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Over The Bridge And Through the Woods To Grandmother's House We Go...

Fiona Finn | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Fiona Finn

Sometimes difficult situations bring blessings. And one of these blessings was the bond that grew between my children and their grandparents.

The One Time In Your Life It's OK To Cheat

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 07.23.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

For over 20 years, mom has made weekly trips to see Deb, her hair dresser. Often my mother would regale me with tales of woe. Not her own, but poor Deb's. My mom, a psychotherapist by training, had great empathy for Deb, a single mother whose history was marred by misfortune. But there was only one problem with this relationship. Deb could not cut hair.

The Constant Dread of Defense

Elie Jacobs | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Elie Jacobs

For years I avoided engaging in discussions about the Israel/Arab situation -- I just didn't want to deal with it. That all changed about three-and-a-half years ago when my parents moved to Jerusalem. Now my immediate family is there and my comfort in the ability to duck the debate vanished.

The Breakup We Never Talk About

Cecilie Aslaksen | Posted 07.21.2014 | Women
Cecilie Aslaksen

We cannot choose our parents ourselves, and lets face it, they really can't choose us either. Or at least not our personality. Some people should no...

Sorry, Kids -- I Will Never 'Let' You Beat Me

Beau Coffron | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

The thing is, games aren't always just about fun. Sometimes they can teach us about life.

Now That I Finally Like Summers With the Kids, Why Do They Have To Go So Fast?

Betsy Hnath | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Betsy Hnath

I chased my kids across cement pool decks convinced they would rearrange their teeth with a single misstep. And just when one child was old enough to understand the rules, the next was ripe and ready to give me a workout.

Books, Apps and Activities to Help Special Needs Children Prepare for Air Travel

Meg Harris | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel
Meg Harris

The first trip on an airplane can be exciting but also intimidating. Often books are a great way of preparing children for an unknown experience.

Howard Stern Seduced My Mother

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
Rob Hiaasen

If I've learned anything while thinking I've learned a lot, it's never underestimate your mother.

Over My Empty Nest? Who Am I Kidding

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

It's just that people aren't replaceable. When they are gone, there is nothing that can fill the space that their particular energy or personality's absence has left empty. That's what makes relationships so special. We are all unique. We matter. No one else can fill that space. And if it's your child?

6 Wedding Tips for Parents of the Happy Couple

Reflective Bride | Posted 07.18.2014 | Weddings
Reflective Bride

Planning a wedding, though wonderful and romantic, can be a very straining process and there are some small things you as a parent can do to make things a little bit easier on the bride and groom.

Not Just a Morning Walk

Rudri Bhatt Patel | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Rudri Bhatt Patel

Rounding the corner, I see my home. With a deep breath, I walk up the driveway and glance at the cactus in front of our yard. I tilt my gaze upward. Looking up, I smile. Thank you, Dad, I whisper. I now understand the significance of my morning strolls.

One Family's Journey and Joy: The 2014 Special Olympics Makes More Than One Kind of Impact

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon something wonderful happening in Central New Jersey: it was the 2014 Special Olympics. Of course, I've heard of the g...

How to Throw a Trendy Kid's Birthday Party With Ease

Marilyn Oliveira | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
Marilyn Oliveira

If a sense of rising panic tinged with imminent doom accompanies the thought of planning your child's next birthday party, you are not alone.

Betrayal of Trust: 3 Ways We Can Begin to Protect Our Children from Pedophiles and Abusers

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Clearly, our legal and policing systems have not kept up with the explosion of materials and the ease of access that modern electronic communications have provided to those with a predilection to abuse children.

A Teacher's Tips for Parents

Susan B. Katz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Susan B. Katz

Summer is well underway and parents often grapple with the same behavioral challenges that teachers face in the classroom. Rarely, however, is there an exchange of effective strategies for dealing with kid chaos.

A NYC Top 10 Must Do List From a Child's Eye

Meg Harris | Posted 07.16.2014 | Travel
Meg Harris

After a recent trip to NYC for SpecialGlobe with my 6 and 8 year old children, I asked them both to list their top 5 things. Below were their favorite experiences from the trip.

An Open Letter To My Son About Closed Minds

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

When someone insults your family, it hurts. You hurt right now, and I'm sorry for that.

The Global Search for Education: East vs. West -- A School in Beijing

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

As for the skills that the Chinese higher education system is looking for, that is a topic that is currently under public discourse due to recent policy changes.

Sometimes There's Still a Village

Rachael Clarke | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

We're all capable of being a part of this village, the village it takes to raise a child. We can all offer an encouraging look, a kind word, a helpful gesture

How Messi and Ronaldo Can Make You a Better Parent

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

I am convinced that parents must and can do better at examining evidence about what leads to effective parenting -- if they would only make the effort.

Yagana Shah

Son Drops Out Of School, And Dad Reacts Perfectly | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.19.2014 | Fifty

Most parents would be devastated, even furious, upon hearing their child had dropped out of high school. But not this dad. After his son dropped o...

Why Do So Many Youths Today End Up Struggling in Life?

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

We parents, along with our schools, are providing our youth with the weakest preparation for life that I've ever seen.

We Make It Easy for Our Children to Not Grow Up

Suzanne McFarlin | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Suzanne McFarlin

I believe it is parents' responsibility to launch their children after college, letting them both succeed and fail on their own.

The One Unforgettable Experience Every Father And Son Should Share

Christopher Harder | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Christopher Harder

My son discovered the luminous blue bicycle on his fifth Christmas, next to the tree. That cold morning, I led him along living room and dining room circuits as he got the hang of riding on two tires, with a lot of help from training wheels. He was still years away from any possible attempt at the Tour de France...and his only performance-enhancing drug was the exuberance of a little boy.

Last To Have A Baby

KnowMore TV | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

I watched my entire book group and two sets of friends get pregnant before I ever watched my belly swell.