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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.

Pre-Father's Day Debate: 7 Rational Reasons Why Men Should Delay Fatherhood

Len Filppu | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Len Filppu

When faced with first-time fatherhood at the age of 49, I didn't know whether to celebrate with champagne or hemlock... whether to jump for joy or jump off a cliff. But it's turned out to be the most interesting and rewarding thing I've ever done.

You Might Be A Mommy Or Daddy If....

Meredith Franco Meyers | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Meredith Franco Meyers

20. If you've gotten five straight hours of deep sleep in the past few years it's because you were having surgery or in the hospital.

Perspective on the Bad Days

Karen Sewell | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Karen Sewell

I'm a big believer that experiencing trouble helps you keep perspective on the blessings in your life, so on days like today, even though it's a struggle and I fail miserably at it most of the time, I try to stop for a moment to breathe and regroup.

Not Pictured

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

The truth is, while I rationally know that we have made the absolute best decision to send Claire to a developmental preschool, I still sometimes feel guilty that she's not home with me and Etta.

An Emotional Look Inside the Transition from Pregnancy to Parenthood

Robin Hoffman | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Robin Hoffman

This date, this "July 10th" is now something that I see printed on food cartons as expiration dates, warning and taunting me that it is not as far away as I believe it to be.

The Stay-at-Home Mom Conspiracy Theory

Janie Porter | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

So I feel like stay-at-home moms have been keeping a big secret. I would almost call it a conspiracy. Why didn't anyone tell me it would be this hard?

We Great Parents: A Little Perspective Please

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Marco Cáceres

I just returned from a vacation in France with my wife. It was great. Two weeks of walking through Paris, eating at brasseries, drinking wine and cham...

Everyone's Having A Lot Of Feelings About The New TV Season

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 05.16.2014 | TV

Over the past week, we've all been thrown for a bit of a loop ... at least TV-wise. One of the most talked-about pilots, "How I Met Your Dad," didn't ...

Model Good Behavior

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

Research can be confounding when it comes to understanding what is considered best parenting practices these days. Do you praise a child's behavior or their character? Focus only on rewarding or also include punishment? Praise unconditionally or only in response to good behaviors?

29 Things I Have Lost Since Becoming A Parent

Johanna Stein | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Johanna Stein

6. The ability to stay awake in a movie theater. Or while watching a TV show after six o'clock. Or while reading an e-mail. Or right now.

DIY Ideas for Incorporating Children into Second Weddings

Rachel Sherman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Weddings
Rachel Sherman

A second marriage is different. It starts with a second wedding. This wedding is also different. First of all, you are an old hat. Second of all, much of the weight is (hopefully) lifted.

10 Ways I Am Failing Adulthood

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

When I look back on the efficient, well-oiled machine that was my childhood household, I don't remember as much chaos, scrambling and disorder.