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The Jaw-Dropping Way This Preschooler Stood Up To A Bully

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

My son charmed most of the kids except for one boy who was playing by himself. This kid's dad was standing behind him and completely absorbed with texting. Not being one to ever give up on making new friends, my son tried to play with the shy boy. But he got dad blocked.

A Simple Question, A LEGO Kit and What I Learned

Amanda Magee | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I cracked an eye, she beamed at me. I tried to keep it open, but the pull of sleep and the resistance to all that the day would hold was too strong. She was still as I drifted off again. Dreams and thoughts chest bumped in my mind, good sleep was over. I opened my eyes.

Who's Going to Push Me?

Alisa Schindler | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Alisa Schindler

"I know I don't need you to push me," He says, exasperated. He's only 5 and already I'm the mom who doesn't get it. "l want you to!"

Returning Power to the People

George Heymont | Posted 09.10.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

For many artists, the ability to see what others don't -- or can't see -- is what adds an element of humanity or depth to their work. For most people, 2 + 2 may equal 4. But for an artist, the result may be 4 plus a pink rhinoceros. Or a cupcake with day-glo icing.

I'm Glad My Son Ate Cat Poop

Dr. Jessica Michaelson | Posted 08.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jessica Michaelson

The remainder of the turd -- or the part that had drooled out of his mouth as he savored his current mouthful -- was next to him, and undeniably, it was poop.

Get Fit In These Top Metros For Apartment Fitness Amenities

Courtney Craig | Posted 08.16.2014 | HuffPost Home
Courtney Craig

So where will you find the most apartments with basketball courts, fitness centers, etc.? Here's how the Apartment Guide data shakes out.

The Playground Skill I Want to Learn From My 4-Year-Old

Mark Joyella | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Mark Joyella

In the space of an hour, my daughter was able to do effortlessly what I never -- as a child, or as an adult -- have been able to pull off: painlessly making friends.

What Parents Really Need To Hear From Each Other

Dina L. Relles | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

If you just take a moment, you can put yourself in my shoes. We're all mothers, and we can do that for each other. At least that. We can relate.

Playground Wars Are My Kid's Business

Inga Batur | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Inga Batur

I thought about it long and hard and after many sleepless nights I firmly believe playgrounds are kids' business. Solving issues for them makes them less competent and more dependent on me I won't be able to save her from a douche of a boss, or clients who always have to be right, but I can prepare her for life with these seemingly small victories and losses.

Why Safer Playgrounds Might Not Be Better For Kids

HuffPost Live | Posted 04.18.2014 | Parents

A Washington University in St. Louis study determined that urban public school children get more exercise when spending recess outside, rather than in...

Too Much Supervision Is Hurting Our Kids

Today's Mama | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Today's Mama

Don't you remember how you used to disappear with your friends for hours at a time? Exploring, building, hiding, playing, making up songs and dances, fighting, tossing a ball, always playing in the street, coming up with strict hierarchical kid societies, disappearing into nature?

The 9 Most Annoying Playground Parents

Richie Frieman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Richie Frieman

I am constantly amazed to meet these nine worst playground offenders -- the parents who would rather do anything but play with their kids.

Some Lunatic Is Gluing Razor Blades To A Playground

Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

A 2-year-old boy was injured by a razor blade at an Illinois playground on Monday -- but the blade wasn't left carelessly lying around. It had been gl...

Memorable One-Night Stands

George Heymont | Posted 05.15.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

In rare moments of nostalgia, I miss the good old days of gay bathhouses. Staged readings of new plays pretty much work the same way. While each holds the lure of literary promise, what you get is little more than a dramatic crap shoot.

I Have The Freedom I Longed For -- Now What Do I Do?

Jon Reiner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Jon Reiner

I have the independence parents jones for, the freedom I fleetingly imagined while crossing against speeding traffic on that 18-minute sprint. I've been liberated. It's boundless, new and strange, and I'm completely adrift.

The Last One of a Kind

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Sarah O'Leary

Recently I discovered that the 8-foot tall turn of the century wooden playground slide in the middle of my living room might be the last one like it o...

Why We Can Never Go Back To McDonald's

John Kinnear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
John Kinnear

She puts her hand up on the red plastic window. I place mine in the same spot. I mouth the words "I'm sorry." She is Spock and I am Kirk in Wrath of Kahn. She is Bruce Willis and I am Liv Tyler in Armageddon.

Epic Playgrounds: How One Dad Is Reinventing Where America Plays

Idealist | Posted 12.17.2013 | Impact
Idealist

Billy, a digital media strategist, writer, and father of two teens, thinks it's time we stop being so overprotective and return to the heyday of adventure playgrounds.

Back-to-School: Full Moon Rising

Carissa K | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

It can make my heart literally ache to watch my children march off to a new grade level each fall. Each year a higher number, a taller kid, bigger back-to-school shoes to purchase. I want to take hold of time, of them, and just not let go.

The 30-Minute Bodyweight Workout: Playground Edition

Posted 06.27.2013 | Healthy Living

By Sophia Breene Think the town playground is just for kids? Think again! Turn a day at the park into a challenging (and free!) workout with thes...

Parent Bullies On The Playground

Malina Saval | Posted 08.24.2013 | Parents
Malina Saval

There was a day last weekend when I literally had to fend off three separate sets of parents who wanted to square off in a heated match of Your-Kid-Hit-Mine-And-Now-I'm-Going-To-Hold-You-Accountable-For-Everything-Bad-In-The-Universe. You think I'm embellishing, but seriously, it felt like that.

Let Kids Have Their Sticks!

Andrea Bonior | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

The more we teach our kids that nature is dangerous, creativity is out of bounds and physicality is not to be tolerated, the more I worry for our society.

Force

Amanda Magee | Posted 05.01.2013 | Women
Amanda Magee

When a moment comes that knocks the wind out of you, no matter how badly it hurts, you have to get back up. You have to find a way to believe again.

The Playground Is a Classroom Too

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Anita L. DeFrantz

We must remember that not all learning takes place in the classroom. Youngsters are more apt to learn to negotiate disagreements among themselves on a field of play than in a classroom.

TechScape: Can You Watchitoo?

Bill_Robinson | Posted 04.03.2013 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Whether Zarom and Watchitoo will take off and succeed beyond his wildest imagination cannot be predicted with any certainty. However, given the perpetual plethora of Zarom successes, I would definitely not bet against him.