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Call Parents 'Mom' or 'Dad.' Period.

Laura Stepp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Laura Stepp

It's time to get rid of phrases such as, "stay-at-home dad" and "working mother." As gender roles have expanded, these expressions, and the ideas behind them, confine, more than define, the complex lives of today's parents. The words mom and dad -- or variations thereof -- are all we need.

WATCH: Sarah Gives Her Hot Neighbor A Helping Hand

The Huffington Post | Laura Prudom | Posted 10.21.2013 | TV

In this week's "Parenthood" (Thurs., Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC), Sarah (Lauren Graham) demonstrates her plumbing prowess when her hot neighbor, Car...

The Bravermans Come Together

Brenna Weingus | Posted 12.18.2013 | TV
Brenna Weingus

This week's episode of "Parenthood," titled "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities," allowed the season to really settle into its groove. The Bravermans are in full-on supportive family mode, finally giving us all of the heart-to-hearts, inspirational speeches, and familial advice we've been waiting for.

The 2 Most Important Things You Can Give Your Children

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 12.17.2013 | Fifty
Rebecca Perkins

One of the fundamental goals and responsibilities for me as a parent for the last 21 years has been the notion of giving my children Roots and Wings. To raise them in a way that they feel they have a strong sense of self and of belonging and at the same time instilling in them through unconditional love, trust and respect the confidence to truly spread their wings and fly.

The Bravermans Need Some Serious Help

Brenna Weingus | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Brenna Weingus

Look, I love "Parenthood." I really do. But so far this season has been ... meh. Sure, the Bravermans have their issues, but they're the same issues that they had three episodes ago! Where's the plot development? The character growth? C'mon "Parenthood," I know you have it in you.

4 Things They Never Tell You About Parenthood

Shelley Emling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Just over a month ago, my oldest child left home for his freshman year of college. My husband drove him the four and a half hours it takes to get to Boston from our house. Since I had already visited the university twice -- and knew I'd find it tough to keep my emotions in check-- I didn't go. Instead, I cried.

Choices, Doubt & Tears On 'Parenthood'

Brenna Weingus | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Brenna Weingus

The night delivered a solid episode. It wasn't exactly a tearjerker, but it definitely captured Braverman emotions at their finest ... which is all you can really ask for from "Parenthood."

How I Stopped Rewriting History Through Photoshop

Katy Widrick | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Katy Widrick

I saw my belly. Still squishy from carrying my baby for 41 weeks and battered from a 24-hour labor and delivery. And I thought about how beautiful and strong I feel. Not ashamed or self-conscious. Not afraid to share the pictures with the world.

Welcome Back, Braverman Clan

Brenna Weingus | Posted 11.27.2013 | TV
Brenna Weingus

The Bravermans are finally back in action, so it's time stock up on the tissues and get ready for another season of "Parenthood".

Laura Prudom

What's Next For The Bravermans?

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Prudom | Posted 09.27.2013 | TV

Now that "Parenthood" Season 5 has premiered, there are plenty of lingering questions: How will the Braverman clan react to Amber (Mae Whitman) and Ry...

10 Great Things You Probably Forgot Happened On 'Parenthood' Last Season

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 09.26.2013 | TV

Let's face it: Last season of "Parenthood" was a huge cryfest. Kristina (Monica Potter) was fighting breast cancer, Sarah (Lauren Graham) broke things...

When Menopause And Puberty Collide In One Hormonal Household

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 11.26.2013 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

So if you and your daughter are having at it -- and your husband and son have gone into hiding -- know you aren't alone. By realizing that you and your daughter are actually going through many of the same emotional swings can be helpful in bringing peace to your home.

When Parenting Your Parents Becomes Heartbreaking

Elizabeth Street | Christina Anderson | Posted 09.25.2013 | Fifty

"Get ready. What you're going to see isn't pleasant." Those were the words of warning from my sister as I prepared to embark on a journey to Norway to...

5 Things I Would Have Done Differently (If I'd Known How Fast My Son Would Grow Up)

Mary DiPalermo | Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty
Mary DiPalermo

After years of prepping, months of anxiety, and days of packing, we finally drove the 500 miles needed to drop our firstborn off at college. The car ride was long, and surprisingly quiet. Maybe it was my Fannie Flagg audiobook. (Really good!) Or maybe it was the alarm we all felt that one -- in our neat little family of five -- was about to flee the flock.

Room For One More?

Cara McDonough | Posted 11.24.2013 | Parents
Cara McDonough

I don't think there's always a right or wrong answer when contemplating having another child. I do think, however, that there's a certain peace a parent must make with him or herself, regarding this question, or any other.

Lessons I Learned From My Parents: Part V

Mark Baer | Posted 11.17.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Parents are correct in the notion that causing the children to take sides can be extremely useful in their divorce game of chess. However, unlike chess, divorce is not a game and children are not pawns.

So Boomerang Kids, You Want To Move Back Home? Really?

Next Avenue | Suzanne Gerber | Posted 09.11.2013 | Fifty

Last week, Minneapolis’ StarTribune.com ran an article by Emily Cain, a local freelance writer who also, as they put it, “happens to be a boomeran...

If It's Conditional, It's Not Love

Sheryl Paul | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Sheryl Paul

Love is a grace we give one another. Love is sometimes effortful, but it's not based on someone else's effort. Love is what happens when we open our hearts and allow the love that naturally lives inside to flow forth.

Doesn't Parenting Impact the Learning Process?

Mark Baer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

If parents don't know how to discipline their own children, that is a parenting issue, not a teaching issue.

The Best 21 Pieces Of Advice I'll Never Forget

Linda Wolff | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Linda Wolff

Last weekend as I was helping my daughter pack to go back to college to begin her second year I couldn't help myself from going into mommy mode and giving parental advice. It's the same spiel I've been giving her and her brother for years, and though they know it by heart, I say it anyway.

Postpartum Depression: My Shameful Secret

Kaylee Scottaline | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Kaylee Scottaline

Following the birth of my daughter, I suffered from Postpartum Depression, something I didn't realize, however, until the darkness had passed. When you're stuck in the middle of the whirlwind, it's hard to see clearly. I knew I was spinning but I wasn't sure why.

The Bravermans Clean Up Nicely

Posted 08.26.2013 | TV

NBC has released a new set of promotional photos ahead of "Parenthood's" Season 5 premiere (Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. ET), and the cast is looking...

Are You Caught In The Middle?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

There are many words we could pull out of our hats to describe a woman over 50 with kids who still need her (whether they're living at home or not) AND parents who need her, too, sometimes even more.

25 Things This Empty Nester Is Glad Never To Do Again

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

So maybe you're an empty nester for the first time, and maybe you're feeling a little nostalgic -- or maybe you're crying a river of tears that reaches from your living room to your kid's dorm. In the meantime, take a look at this list of 25 things that I haven't missed about being the parent of school-aged children.

5 Ways To Avoid Fights With Your Ex About Co-Parenting

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.20.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

I believe it's safe to say that most parents want what's best for their child. Recognize that you each have different priorities. Try to be respectful of those priorities and allow each other the ability to co-parent to the best of his/her abilities without instructions or demands from the other.