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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.

Getting There

Jason Guberman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Guberman

It's interesting, because even though everything I think and do is to give my little girl the best I can, it's how he and I feel about each other that helps to make that decision.

The Deep End

Jamie Krug | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

There is no second chance for missed opportunities to watch your children growing up. To hold their little hand in yours, to break up brother/sister fights. To listen to silly made-up songs.

You're So Lucky: The Parenting Double Standard

Natalie Thomas | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

Are we supposed to expect less of our "working" partner? Does going to work from 9-5 negate one's responsibilities at home? Is needing sleep exclusive to the workplace? What about raising a human?

A Better Ending for the "Invisible Child"

Judith Sandalow | Posted 02.19.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

If there's one news article I would put on your must-read list from 2013, it's last week's exceptional New York Times series on Dasani, a homeless gir...

Born at the Right Time: Why Starting a Family in Troubled Times Isn't Such a Bad Idea

Anne Hill | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Anne Hill

If your habitual response to the unknown is fear, you will probably not have a lot of fun raising children. On the bright side, the regimen of parenting is an excellent way to overcome it.

Why It's Good for Kids to Be Disappointed (Sometimes)

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

My children's rooms are overflowing with trophies. My daughter's door clinks every time you open and close it due to the countless medals hanging from the door knob. They are good athletes. Not the worst, but like me, also not the best. It's just that accolades seem to come easier these days.

7 Ways Parents Can Help Children Escape Debt

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 02.15.2014 | Money
Amandah Blackwell

I'm fortunate enough to have parents who taught me to be independent, self-sufficient and self-reliant. Most importantly, they taught me how to budget and save money. Parents, here are seven ways you can help your children escape debt now and in the future.

Why I've Always Loved Doing Housework

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 02.13.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

For me, the intimacy of organizing my children's closets, folding their socks, making their meals -- it was as integral to my life as their mother as watching them play sports or helping them with their homework. By performing these day-to-day tasks, I was able to gain an insight into their lives in a way that my husband couldn't.