Two Words and Five Strategies That Keep Your Kid Safe From Bullying

A lot of bullying these days is cyber, either through cell phones or online activities. Here are five strategies I’ve taught my son to guard him against being bullied.

Invisible Darkness

Laura Foley captures the pain of being a mother unable to help an adult son in this stark poem.

King of Pentacles

Alice Isak demonstrates the power of brevity in this hard-hitting poem about mothers, daughters, and their burdens.

The Most Valuable Asset Fathers Can Give Their Kids

Realize the importance of quality time with your sons before it’s too late. — Having quality time with their parents is one of the love languages. I teach a fishing class in Southwest Florida. Everyone who takes the class is retired from the northern United States. Many of them have never fished before. A few […]

Marvel’s Fantastic Ant-Man Plot Based on Realistic Absent Father Dynamics

She went to enjoy a movie but walked away with a profound understand of what happens when fathers are absent. — Ant-Man was well acted and exceptionally produced. But this is not a movie review. Cassie was as thrilled to see her father as he was to see her. The plot and its rich character development included two absent […]

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.

Dear Son, I Used To Be a Porn Writer. Love, Mom

Before I was a mom, I was an X-rated writer. And I was actually pretty good at it.

What it Means When You Say I’m Hot ‘For A Mom’

Attractiveness is relative. But to look at the choices a woman makes with her body and assign a tangible value to her worth and sexuality is appalling and concerning.

Coming of Age: Dad’s Influence on Girls to Women

Being a teenager is hard. Being a parent is hard. Be the Dad that bridges the gap.

6 Similarities Between LeBron James Finals Performance and My Stay at Home Wife/Mom

Even though his team lost, Travis Scott walked away with a new appreciation for his wife.

Did You Cry When He Left?

Snake Bloomstrand, on rituals that make a boy into a man.

Tree of the Apple

Kelly DuMar masterfully captures “the holy moment that saves your life” in this deceptively simple prose poem.

I Refuse To Babysit My Children

Shawn Henfling is tired of people calling every dad with his kids a babysitter.

Recognizing All Your Moms

Whether it is your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin or closest female friend, they all deserve your thanks and gratitude.

The Face of Joy

Where does pure joy come from? John Faithful Hamer can tell you.

Touch: A Letter to Mother

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