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Stay-At-Home Mom Starts Her Career As A DJ - At 40!

Posted 09.03.2014 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Adventures in Hiking and Parenting

Mary E. Graham | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Mary E. Graham

In a perfect world, our daughters would get a perfect mix of both our personalities, only the best parts. We could choose to pass on the traits that are healthy and leave the messy ones behind. They would have their daddy's willingness to serve and be a little less bossy than their mommy.

The Very Best Part Of An Internet-Free Family Vacation

Shelley Emling | Posted 09.03.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

For me, a family vacation's always a bit like my Moroccan chicken: I'm never exactly sure how it's going to turn out.

The Secret to Time-Outs That Work

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

Quick: What's the easiest thing to say when your kid misbehaves? "That's it -- time-out!" Easy, yes. But effective? Not the way most of us do it.

Try Hard

Karen Cordano | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Tomorrow is a day when T and I let go of each other a little. It is also a day of excitement and adventure. I am proud of my small man. He is trying to figure out his place in this tricky world. I am trying to figure out how to be there to catch him when he stumbles while also giving him room to grow.

So, You Just Found Out You're Having Twins... Freaking Out Is Normal

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

maybe you're a little bummed out and the difference between how you feel and how excited everyone else seems to be about this twins thing might be making you feel a little guilty on top of the whole feeling bummed thing. I know.

A Lesson From My Daughter: Honor Your Ordinary Life

Rudri Bhatt Patel | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Rudri Bhatt Patel

The truth is there are glittery pieces of brilliance that color the cement of our everyday lives. We must be ready to keep our arms open for those possibilities.

As My Son Enters Kindergarten: We Untether

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

Becoming tethered to my son was swift and sleek, sometimes painful. Untethering aches in a different way, slow and deep, squeezing hidden muscles of my heart.

'What Are We Going to DO Today?'

Jessica Rassette | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rassette

The sun is just starting to sliver its way through the blinds and bright morning eyes stare at me. "What are we going to do today?"

5 Ways Being A Good Dad Is Damn Sexy

Doyin Richards | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Doyin Richards

Sadly, there are men who've been married for decades and still have no clue about what it takes to be a good dad or husband. Don't be like them.

An Ode to the Empty Nest: Swimming With the Beatles

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

During my solitary swim recently, I pondered how this once majestic centerpiece of our backyard has become a lonesome place and a symbol of my emptying nest. The pool is aged, and mostly neglected, and her blue waters call to me and only me these days.

Haircuts: My Mom Anxiety Is Showing

Sara Goldstein | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

My son has long hair. Long, curly, wild hair. He's nearly 9 years old and it's only been cut twice. The first time came at the age of 3, when he hacked a chunk of ringlets out of the back of his head with kid scissors.

It's Hard to Be a Kid! Tips for Compassionate Parenting

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

Compassion literally means "to feel with" or "to suffer with" another person. It means seeing something the way they do, and experiencing it with them. Here's what I've learned about being a more compassionate parent, especially in the moments when compassion may not come readily.

3 Simple Things To Implement Now To Become A Superior Mom

Cecilie Aslaksen | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Cecilie Aslaksen

If you take the small steps at the beginning, and then bigger as you get used to this, then it's possible to become this Superior Mom. And if everyone starts doing this, then the phrase Superior Mom will become the standard.

The All-Encompassing Exhaustion of Motherhood

Lauren Cormier | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

I am good. I am better than good. I am blessed beyond measure. And I know it. But lately, what I feel more than anything is tired. Not physically tired, though there's always that. No, I mean tired in the full, all-encompassing sense of the word.

What I Want My Kids to Learn From the Jennifer Lawrence Hacking Scandal

Angela Keck | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

From the moment that my children had access to things like camera phones or laptops with webcams, I have had numerous conversations about how any photo you take can be shared, and anything that is shared can be seen by the entire world.

May All Children Be Happy: May All Parents Be Free From Fear

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

Fear... that four-letter word. What scares you most as a parent? When my three sons were young, I lived in a constant state of anxiety. And for good reason: at any moment, things could run amok.

On the First Day of School, My True Extrovert Said to Me...

Katia Bishops | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Katia Bishops

from inside the building, he looked at me and melted into his shoulders as he pulled at his teacher's sleeve. "Excuse me," he said and broke down in tears, "I love my mommy."

Understand and Protect Your Kids' Privacy at School

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

If the whole issue of privacy is new and the phrase "personally identifiable information" doesn't mean anything to you, it is time to get started and educate yourself!

Why Today's Parents Have No Business Giving Their Kids Advice

Michael Price | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Michael Price

The days of sitting your sons and daughters on your lap and giving them a stern lesson about the complexities of life no longer matter, because that was your life, not theirs. The days of going to college, getting a good job and doing just enough to get by for 40 years is also over. If you love your kids and want the best for them, stop giving them advice and stop guiding them.

I'm Sorry

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

We read and hear a lot about the importance of the balm of forgiveness, how it heals the giver and as well as the given too. But I think we don't think enough about the power of of asking for forgiveness, to knit together what feels irretrievably broken.

Empty Nesting Season: Letting Go a Little at a Time

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 08.31.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

When I looked at those parents and children, I heard the anguish in my friend's heart. The joy and pride of one moment. The emptiness and confusion of another. My own tears as I watched my son drive away.

Yes, I Was a Smoker

Bill Couzens | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

My mother was a gentle soul. In her best disciplinary voice, a whisper at most, used one time during my teenage years, she said, "Bill, I wish you would not smoke -- it's bad for you."  

7 Ways to Help Your Child Beat the First-Day Jitters

Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents

It’s the moment you’ve been dreading--OK, maybe slightly anticipating--all summer. Yes, it’s time to wave goodbye to your little ones as they he...

'Do You Want to Be the Mother or the Father This Year?'

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

When a local health foundation's bi-monthly marketing newsletter arrives in my mailbox, I throw it in the recycle bin without a second glance, every time. But the issue that arrived yesterday stopped me in my tracks.