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Why I Want to Invent a Time Machine for Empathy

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

I had an experience with a friend recently that revealed just how much of our backstory we bring into our interactions, and how little we know about the backstory of others.

The Parenting Advice From My Dad I Found 28 Years Later

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

With Dad's letter open on my desk, I wrote a short email to my son, following the format of 28 years before: a short update on the weather, what's going on with me and my work, and then a few heartfelt lines. Love, let go, and love some more. It worked then, and I trust it will work now.

Sociologist Behind 'Bullsh*t' Gay Parenting Study Defends His Research

Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices

The Texas sociologist who sparked controversy earlier this year with a heavily-criticized study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) paren...

What Divorcing Parents Must Know

Micki McWade | Posted 12.30.2012 | Divorce
Micki McWade

Children are the innocent and powerless victims who will deal with the consequences of divorce throughout their lives.

The Mother Of All Storms

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Lois Alter Mark

One of the biggest storms in history is hitting the East Coast, my children are in the middle of it and I'm 3,000 miles away from them. This bothers me way more than it bothers them.

10 Sure Ways to Get Whatever You Want From Your Parents

Hanaan Rosenthal | Posted 12.29.2012 | Teen
Hanaan Rosenthal

Learn how to ask and you will be rewa

Divorcing: The Hardest Decision I Ever Made

E. O'Neill | Posted 12.29.2012 | Divorce
E. O'Neill

It took years afterwards to reconcile with myself that I had no choice but to divorce

Keeping Your Child Emotionally Safe During the Storm

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Jonathan Hewitt

We all know that children thrive when they feel safe and feel a sense of control in their lives. When the great forces of nature manifest in a Frankenstorm, the time before, during or after can be downright scary for a child.

Before the Storm

Grown And Flown | Posted 12.29.2012 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

While I trust you will be absolutely fine in your college dorm room these next few days with Hurricane Sandy heading toward shore, I cannot help but worry. You may be 22 years old, but my instinct to protect you and your sister will remain undiminished throughout my life.

What Is the Best Thing Your Father Ever Taught You?

Quora | Posted 12.28.2012 | Parents

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Jon Davis, Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Perhaps t...

Shyness, Attractive Teen Girls and Being Misunderstood

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

It is our responsibility as parents, teachers, therapists and members of the community to teach others that beauty is not a vaccine against life's difficulties.

How the Boy Scouts Can Restore Their Reputation in this Eagle Scout's Eyes

John McCormick | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

To restore its good name, the Boy Scouts must place the interests and needs of abuse victims before the protection of their own organization.

LOOK: Our Favorite Family Halloween Costumes

Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents

As a parent, you don't have much of a choice about participating in Halloween. The National Retail Federation estimates that over 170 million American...

Parenting in A Digital Age

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Vanessa Van Edwards

A few years ago, my Mom wrote her grocery list on the fridge; now she uses her phone. When I was a teenager, I studied for the SAT using flashcards; now my 17-year-old sister uses SAT websites, iPad games and YouTube videos.

4 Ways To Help Your Teen Through Your Split

Rosalind Sedacca | Posted 12.28.2012 | Divorce
Rosalind Sedacca

Many divorcing parents put all their attention on helping their younger children cope while assuming that their teenager will understand and adapt. Unfortunately, in many cases teens deal with divorce in more self-destructive and dangerous ways than younger children.

Do Parents Today Take Too Many Photos Of Their Kids? | Posted 12.27.2012 | Parents

The worry is that constantly documenting our kids' childhoods gets in the way of their simple enjoyment of just being kids. We're inducing self-awareness too early, bringing about a critical gaze in a child who might otherwise be blissfully unaware.

6 Facebook Fails of Pregnant Women

The Stir | Posted 12.27.2012 | Parents
The Stir

What I think we could all do without is the constant Facebooking some pregnant women feel they need to partake in. The up-to-the-minute status updates; the unnecessary photos; the gory details. Sometimes, it's just too much.

The Over-Achieving Parent

Meera Bhanu | Posted 10.25.2012 | Parents
Meera Bhanu

The one thing that never fails to amuse me is how people seem to remember entirely different things about the very same event, years down the line. I ...

Nightmare on Mom Street

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

Several hours, two meltdowns (both mine) and a hellacious mess later, we had our two-pound Halloween House.

Romney, Gays, and Kids

John Corvino | Posted 12.26.2012 | Gay Voices
John Corvino

What I cannot understand, much less abide, is the persistent insensitivity to the real needs and interests of same-sex couples. Far worse is the insensitivity to their children, who are among the most serious victims of the right wing's war against gays.

Moms Are Bungling, Too

David Vienna | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
David Vienna

Every time the "clueless new dad" archetype appears on TV, the argument among dad bloggers invariably states that dads are as capable as their female counterparts. I'd like to suggest a bold new argument: Yes, dads are clueless when it comes to parenting, but so are moms.

It Happened Across the Street

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

She lives right across the street. I haven't been outside yet, but apparently there are still news vans and policemen out there. Last night, there were sirens and lights and helicopters.

How This Parent Will Strive to Disagree Better

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I wonder if most parents would be proud if their children interacted the same way at school during passionate disagreements about playground life as their parents do during passionate disagreements about politics?

Explaining the Unthinkable to My Daughters

Rebecca Levey | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
Rebecca Levey

Before my daughters headed off to school this morning, I had to sit them down and tell them about an unimaginable tragedy that had happened in our neighborhood. Two children were allegedly stabbed to death by their nanny, and one of those children was a student at their school

Kids Off the Cuff: 2

Bob Sellers | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Bob Sellers

I wanted to mention a couple recent gems from my own 8 year-old twin girls, Anza and Josie. They have reached that age where their "cuffs" can come from innocence or cleverness. I'll begin with the innocent.