Latest in Families
  • Sarah Kaminski
    Published about 12 hours ago
    4 Ways to Help Your Parents from a Distance

    4 Ways to Help Your Parents from a Distance

    A parent-child relationship is one of the most evolving and versatile relationships we, as humans, are ever going to have.
  • Isla Wright
    Published a day ago
    The Importance of Family Holiday Rituals and Traditions for Making People Happy

    The Importance of Family Holiday Rituals and Traditions for Making People Happy

    When I was a kid, I really looked forward to every single holiday, as I knew what it meant for me. A lot of delicious food, a lot of presents, mostly toys, and the whole family in one place. I look forward to them even now, of course, as things have stayed pretty much the same, except that I don’t get toys anymore. Over the years, holidays have come to mean a lot more to me, as I always get the feeling of belonging somewhere, and not being alone. I always wondered if that’s everything about holidays that makes me happy, or is there something more. If you’ve had these kinds of thoughts as well, keep reading and find out what’s so special about holidays that boosts our happiness.
  • shopiadicousta
    Published a day ago
    7 Important Things About Child Support All Fathers Must Know

    7 Important Things About Child Support All Fathers Must Know

    A divorce between parents is always an unfortunate incident for the children. A loving and healthy relationship between the mother and the father is always responsible for sowing seeds of good values in the child. But, if at all, you cannot avoid a divorce, some things should always be the priorities. The first and foremost is “child support.” Have you stopped to consider what the words mean? The first thing that might come to our mind is meeting the financial expenses of the child. Though a child has emotional needs as well, child support tips help the fathers understand how to manage the various obligations.
  • Joseph Webb
    Published a day ago
    The Alley

    The Alley

    Cigarette smoke billowed and followed AC drafts from the ceiling above, searing the eyes of children and seniors alike. Whirling electronic sounds escaped the murmuring machines, as teenagers to the next lane appeared to be having the time of their lives—perhaps even the highlight of their lives. We devoured the pitchers of beer, to stomach the onslaught of laughter and those crackling, cacophonous sounds. Each strike, spare, or even gutter ball were announced to the lounge, as if the bowling alley had transformed into an arcade on steroids. Laughter penetrated any reflection of what had transpired two nights ago. Velda, Joshua, and his girlfriend could not help but notice my existential unease—my detachment. In that moment, I realized this could not happen to my family, rather, time and space were illusions—manmade constructs to ease the understanding of physics, to laymen and scholars alike. I felt somewhere—somehow—Ella was with me. I could still smell her locks of hair. I heard her call my name from the back of the alley. She was there. She had never truly left—or so I would not accept.
  • andrea wainer
    Published 2 days ago
    In Plain Sight

    In Plain Sight

    She was not at all what I expected. After reading part of her manuscript, I assumed she would be meek, timid, small and quiet. She was nothing like that. She was filled with happiness, magnetic, joyous yet calm and grounded. She laughed easily and made people feel comfortable in her presence. She was likable and filled with positive energy.
  • Jessica Grace Raso
    Published 3 days ago
    Retail Therapy in a Necklace (or Two)

    Retail Therapy in a Necklace (or Two)

    A couple months after my hysterectomy, a mom at the park casually asked me how many kids I want to have. It was too soon, I had no quippy answer prepared to shrug off the question, and it caught me off guard. I ended up telling her everything that happened to me, and she reciprocated with stories of her own postpartum experiences. I am grateful for sisterhood, motherhood, personhood. Grateful to wear the marks of what it took to bring my children into this world. Grateful to be surrounded by supportive people who make space for me to express my hurt and confusion out loud.
Staff Picks
  • Rosalind Sedacca
    Published 2 months ago
    Coparenting: 7 Success Strategies After Divorce

    Coparenting: 7 Success Strategies After Divorce

    Divorce affects every child differently. However, all children of divorce do best when both parents stay actively involved in their lives. This continuing connection makes a positive difference for children of all ages—even teens—minimizing the fact that their parents no longer live together.
  • Tomás G Robinson
    Published 2 months ago
    Sometimes, Facebook Hurts... Kinda

