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How To Survive Crisis Or Change As A Family

Mia Redrick | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
Mia Redrick

We made a decision as a couple that for us to thrive as a family we had to learn how to embrace change. We never complained to our children about daddy's dialysis treatments and schedule because we chose to embrace it.

You're Here. But You're Not.

Carol Morgan | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women
Carol Morgan

Let me see a raise of hands to this question (virtually, of course): how many of you are guilty of being physically present with someone, but not mentally or emotionally? I bet if I could see you all, I would see a lot of hands. I have to admit, I raised mine, too.

Letter to My Daughter of Love and Forgviness

Laura Loterszpil | Posted 07.28.2014 | Divorce
Laura Loterszpil

I know our relationship hasn't been easy. Starting from conception, I know the choice you have made to come into this physical world was a huge challenge to say, YES, I will come down. From conception, I know your life hasn't been a "bowl of cherries."

A Love Letter to Emilia and Francesca

David Kirsch | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
David Kirsch

I have learned that children are very forgiving. To their credit, they don't hold onto negative energy for any extended period of time.

Losing My Religion

Ashley Allen | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Ashley Allen

My relationship with God has always been, um, complicated. When you grow up with a mom who frequently converses with God, and those conversations often lead her to pack up all your stuff and move somewhere overnight, you might occasionally want to give God the finger.

Exposed By My Children For What I Really Look Like

Bridgette White | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Bridgette White

My default mode is to see and focus on my flaws and imperfections. I'm starting to see a bit more.

Getting Kids and Wallets Ready for College

Jacob Gold | Posted 07.26.2014 | College
Jacob Gold

Use the college process as an opportunity to teach financial lessons to your children by getting them involved in the decision-making process around savings and budgeting. By saving early and planning ahead, you and your family will be in a stronger position to tackle all of life's expenses from college to retirement.

35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches

Anne Josephson | Posted 07.24.2014 | Sports
Anne Josephson

While superior knowledge of the sport is a cornerstone of a brilliant coach, it takes so much more than content and procedural knowledge to be a brilliant coach or teacher.

I Hope My Kids Will Always Be Able to Look Up to Me

Grete DeAngelo | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Grete DeAngelo

"Mommy, I don't want to grow taller than you. I always want to be able to look up to you," my tween son told me last night. I'm sure he meant that literally, but I couldn't help but take the message as a figurative one. Can I be a mom who will always be worth looking up to?

3 Big Perfectionism Struggles For Women

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 07.24.2014 | Women
Paula Davis-Laack

Many of us think it's the key to our success, when in fact, it's the very thing leading us away from our true purpose and completely wipes out our energy in the process.

If My Child Is My Mirror, Then I...

Inga Batur | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Inga Batur

Don't leave home without my crown and when I am feeling particularly good, I put on my princess costume, too. Swear by pink, violet could pass but I ...

I Almost Forgot What It's Like to Be Young

Jenny Isenman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

Last night, I did something many of us parents don't do often enough... I remembered what it's truly like to be a kid. I got to turn off my parent radar for just a few awesome hours.

Dear Family Whisperer: How to NOT Be 'The Bad Guy'

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Getting enough sleep and eating well are critical for your child's growth and development. However, a few sugary treats and the occasional late night won't compromise his health in the long run.

Sorry, 'British Nanny,' I Let My Kids Choose Their Sippy Cups

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

My kids are human beings. With whom I am in relationship. It is one characterized by affection, trust, and attachment. I believe my children heed my influence because they feel secure and loved and free to make wise choices and empowered to behave well.

I Have a Favorite Child. Admit It, So Do You.

Darcy R. Shapiro | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Darcy R. Shapiro

I grew up in a house where, for better or worse, the favorite child question was always being asked. And now that I have my own children, I get it. And I must admit, I have a favorite child.

3 Words I Wish All Parents Would Remember

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Michelle Rose Gilman

I know you think that all of your actions are in the best interest of your child, but I want to share some lessons learned in the hope that you stop doing some of those seemingly well-intentioned things. I was forced to stop. I hope you choose to.

From Babysitter To Teacher: Setup Your Kids' Tablets for Creative Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Is there something we can learn from teachers to turn free-form playtime into opportunities for learning?

'Dad, Are We Poor?'

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

My son has already been subject to terms like "foreclosure" and "bankruptcy," and he'll see his parents constantly struggle to make ends meet. While others use their tax returns and bonuses to go on vacations, he'll see us use that money to catch up on the never-ending debt.

What I'm Not Afraid to Say About Parenthood

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

People judge you if you don't confess undying love for parenting every single second of the day. But, here's the thing: It sucks. It consumes you. It takes away your life

Why I Fear We're Raising A Generation Of Ungrateful Kids

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 07.24.2014 | Fifty
Marcia Kester Doyle

The other day I got into an argument with my youngest teenager. He was complaining about our family's strapped financial situation and was quick to point an accusatory finger at me. He understands that I'm a struggling writer trying to earn a buck, but he couldn't resist asking when I was going to get a real job. The argument quickly turned sour.

The Trinity, 'Heavyn,' and an 8-Year-Old

Sue Gober | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Sue Gober

I was helping my granddaughter Peyton clean out her closet the summer after third grade when we found an old school project toward the bottom of the p...

How To Use Photoshop For Good Rather Than Evil

Karen Cordano | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Looking at photoshopped images of models is bad enough for our collective self-esteem. What will photoshopping our kids to look like they stepped out of a J. Crew kids catalogue lead to?

This 7-Year-Old Has Some Wise Parenting Advice For Jimmy Kimmel

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents

Jimmy Kimmel became a dad again earlier in July, and this time, he decided to skip the baby books and go to a more obvious source for parenting advice...

When Your Adult Kids Reject You

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.23.2014 | Divorce
Barbara Greenberg

My problem is my daughter. I raised her as a single parent along with my son. I gave them a decent life and have a good relationship with my son as I did with my daughter until about 12 years ago.

8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

The purpose of teaching mindfulness to our children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies and to recognize when their attention has wandered and to provide tools for control.