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Watch: A Parent’s Nightmare at 5AM

By Brandy Black

Have you ever had an issue with a toy that just wouldn’t stop talking or hearing a sound in your house that you can’t quite place? Here’s what happened to us at 5AM when we thought animals were being attacked outside of our house.

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Parenting with a Vulnerable Heart

By: Amber Leventry

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“Tell them there is no such thing as an ordinary girl,” said Bloom.

This is the high point of the crescendo, the sucker punch that killed insecurity and doubt, the line that is delivered from one girl to another in my favorite new children’s book. Trust me on this one: buy Bloom, written by Doreen Cronin, for your daughters, your sons and yourself. It empowers girls to believe...

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Parenting & Kids: The Work is The Goal

By Tanya Ward Goodman

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It’s Friday night and I’m in a dance studio in Atwater with a bunch of pre-teen girls. My friend, Wesley and I have been leading this group for just over a year and although we bill it as an “empowerment and learning group,” it’s more like a think tank with brains of all ages. We get together, eat a snack and ponder the big and small questions.

“Okay,” I say. “Your goal is...

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18 Easy Ways To Raise Feminist Boys

By Joanna Shroeder

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Do parents intend to raise sons who will grow up to be sexists or harm women? Of course not! Most parents hold their little baby boy in their arms and dream of all the good he might do for the world.

But we can’t rely only upon our own dreams to help our boys grow into good men. After all, everywhere they look in society will be examples of how not to be a good man. They’ll see...

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What Not To Say To Prospective Adoptive Parents. And What To Say Back

By Jillian Lauren

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Would you walk up to a pregnant woman and tell her about your friend’s cousin’s daughter whose infant died of a rare disease, offer her the unsolicited tale of your hairdresser’s daughter’s home birth gone wrong, tell her about every mother you know visiting her teenager in rehab, etc.? Would you walk up to a woman expecting a baby and volunteer every horrific possibility...

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Watch: How Parenting Changes Your Relationship

By Brandy Black

Preparing your relationship for kids is not easy and getting through the first 2 years after having children even more challenging.  Here are some tips from two moms on how parenting has changed their relationship and what we would have done differently.  

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Dad Makes Awesome Stormtrooper Costume For His Star Wars Loving Daughter

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Father Jim Brock saw an online post last year that showed people how to make a Stormtrooper costume out of a children’s toy sold at Walmart. As a guy who’d made his own pretty awesome costumes in the past, he decided to try out the article and make this Stormtrooper costume for his daughter who just so happens to love Kylo Ren.

Four-year-old Autumn was pretty excited about the idea, but she had...

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10 Gay Parenting Memes. Finally.

By: Amber Leventry

There are many examples, usually told through modern day story telling written as a meme, of the trials and triumphs of being a parent. Parenting rigidity decreases while sleep deprivation increases with each child; chaos is the new normal; our kids would rather throw their food than eat it, and we are fine with the new meaning of cleanliness. Gay and straight parents can laugh...

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A Thank You To Kid-Free Friends

By: Amber Leventry

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When everyone of my five member family is home, it’s loud, messy, and usually chaotic. It’s great to have such animated, strong-willed, confident kids, but it’s also exhausting. Our three kids, ages five and two and a half, love each other, show each other kindness, and have (short) stretches of time when they play nicely and calmly as a triad. But they are more likely to be...

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20 (More) Reasons My Daughter Isn’t Speaking to Me

By: Shannon Ralph

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A couple of months ago, I published an article entitled 20 Reasons My Daughter Isn’t Speaking to Me. Since that time, in true tween fashion, my nine-year-old daughter has continued her embittered vow of silence. Okay, lets’ be honest. The silence part isn’t so bad. It’s a nice break from the eye-popping, ear-splitting, door-slamming,...

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Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care

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Families and the way they were formed cannot be fit into one tiny box. With that said, we want to see our own types of families in the news, on TV, in pop culture, featured in advertisements, and even in movies.

It’s especially important for children to see themselves and their families featured in things like films. It makes them proud of who they are, where they came from, and their loving...

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What Twins Do When Big Sister Is Not Home

By: Amber Leventry

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Sometimes when my partner and oldest daughter leave for work and preschool each morning, I wish I was the one leaving the house to go to a job without twin toddlers as bosses. Staying home full-time with my boys can be really hard and lonely. For the most part, it’s not so bad. We have a rhythm that is different than on weekend days. I am a bit—um, controlling—so we also have a...

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