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Raising Children

The Legacy We Leave

Terry Newell | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Terry Newell

If it could be said of Arthur Miller's failed salesman, Willy Loman, that there was more to him in the front stoop he built than in any sale he ever made, it could be said of my Dad that there was more to him in his character than in any of the discrete events of his life.

On Parenting

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Garry Gilfoy

We might not like witnessing or vicariously experiencing the pain of our child, but there is a danger in the automatic assumption that pain and struggle are to be avoided.

There's Nothing Wrong With Not Having Kids! (Do You Want Mine?)

Mike Julianelle | Posted 02.07.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Choosing to remain childless doesn't make you a bad person. Judging people for making different choices than you does.

End Mealtime Battles Forever With These 5 Simple Words

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

It's dinnertime and my 4-year-old son is deep in play. When I announce that dinner is ready he makes his own announcement: "I don't want to eat, Mommy." I tell him five words that avoid the food battle that he wants me to engage in.

What I'd Like To Tell 'Tiger Mom' Amy Chua

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

All the drills, punishments, screaming, fighting, and so on cannot make someone feel passionate about something.

Step by Step: An Old Man and His Wisdom

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

Not long after that, hospice cars and family cars lined the street outside the doctor's home. I heard from a neighbor that the doctor died in his sleep. The news that he died peacefully didn't surprise me. With his ability to be kind and joyful despite pain, I figured he had already arrived wherever it was he was wanting to go.

Building Bears, Building Relationships

Megan Rosker | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Megan Rosker

In a society that struggles to be empathetic, this is the kind of loving experience that many of our children need. It's an experience that lifts them out of pure consumerism and strives to teach about generosity of spirit.

Gradually Growing Up

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

You're always saying "Stay together, even if one of you has to go to the bathroom. Don't talk to strangers. And most definitely, don't be lured by the promise of candy or puppies. Or a Frappucino."

Being Beautiful Is Not a Profession

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Women
Sue Shanahan

I learned very young that a woman's power came from her looks. Specifically, my beauty, or lack there of, was how my worth was measured.

Letting Go

Allison Hart | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Allison Hart

To have a baby of one's own is to go from knowing everything to slowly realizing you know nothing.

My Son Is a Sore Loser!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

If your child sees you losing your cool when someone grabs the seats you wanted at the movie theater or the parking spot you had your eye on, they will get the message that winning matters. Be aware of what your son sees you doing when things don't go your way.

Sherri Shepherd's Ultimate Sacrifice (VIDEO)

Posted 01.30.2014 | MarloThomas

Sherri Shepherd, Emmy Award-Winning Cohost of The View, went through a very painful and difficult time with her son Jeffrey, and she shared some of th...

How Politically Correct Culture Influences My Parenting

Toni Nagy | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

I may not abandon my child in the wilderness, but I do want to cultivate in her the desire to challenge herself, and part of that is my challenging her. Pain is an unavoidable part of life, and something my daughter needs to learn to deal with.

How Our Society Raises Young Boys

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

Society may try at every turn to tell my children, through what they see, hear, and read, "This is how women are portrayed in our culture. Accept it, you can't change it." But in my small big way and in front of three boys who will one day be men, I can say, "No. No, we don't have to accept it."

Parenting With a Blue Bangle

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 03.25.2014 | Hawaii
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

Parents who listen to their children with interest, attention and patience set the stage for positive communication skills in the future. I became so caught up in the day-to-day routines of parenting, that I missed an important teachable moment.

Mirror, Mirror

Allison Hart | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Allison Hart

Our children become tiny mirrors showing us our worst selves. We see them set aside our best moments, our good parenting advice and wisdom, and instead assume our lowest personality traits.

What My 7-Year-Old Daughter Said About Beauty Left Me Speechless

Kristen Kennedy | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Kristen Kennedy

Once I got over the initial shock of hearing a 7-year-old complain that she wasn't pretty enough, I went into a quick, but emphatic, description of what true beauty really means.

Giving the Children What They Want

Bernadette Noll | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

The other day, I took my high schooler out for breakfast after all the others were tucked into their respective classrooms. As we sat at the table, I took out a notepad and asked if she was up for a little game called "What I really want is..."

One Thing I'll Never Be Able To Give My Daughters -- And What I Can Do Instead

Alexis Castellano | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Alexis Castellano

My daughters are still so young. Their greatest concerns are about wearing a dress with tights to school vs. leggings and a sparkly shirt. They'd like to string beads on a necklace, but they can't decide between pink and purple or green and blue. Please, can I just press pause?

What My Son Might Not Remember -- But I'll Never Forget

Kristin Shaw | Posted 03.09.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Will he remember falling off his new bike in the first five minutes that he tried it? Will he remember that I cajoled him back on the bike and helped him gain his confidence back until he could do it by himself? The reality is that he might not. But I will.

My Most Important New Year's Resolution

Devon Corneal | Posted 03.02.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Fifteen resolutions may be a stretch for someone who has been unable to keep even one in the past 40-odd years, but no sense in starting small. I should probably also throw this one in for good measure: I will remember that resolutions are commitments, not vows of perfection.

'My Kids Make Me So Angry I Can't See Straight!'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.02.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

We want to be kind and patient, fair and understanding -- even if we are upset by something they have done. But sometimes it takes next to nothing for good intentions to fly out the window.

How to Raise the Perfect Kid: Lessons From Square Watermelons

Debra Carpenter | Posted 03.01.2014 | Parents
Debra Carpenter

I'm not putting my daughter into a square box and I'm not a farmer. I'm just using the influence I already have to help her develop into the woman I know she's capable of being.

The Best Christmas Gift I Could Give My Daughters

Virginia Sullivan | Posted 02.23.2014 | Fifty
Virginia Sullivan

My mother was raised to find a good husband. In her era, it was important that she know how to clean a house, plan a party and be a good spouse to the executive she was going to marry someday. Her Christmas activities were to have my dad's boss over for dinner, wrap all the gifts and always keep the house tidy and welcoming. She was the demure little housewife that everyone called his 'better half'.

Momnesia

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Jenny G. Perry

The relationship between a parent and a child is the weirdest relationship you will ever have. It is close and intimate. It is cold and distant, with hearts raw and broken. And this could vary not by the year or the day, but by the moment.