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I Took My Kids to the Jeff Koons Retrospective (Oops)

Em & Lo | Posted 09.12.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

What I should have done was acted normal and unfazed, gotten through the museum in a calm and orderly fashion, then asked my daughter what she thought of the show and if she had any questions about what she had seen

101 Things I Will Teach My Daughter

Sierra Vandervort | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Sierra Vandervort

Don't regret the times you feel sad. How else will you appreciate the times you feel good?

Your Baby's Brain, Part 3: Windows of Opportunity

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

There are windows of opportunity when your child's brain is highly susceptible to environmental experiences.

Mommy, I Feel 'Imbisible'

Terri Britt | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Terri Britt

"Mommy, I feel imbisible." "Honey, I hear you. That's why I brought you in here so that you can tell me what's going on." "You're not listening to m...

The Journey Home

Anthony Romeo | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

My husband and I are ready to be dads. I've done some writing in the past that talked about our aching "brovaries," as one fellow Gays With Kids writer called them. And in the nine months of gestation that my brain has done since releasing that piece, we have decided to take the plunge.

Subtle Shifts

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldfarb

I just stared at her, my jaw lying on the floor. What was happening? Was this a dream? Where was my daughter and who on earth was this heaven-sent angel standing before me?

What It Really Feels Like To Have Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Alexa Davidson Suskin | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Alexa Davidson Suskin

Trust me, no one wants to feel as miserable as this, especially not during what should be one of the most joyous times of life. I am a survivor and my children are too, and while HG is robbing me of life right now, I know in the end we will come out strong.

How My Second-Grader Explains His Two-Mom Family, A Play in One Act

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

Setting: Interior, my Subaru Outback, en route to a school field trip. Characters: Kid One, whom I have just met. Kid Two, who has been my son's clas...

The Princess's New Clothes

Mical Darley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Mical Darley

I want to be wary of making her embarrassed or ashamed of what she likes, especially if it seems girly. Because misogyny gets internalized. Because fantasy is the one game in which we all have autonomy. Because that unembarrassed power is a thing I want to preserve for my daughter.

Why I Want My Sons To See Me Naked

Rita Templeton | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Rita Templeton

I've never refrained from changing clothes in front of them, or leaving the door open when I shower, or nursing babies without a cover. Because I want them to see what a real female body looks like.

A Letter To To The Doctor Who Diagnosed My Daughter

Shanell Mouland | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

How many people were crushed inside that room? How many times did a parent stare at the barren threads of this offensively antiquated carpet to avoid crying in front of you? How many succeeded?

The 7 Queerest Questions I've Been Asked as a Gay Dad

Brent Almond | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

While the motivations may be different, the questions all make the same assumption -- that every child needs a father and a mother in order to be healthy and happy.

7 Truths Women Are Afraid To Share

Traci Bild | Posted 09.10.2014 | Women
Traci Bild

Truth be told, we're exhausted. While it's easy to discuss how busy we are at work, the vacations taken over the summer, and which sports the kids are participating in this fall, it's not easy to talk about the stress, anxiety and guilt that surrounds our everyday existence as women.

Why a Cell Phone Should Come Before an E-Reader For Your Child

Signe Whitson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

A cell phone that allows kids to call each other and call their adult caretakers is far safer than a smartphone or other WiFi-enabled device that gives kids unfettered access to texting and apps.

No, Actually, It's Not OK For My Son To Lick You

Lisa Eicher | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Lisa Eicher

The thing is, I can say with great certainty that if Archie had been a typical child, she would not have even looked twice. In fact, she may have even thought, too bad, punk. But because Archie has Down syndrome, in her mind, he needed to be let off the hook. Um, no.

7 Steps To Becoming A Well-Behaved Parent:

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Let's just say that children do not do what we say, they do what we do. If you are not liking the behavior of your children, maybe it is time to take a look in the mirror.

Confusing Concepts I've Failed to Explain to My Kids

Joe DeProspero | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

Have you ever been sitting across from your inquisitive child and wondered, How the hell am I going to possibly explain such a thing to this kid in a way that he'll actually 'get it'? Well, this blog is written exclusively for you.

The Importance of Sleep

Stephanie Preusse | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Preusse

Being woken up in the middle of the night on occasion is one more moment, one more memory, one more incredible experience I get to have with my son. I wouldn't trade these moments for anything in this world -- not even several blissful hours of much needed sleep.

School's Back in Session - May the Deep Learning Continue

Ben Klasky | Posted 09.10.2014 | Education
Ben Klasky

As Labor Day approached a couple weeks ago, I took my two boys fishing. There was no blackboard or chalk at the lake; no textbooks or worksheets. And although we weren't in a formal classroom, nature turned out to be a pretty powerful teacher.

Why I Stopped Waiting

Susannah Lewis | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

We wait for a holiday, a vacation, a break, a change. We sigh, we tap our foot, we moan about long lines, days of the week, seconds on the clock. We wait and we wait, and we don't realize that in the grand scheme of things, all of this slow waiting is hiding the fact that time is flying.

Parenting Fail: The Root Cause of So Many Distressed Kids

Tim Elmore | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Know why so many kids are stressed out and failing to "launch" into adulthood? It's the unrealistic expectations and mental health of their parents. I'm not kidding.

How to Find the Courage to Travel With Kids

Cliff Hsia | Posted 09.10.2014 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

We've done this in cities and countries all over the world. One week in Cabo, two weeks in Lima, four weeks in Nicaragua and five weeks in Buenos Aires. We've done it. And our kids are growing up to be better citizens of the world because we continue to do it.

Summer, Then And Now

Casey Carey-Brown | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Casey Carey-Brown

Summer ruled when I was a kid because I was a kid. I made it awesome by running and climbing and dancing and playing with friends. She can do that too. And will. Year after year.

I'm A Multitasker Disaster

Ashley Allen | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Ashley Allen

What do you see?" "Whelp, there's definitely two in there," she said, distractedly. "Two WHAT?" I shrieked, louder than I intended to. "Two arms, legs, hands, feet, everything it needs two of?!"

The Second Most Useful Phrase I've Learned as a Parent (Toddler Edition)

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

My toddler screeches with joy at meeting another 2-year-old. She holds his hand as they take big steps up the stairs to the slide, the picture of cuteness. She waits at the top of the slide for her new friend to sit down, too, so they can slide down together.