    Sometimes, Facebook Hurts... Kinda

    According to the every-now-and-then reminder notice from Facebook (also known as Memories), it's been six years since I took Alex to a celebratory lunch after we attended his graduation ceremony for promoting from Tevis Junior High School to Stockdale High School. I was so proud of him, and it was some rare quality time he and I would share that became less and less common as he got older, and I moved farther away.
  • Ayla Burk
    Published 2 months ago
    Transgender Woman... Mother of 4 Boys?

    Transgender Woman... Mother of 4 Boys?

    How can this be? I know I am a woman at heart, but am a father... of four boys, nonetheless. As if raising four boys to become amazing men wasn’t full of its own challenges. Throw my being transgender and it’s quite an adventure. How lucky am I though to be a parent of blood borne children! I am so blessed!
  • Rebecca Bailey
    Published 2 months ago
    Failure

    Failure

    I had failed, that’s all I could think. I was a failure as a parent, a foster parent and a decent human being. In training, they all but said that if we disrupted it was all our fault because we weren’t trying hard enough. (Disrupted means asking a child to be removed from your home before they are reunified, sent to live with relatives, or moved to their forever home). I had tried so hard, but I just couldn’t take it anymore and this child and our family was suffering because of it.
  • Rebecca Bailey
    Published 3 months ago
    Attached

    Attached

    “I couldn’t be a Foster Parent, I worry I would get attached.”
  • Natalie Lennard
    Published 3 months ago
    The Four Radical Things the Queen Did in Her Last Birth

    The Four Radical Things the Queen Did in Her Last Birth

    Royal homebirth has been in the press a lot lately. Both Kate Middleton and Megan Markle considered having their babies at home, and just their suggestion was poignant—Royal homebirth hasn't been the norm for decades.
Featured Collections
Advice
  • Jenn Melon
    Published 7 days ago
    Tips to Avoid Spoiling Your Kids Without Necessarily Depriving Them

    Tips to Avoid Spoiling Your Kids Without Necessarily Depriving Them

    You don’t want to see your kids growing up spoiled. It would be difficult to discipline them. They will insist on doing what they want and might even refuse to listen to what you have to say. Yes, you love them so much and you want to give them everything they deserve. It doesn’t mean that you should spoil them. There are still great methods to give them their wants and needs without crossing the line of being spoiled. These are some tips to help prevent them from getting spoiled without necessarily making them feel like you’re depriving them.
  • Olivia Picton
    Published 20 days ago
    How to Know When Your Spouse Could Be Lying

    How to Know When Your Spouse Could Be Lying

    You had a fairy tale wedding, and then all of a sudden life hit. All of your dreams simply disappeared, and over time you grew more and more distant in your relationship. If this sounds familiar, then read further to get a better understanding of why you may feel like you are living with a wolf in sheep's clothing.
  • Claire Raymond
    Published 26 days ago
    How to Cope with Your Dysfunctional Family

    How to Cope with Your Dysfunctional Family

    Scroll through your Facebook feed and within one minute I can guarantee that you’ll see a post about how great family is. And don’t get me wrong, families can be great, in fact I hear some of them can be really nice people. But not always. In fact, members of your family can sometimes be the worst people you’ll ever meet.
Children
  • Isla Wright
    Published a day ago
    The Importance of Family Holiday Rituals and Traditions for Making People Happy

    The Importance of Family Holiday Rituals and Traditions for Making People Happy

    When I was a kid, I really looked forward to every single holiday, as I knew what it meant for me. A lot of delicious food, a lot of presents, mostly toys, and the whole family in one place. I look forward to them even now, of course, as things have stayed pretty much the same, except that I don’t get toys anymore. Over the years, holidays have come to mean a lot more to me, as I always get the feeling of belonging somewhere, and not being alone. I always wondered if that’s everything about holidays that makes me happy, or is there something more. If you’ve had these kinds of thoughts as well, keep reading and find out what’s so special about holidays that boosts our happiness.
  • andrea wainer
    Published 2 days ago
    In Plain Sight

