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Parenting Lessons

Getting My Daughter to Dive Into the Deep End -- And Jumping in With Her

Raluca State | Posted 12.11.2014 | Parents
Raluca State

When the time was right and we were both able to open up our minds and put our fears aside and see through our rolling and crying eyes more clearly... We found that we fit into that round hole perfectly.

Rediscovering Kindness

Jason Guberman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Guberman

As a dad, there are moments I'm filled with doubt because my hope is that I'm doing everything I can to give my daughter the best life possible. To me at least, part of giving her the best life means giving her space to grow and be independent, even as a toddler.

11 Things We've Learned In 8 Years Of Parenting

Joelle Wisler | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

I have learned to always, always, always have a snack with me. I have found that we can only love each other and talk in normal-pitched voices when we aren't starving, raving lunatics.

On Being Cold, Tired, and Hungry... And a Jerk!

Carrie Kenny | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

"Tournament." Where you can make major parenting mistakes, learn a lot about yourself, and get an opportunity for a real life lesson.

Why You Don't Need 'It All' to Be Happy

Ingrid Vasquez | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Ingrid Vasquez

I grew up wearing hand-me-downs and eating from dollar menus, and I was often left wishing for more toys under the Christmas tree. You'd think I'd say I didn't have much -- I lived in a trailer home, I shopped at thrift stores and my family survived off food stamps. But the truth is different.

My First (and Last) 10 Days of Breastfeeding

Alexis Castellano | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Alexis Castellano

I was miserable for the first 10 days of my child's life. Breastfeeding was hard, but you were supposed to see it through, you shouldn't give up. It would get easier. It would become natural. On Avery's eleventh morning, she had a meltdown after I nursed her for two straight hours.

Lessons From Motherhood: Better Than an MBA

Heather Deason Zynczak | Posted 10.05.2014 | Women
Heather Deason Zynczak

Motherhood is humbling. I think my experience has been compounded by the fact that I did not become a mom until I was 35 years old. I thought I had learned most of the more important lessons on management, but attempting to "manage" my three sons has taught me a lot.

What My 'Fun' Dad Taught Me About Parenting, And How My Mom Made It Possible

Jen Simon | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

Since having kids, I've come to understand that my dad wasn't just teaching me to be a good person -- he was also teaching me to be a good parent.

Everything I Need to Know About Parenting I Learned From Baseball

Sarah Trillin | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sarah Trillin

It seems to me that during the past decade, there have been endless discussions about how we as parents are failing to let our kids fail.

The Best 5 Things I Learned From My Dad

Emily Kaye Lazzaro | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Emily Kaye Lazzaro

If my dad has to pee, he will walk into any building anywhere and use their bathroom. If I run a 5K while my dad is in town visiting, he will join me in the "runners only" beer tent and enjoy free beer while wearing a sweater vest. My dad does not think it is inappropriate for him to be anywhere.

I Really Need a Fish in My Life

James M. Chesbro | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
James M. Chesbro

"Daddy," he said, turning toward me, the palms of his not-yet 3-year-old hands up, arms spread. "I really need a fish in my life." He squinted his eyes, the wrinkles in his sun-kissed face pressed for an appeal.

5 Things My Mother Taught Me About Perfection

N'tima Preusser | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
N'tima Preusser

Without the confidence she exemplified, I would not have learned the significance of loving myself, and in turn, teaching my daughter to love herself, too. Through my mom, I learned loving yourself is the beginning of all victories.

Parenting Lessons I Learned From My Mother

Emily Cappo | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Emily Cappo

My mother passed away one year ago, right after her 75th birthday. I've spent the past 12 months missing her and wishing she was still here to watch her grandchildren grow up.

6 Parenting Lessons I Didn't Know My Mother Was Teaching Me

Alexis Castellano | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Alexis Castellano

I thought she carried me through life, but actually, she showed me how to carry myself.

The Parenting 'Rules' My Mom Taught Me To Break

Allison Tate | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Allison Tate

I can be too guarded or too afraid to embarrass myself. But my mom has been a role model when it comes to reminding me of the importance of vulnerability.

5 Things My Mom Taught Me About Being A Dad

Doyin Richards | Posted 07.05.2014 | Parents
Doyin Richards

The undeniable truth of parenting my mom shared with me is that it can be the absolute worst gig of your life if you don't have a sense of humor.

5 Business Lessons from a Little Boy with Down Syndrome

Brian Horn | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Brian Horn

Kids can be some of the best teachers, even when it comes to business. My son has been no exception to that rule, despite the fact that he has a learning disability.

3 Lessons Learned In The First 5 Years Of Parenting

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Rachel Leventhal-Weiner

This predictably unpredictable life is exhilarating and terrifying. And as we muddle through each day, I have made a few discoveries about parenthood and motherhood through the eyes of my children.

Struck By Hindsight

Lisa Besaw | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Besaw

Hindsight can, and usually does, help one gain a whole new perspective. I'm presently feeling somewhat anxious and overwhelmed by some of my hindsight.

Dadmissions: The Trains In The Basement

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It was the late '70s when my dad first showed me those boxes of Lionel trains being stored in the basement behind the furnace. These trains belonged to my father and my uncle when they were kids. These trains meant everything to them. My dad told me these trains were now mine.

The Words That Remind Me Of My Daughter's Strength

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

As I turn the corner in our neighborhood, I catch sight of my pink and purple Rainbow Loom bracelet against the steering wheel; it is one of the first Zoe made. It stays on my right hand as a reminder not to underestimate my girl, and all she has taught us along the way.

Why Leaving My Children Helps Me Come Home to Them

Denise Henry | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Denise Henry

"Mama, why did you put those things in your ear?" He's clearly not used to seeing me wearing sparkly things.

One Apology I Will Never, Ever Regret

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Thanks to snow, a delayed flight, and the selfishness of others, I had the chance to make things right, to set in motion a lifetime of redemption for my children.

Our Daughter's Childhood, 140 Characters at a Time

Maureen Anderson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

My husband's been after me for years to share some of the notes I took as our daughter grew up. On my first pass through them, we savored those highlights together a few evenings a week. Now that Katie's in college, I'm sharing some of them on Twitter.

3 Parenting Lessons I Learned From White Water Rafting

Nicole Leigh Shaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Nicole Leigh Shaw

In preparation for our first float down the Gauley River 10 years ago, my husband and I learned three important lessons that we have applied to our lives and tried to teach our children.