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

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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?

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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

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

What 50 Fathers Told Me About Parenthood

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Jordan Gray was back and forth on whether or not he wanted to have children, so he interviewed 50 fathers to hear what they had to say.

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.