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5 Lessons I've Learned Raising A Boy

Mommy Nearest | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I am the mother of one high-energy, animated, car-obsessed 5-year-old boy. While he is the center of my universe, he has, at times, left me wanting to pull my hair out.

The Key To Imperfect Parenting

Brian Leaf | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

We're not superhuman or infallible. And our kids will wear us down and find this out. When we've got nothing left, they will ask for one more story. While we're having sex for the first time in seven weeks, they will wake up and call for a glass of water. And they will call us on our hypocrisies.

I Wonder What My Barbie Would Think Of Me Now

Marie Zullo | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Marie Zullo

Like so many young girls, I spent much of my childhood playing with my Barbie. While my friends' Barbies were making wedding plans with Ken or decorating their Barbie homes, my Barbie was studying to be a lawyer. Though she was happy dating Ken, she was in no rush to marry him. She never sat in the passenger's seat of her convertible. She drove.

Coming Full Circle: Heading To Korea To Entertain The Troops

Carole Montgomery | Posted 08.03.2014 | Fifty
Carole Montgomery

I leave to go to South Korea in a few days. Not on vacation, I'm going for my 11th tour entertaining the troops with Armed Forces Entertainment. I had been approached many times by them to go on tour but chose to wait till my son was 18. That was four years ago. I didn't want to stop mothering so I decided to mother the US military.

The Simple Phrase I'm Very Glad I Overheard

Mike Reynolds | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

There's something about hearing other kids talking to your child and using her name.

25 Reasons Why Aunts Deserve a Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Babies are born from the womb. Maternity is born from the soul. There are many ways to "mother" a child. Aunthood is as close as it gets.

What Happened When I Went to the Grocery Store... Alone

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

I did not name 'apples' and 'bananas' and 'carrots' as I wound through the produce department. I did not stop at the lobster tank to point and ogle those creepy creatures trying to claw their way to the water's edge.

This 10-Year-Old Whips Up Pizza and Potato Gnocchi Like a Pro

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

Kelly Myers and 10-year-old Kika Garcia started cooking at home together when Kika was in preschool -- a natural mother-daughter activity, given that Kelly is the executive chef at Portland's acclaimed Xico restaurant.

Gynecomastia and My Traumatic Day at the Beach

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Lorne Jaffe

It took 10 years post-gynecomastia surgery for me to go to the beach and take off my shirt because I still felt those now phantom breasts and stares.

'Parenthood' Sets Up A 'Huge Challenge' For Its Final Season

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment

When "Parenthood" drew to a close, we worried that the season finale might have to also end the series. We now know for certain that there are 13 mor...

Adventures in Mommy Dating

Allison Hart | Posted 09.13.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 08.31.2014 | 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 08.30.2014 | 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 08.30.2014 | 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 08.30.2014 | 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.