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.

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.