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There Are Children to Love

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 07.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The scenes of children crossing our borders and arriving to this country have touched me no less than the scene I experienced on the sonogram. Now we are a nation sitting next to a metaphorical sonogram machine and staring at the screen. The concerns that I had are no different from the concerns that many in this country have.

On The Days I Struggle the Most With My Little Ones

Regan Long | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

I'm given one shot with my children. They are given one childhood with me. The amazing, yet scary part of all of this, I'm the author of this part of their lives.

A Day Gone Wrong: How Tragedies From Forgetting Children in Cars Can Happen to Anyone

Kate Carr | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents
Kate Carr

It wasn't just a routine day for Reggie McKinnon. On March 8, 2010, Reggie, a loving father of three beautiful daughters, left work mid-day to take his 17-month-old daughter, Payton Lyn, to the doctor to have her ears checked following a recent surgery. After the appointment, Reggie hurried back to work.

Dear Family Whisperer: You Can't Go Home but You Can Grow Up -- Here's How

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

With grandparents staying active and healthy longer, many families are trying to figure out how to have stress-free three-generation gatherings.

6 Essentials For A Trash-Free Lunch

Dawn Wynne | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green
Dawn Wynne

Going green at school is a great way for your child to make a difference and set an example for others. Classmates will likely be green with envy at all the cool waste-free lunch goodies.

Friendships Before and After Kids

Joelle Wisler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

Making new friends then: Oh my god! I am totally in that same class! You are coolest, let's hang out. Now: OK. So I see from the stains on your pants that only go from the knee down that you have some type of toddler living in your home. Me too. Wanna come over?

Why Parents Shouldn't Be Concerned About Their Children's Texting

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

My assumption had been that when children use incorrectly spelled words, poor grammar, change the way words look in print, and substitute symbols and images (e.g. emoticons) to communicate, it will have a negative effect on their spelling, grammar, and reading and writing skills. Logical, don't you think?

I Had a Boyhood Once, Too

Liz Olson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

When you enter the world with two X chromosomes, you get placed quickly into a box. The Girl Box. Here, acceptable hair and clothing preferences are assumed; color and toy preferences are dictated.

Why Are Politicians Ignoring This Maternal Health Act?

Timoria McQueen | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Timoria McQueen

The United States is the only developed country in which maternal deaths are rising. We can do better. We must do better. The lives of our mothers and children are depending on it.

Rest Easy, Parents and Children: Healthy Sleep for Every Family

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Establishing habits in children as early as possible is a parenting benchmark and a cornerstone of adult self-care. When children push nighttime boundaries, parents become chronically over-tired. That makes them less likely to maintain the necessary routines in the first place, which sets up a vicious cycle.

5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

As your children expand their social world, the messages from others become increasingly influential. You can actively create a critical mass of people and institutions that will support and reinforce your messages of compassion.

The Secret To Healing Your Troubled Mother-Daughter Relationship

Sherry Amatenstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Fifty
Sherry Amatenstein

I discovered the prevalence of midlife women still chained to the shadow of a toxic mother. When that woman spends years pecking at, rather than building her daughter's sense of security in the world, psychic scars result.

40 Words Of Wisdom Every Parent Needs To Give Their Child

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 07.27.2014 | Fifty
Rebecca Perkins

I wanted to give my eldest a different birthday present this year and seeing that 'words' are what I do best, I chose to pass on some wisdom that I've learned over the years. Who knows whether they'll be listened to! Would I have listened to my parents at 24?

A Warning For Parents Of Millennials

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

All of us should be very concerned about the picture that's emerging around two of the most profound choices today's young adults will face, marriage and parenthood, because they are bearing the next generation of children.

What My Daughter's Questions Have Taught Me

Rachael Clarke | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

The world can be a vulnerable place when you're 2, when there are so many questions, so many puzzle pieces to adjoin. When Mommy laughs at you for trying to make sense of your world. I see the hurt spread, seep into her posture. She grows quiet, looks at me like I've made her feel foolish. Because I have.

10 Reasons Why Being A Boy In The '80s Was The Best

Beau Coffron | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

The '80s epitomized great (and a few not so great) clothing styles. The shorts left little to the imagination, but kids today don't appreciate the natural air conditioning these provided.

Dear Family Whisperer: How to NOT Be 'The Bad Guy'

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Getting enough sleep and eating well are critical for your child's growth and development. However, a few sugary treats and the occasional late night won't compromise his health in the long run.

Finally, A Ninja To Inspire My Little Girls

Cort Ruddy | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

The world has many flaws, even more than I realized before I became a dad of daughters. But there are also a million things that are great, and awesome, and inspiring about it. This is one.

How to Protect Yourself in the Workplace if You're Suffering From Postpartum Depression

Tom Spiggle | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
Tom Spiggle

Do your best not to let shame keep you from protecting yourself. Mental illness, like postpartum depression, is real and can have dire effects on your work performance and personal life.

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.