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.

No Child Left Behind and Common Core—Are They Working?

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No Child Left Behind may not be meeting the needs of the many, only the few. Christian Lyons explores this disparity.

5 Heartbreaking Lessons Every Parent Must Learn

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While parenting is great, Tor Constantino shares an underlying sadness that all loving parents ultimately face.

Parents Behaving Badly, Part III: So, You Want To Be A Coach?

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Hank Zona’s straight-talking advice for coaches who are also parents.

Communicado

Phone

Sam Pittman considers the relationship between poetry and more prosaic forms of communication in this father-son poem.

Because He Reads the Bible

Bible

Dakota Garilli expertly explores the age-old tensions between religion and sexuality, parents and children.

Divorce: The 7-Letter Word My Kids and I Never Want to Hear Again

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Twice is nice, but not when it comes to divorce. Dawn Elyse Warden shares the heartbreak of second separation.

Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate!: Dr. G’s Guide to Effective Parenting

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Chrisitan Toto reviews Dr. Deborah Gilboa’s newest book.

Raising Compassionate Boys: The Power of Touch

Boys Hugging

Kozo Hattori explains how and why he is getting his sons back in touch with nurturing physical contact.

10 Simple Steps to Stop Toxic Parenting

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Toxic parenting sets the stage for abusive adults and starts a cycle that is hard to escape. Thomas Fiffer offers 10 dos and don’ts to keep your parenting healthy and safe.

At Buttermilk Falls

Ditch the Cover: A Dad’s Feelings on Open-Air Breastfeeding

Todd Davis offers a powerful poem of listening, reflection, and the natural world.

When My Father Woke

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Pay close attention to Ed Madden’s poem about an invalid father; the speaker reveals perhaps more than he intends to.

I’m Tired Of Having To Fix, Learn, And Improve All The F**king Time. When Does It Stop?

Give me a break.

Steven Lake is at the end of his rope. Or is it the beginning of a new way of being?

Sunday Morning Chocolate

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Pepper Trail presents a touching slice-of-life in this jewel of a poem.

Biography of a Heretic

Pray

Daniel W.K. Lee challenges parental expectations and a son’s subtle pressure to conform.