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Boots and Sparkle

Al DeLuise | Posted 12.02.2012 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

The first thing I need to say is that Boots and Sparkle are not strippers. Let me explain.

A Letter to My Daughter on Her 6th Birthday

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Wendy Fontaine

When I was pregnant, I tried to imagine what you'd be like. I thought you might like flowers and the color pink, so I decorated your room in violets and made you a rose-colored quilt. Today, your bedroom is covered in Star Wars posters and pictures of sharks.

Is a Child's Behavior Always a Reflection of His Parents?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.15.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Being away from parents is a good thing. It gives kids room to grow and explore in new ways. We will still be the most influential people in our children's lives, but they don't have to be -- and shouldn't be -- our mirror image.

Cooking Healthy for Kids

David Kirsch | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
David Kirsch

As a single father of 3-year-old twin girls and the founder and owner of the Madison Square Club and David Kirsch Wellness Co., staying fit and healthy is at the top of my list. I have always believed that nutrition plays a major part in one's overall wellness quotient.

What My Sons Realized About Me That I Couldn't

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Susan McCorkindale

"You only snack when you're sad. But the thing is, you're not sad. You're happy," my son replied. "And you feel bad about it. Like you're hurting Dad or you don't deserve it or whatever. Well you're not, and you do. Capeesh?"

Being a Single Gay Dad

Derek Nicoletto | Posted 11.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Derek Nicoletto

My marriage -- much like those of countless heterosexuals -- didn't last. That divorce rendered me single, gay and father to a hilarious, precocious little boy. So, what makes me different from all other divorcées?

Single Mothers in Poverty: A Symptom of Failed Economic Policies

Riane Eisler | Posted 10.31.2012 | Parents
Riane Eisler

It's high time we change the conversation about both the economy and single mothers.

Motherhood Is a Singular Experience

Tamar Abrams | Posted 10.09.2012 | Parents
Tamar Abrams

The country would be better served by ensuring that all mothers are supported as they raise future generations of Americans. Ultimately, motherhood is an act of love and faith in the future.

To End Poverty In America, We Need To Pay People Decent Wages

The New York Times | PETER EDELMAN | Posted 07.29.2012 | Business

Ronald Reagan famously said, “We fought a war on poverty and poverty won.” With 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — now coun...

How My Husband’s Mistress Took Over My Life

Annette Powers | Posted 09.23.2012 | Divorce
Annette Powers

Although we've been separated for two years, I still have a hard time facing the fact that I was cast out and replaced by another woman. It's like watching a movie in which someone else lives my life.

Will Smith’s Ex On The Right And Wrong Way To Co-Parent

Sheree Fletcher | Posted 09.18.2012 | Divorce
Sheree Fletcher

Here are a few things I had to do in order to get to a place where I could be the most effective mother and co-parent possible.

My Daughter Thinks I Hate Her

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 09.18.2012 | Parents
Wendy Fontaine

Sometimes hostility is just a test. Sometimes anger is really an affirmation. And sometimes, when you learn to read between the lines, hate mail looks a lot like a love letter.

President Obama Disproves the "Broken Home" Theory

Etan Thomas | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Etan Thomas

Although having a single parent household may not be the most favorable situation, it is reality for a quarter of all kids in America today. Why shower them with negative statistics and lower their expectations and possibilities in life?

A Father's Day May Be About Mom as Well

Laura Stepp | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
Laura Stepp

I believe that sometimes we pay too much attention to the structure of what used to be the traditional family unit, and not enough to the relationship that can grow between father and child no matter what the living arrangement is.

Fathers Have More Fun

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 08.12.2012 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

Are parents happier than their childless peers?

Tom Zeller Jr.

Poverty Calculator Highlights Hurdles Facing Poor | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 06.07.2012 | Impact

Imagine a single, unemployed mother of two children -- an infant and a 4-year-old preschooler. She's unskilled and her work options, at least at the ...

The New Family Network: More Than Ever, It Takes a Village

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Melanie's husband died suddenly at 35, leaving her to care for their three sons, ages 8, 4, and 10 months. She had no family nearby. Turns out, she had something just as valuable: A network of friends.

What I Miss Most about My Daughter's First Years

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 07.21.2012 | Parents
Wendy Fontaine

Some days, I lay next to her in bed in our new apartment, wondering when the sorrow of divorce would stop. I wondered whether we would survive.

Female Role Models: The Absent Conversation

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.14.2012 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The great post-feminist irony is that in an age of hard-won female opportunity, media is channeling that opportunity to a place of hyper-sexualized stupidity. It's not who you are -- it's how hot you are.

Do Daughters Of Divorce Make Good Moms?

Anne Vitiello | Posted 07.11.2012 | Divorce
Anne Vitiello

Contemporary divorced mothers -- whether single, remarried or blending families -- worry and wonder about how our decisions will impact the children. Can we mitigate the emotional damage? What kind of parents will they grow up to be?

The Perks Of Being A Family Of Two

Jena Kingsley | Posted 07.07.2012 | Divorce
Jena Kingsley

An incomplete family was a rarity in the Magic Kingdom. People all around us, including families we talked to in line would ask, "Is it just the two of you?"

The Importance of Strong Role Models in Raising Sons and How to Find Them

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.04.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The fact is that no parent -- be it mom or dad -- should/can be all things at all times to his or her child.

Will My Son Remember Life Before Divorce?

Annette Powers | Posted 05.03.2012 | Divorce
Annette Powers

My three year old's daddy phase is driving me crazy. My married friends tell me their kids went through the same thing, but when my son asks for his daddy it, it feels so loaded.

The Plight of Single Mothers

Marten Weber | Posted 06.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

It's a glorious feeling to be an activist in the name of individual freedom, whether gay or straight. One always feels rewarded by the expressions of support. "I am what I am" is such an easy goal for a liberal mind, but there is a dark spot that bothers me immensely: the plight of single mothers.

Why Bashing Your Ex Is Bad For The Kids

Rosalind Sedacca | Posted 06.18.2012 | Divorce
Rosalind Sedacca

I know it's challenging sometimes not to criticize your ex, especially when you feel totally justified in doing so. Find a friend or therapist to vent to. Don't do it around your children.