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I Fought the Lice and the Lice Won

Lori Ungemah | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Lori Ungemah

No, we are not festering beneath a pile of bugs at the present moment. In fact, the LiceEnders ladies came to my kids' public school yesterday and did not find lice on my children, just a week after we found them. But oh, what a week it has been.

10 Signs You've Had Kids and Moved Out of the City

Meredith Hale | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

You put on a pair of sensible flats because the idea of trekking around the city in heels makes you want to curl up in bed and watch Orange Is the New Black. You then take off your flats, curl up in bed, and watch Orange Is the New Black.

Parenting Facts and Fairy Tales

Marilynn Halas | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Marilynn Halas

We've all been there. You look at your new baby and deep joy settles into your soul, but the days to come may not be exactly what you planned. The joy is soon colored by the realities of sleep deprivation, worry and more advice than any human being could ever possibly use.

Pink Is My Son's Favorite Color, And He Doesn't Care What You Think

Emily Gallo | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Emily Gallo

Pink is my boy's favorite color. While I draw the line at hot pink walls in his bedroom, I can identify him on the ice by the pink laces in his hockey skates. Ask Noah, and he'll do his best to convince you that pink is for boys.

The Importance of Sleep

Stephanie Preusse | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Preusse

Being woken up in the middle of the night on occasion is one more moment, one more memory, one more incredible experience I get to have with my son. I wouldn't trade these moments for anything in this world -- not even several blissful hours of much needed sleep.

Just Say No... To Your Kids

Dana Westreich Hirt | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Dana Westreich Hirt

Why do we struggle so to say NO? We don't want our kids to be mad at us. We don't want to disappoint them. We don't want to sit in the blistering storm of their rage.

Building a New Generation of Peacemakers

Susan Bloch | Posted 09.05.2014 | Impact
Susan Bloch

The entrancing chords of Coldplay's, Viva La Vida warmed the hall at Camp Brotherhood, a retreat center on the slopes of Mount Vernon, Washington. Thr...

Travel Lessons: Time Is the Only Currency

Cliff Hsia | Posted 09.04.2014 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

Travel teaches you that time is really the only valuable currency in life. We all start out with the same bank account with a deposit of about 30,000 days in our lives (approximately 82 years).

'What Are We Going to DO Today?'

Jessica Rassette | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rassette

The sun is just starting to sliver its way through the blinds and bright morning eyes stare at me. "What are we going to do today?"

Talking to My White Child About Race

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

"Mommy," he piped up from the back seat in his sweet little voice, "I don't like people who have different skin color than mine." My brain sort of froze, but I stayed on the road as I gulped in discomfort.

The Ostrich and the Pelican

Elena Kryzhanovskaya | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Elena Kryzhanovskaya

In late August, I start thinking about how this summer has gone and remember the highlights of summers past. When confronted with a challenging perso...

Boost Your Child's Self-Confidence This Back-to-School Season

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Brett Blumenthal

It is no secret that our childhood has a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves as adults. And so, what better time to lay the groundwork for healthy self-esteem, self-talk and self-belief than during childhood?

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.

The (Naughty) Joy Of Judging Other People's Parenting

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

At the end of a recent flight from San Francisco to Philadelphia, my neighbor took it upon himself to gnaw on the seat in front of me, coating the che...

Teen Interrupted

Alisa Schindler | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

I watch his hulking, itching to grow pre-teen body go. He's so far from that little boy in the crib, but there's still some baby left in there. And just like with all the milestones, this leap to teenager is bittersweet.

Surviving the New (Not So) Normal

Kara Gorski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.08.2014 | Women
Kara Gorski, Ph.D.

While there are a lot of things about life with my kids that make our reality as a family different than it would have been BC (that's, "before cancer" in our house), those things in the end are just our normal.

On Bedside Baptist

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

I recognized the heaviness and sadness to be a tremendous feeling of guilt. Guilt that I would somehow impairing or negatively impacting my children's spiritual development all in the name of a few extra winks.

A Love Letter to Emilia and Francesca

David Kirsch | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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.

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.

Teaching Our Son About Death, One Fish At A Time

Beth Kae Kanter | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Beth Kae Kanter

I can still picture the bright Sunday afternoon my friend Melissa, also known as "Aunt Melissa," surprised us with the red betta fish.

Sorry, Kids -- I Will Never 'Let' You Beat Me

Beau Coffron | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

The thing is, games aren't always just about fun. Sometimes they can teach us about life.

Gynecomastia and My Traumatic Day at the Beach

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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.

5 Secrets of Raising Charitable Kids

Melinda Blau | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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.

39 Reasons Why My Son Won't Eat Dinner

Beau Coffron | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

My 4-year-old son has a new reason every day for why he won't eat.