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

Jen Simon | Posted 06.13.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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

Ntima Preusser | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Ntima 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.

The Important Thing About Yelling

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 03.04.2014 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

My child would not have learned this empathetic response if I had remained a yeller. Because yelling shuts down the communication; it severs the bond; it causes people to separate -- instead of come closer.

55 Things You Taught Us About Parenting In 2013

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich and Farah L. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

From babyhood to graduation and beyond, we proudly present a selection of the many, many lessons we learned from HuffPost Parents bloggers in 2013. ...

The Things Nobody Tells You About Having Children

Quora | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Quora

What is it that nobody tells you about having children? We asked a few of our readers and here is what they had to say. Paul Lehman, father: How ...

What My Son Has Taught Me in the First 100 Days

Robert Manni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Robert Manni

Last week, strapping on a baby carrier for the first time, I toted my little guy around the city and thought about all the things he's taught me during his short life.

8 Parenting Lessons To Learn From 'Arrested Development'

Babble.com | Posted 07.25.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

I watched "Arrested Development" in the years leading up to becoming a father, and going back has made me realize how much they've influenced my parenting.

How a Shopping Trip became a 72-Hour Science and Parenting Lesson

Alex McCord | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Alex McCord

Kids are insightful, and if led with love, are fully equipped to handle the life and death cycle. This experience was bigger than our family.

17 Parenting Lessons From 'Downton Abbey'

Grown And Flown | Posted 04.12.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

What the PBS drama can teach us about unconditional love, loyalty and reinvention.