Fall Down a Child, Rise a Man

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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?

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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

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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

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

I, Robot

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

Accidental Lessons I Learned From My Father

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A thank you from a daughter to a father.

Goodnight Moon

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

How Our Three Boys Raised Us

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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 […]

Conjugal

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R.G. Evans takes a sobering look at a failed marriage and a man’s attempt to do right by his daughter.

Dear Dad: The One With the ‘Former Co-Sleeper Wannabe’

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A mom with a four year old who likes her bed better than his asks Brian Gawlak for some advice.

A Sunday Walk with Father

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Todd Davis draws tight parallels between the world of trees and the world of humans.

6 Parenting Lessons from Little League Baseball

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It’s more than just a game and offers valuable life lessons.  — Little League baseball fields everywhere are buzzing with excitement. The smell of fresh cut grass on the ball field means spring has sprung. Baseball is such a metaphor for life. Is a bad break in the past keeping you from being the parent […]

Touch: A Letter to Mother

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L. Lamar Wilson writes of a gay son, an ill mother, and their deeply felt intimacy.

How to Teach Children About Desire

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Stephen Scott Whitaker raises the uncomfortable yet important subject of one’s children’s burgeoning sexuality.

Dear Dad: From the One With the Discipline Trend

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Brian Gawlak has three strikes when it comes to disciplining other people’s kids.

Dreamboys

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L. Lamar Wilson illustrates the challenging intersection of childhood, homophobia, and race.