To Meddling Parents of Grown Children: STAND DOWN!

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As parents our ultimate goal should be to produce self-sufficient humans who will make good choices in life.

Orphan

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On Parents Day, Tammy Palazzo reflects on her version of growing up alone.

Next Town Over Kid

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Mark Ward paints a chilling picture of parental abuse based on gender performance and implied sexual orientation.

Shell Shock

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Scott Hightower depicts a vulnerable veteran from a child’s perspective, to powerful effect.

Still Beating Heart

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Short, lyrical, and imagistic, Kevin Minh’s poem contains all the compact power of a baby’s heartbeat.

Fourteen

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“Fourteen” is Telaina Eriksen’s heartfelt letter to her teenaged son, and the man she hopes he becomes.

Johnny’s Father

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Stephen Mead offers up a short, powerful piece on someone else’s father–a father who is as memorable as he is flawed.

From Dude to Dad: Unlocking the Possibilities of Fatherhood

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A self-confessed “dude” acknowledged his ignorance on the eve of fatherhood and started a movement to make extraordinary fathers.

After Years of Separation, All This 85-Year Old Man Wanted Was to See His Daughter Again (Video)

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Bert is an 85-year old man who said his only wish was to see his daughter again, “before [he] goes.”

it gets better, by halves

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A creative and disturbing piece from Sean Patrick Mulroy on childhood, neglect, and silence.

Mirror Boys

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Bryan Borland honors his husband and anticipates their future son in this breathtaking poem. This is how you write a love poem.

Damnation by Firelight

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Using the unassuming structure of the prose poem, Jim Churchill-Dicks presents a disturbing, emotionally-charged moment between father and son.

Parents: “Good Enough” is the New “Having It All”

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Aaron Gouveia thinks parents are setting the bar too high, and that real happiness is having enough.

Tears of Our Fathers

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This past October the 18th Annual At-Home Dads Convention was held. It was a success. Here is Dad on the Run’s take on the experience.

Why Divorcing a Family Member Might Be an Act of Unconditional Love

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Compassion for yourself and unconditional love go hand in hand.

Raise a Kid You Would Like to Have a Drink With

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Jeff Hay thinks parents should lead by example—and that you can learn a lot about a person from the way they handle a bar stool.