan Donnelley Rowley

Three years old. That's how old the little girl was. She was walking to school with her grandmother when an SUV jumped the curb and hit them.

Children and Families Need to Be the Number One Priority in Our Society

Mark Baer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Children and families need to be the number one priority in our society. Currently, we only pay lip service to such things. Our children are our future. Isn't it time that we reflect on our true values as a society?

Why Men Work So Many Hours

Joan Williams | Posted 07.30.2013 | Women
Joan Williams

If institutions are serious about advancing women, they'll have to address the hours problem -- that's the only way to get a critical mass of women poised for leadership. But we'll never address the hours problem until we open up a conversation about what drives it.

Have Helicopter Parents Created Their Own Frankensteins?

Donna Highfill | Posted 07.30.2013 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

Bullying has now become generational. Those kids who received a trophy for losing at soccer and a ribbon for peeing in the pot have now come of age, and boy are some of them pissed off.

Monica Potter On Getting Friendly With Kristina's Wigs

Posted 05.29.2013 | TV

On Season 4 of "Parenthood," Monica Potter was given the challenge of portraying the emotional journey of a woman diagnosed with breast cancer and nav...

How a Baby Is Like Having a Drunk Person Crash at Your House

Ester Bloom | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents
Ester Bloom

Like a drunk person crashing at your house, a baby may need to be carried inside; paw at your breasts, with or without other people present; and insist on telling long, incomprehensible stories.

Portrait of a Not-So-Perfect Pregnancy: Part Two

Natalie Thomas | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

After ten months, three days and an extremely difficult labor and aftermath, my little girl arrived, making each obstacle and every pain worth it. For her, I'd do it all again. In a heartbeat.

When The Narcissist Is Your Mother

Henriette Lazaridis Power | Posted 07.22.2013 | Fifty
Henriette Lazaridis Power

There's something compelling about the narrative of the Difficult Mother. You know, the mother you love but who has never fully understood you or approved of you or validated your life. The mother you grew distant from, only to reconnect with later in life, perhaps after the birth of your child or the death of a loved one or a sign of your mother's oncoming frailty.

A Post 50 Mom Reflects On Her Years As A Parent

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 07.21.2013 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

There are a lot of blogs on the Internet these days about parenting. Many of them come at motherhood or fatherhood from the angle of, am I a good parent? They are funny, honest and self-deprecating. I wish they had been around when I was raising kids but one thing I did have were good friends.

The Sudden Realization That Made Me Very Mournful

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 07.16.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Kuhn

When you are young, grandmothers seem so very old -- ancient, even. They favor knitting over Angry Birds, think texting is something you do on a skateboard, and prefer shopping at Sears for their 'comfortable slacks' rather than snagging a pair of cute skinny jeans at GAP. When you are young, even your own parents seem old-ish.

The One With the Abortion: Logo Web Series 'EastSiders' Tackles Abortion Storyline

Kit Williamson | Posted 07.15.2013 | Entertainment
Kit Williamson

When I wrote the script for the sixth episode of "EastSiders" I knew that we might be inviting controversy. Many otherwise liberal friends and collaborators asked me if I was certain I wanted to take Constance Wu's character Kathy "in this direction."

A Priceless Mother's Day Gift to Myself

Aidan Donnelley Rowley | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Aidan Donnelley Rowley

We fill our spaces and silences with banter about sleep and snacks and strollers and field trips. We dance, and skillfully too, around the harder, nameless stuff -- the stuff that makes us shake with worry and spin with wonder, the stuff that makes us real.

Let Kids Have Their Sticks!

Andrea Bonior | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

The more we teach our kids that nature is dangerous, creativity is out of bounds and physicality is not to be tolerated, the more I worry for our society.

Parenting Lessons From Nature's Creepy Crawlers

John McCormick | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

I watched my sons carefully to see if they were buying into mom's passionate ode to nature. The boys seemed to be warming up to the cicadas swarming around them when several flew up and landed on Connor. "Dad!" he yelled. "Get them off me!"

Mom's In Charge When It Comes To Family Finance Talks

AP | MARK JEWELL | Posted 05.07.2013 | Fifty

BOSTON -- Who's better at getting a family to talk about money matters, mom or dad? Taking sides probably won't make for a harmonious Mother's Day cel...

Lauren Graham Has Mae Whitman's Next Role Lined Up

AP | ALICIA RANCILIO | Posted 07.02.2013 | TV

NEW YORK — Lauren Graham has a day job as Sarah Braverman on the NBC drama "Parenthood," but she decided to fill up her free time by writing a n...

Featured 50 Fiction: Walk With Dad

Kimann Schultz | Posted 07.02.2013 | Fifty
Kimann Schultz

My father was a German-Ukrainian immigrant, a laborer who had married and in due course produced three daughters. Having weathered wars and oceans lik...