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Raising Children

Why Well Traveled Kids Make The Most Successful Adults

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 08.15.2014 | Travel
Ombretta Di Dio

I started traveling at a young age and I never stopped, thanks to my parents, who nourished and incited my passion to discover different cultures and realities.

How To Find The 'New' In Life Now That My Kids Are Grown

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 08.12.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

This will be the first September I won't have any children starting school since 1992. The memory of dropping off my daughter for her first day of pre-school, my 3 month old baby boy in my arms, is so vivid. Everything in my life was brand new -- my children, my home, my marriage, my minivan, my friends. There was so much to wonder about and plan for the future.

What Made You Decide To Stay At Home?

Janie Porter | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

For some reason, I feel the need to make my decision more understandable to the person asking the question. Justified. And -- dare I say it? -- politically correct.

Top 10 Things We Will Tell Our Sons About Sex

Em & Lo | Posted 08.07.2014 | Parents
Em & Lo

Basically, porn is a terrible place to learn about how to have great, satisfying sex, and what that kind of sex looks like. It's an especially terrible place to learn about what women like in bed.

On The Days I Struggle the Most With My Little Ones

Regan Long | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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.

Helping Kids Make a Difference

Perla Ni | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact
Perla Ni

We get in a particular groove, driving the kids to school, cheering them on at sporting events, helping them with homework. But are we teaching them how to pitch in and help others who are not as fortunate?

The Simple Phrase I'm Very Glad I Overheard

Mike Reynolds | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

There's something about hearing other kids talking to your child and using her name.

How To 'Prioritize Kindness' For Your Kids

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Most parents want their kids to be caring individuals, but how many actually portray that sentiment on a daily basis? According to Richard Weissbo...

A Love Letter to Emilia and Francesca

David Kirsch | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents
David Kirsch

I have learned that children are very forgiving. To their credit, they don't hold onto negative energy for any extended period of time.

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.

Becoming a Man

Jack Anderson | Posted 07.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jack Anderson

To celebrate his rite of passage into manhood, Seth Anderson wanted to drink the best made Manhattan, with his dear old dad, in Manhattan, where he was born as a native New Yorker exactly two decades and one year ago.

Why I Fear We're Raising A Generation Of Ungrateful Kids

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 07.24.2014 | Fifty
Marcia Kester Doyle

The other day I got into an argument with my youngest teenager. He was complaining about our family's strapped financial situation and was quick to point an accusatory finger at me. He understands that I'm a struggling writer trying to earn a buck, but he couldn't resist asking when I was going to get a real job. The argument quickly turned sour.

The Trinity, 'Heavyn,' and an 8-Year-Old

Sue Gober | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Sue Gober

I was helping my granddaughter Peyton clean out her closet the summer after third grade when we found an old school project toward the bottom of the p...

30 Principles That Turn Good Kids Into Good Adults

John M. Simmons | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

It has been my desire to raise my children to be adults, not kids. Following are 30 principles we have tried to rely on in our family in our attempt to reach that goal.

I Miss The Village

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 07.26.2014 | Parents
Bunmi Laditan

I miss that village of mothers that I've never had. The one we traded for homes that, despite being a stone's throw, feel miles apart from each other.

Gynecomastia and My Traumatic Day at the Beach

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Lorne Jaffe

It took 10 years post-gynecomastia surgery for me to go to the beach and take off my shirt because I still felt those now phantom breasts and stares.

An Open Letter to British Nanny Emma Jenner

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Children need boundaries and limits and will feel scared and out-of-control if they are not enforced. But limits enforced without compassion and understanding of the predictable upset are counter to a child's development

5 Secrets of Raising Charitable Kids

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Charity begins at home -- as does empathy, generosity, kindness, responsibility, honesty and a host of other relationship-building traits that make life worth living.

The Paths to My Heart

Sabina Khan-Ibarra | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Sabina Khan-Ibarra

Losing a child is like losing a limb that only the parents of the dead child can see missing. It is a limb that you must learn to function without.

How My 5th Grade Teacher Helped Me Cope With Divorce

Kate Fisher | Posted 07.14.2014 | Divorce
Kate Fisher

As a child I fought hard to overcome the day-to-day challenges divorce introduced into my life. My parents were perpetually at odds, and while the war waged on between them I often wondered how to find my place in the world.

When It Pays to Think Inside the Box

Sue Gober | Posted 07.10.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

Last summer my granddaughter, Brooke, played in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Top 10 Things We Will Tell Our Daughters About Sex

Em & Lo | Posted 07.10.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

Writing about sex for the past 15 years has also given us plenty of time to think about how we'd like to raise our daughters, and how we will talk to them (and in some cases, are talking to them) about sex. Here are the top 10 things we want them -- eventually -- to know and understand.

Permission to Cry

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldfarb

nd then I knew. She didn't need me to tell her it was going to be OK. Or to stop crying. Or to move on. She needed permission to feel it.

11 Ways To Reclaim A Relaxing Summer For Your Family

Grown And Flown | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

It's worth reminding ourselves that summer is a break from routine, after all, not a break from parenting.

Dear Moms, You'll Always Be in the Shadows

Anjali Joshi | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

I'm OK with being in your shadows. When you're busy exploring this complicated world, you won't think twice about me. You won't look back to see if I'm still there. Because you won't need to. You'll know.