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Parenting


by Debbie Milam

Have the holidays become too commercial for you? Are you feeling empty and unfulfilled during this time of the year? This year by making some simple changes you and your children can truly make the holidays...

by Francesca Biller-Safran

With the advent and popularity of Myspace, kids are finding themselves with less actual space than ever, however virtual they think it may be. As they spend hours uploading photos and recording every...

by Francesca Biller-Safran

Not all women are fit to be mothers and not all men are fit to be fathers; and I am sure you will agree this is one of the more politically incorrect statements that you will ever read. Wrestling with this...

by Francesca Biller-Safran

Even though parenting is the toughest job on my side of the fence, I still would not trade it anything. That is unless you would have asked me last night when I fantasized about selling my children to anyone...

by Francesca Biller-Safran

While there is no greater joy in the world than having a happy, contented child; the same can be said for children in having a happy, blissful parent. We can lavish all the money, entertainment and love in...

by Francesca Biller-Safran

There is perhaps no feeling as surreal as realizing that you have in fact become your parents. The other day I actually heard myself saying to my youngest child, “Because I said so.” Just then I felt myself...

by Francesca Biller-Safran

Accidents, schmaccidents! If anyone should be crowned Ms. Reigning queen of tripping on her own feet, even if at times just for comedy's sake, I'm your girl. But what isn't so funny is the following...

by Francesca Biller-Safran

Where would we be without hearing “Because I said so” or “Money doesn’t grow on trees?” Yes, I’m talking about dear dads and all of the great wisdom and advice they give, no sarcasm meant whatsoever. As...

by Leon Baxter

I can’t turn down a challenge. My wife, Mary, knows it. Be it beer chugging, arm wrestling, or burping the Star Spangled Banner. If I’m challenged, I can’t say “no”. Although there was no prize to win, no title...

by Leon Baxter

All traditions start somewhere, sometime, with a someone. People plant the seeds that time waters which eventually grows into legends. And, what legends they become, many the backbone to the innocence of...

by Leon Baxter

Before I became a parent, I had lofty visions of my role as a father. I’d sit comfortably in my E-Z chair, puffing upon my tobacco pipe with an aromatic ring of smoke encircling my head like the gray halo of...

by Leon Baxter

How could I have been so selfish? My father-in-law, Manuel, was passing away and all I could think about was me. It was the first week of fall and Manuel (who I’d known nearly two decades) had suffered his...

by Leon Baxter

When Madison was born everyone said she was the spitting image of me, her old man: the eyes, her jaw line, skin tone. In the delivery room she had one ear plastered against her head and the other perpendicular...

by Leon Baxter

I can’t think of anything that can single-handedly warm a man’s heart like the day his baby first calls him, “Daddy.” It instantly brings tears of pride to the burliest, sideburn-wearing, tattoo-covered,...

by Leon Baxter

She took her first steps the day before she turned nine months and I’ve been chasing my daughter, Maya, ever since. Before she was one, she’d already traversed Mt. Living-Room-Bookcase. Shortly after, she’d...

by Leon Baxter

It was quite possibly the best day I’d ever spent with Madison. The memories of my daughter as an infant didn’t seem “just like yesterday”, but more like months, than years, had gone by. Mary, my wife, had...

by Leon Baxter

My wife, Mary, and I are the type of parents who are of the belief that a baby cannot be “too breast-fed”. Well, actually, it’s my wife who’s of that belief. I’m more of the camp that believes that nursing is a...

by Leon Baxter

It seems like by the time we’re adults, we’ve either fully integrated aspects of our parents’ psyche and behaviors into our own lives or have cast them aside, far aside, like our Spice Girls albums and our Y2K...

by E Claudette Freeman

Divorce - the word alone brings up a roller coaster of emotions. When two people find themselves in the crux of ending a relationship that ideally should have lasted a life time there is anger, resentment,...

by Cc Brackman

Forget all the sleepless nights, the midnight feedings, the endless crying; nothing is as tough on a parent as potty training a child. I have trained two boys. I don't know anything about training girls....

by Cc Brackman

Kids don't discriminate; they'll eat anything as long as you don't try to force them. The key is to encourage them without them realizing you're feeding them something that's good for them. In other words, you...

by Conrad Brown

David, our youngest son, came by for his annual visit this week. Sometimes he gets to come more than once and some years we’ve missed the grace of his presence altogether. You see, David works in the maritime...

by Conrad Brown

It’s wonderful, the clarity you get when you awaken in the middle of the night and yet don’t open your eyes. I woke at 4:51 this morning. I know the time because I squinted at the clock with the red letters...
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