    In Plain Sight

    She was not at all what I expected. After reading part of her manuscript, I assumed she would be meek, timid, small and quiet. She was nothing like that. She was filled with happiness, magnetic, joyous yet calm and grounded. She laughed easily and made people feel comfortable in her presence. She was likable and filled with positive energy.
  • Carlos Fox
    Published 5 days ago
    Choosing the Right Products for Your Baby

    Choosing the Right Products for Your Baby

    Welcoming a new member into your family is one of the most exciting moments, and one of the purest joys that you will ever experience. But, as any parent will tell you, it is also an incredibly stressful experience!
Extended Family
  • Melissa Hevenor The Psychic In Your Pocket
    Published 10 days ago
    My Life with Robin (Part 2)

    My Life with Robin (Part 2)

    When Ruthie Ann was halfway out the birth canal, the doctor told Brenda to take a deep breath and prepare to push. When she did, Ruthie’s fragile, premature, little body slipped back into the birth canal, depriving her of precious oxygen for 45 seconds. In a panic, the doctor reached inside and pulled Ruthie into the world. It seemed as though the physician made a horrible mistake, which would ultimately lead to Ruth Ann’s physical disability, later diagnosed as Cerebral Palsy. However, because I am from the non-physical world and understand things from a higher perspective, I will tell you that this event was no accident caused by a doctor. In actuality, this act was the fulfillment of Ruthie’s own spiritual destiny. In a spiritual sense, she already knew the difficulties she was about to encounter in this lifetime. In a moment, her spirit hesitated as she tried to retreat to the warmth and comfort of her mother’s womb just one second before she was fully present in the physical world. It was in that second Ruthie questioned her resolve to fulfill her destiny. She did not feel ready to endure such hardships in the life that lay ahead. Understandably she tried to escape the difficulties that she would face by retreating back into her mother’s womb.
  • Arlene Placer
    Published 25 days ago
    Aunt Mute

    Aunt Mute

    Yes, that’s what she was called. I don’t know if I ever remembered her given name. But Aunt Mute it was.
  • Kevin
    Published 3 months ago
    Why Summer Is the Best Time for Family Time

    Why Summer Is the Best Time for Family Time

    While it is essential to try and make time for your family each and every day throughout the year, it is especially important that you try to make time for your family and friends during the summer.
Fact Or Fiction
  • Cheryl E
    Published 28 days ago
    Constant Consistant Continual Confirmations and Coincidences

    Constant Consistant Continual Confirmations and Coincidences

    In 1995, as my family was headed to a Wednesday night church service, my nine-year-old daughter decided to take her stuffed Lion King toy. A guest speaker was in the pulpit and during her message, she spoke about Mufasa from the movie The Lion King. My little girl squeezed her toy and smiled with glee.
  • Paula Walker Baker
    Published about a month ago
    The Surprise of Her Life (Pt. 2)

    The Surprise of Her Life (Pt. 2)

