Kalon Poemsan hour ago
It's Better This Way
For as long as I remember, my parents always bickered back and forth. For as long as I remember, my parents never kissed, hugged, or held hands. When my father tried to pull my mother close, she would...
Miranda Floyd2 hours ago
Into the Lion's Den
If you forget to water a flower, it'll surely die. If you run over a flower garden, it'll fight to survive. With people it's the same concept. When I was in my mid-twenties I met a boy who was three y...
Eliza Beth2 hours ago
I Did Not Want to Be a Mother
It is true. I never had plans to become a mother. That sounds silly now typing it. In all reality, at a young age MOST kids do not think about being a mom. I knew I wanted to go to school and have a c...
Thoughts on the Death of Billy Graham
So Billy Graham died. What an impact this man has had on my life. But not in the sense most would think. LOVE, is not what came to my mind when I read of Billy Graham's passing. My mind was filled wit...
How I Coped With Having a Miscarriage
Many women dream as a kid about having the perfect wedding and having children of their own. To be just like their moms. I always wondered if I would have children or if I even wanted children. After ...
arielle ma day ago
Want for a Family
I feel like I should introduce myself. Hi, my name is Arielle and I want to be a mom (I feel like this is where a bunch of people would go 'Hi Arielle'). But there's a catch on my path to motherhood. ...
Sherry Campbell10 days ago
Things You Should Never Ask a Postpartum Mom
People think that they know everything about a pregnancy, whether it be because they have their own children, or just from second-hand experiences. However, this does not mean that you know exactly wh...
Michael Bauch22 days ago
Table for Six
I've seen it, the fearful look of dread as we walk into a restaurant. Oh, at church it’s usually fine, but go to a store or fast food joint and suddenly all eyes are on us. We dare... to have more tha...
Adrienne Amya month ago
The Voice of a Child
I am a firm believer in not bubble wrapping my future children. This includes teaching them how to deal with a scraped knee following a natural consequence, to dealing with rude kids at the park, and ...
Layne Radlauera month ago
A Hard Rain
We heard the news. On this night, my mother was in Los Angeles at a “quit smoking” resort (she still smokes.) My brother, Franz, had come to join us. Pointer, our family friend, also decided to enjoy ...
Yvonne Glasgowa month ago
How to Help Your Kids Be More Creative
Creativity is so important, for adults and for children. Without creativity, I don’t know how I’d get through each day. Luckily, my mom allowed me to be creative when I was a kid and pushed me to use ...
Kids Say the Darndest Things
The unfiltered truths from the fruits of our loins. And the creepiest things they've ever said. Help?
Parenting Wars
Do or do not - there is no try. The ins and outs of one of the most difficult jobs on earth: parenting.
Nature vs. Nurture
What plays into our humanity? Nature vs. Nurture – how two factors affect one individual.
Emma Coonan13 days ago
Words He Cannot Say
I write with no intent for sympathy. I write with no intent of money or to be pennywise. I write because these words may never be spoken otherwise. I write because I love so deeply. And I write becaus...
Carla Ceccarelli14 days ago
Pines in the Caribbean
THE NURSING HOME Part One: First, a thoughtful challenge; I am willing to bet many folks under the age of 45 have never given much thought to the passage of time. Under 45'ers generally don't think ab...
Life as a Daughter of Agent Orange, Part 7
Somehow it does not feel as if it has been a week since I last posted. A lot has gone on and frankly, I needed a breather from travelling back through my own timeline — as in Doctor Who, travelling on...
Never Settle for Second Fiddle
We all have many things going on in our lives at a given moment. Those things compete for attention, forcing us to prioritize where we commit our energy. I grew up with a father who placed work and hi...
Mikaela Merritt9 days ago
No Right Way
The moment you find out you're going to be a parent is incredible and unique. Some feel scared, others excited, and to some it is even akin to a miracle. No matter your initial feeling, each parent-to...
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J G11 days ago
Breastfeeding Tips From a Breastfeeding Mom
If you’re reading here, you may be struggling with your first baby to latch or it’s been years since you’ve had a baby and need some ideas on what to try. I’m going to give advice on things that have ...
Hillary Aston19 days ago
Grandfather’s Hand
The beeps coming from the hospital equipment were the only noises in the pristine room. The smell of antiseptic stung Maggie’s nose. She walked up to her grandfather’s bed. He had tubes coming from hi...
Dain Kern2 months ago
Effects of Corporal Punishment
Many Americans believe that physical punishment is effective and harmless, despite what research shows. This form of discipline can mentally damage a child in a number of ways. Physical punishment use...
Sapphire Ravenclaw3 months ago
Shared Birthdays
Given that there are more than 7 billion people on the planet and only 365 (or 366) days in a year, it is clearly impossible for every person in the world to have a different birthday. Taking smaller ...
Destinee Howard2 days ago
An Open Letter to My Mother
I want to start by saying I'm sorry. I'm so sorry that, throughout my childhood, I took you for granted. I took you being there for granted. You were, and still are, the best mother a girl could have....
