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Trust Me, It Gets Worse... Wait, Really?

Regan Long | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

It's tough being a parent for all of us. There are different worries that I'll endure and battles I'm sure to face, but I'm a mother -- it's my job to worry. There will never be another day for the rest of my life that I'm not worried about my children.

Who's in Charge? Are You a Wimpy Parent?

Richard Greenberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

Children are not equipped to have the responsibility that we give them by letting them be our boss. It's just not fair -- they have far less life experience than we do and they are much more comfortable being led than they are being asked to make decisions.

A Heartfelt Promise For The Mom In The Mirror

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

You have given everything -- your sleep, your body, your career, your marriage, your life -- to this child. And, you, mommy, are doing an amazing job.

From Riot Grrrl to Cheer Mom

Amelia Zatik Sawyer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Amelia Zatik Sawyer

For our family, cheerleading is something that gives our daughter pride, strength and confidence in herself -- things my days as a riot grrrl taught me as well.

A Better Answer To My Friend's Question About Being A Mom

Rachael Clarke | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

It was one of those moments where I wished words were tangible, able to be yanked back or clapped away like eraser dust.

Why The Decision To Raise My Son Vegetarian Was An Easy One

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

As he grows older, I hope that he will think critically about his food and understand that even dietary choices are moral decisions, and not simply made for health reasons or reasons of convenience.

I'm Done Making My Kid's Childhood Magical

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Bunmi Laditan

Do we want to teach our children that the magic of life is something that comes beautifully gift-wrapped -- or that magic is something you discover on your own?

10 Things The Experts Won't Tell You About Parenting

Kristen Hansen Brakeman | Posted 05.26.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hansen Brakeman

I've read a ton of parenting books over the years, often desperate for insight or answers. But what I've found is that most parenting advice is just trite hooey.

The Inconvenient Truth About Being A Mom

Jennifer Benjamin | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Benjamin

There are going to be boo-boos and tears and sickness. That's just real life. So maybe the best thing we can do is be resilient, and show our kids how to be resilient, too.

Talking to Kids About Ukraine

Richard Greenberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

I would counsel that there is absolutely no reason to tell a small child about what's going on in Ukraine, because I think that child really only cares about what's going on in the kitchen.

5 Ways To Speak To Your Children Without Opening Your Mouth

Anjali Joshi | Posted 05.19.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

A good chunk of communication between humans, regardless of age, is non-verbal. That means your children are listening even when you're not speaking.

Finding my Cultural Identity for the Sake of My Son

Anjali Joshi | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

It wasn't until I got married and began thinking about starting a family of my own that I saw a problem with being so culturally illiterate.

How Mary-Louise Parker Combats Feeling 'Unsuccessful'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women

It's hard to believe that the gorgeous Emmy-award winning actress Mary-Louise Parker would ever feel inadequate. But it happens, she told HuffPost Liv...

6 Ways Having Kids Is Like Not Having Kids

Mike Julianelle | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Your personality and interests and even your lifestyle can survive the transition to owning children, believe me.

Mrs. McJudgerson At The Mall

Julie Cole | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Julie Cole

We mamas have to stick together and commit to not letting the Mrs. Judgy McJudgersons' voices silence ours. We will continue to take our kids on outings and refuse to listen to any parenting poison.

It Is Not My Job To Make My Kids Happy

Grown And Flown | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

Being a parent calls on every physical, intellectual and emotional resource we have. It is a long, complex process, and I, for one, made it a whole lot harder than it needed to be.

Why Mama Needs To Be Alone

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Zsofi McMullin

Mama needs to be alone now. Not for too long, just a couple of days. Really, you won't even notice that she is gone. OK, maybe you will. But really, it's for the best.

What Does It Mean To Be A 'Good Mom'?

Jennifer Benjamin | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Benjamin

I know my kids and I know myself and I'm doing what works best for all of us. It may not be everyone's parenting model, but it's ours.

5 Hard Truths About Parenting

Chrissy Kelly | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Chrissy Kelly

No matter how lengthy or difficult the days are, it's nice to know we can get through them together, arms raised high, enjoying the ride.

The Question I Ask Myself The Most As A Mom

Jessica Rassette | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rassette

I have to believe that in the years to come my babies won't remember the times I said "wait" nearly as clear as the times I said nothing and sat to be with them. I have to believe that as long as I am scraping out every last part of me that I have to give to these children, like scraping out the guts of a pumpkin, and even if after all of the scraping it still doesn't feel like enough, I have to believe that if I'm really trying then it is enough.

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.

The Words I Hated To Hear My Daughter Say

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

What is it about girlfriends that makes us go against every fiber of our beings just to be accepted? I wish I had the answer.

Things I Thought Before I Knew

Amy Flory | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Amy Flory

I still don't have the answers, but for a girl who doesn't love surprises, I am more and more comfortable with the mysteries of life. My goal is the same as my father's before me, to "screw my kids up just a little less than my parents did me."

'Stop Stuffing Your Face and Sit Down!' Compulsive Overeating and ADHD, 6 Tips for Parents

Varda Epstein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Varda Epstein

Keep the gates of communication open and enlist your child's help in fighting the temptation to overeat. With a can-do attitude, the two of you can win the battle, every time.

8 Unique Reasons You'll Be Happy You Had Children

Tara Campbell | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Tara Campbell

Sometimes I think my experience is unique and other times I realize it's not. There are many moments that make you scratch your head, like when interesting artifacts show up on your mantel, unexplained pictures show up on your camera, or a homemade pie shows up when you haven't even made it to the kitchen yet.