    It had been a long night. At least for D. Of course, O. would go into labor during a terrible storm. A tornado watch had been issued for the Small Town area about six o'clock the previous evening. Rain was falling in sheets and one could barely see their hand in front of their face. A green tint fell over the sky and it was a good thing they lived so close to the salon; just about three blocks. If the weather was good and they weren't dog tired, they could walk home. Since O. had been pregnant, though, they had been riding home. It felt a little extravagant to be driving a mere three blocks and the exercise would have been great for her, but who was he to tell her she would benefit from the walk? Besides, standing on her feet all day, booked solid with appointments, he knew her body must hurt. At the very least, he knew her feet were tired. Good thing they rode home because she went into labor just about the second they crossed the threshold. D.'s mother lived with them and took care of M. and B. while they were at the salon. D. ran into the kitchen, where Mama was preparing chicken and dumplings for dinner, telling her it was time to go to the hospital. He grabbed her suitcase which was parked at the front door and they left. The trip downtown would take a good 20 minutes and that was only if there wasn't much traffic. Good job Central Expressway was completed in Small Town last year. It sure helped make the trip downtown seem shorter. They made it in record time and the nurse guided her to a room while he stayed at the desk completing paper work. The contractions were extraordinarily painful and only two minutes apart already. O. wondered how long it would be before this baby made its way into the world. She hoped the stormy weather would not be indicative of this baby's life.
  • Paula Walker Baker
    Published 2 months ago
    The Surprise of Her Life (Pt. 1)
Grandparents
  • Suzanne Scott
    Published 12 days ago
    A Boy Named Garrett

    A Boy Named Garrett

    I never aspired to be a grandmother; I wasn’t against it, just never thought much about it. Then, along came my granddaughter, Madison, my first grandchild and I was in love.
  • Graham Stewart
    Published 14 days ago
    Grandpa Badass

    Grandpa Badass

    This morning my wife woke me up by saying, "They stole our car from in front of my parent's house!" Not a nice way to start the day.
  • Malori Clarke
    Published 14 days ago
    A Letter to My Beautiful Friend, as You Become a Grandma

    A Letter to My Beautiful Friend, as You Become a Grandma

    Seven months ago, you stood in front of me with an enormous smile, hardly able to contain your excitement. “I have something to show you!” you said, handing me your phone.
Grief
  • Joseph Webb
    Published a day ago
    The Alley

    The Alley

    Cigarette smoke billowed and followed AC drafts from the ceiling above, searing the eyes of children and seniors alike. Whirling electronic sounds escaped the murmuring machines, as teenagers to the next lane appeared to be having the time of their lives—perhaps even the highlight of their lives. We devoured the pitchers of beer, to stomach the onslaught of laughter and those crackling, cacophonous sounds. Each strike, spare, or even gutter ball were announced to the lounge, as if the bowling alley had transformed into an arcade on steroids. Laughter penetrated any reflection of what had transpired two nights ago. Velda, Joshua, and his girlfriend could not help but notice my existential unease—my detachment. In that moment, I realized this could not happen to my family, rather, time and space were illusions—manmade constructs to ease the understanding of physics, to laymen and scholars alike. I felt somewhere—somehow—Ella was with me. I could still smell her locks of hair. I heard her call my name from the back of the alley. She was there. She had never truly left—or so I would not accept.
  • Jessica Grace Raso
    Published 3 days ago
    Retail Therapy in a Necklace (or Two)

    Retail Therapy in a Necklace (or Two)

    A couple months after my hysterectomy, a mom at the park casually asked me how many kids I want to have. It was too soon, I had no quippy answer prepared to shrug off the question, and it caught me off guard. I ended up telling her everything that happened to me, and she reciprocated with stories of her own postpartum experiences. I am grateful for sisterhood, motherhood, personhood. Grateful to wear the marks of what it took to bring my children into this world. Grateful to be surrounded by supportive people who make space for me to express my hurt and confusion out loud.
  • Angela Brigance-Vance
    Published 11 days ago
    A Girl's First Love...

    A Girl's First Love...

    Yesterday was a day I will never forget. My dad had been in and out of the hospital over the last few weeks for having his blood sugar going from dangerously high to plummeting dangerously low as we introduced insulin. It was so hard to get regulated it seemed, and adding to the stress was the fear of every dose of insulin given, he could end up in hypoglycemic shock. I was wearing out. We finally got it regulated, and I felt like I could breathe again.
How To
  • Mia Morales
    Published 11 days ago
    How to Keep Your Family Safe at Home

