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Adventures in Mommy Dating

Allison Hart | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Allison Hart

Just like real dating, I had to put myself out there: I made eye contact; I was approachable; I was friendly; I visited the same places again and again, so I could see the same moms again and again; I asked for phone numbers. The worst part? I had an unreliable wingman.

What a Pair of Boots Taught Me About Parenting and Fads

Erica Ford | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

My heart soared with joy. She fit in! Then I immediately felt guilty. I shouldn't be glad that my daughter looks like the masses.

Think Vacations Are Luxuries? Think Again

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

By interrupting our normal pattern, we not only gain a fresh perspective, but we get to rest, refresh, and recharge. No matter how little time or money you think you have, you just can't afford not to take vacations!

Rita Wilson On A Different Kind Of Empty Nest -- The 'Empty Nest Of Friendship'

The Huffington Post | Rita Wilson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Fifty

When our last child left home, I was sure that we would now have all the time in the world to spend with friends. Instead, it has been busier than ever and the idea that we, and all of our friends, would be lounging poolside sipping margaritas was really just a fantasy.

Independence Day Came Early for Our Little Girl

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

We might be less than a week away from the Fourth of July, but Sienna's been in the throes of a sudden independence streak.

The Father of All Problems

Craig Tomashoff | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Craig Tomashoff

We all want our kids to have better lives than we do (just as we have all vowed not to be like our parents). I just wish I could relax and not worry so much about him making the same mistakes I did and start letting him go instead of clinging to how he and I used to be.

The Bittersweet Loneliness Of Motherhood

Kate Rope | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Kate Rope

I have discovered that feeling alone at times is a small price to pay for the experience of bringing another person into your life and growing up together.

Let Your Kids Live in the Present

Michaela Fox | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Michaela Fox

Children have the extraordinary capacity to disappear into the moment.As parents, we are the gatekeepers of time. And we are preoccupied with it. We are constantly clock watching to see when we need to race out the door to the next activity.

Why Eighth Grade Boys Are The Best

Jessica Wolf | Posted 08.27.2014 | Fifty
Jessica Wolf

When I used to work with kids on their writing, my favorites were always the eighth grade boys. They didn't even pretend to like to write. 'I'm a terrible writer,' each would say. Even though that was rarely ever true.

10 Truths for My Infant Twins

Betsy Boyd | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Betsy Boyd

At this point in my life, I've cultivated decent emotional intelligence to make up for the lack of calculus, but I tend to be forgetful. So here are 10 simple but super helpful things I've learned (frequently, the hard way) that I'd like to remember to tell you over the years to come.

Want To Watch Your Entire Life Pass By In An Instant? Just Do This

Al DeLuise | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

They say that when you are dying your entire life passes before your eyes in just an instant. There is another way to experience that sensation, of your entire life passing so quickly before you, one that leaves you in a much less permanent state of death. You want to watch your entire life pass before you in an instant? Just have kids.

Soon-to-Be Fathers: Mila Kunis Is Right

Ariel Chesler | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

Modern fathers (and I am one) are so excited about having children that they want to claim pregnancy for their own. Except they can't. Look, I applaud modern fathers who are involved with raising children more than ever before, but saying "we're pregnant" has simply got to go.

We Have Extraordinary Fathers in Our Family

Karen Sewell | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Karen Sewell

Raising my daughters to know two fathers is challenging. It is special, and it's joyous at times, and it's also confusing and heartbreaking.

What It Was Like To Talk About The Empty Nest On 'Katie'

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Three years ago when I started blogging about the empty nest I had no idea what I was doing. I had given up on finding a job after a year of searching, and wanted to start writing -- something I'd always loved to do. I never imagined the people, opportunities and experiences my blog would bring into my life.

Dads Suffer Too: Helping Bereaved Fathers Cope With Loss

Em & Lo | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Em & Lo

With Father's Day upon us, it is time to speak to the unacknowledged grief of men who suffer baby loss.

7 Things I Know After My Paternity Leave

Michael Kress | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Michael Kress

The experience was, not surprisingly, as much -- or more -- about my older kids as it was about the baby.

5 Ways to Tell If You Are a Hipster Parent

Andrea Bonior | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Spending the weekend at an organic farmer's market, buying a variety of exotic foods to encourage a sophisticated palate in your child, shelling out a lot of dough for environmentally-responsible means of travel... for a certain set of parents, these are activities to be proud of.

5 Things I Can't Do With My Dad On Father's Day, But Wish I Could

Beau Coffron | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

I know I'm an adult, but I wouldn't object to one more bedtime story.

My Kids Drive Me Crazy

Regan Long | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

Have to go to the bathroom? When you do finally make it there, just be prepared to have company or, if you are bold enough to lock the door, prepare yourself to have tiny people trying to bang the door down or stick their hands underneath it in the hope that they will be able to reach you.

7 Things You Should Never Ever Do For Your Older Kids

Shelley Emling | Posted 08.05.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Although it's not always easy to walk away when your doe-eyed child is pleading with you to do something for him or her, helicopter parenting is just not a good thing. You may not want to see your kid fail. But adversity is part of life and the only way to teach our children coping skills is to make them do things for themselves.

6 Reasons Why I Hate That My Husband Works From Home (and 6 Reasons Why It's Awesome)

Cara Paiuk | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

I can hear everything he does. EVERYTHING. Sometimes I think I can even hear him breathing. The truth is I can hear every creak in the floor, toilet flush and roll of the office chair.

Let's Make Father's Day a Big Deal

John McCormick | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

Father's Day feels like an afterthought, a hastily-signed card or a last-minute wrapped gift that's accompanied with a shrug and the usual excuse, "We never know what to get you."

When Parenting Breaks Your Heart

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

I wanted to be a mom for a long time before I became one. But I didn't know how tired I'd be. Or how angry I'd get. I had no idea that the stakes would feel so high and the losses would loom so big. Parenting is scary and painful -- it breaks your heart.

Why I Hate the Bus and the Bus Hates Me

Aimee Heckel | Posted 08.02.2014 | Denver
Aimee Heckel

Sometimes, I ride the bus. Although this helps secure me a seat in EcoHeaven, I loathe the bus. It's boring and smelly and cold, and it takes twice as long as driving.

When I Was 11

Susannah Lewis | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

I've thought this way for years, if only he could see me now. He'd be proud of the woman that I've become.