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'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.

5 Steps to Prepare For The Back-to-School Battle

Anjali Varma | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Anjali Varma

I've learned that half the battle in getting kids back to school is the prep you do the week leading up to it. The other half is remaining organized and prepared once the school year starts.

Talking to My White Child About Race

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

"Mommy," he piped up from the back seat in his sweet little voice, "I don't like people who have different skin color than mine." My brain sort of froze, but I stayed on the road as I gulped in discomfort.

Top 10 Back to School Microresolutions

Caroline L. Arnold | Posted 08.29.2014 | Education
Caroline L. Arnold

As at the New Year, the new academic year sparks personal resolutions to perform better by becoming more organized, healthy, and productive.

So Empty Is My Nest

Bushra Alvi | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Bushra Alvi

A parent's love for a child is the strongest and purest bond of all humanity and for this reason one of the hardest things for a parent to do is to wave goodbye as their child leaves for college.

The 5 Stages Of Spending Time Without Kids

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

On the rare occasions we're granted a parental sabbatical, I've noticed a disturbing trend -- we miss our damn kids too much!

MISSING: One Bunny Boy

Miranda Gargasz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Miranda Gargasz

All those well-meaning mothers with all their time-tested advice neglected to let me in on the pain that is mothering. How many mothers told me when I was pregnant that one day I'll turn around and a half-formed man will be living in my house and my precious baby will be missing? How many mothers told me that the day will come when I can't coax him into bunny ears for a picture even if I promised him unlimited video game time? How many mothers told me how much my heart will hurt when I realize my baby simply isn't a baby anymore?

How to Survive Your Child's College Tours

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.28.2014 | Parents
Holly Robinson

Like most parents with juniors and seniors in high school, I've spent some of my summer touring colleges. This was my fifth time around, so I thought it was time to pass on what I've learned.

Overbearing, Snowplough Parents Have Replaced Helicopter Parents

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 08.27.2014 | College
Elwood D. Watson

Regardless of awareness or cluelessness, the fact is that for some young adults, the level of constant monitoring from parents is frustrating, wearisome and in some cases, exhausting.

Dad Secretly Films Daughter's Over-The-Top Selfie Session

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.27.2014 | Teen

We all might be guilty of engaging in a selfie session, though usually (and thankfully) nobody is around to film it. But that's not the case with this...

Back To School: The 70s vs. Today

Victoria Fedden | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Victoria Fedden

1. Take five deep breaths and say a positive affirmation. School begins in two weeks. It is the middle of July. Don't worry, you still have time to order BPA-free bento boxes and authentic Indian tiffins made with special stainless steel that did not involve any child-labor, sweat shops or animal cruelty.

What Every Caregiver Needs To Know About The Healthcare System

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.26.2014 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I'm a senior trying to care for an even more senior parent. There are lots of us. We are grandparents who are struggling through our "golden years," some of us still working far beyond age 65. Many of us are trying to be good "children" for our parents at the same time we are trying to be present in the lives of our grandkids. It's a tough, multi-generational balancing act.

A Letter To Dad: Thank You For Everything I Never Saw

Jordan Gray | Posted 08.25.2014 | Good News
Jordan Gray

I want to thank you for the times that you let me see you cry, so I could understand that when my friends told me that "boys don't cry," they weren't telling the truth.

5 Things Parents Need to Stop Doing This School Year

Dynamom | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Dynamom

Step away from the laptop, keyboard crusaders! Your kid is fine and their fully capable teacher will let you know if there's anything she feels you should be aware of in class that day.

Mom Photographs One-Handed Daughter To Show Her Life's Possibilities Are Endless

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents

One of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child is hope. A New Zealand mother uses photography to show her daughter that the possibilities for her...

I Might Forget You, But Please Remember Me

Patrick Quinn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Patrick Quinn

You guys make me laugh all the time and I know you look at me as your infallible leader in goofiness, make-believe and storytelling. But right now I have to admit, I'm scared. There's a chance I might forget you one day.

Beginning or Ending? When Our Kids Go Off to College

Madeline Levine | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Madeline Levine

Our college-bound kids know full well that they are leaving their childhood and embarking on the extraordinary journey of crafting their future adult selves.

5 Tips To Make Parenting Your Teen a Joy (For Real)

KnowMore TV | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

Teenagers are close to their peak of physical strength and intellectual capacity, but the part of the brain responsible for impulse control is among the last to mature and the circuitry that controls the intensity of emotional responses is overactive in the teen brain.

Teach Her That She's Worthy

Rachael Clarke | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

"Hi, Danny," said Micah. "I hear you've been spending a lot of time with my daughter." He looked at her intently. "You have to be very good to her, because she's very special." Tegan stood there for a moment, considering this, then giggled and ran into her room.

What Happens When Kids Go Cold Turkey from Their Screens for 5 Days?

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

Does all this time staring at screens, which may take time away from looking at faces, change the nature of what we learn about the social world?

Are Male Cats Good Kitty Daddies?

Quora | Posted 08.22.2014 | Green
Quora

If it wasn't for personal experience I would have said the answer is no, but I once became friends with a wild male cat who showed me otherwise.

Since You've Been Gone

S. Isabelle Harounian | Posted 08.22.2014 | Women
S. Isabelle Harounian

until our eyes meet again, dearest mother, until I am where you are -- above, beyond and over the clouds -- until then, know your heart beats in mine.

10 Reasons Why Back-to-School Is The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Janelle Capra | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Janelle Capra

It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, I'm not one of those crazy people promoting Christmas already, I'm talking about the celebration heard around the nation when our kids go back to school!

The One Thing I Want to Tell My Kids Before They Start School

Galit Breen | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself for mistakes. Give yourself time to rest and relax and rejuvenate. Figure out what you love and do it. Often. Say nice words in your mind and your heart because you are golden.

A Little White Girl's First Experience Of Racism

Amanda Smear Baudier | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Amanda Smear Baudier

"Mrs. W, hi this is Amanda. I strangled Jamie too. We were just playing a scene from The Simpsons. They only got him in trouble and not me because he's Black."