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Why Single Mom Selfies Are So Important

Jessica Ashley | Posted 06.27.2014 | Parents
Jessica Ashley

Counting myself in has been one of the greatest exercises of being a single mother, and it has not always been easy. Even when the numbers only go up to TWO, adding myself in -- and then clicking the camera button -- has reinforced with each photo that I am important, my face matters, I am still here.

When Will I See My Floor Again? Fighting the Battle Against Kid Clutter

Erica Ford | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

The train engine made a sickly whirring noise. I followed the sound and saw Thomas the Train grinding through a doll's previously lovely locks. One of the big, wooden letters had been removed from the wall and was tied around her neck, giving her the appearance of Flavor Flav.

Cyberbullying: We're Focusing on the Wrong Part of the Word

Megan Egbert | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Megan Egbert

Instead of filtering content that our children can access, let's start filtering our own words, decisions and actions in their presence.

Last Days of School

Karen Cordano | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Oh, pompous, naive, foolish Karen. When will you get over yourself and start actually listening to the more experienced parents?

A Counter-Intuitive Test to Guide Us as We Prepare Students

Tim Elmore | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Our job as teachers, coaches, youth workers and parents is to care deeply for the kids growing up on our watch.

Disadvantaged Youth Most Affected By Loss of Summer Reading: Recommended Reading List

Quassan Castro | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Poor children are most vulnerable to decline in reading skills during the summer. Ninety percent of reading achievement loss for disadvantaged youth takes place during the scorching summer months.

You Know You Went To Sleepaway Camp In The '80s If...

Jenny Isenman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

You have a clear understanding of the four food groups: cereal, Popsicles, bug juice and s'mores.

The Dos and Don'ts of Pregnancy

Gavin Shulman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Comedy
Gavin Shulman

Do sleep on your left side. This is best for air-flow to the baby. Don't touch me. Can't you get into bed without touching me?

3 Fears About Having a Second Baby Debunked

Rachel Cedar | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cedar

What parents on the cusp of welcoming a new baby don't realize, and what I didn't understand as I waddled in the park that day, is that so many of our fears are unfounded. Here's a few reasons to let go of those fears, and trust in the path ahead.

9 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me in 1990 (When I Was 19)

Brian Leaf | Posted 06.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Leaf

1. Don't worry so much about what your parents think -- they secretly want you to be free and frolic in streams and make love and find God and pursue ...

5 Ways To Cultivate Fearless Summer Readers

Pam Allyn | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Pam Allyn

We can stock our children's lives with stories and in this way, help them achieve academically and also inspire them deeply. Summer can be a transformational season for your child as a reader. Here are five ways to make sure this real-time magic happens.

A Mom's Work-At-Home Mamafesto

Shawn Fink | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Shawn Fink

It's easy for work-at-home moms to feel frustrated when our children are sick or home for a holiday or a vacation because we're so focused on how the schedule changes affects us negatively. And yet the real motivation to be a mom who works from home is to be with our children, to be able to be here for them.

How I Endured The Perfect Storm Of Life Stages

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 06.24.2014 | Fifty
Lois Alter Mark

I never thought of myself as someone who defined herself by her children. Whose life was so closely intertwined with theirs that I would feel lost once they left home. But apparently I am.

Healing for Fractured Fathers (Mark 9:14-25)

Romal Tune | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Romal Tune

As Fathers we have to overcome our fractures so that they don't impact our children and their futures. In other words, the places that caused your brokenness are the places you need to pray and ask God for a blessing.

Why Parenting Is So Hard for Us Introverts

Holly Klaassen | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Holly Klaassen

If you're an introvert and the parent of a small human, it can be very freeing to realize that maybe it's not just that you "don't like the baby stage." Maybe it's just that being with people 24 hours a day -- even the wonderful little beings you created -- is difficult and draining.

A Return to Wholeness After Divorce

John McElhenney | Posted 06.24.2014 | Divorce
John McElhenney

There's no way sugar coat it. Divorce is the single biggest event that has happened in the lives of my family, ever. As amicable as you want to make it (and we tried) things get rough, sad, hurtful, complicated, and confusing.

The REAL Lessons I Hope my Kids Learn at Camp

Courtney Fitzgerald | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Courtney Fitzgerald

As I drove home, I thought about all of the skills I taught you in order to prepare you for this day. Sure, at 7 and 9, you know how to get dressed, make your bed, brush your teeth, read and eat. However, those are NOT ALL of the skills you need to be successful this week.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz: Parents Should Not Be Working Just To Finance Child Care

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) understands the challenges of a work-life balance first-hand. As a politician an...

Unfriending the Joneses

CT Working Moms | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
CT Working Moms

Between the fundraisers, the soccer and T-ball games, the family celebrations and topping it off with Girl's Night Out, when do these people have time to sleep? And it's not just weekends. The madness happens on weeknights too.

My Daughter Lied to Me. What Should I Do?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

It is unrealistic to expect your daughter to be self-monitoring when it comes to the offer of special fun at Grandma and Grandpa's. Talk with your parents directly about those things that are especially important to you about your daughter's care.

How to Bring New Calm to Your Bedtime Routine

Kellie Edwards | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kellie Edwards

I have a new favorite bedtime practice with my children. It works as well for me as it does for them and I couldn't be more surprised just how much ...

A Father's Letter To Young Men About How To Treat A Woman

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

If there is a golden rule in life and in love, it is this: the quality of your love for another is always limited to the quality of the love you have for yourself.

The Homemade Parade

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

I knew I had many years ahead of me of trying -- and likely failing -- to save my daughter from humiliation and heartbreak. But on this one day, the success and magic was enough.

5 Tips For Staying Calm With Children

Kate Russell | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Kate Russell

I have developed these practices to help me be more mindful, less stressed and better able to remain the peaceful parent I strive to be.

Dads Respond To 'Frozen' With A Song, And It's Genius

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents

Two dads have perfectly captured their love-hate relationship with Disney's super-hit "Frozen" in one hilarious Disney-inspired song. "I know that ...