Five Steps to Becoming the Perfect Parent

Five Steps to Becoming the Perfect Parent

Josh Misner wondered what he would tell his children if they ever asked for advice on how to be a good parent. Here’s what he came up with…

Shell Shock

PTSD

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

Still Beating Heart

Heart

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

Six Terrible Lessons I’m Teaching My Kids

Six Terrible Lessons I’m Teaching My Kids

Dave Lesser breaks down the best- and worst-case scenarios that could result from some of his more questionable parental lessons that he’s been passing down to his children.

Fourteen

Mom and Son

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

Building Father-Child Memories That Last

Building Father-Child Memories That Last

Scott Behson spells out how parents can use the behavioral concept of the “availability bias” to help them build happy, lasting memories with their children.

The Lessons I Learned After Nearly Hitting My Child

Nearly Hitting My Child

John Edwards learned a valuable lesson about bringing your baggage from their childhood to parenthood the day he almost hit his child.

Nine Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Comic-Con

Nine Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Comic-Con

Tom Burns has some advice for geeky parents who want to take their geeky kids to their first-ever comic book convention.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Gay People, By a Gay Person

How to Talk to Your Kids About Gay People, By a Gay Person

Chances are, straight parents, one day, your kids will ask you about gay people. Jerry Mahoney has some advice…

33 Reasons Why This Dad Is Quitting Smoking

33 Reasons Why This Dad Is Quitting Smoking

Husband and father Nick Geurts has assembled a list of reasons why he can’t justify smoking any longer.

Marriage After Kids: Finding that Lovin’ Feeling Again

Marriage After Kids: Finding that Lovin’ Feeling Again

When Vijay Mann became a parent, he found his marriage tested in ways that he never could’ve imagined. This is how he and his wife fought their way back into each other’s hearts.

I Haven’t Killed My Kids Yet

I Haven’t Killed My Kids Yet

Jeff Dotts didn’t immediately fall in love with being a dad, but found solace when he realized that, just like in any other job, parents are making it up as they go…

Parenting Sucks and I Love It

Parenting Sucks and I Love It

Bob Wire wants you to know that being a parent is ugly, dirty, and harder than it looks. But also that it’s worth it.

Why Moms are to Blame for Babies Saying “Dada” First

Why Moms are to Blame for Babies Saying “Dada” First

Dave Lesser has his own theory regarding why babies often say one parent’s name long before the other

17 Signs That Your Home Might Be Infested with Kids

17 Signs That Your Home Might Be Infested with Kids

Cort Ruddy has assembled a list of 17 sure-fire ways you can tell if your house might be crawling with children

Call for Submissions: Marriage and Parenthood

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