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

Duality

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.

How My Business Saved My Life

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After several miscarriages, they found peace and a way to move forward. — Have you ever experienced deep loss in your life? A loved one dies and you are set adrift in an ocean of your thoughts. You search for a memory—some meaning—or anything you can to bring you back to shore. I almost kept floating. For […]

10 Things I’ve Learned That I Didn’t Know 10 Years Ago

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Krushangi Maisuria is finishing high school this year. But her wisdom vastly exceeds her age.

The Readers (after Robert Hayden)

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Recalling Robert Hayden’s classic poem “Those Winter Sundays,” Philip Clark presents his own remembrance of a father and his sacrifices.

Watching Apocalypse Now

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Michael Frizell writes of Vietnam and the father who was there.

On Plans to Build My Daughter a Tipi

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Speaking as a father to a young daughter, Adam Hughes explores the gap between expectation and reality–parental promise and parental failure.

Somehow the Music

Undated

Grant Clauser offers an affecting poem on those who are often alone during the holiday season.

The Bet

Dad-Son

Like many great poems, Mike Crossley’s piece about a father’s playful challenge to his son can be understood in many ways.

My Son’s Voice Changed Today

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There’s nothing quite like a good short poem to punch you in the gut. Joshua Wood’s piece does just that.

Poem for Saturday

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Justin Hamm offers his own simple philosophy of thanksgiving and celebration in a poem that will ring true for many.