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Sunne's Gift's: 10 Reasons Why All Little Black Girls Should Rock Natural Hair

Ama Yawson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

I have a four year-old and a one year-old and I can't imagine putting a relaxer in their hair because, like most kids their ages, they are busy-bodies. My mother relaxed my hair when I was four years old and my sister got her first relaxer when she was three. It really boggles my mind now.

Only Child Week

Lisa McElroy | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

It wasn't that we didn't know our daughter. It was that Only Child Week gave us a chance to bring her into sharp focus, without the distractions of work and school and French horn practice and babysitting commitments.

It's Official... I'm THAT Mom, With THAT Kid

April McCormick | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
April McCormick

I had no clue that babies could ONLY communicate through crying. I never imagined that toddlers were actually little humans that needed to constantly test the world. I never imagined that 5 and 6-year-olds were so sure they had life all figured out, thanks to the toddler testing phase.

4 Lessons From My Daughter

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

Every year as my daughter's birthday approaches, I take time to think about what parenting has taught me. I reflect on the lessons I want to pass down to her and the stories I want to share. And every year, I realize that she is one of my best teachers.

The Phrase I Used to Hate

Christine Burke | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Christine Burke

Before my son's birth, I envisioned long afternoons of cuddling and bonding, making gourmet meals for my husband and catching up on the books on my nightstand that had gone ignored while I worked full-time. It was going to be fabulous... and then our son got here.

Why a Mommy-Only Getaway May Be Just What You Need

KnowMore TV | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

It takes a lot for moms to take a little time off. I mean, motherhood is a 24/7 job, right? And we love it. Well, most of the time. But even moms need a day or two to unwind.

8 Lessons I Want To Teach My Daughter

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

All your actions and words should come from a place of love. But not everyone will be loving back. And that is OK.

9 Lessons I Learned From Super Moms

Lauren Jackman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Lauren Jackman

When I first had my son, I had lots of mommy guilt. I felt guilty when my son wouldn't latch properly in the first week of his life, then I felt guilty if he vomited as I thought I was feeding him too much.

39 Reasons Why My Son Won't Eat Dinner

Beau Coffron | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

My 4-year-old son has a new reason every day for why he won't eat.

As A Mom In Recovery, How Do I Explain My Addiction To My Kids?

Substance.com | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Substance.com

All this not drinking sometimes made me want to drink. The realization that my sons would need to understand my recovery made me want to drink even more.

Parent Like There's No One Watching

Janel Mills | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Janel Mills

My worst parenting moments, the ones I am least proud of, happened because I was trying to impress a bunch of strangers I'll probably never see again.

7 Reasons Why I Love Sending My Son to Sleepaway Camp

Mommy Nearest | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I truly believe that sleepaway camp is one of the best gifts you can give your child -- and here's why.

She Could Have Been a Doctor, But She's Just My Mom

Rebecca Gallagher | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Rebecca Gallagher

I know she was a regular little girl, a person with her own hopes and dreams before she was my mom. It's hard for us as children to picture our parents as people. I mean, you're telling me they had lives before they devoted it all to us? Indeed.

Teen Trends: There's Good News and Bad News

Tim Elmore | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

The latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention just came out. It reveals the results of their regular "Youth Risk Behavior Survey" and contains both good news and bad news about the lifestyle of today's teenagers.

Boys Kissing Boys

Brent Almond | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

I don't want my boy to stop being the loving, hugging, kissing free spirit he's been up till now. I guess I just want the world to know it, and to stop telling him it's not okay.

New Moms Talk About Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents

For new moms, heading back into the office after maternity leave can be tough. In a HuffPost Live conversation, mothers shared their experiences with ...

How to Live With Children: How to Have a Conversation at Dinner

Dan Milledge | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Dan Milledge

Dan: Okay Trixie, after dinner, you're going to have your poop try. T: (very enthusiastically) Okay!

Our Little Girl With Autism, And Her Changing World

Shanell Mouland | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

She's getting so big. Every time I look at her I can't believe she's ours. This little turtle-loving doll, that gives so much more love to the world than she could ever take, is our girl.

Confessions of a (Reformed) Helicopter Mom

Christine French Cully | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

Last weekend, my husband and I were totally flummoxed by a robin who crashed into our dining room window over and over again. We were desperate to hel...

The Actual Risks Of Vaccines (It Turns Out There Aren't Many)

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

They couldn't find anything for the DTaP vaccine or the HIB vaccine. They couldn't find any association with autism. And they couldn't find any risk from giving a lot of vaccines at once; in fact, one study found that getting several vaccines may help protect children against leukemia.

Billionaire and 'Shark' Mark Cuban Reveals his Softer Side as a Father

Caroline Presno | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

In a revealing Q&A, I learned how fatherhood changed the self-made mogul, the concerns about his kids' future, and the lessons he wants them to learn.

How To Say 'NO!' To A Toddler or Young Child

Diana Grycan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Diana Grycan

As a mother, grandmother and teacher of many, many years, I have either read about or learned about or tried just about every suggestion that has ever been made about making boundaries for children.

Note to Self: 'No-Gifts' Birthday Parties Don't Work

Hinda Mandell | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Hinda Mandell

You thought you were being enlightened and anti-consumerist. You thought you were saving your friends money, a trip to the toy store and the hassle of gift shopping. Your intentions might well have been sincere, but really, you were just being annoying.

How Parents Tell Their Kids They Have No Value

Christopher Norris | Posted 07.08.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Growing up I heard countless adults say: "children are to be seen and not heard."

Why I Couldn't Have It All

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

When I tried to do it all, I cut corners everywhere. I made sacrifices with everything: my work, my kids, my marriage, my home. And I was miserable. Our crazy, hectic lifestyle wasn't working.