The Apostle of Wax and Shine

Lois Roma-Deeley remembers an Italian-American father, his Lincoln, and the magic they evoked.

Why Did God Take My Baby? Dealing With Life’s Most Devastating Loss

The sky was crying. It was an unusually misty day in Joplin, Missouri, as they laid my Angel in her grave. A friend dropped a single red rose on top of the half-sized casket. It was done. My baby was gone.

After a Marriage Betrayal, a Love Child and Alcoholism, I Discovered My Ultimate Purpose

My wife of eight years confessed: she was seeing someone, and she was pregnant by another man. The child wasn’t mine. That was just the beginning.

In the Name of the Father

A boy crosses the threshold to manhood in Joy Ladin’s poem, but he’s not the only one who has changed.

10 Things the Adult Child of an Addict Wants You to Know

Our self-esteem is exceptionally low. Our addicted parents were unable to provide the love and nurturing we required to form secure attachment.


Douglas Luman considers boyhood and the difficulties of growing up in this “sourced poem.”

When Mom is Emotionally Unstable: 7 Ways to Heal

How do you figure out how to be in her presence—have a relationship with her—while not allowing yourself to be sucked into the vortex of her emotions?

The Single Most Important Trait in Raising Happy Kids

His father taught him through his example. That’s how he’s teaching his children. — You’re a natural sponge. This isn’t a process you have to learn, or something you can force. Don’t have a sit-down meeting with your friends and discuss the ways they should help you grow. That would be crazy. This is a […]

Fall Down a Child, Rise a Man

So much of who we are comes from our childhoods; how we learn to deal with pain, how we learn to cope, and how we learn to overcome.

How Will I Know When I Am in a Body?

Nora Meiners writes as the white mother of a biracial son, reflecting on black male bodies and the perils that attend them.

Why Tell Anyone if You Were Abused as a Child? Six Reasons

Just in the telling of the abuse, you are honoring the child who still remembers the pain. The confusion. The dread. The fear. And you are connecting with that child within you. Soothing him or her.

The 10 Signs That Your Child Is A Brat

Today’s parents need help. Are we raising a generation of brats? Gene Del Vecchio tells us.

I, Robot

Joy Ladin offers a bittersweet remembrance of a father who loved and was loved from a distance.

Accidental Lessons I Learned From My Father

A thank you from a daughter to a father.

Goodnight Moon

Equal parts lullaby and elegy, James Arthur’s poem is for children present and past.

How Our Three Boys Raised Us

They bought all the books and thought they were prepared. Their children had other plans. — As the parents of three boys, our life is anything but boring. We have wanted nothing more than to be a good mother and father. We wanted, actually needed, to do everything right. We bought all the popular books […]