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How Motherhood Gives Me a Glimpse of the Tender Heart of God

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

That you see things differently once you become a mom. You relate to your own parents differently. You understand things differently. That made sense to me; I expected motherhood to change my outlook. But I didn't expect it to change my brain chemistry -- or my sense of God.

On the Occasion of My Little Girl Turning 1

Paul Fidalgo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Paul Fidalgo

My baby is turning 1. She's a marvel. I have to trust that all those who would impede her will be dazzled, blinded by her strength, character and confidence, rendering them harmless and cowed.

Mirror, Mirror

Allison Hart | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Allison Hart

Our children become tiny mirrors showing us our worst selves. We see them set aside our best moments, our good parenting advice and wisdom, and instead assume our lowest personality traits.

What Is Marriage? A Conversation with Linda McClain

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 03.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

As legalization of same-sex marriage spreads to one-third of states including the recent vote in New Mexico and ruling in Utah and in Oklahoma, our understanding of marriage in general expands and thus our understanding of parenthood and family potentially expand as well.

Is It My Responsibility To Make My Son 'Cool'?

Joanna Schroeder | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Joanna Schroeder

This isn't for me, I don't care if he's cool. I'll love every cell of him forever, endlessly, every second, regardless of what he chooses to do with his life. But there are times when it's just easier to be a cool guy.

With Our Children, the Past Gets Fuzzy So the Present Can Stay Clear

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

Our children's journey to adulthood is like childbirth, in a way; you don't forget the idea of the pain, but you do forget, to an extent, the actual, physical pain.

Fear of Injection

Betsy Boyd | Posted 02.17.2014 | Women
Betsy Boyd

On the way home, I remind myself how all of this endless drug-taking and clinical prodding are my privileged choice, my elected First World problem. This thought is mature.

Sperm Donor #4282: A Love Story

Betsy Boyd | Posted 02.15.2014 | Women
Betsy Boyd

In the last year, over the course of four IUIs (intrauterine inseminations) and one IVF (in-vitro fertilization) procedure, I have purchased millions of sperm "donated" by men whose names, ages and places of birth remain unknown to me.

'Ryan Will Be Back In A Spectacular Way'

Posted 12.16.2013 | TV

Shed a few tears watching "Parenthood" last Thursday (Dec. 12), particularly when Ryan (Matt Lauria) told Amber (Mae Whitman) that he was reenlisting ...

I'm a Mom Who Loves the iPad Bouncy Seat. Let's Make It Even Better!

Andrea Bonior | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Let's face it-- we live in a technological world, and babies need to be prepared for this from Day One. What happens if your child starts preschool and he or she is behind because they have not yet developed crucial electronic life skills, like touching a screen at exactly the right angle?

My Formula for Relief: Why I Stopped Breastfeeding

Whitney Fisch | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Whitney Fisch

As I look back on my pregnant life, I can say that I was so set on this for my child that I had some pretty nasty judgments on women who bottle fed. In my mind, there was no other option. Why wouldn't you feed your baby something so pure?

First Month With My Newborn Was Both the Fastest and Longest of My Life

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 02.11.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

The pictures my parent friends post on Facebook do not tell the whole story. Who wants to see a new mother crumbling underneath the stress of sleep deprivation and an inability to satisfy a crying infant?

Mama, If That's Movin' Up Then We're Movin' Out

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

I will be giving up Gotham for Long Island. So? What is 30 miles? I don't know if I'm sad to leave the city or sad to leave the walking-everywhere-still-holding-on-to-my-20's city version of me.

Gather Around Celebrating the Stories of the Season

John McCormick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

The time I've spent telling stories with my sons is one of the greatest treasures of my life. It has created a special bond between us, something that no one else does for them.

The Big Car Years

Jennifer Meer | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

As our family prepares to grow from four to five, we've decided my little sedan will just be too cozy and that we are reluctantly somewhat forced to graduate to the land of three rows.

The Truism That's Difficult For Many Parents To Come To Terms With

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

We've celebrated the holidays together for 21 years. But change is in the air. With two kids in college, traditions that have been givens are givens no more.

The Only Message I Want To Send To Other Parents

Brenna Jennings | Posted 01.31.2014 | Parents
Brenna Jennings

We all do it right, and we all do it wrong, and I really believe that we all do it the best we know how.

Why It's So Important To Listen To The Music Your Teens Love

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.29.2014 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

Our kids listen to their music in private, an activity hidden from us like the text messages and snapchats they send to friends over their smart phones.

John Corbett Comes Back To 'Parenthood'

Posted 11.27.2013 | TV

Another one of Sarah Braverman's exes is coming back to "Parenthood." John Corbett will return to the NBC drama as his recurring character Seth, Sa...

'Parenthood' Recap: The Results Are in, in 'Election Day'

Brenna Weingus | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Brenna Weingus

It's election day on "Parenthood," which means it's finally time to discover if Kristina will be the next mayor of Berkeley. This is prime Braverman-bonding at its best, with the whole family pitching in for the greater cause! Well, sort of...

What to Expect When She's Expectorating: A Guide to Childbirth for Men

Floyd Elliot | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

It's her day. Sure, they say that about a woman's wedding day, her quinceaƱera, hell maybe her last teeth-cleaning, but the difference, and an important one, is this: on none of those occasions did she find herself occupied with pushing a human the size of a young pumpkin out of her body via an egress the size of an kumquat.

'Parenthood' Plans Big Return

Posted 11.15.2013 | TV

Jason Ritter is returning to "Parenthood." The Emmy nominee will pop up in Episode 19, slated to air in April, according to TVLine. As of now, Ritt...

'Parenthood' Actor Sings And It's Awesome

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 11.15.2013 | Entertainment

Miles Heizer is best known for playing the lovelorn Drew Holt on NBC's "Parenthood," but in September, the actor released a song on YouTube, titled "...

'Parenthood' Recap: The Bravermans get Dysfunctional in "The Ring"

Brenna Weingus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Brenna Weingus

This week's episode of "Parenthood" struck a balance between the supportive Bravermans and the dysfunctional Bravermans. While there were obviously hugs and emotional talks a plenty, there may have been even more angry silences and tension-filled sighs.

First Snow

Carissa K | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

Pilgrims, pumpkins and holly jolly. For that brief moment, the first snow stopped meaning wet shoes, messy floors and runny noses and instead I allowed myself to see it through my children's eyes. To the kids the first snow meant surprise, smiles, imagination and bright-eyed wonder.