Shyann Katz2 days ago
The Beginning
When we were kids, we couldn't wait to grow up. To turn 16 and get our license. To graduate school and go to college, or get a job and move out on our own. We believed when we were kids by the time we...
Devon Stewart3 days ago
Rewrite My Life
I've often wondered what it would have been like, to be born into a different life, different family. Unfortunately for some, we have to play the cards we've been dealt, right? I catch myself in envy ...
Eliza Beth2 hours ago
I Did Not Want to Be a Mother
It is true. I never had plans to become a mother. That sounds silly now typing it. In all reality, at a young age MOST kids do not think about being a mom. I knew I wanted to go to school and have a c...
arielle ma day ago
Want for a Family
I feel like I should introduce myself. Hi, my name is Arielle and I want to be a mom (I feel like this is where a bunch of people would go 'Hi Arielle'). But there's a catch on my path to motherhood. ...
Eliza Beth2 days ago
I Am a Mom
Of course I love my kids to death. And if it came down to it, yes, I would sacrifice my life for the lives of my kids. But at the same time I do not live by or for my kids. I am not a helicopter paren...
How I Coped With Having a Miscarriage
Many women dream as a kid about having the perfect wedding and having children of their own. To be just like their moms. I always wondered if I would have children or if I even wanted children. After ...
Fran McAdam2 days ago
Joining the Dead Parents Club
March 20. The day I officially became a member of the Dead Parent Club. An otherwise normal day in the history of my life. But actually, looking back on it now after all this time, it actually stands ...
Keleigh Kilgore3 days ago
Funerals
When my daddy died, my mom was so sick from chemo we had to put off his funeral. The plan was to have a viewing, funeral, then have him cremated. Instead, he was cremated the day after he passed. I am...
Anne Mawathe15 days ago
5 Ways to Protect Your Children Online in the Age of Malware
The theme of this year's Safer Internet Day, which is marked every January 6 is Create, Connect, and Share Respect. There is no better time to focus on the safety of children than now. While it has op...
Hayden Sciera22 days ago
How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Get a Piercing!
My parents have never liked piercings. "If you get a septum ring, you'll look like a bull!" (I now have a septum ring). "If you get piercings, you'll never get a job!" (I now have six piercings, five ...
Andrea Dawsona month ago
6 Enjoyable Ways to Bring Your Family Closer Together
Some families drift apart once all the kids have grown up. They only speak to each other on special occasions. Nobody even picks up the phone on a Sunday afternoon. Is this what you want to happen to ...
Miranda Floyd2 hours ago
Into the Lion's Den
If you forget to water a flower, it'll surely die. If you run over a flower garden, it'll fight to survive. With people it's the same concept. When I was in my mid-twenties I met a boy who was three y...
Thoughts on the Death of Billy Graham
So Billy Graham died. What an impact this man has had on my life. But not in the sense most would think. LOVE, is not what came to my mind when I read of Billy Graham's passing. My mind was filled wit...
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Paytan Addley2 days ago
My Senior Year from Hell
Senior year, the best year of your life... or so they say. The year started like everyone else's, walking in the doors of my high school for the last time, saying "hi" to my friends that were gone all...
Life with a Famous Sibling
I can guarantee the first thought going through your mind after reading the title of this story is, "who is the famous person?" Now, I am not going to blow your mind and say my sister is Miley Cyrus o...
Joy Ergang12 days ago
A Letter
Dear Brother-In-Law, I've noticed that you are a tortured soul. Lashing out when the expectations you have set up for yourself aren't met. Placing blame on others for actions you alone have committed....
A Letter to My Big Sister
Dear Sister, In the very beginning of my life, my first day here on this earth I was greeted with two smiling faces one of which was our mom's and the other... Well, the other was yours. Even at the a...
Winter Nichelle4 days ago
My Broken Family
My childhood was never normal. My dad was a construction worker and my mom was a CNA. They brought in enough income to keep our family afloat. I was the oldest of 3 children. I loved each of my parent...
Selena Villegasa month ago
If You Come...
If you come to one of my family parties (which is almost every weekend), you will be welcomed with open arms. Immediately, you will be by who ever's house it is, shake hands with everyone in the room,...
Megan Beecha month ago
Family Differences
I love my family, don’t get me wrong. I consider them to be one of the most important things in my life—maybe even the most important thing! My family has carried me through everything—my depression, ...
Tessa Jayne11 days ago
I'm Sorry, Mama
I remember bragging about you, Mama. In my little girl eyes, you were a hero. Even then, I knew that at your age, you were something special. Like most, if not all grandmothers, you had a brutal past,...
Amber Van Wort12 days ago
Are You Hungry?
“Are you hungry?” Grandma hollered from the kitchen. I was still in the doorway knocking the snow off my boots, but I knew not to bother with an answer, as she would already have the table set when I ...
Ashley Grecco12 days ago
If I Would've Been Friends With My Grandmother
My grandmother, whom I called Nonna, which is Italian for grandmother, passed away this summer on June 22, 2017. It definitely is odd, knowing she isn't around anymore. My grandfather has lost his lov...