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The Moment I Stopped Being Perfect: The Truth About Perfect Moms

Katie Hurley | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

Perfect moms are everywhere these days, aren't they? You know the ones. They wear the perfect outfits, push the perfect strollers, respond to the needs of their babies at the perfect moment, and always flash a perfect smile. No? You're not familiar with the type? That's because the perfect mom doesn't exist.

The Closet Door Swings Both Ways

Rick Clemons | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Rick Clemons

This is not a DIY moment about how to get your closet door unstuck. Or maybe it is. For now it's a few moments of truth.

The Mile Hell Club, or Flying With Children

Jennifer Meer | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

Flying with young children is a test of your personal fortitude, the strength of your marriage and a direct challenge to your belief system in all that is holy and right. It's exhausting.

Top 10 Things We Will Tell Our Sons About Sex

Em & Lo | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Em & Lo

Basically, porn is a terrible place to learn about how to have great, satisfying sex, and what that kind of sex looks like. It's an especially terrible place to learn about what women like in bed.

Never Again Just You: Becoming 'Mama'

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

From the moment I heard Emma's shrill, loud cry as she emerged into the world, I knew that I would never again feel content unless I knew she was OK. When Charlotte arrived one minute later, floppy and quiet for a moment, that feeling doubled.

5 Lessons I've Learned Raising A Boy

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.05.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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 09.28.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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.