    How to Keep Your Family Safe at Home

    Home should be the safest place for you and your family. However, it is a sad fact of life that, even at home you and your family are not completely safe. There are still a lot of dangers that exist in a home. Here are some ways that you can protect your family at home.
  • Kerrie McLoughlin
    Published about a month ago
    What to Do When Your Child's Pet Dies

    What to Do When Your Child's Pet Dies

    “Our dog Chloe was really old for a dog, and couldn’t do that much stuff anymore. She couldn’t see or hear, so someone came to our house and put her to sleep. I felt really, really sad, because she was a good, behaving dog. I started crying. The whole family was sad because they loved her. I still miss her,” says nine-year-old Audrey Jones. There’s no doubt having a pet is a special part of childhood. Pets bring joy and fun to a household. So how do you handle it when that pet dies?
  • Kerrie McLoughlin
    Published about a month ago
    Stocking Up On Meals Before (and After) Baby’s Arrival

    Stocking Up On Meals Before (and After) Baby’s Arrival

    Let’s get real here. Once your baby arrives, you won’t have time for basic hygiene, let alone cooking. Babies are on their own time schedule, which means when you’re ready to prepare a fabulous five-course meal, your crying bundle of joy is ready to be held nonstop. And who wants to spend Baby’s future college fund on take-out? Besides, the goal is to lose the baby weight, not to pack on more pounds eating pizza day and night just because it’s a quick fix.
Humanity
  • Nattalie Gordon
    Published 7 days ago
    Bathroom Boundaries

    Bathroom Boundaries

    By Nattalie Gordon
  • Shaquille William
    Published 10 days ago
    It All Starts at Home

    It All Starts at Home

    They say when you're in your twenties, you go through “Phases” that occur at certain points in life. These phases shift the person you are to start a new point. But as we go through our shifts, we take hits that ultimately affect us as we move on… Well at least try to. These hits are turn into our “Issues,” and if those issues are not given their much-needed attention, over time we’ll have to work twice as hard to survive the emotional hell that is our life. I see life as a plant; the seed is planted and if nurtured correctly, it will blossom into something beautiful. It will eventually lose life when the roots are no longer able to be nurtured and cared for anymore or if something gets in the way of its life cycle.
  • Cheryl E
    Published about a month ago
    The Library Is Not What It Used to Be

    The Library Is Not What It Used to Be

    There was a time when library shelves were filled with old dusty books. The librarian was an older person, usually a woman who was modestly dressed. If you spoke too loudly she would put a finger to her mouth and tell you "Shhh." I cannot ever remember in my 61 years ever hearing kids shouting and running through a library, that is until now. Libraries today are vastly different than what they used to be. Instead of rows and rows of books on shelves, most libraries today are filled with video games, CDs, video game systems, and DVDs. Unsupervised children run around shouting, play fighting, and having outdoor games such as hide and seek and tag indoors.
Immediate Family
  • unknown writer
    Published about a month ago
    Hate

    Hate

    To say the least, my life is a fucking train wreck at the moment as it has been for quite a while. I thought I may have had it all in check at sometimes, but it would always come crumbling down every time that thought ever entered my mind. Usually they say get therapy, or connect with nature, but what if your body, your soul and mind don’t allow you to do that, and each day spent in bed becomes the reason for this suffering. What do we do then? Not a single person’s words are going to help, be it good or bad ones. The bad ones just constantly hurt, and the good ones you're questioning yourself about. Like is this really true, am I really a beautiful, clever, and confident individual. This feeling leaves you questioning the slightest of things, as well as the most important ones, such as your own life.
  • Diane Campbell
    Published about a month ago
    Di the Book

    Di the Book

    Introduction
  • Almárëa Laurësil
    Published 2 months ago
    A Simpler Time

    A Simpler Time

    My mom is a very interesting person. The experiences of her life have shaped her into the strong woman she is today. I wanted to better understand how this shaped her and learn about her life. I started by asking her about her childhood. It was 9:54 PM, on August 23, 1973, the hottest day of the year, when Grandma Jackie delivered Michelle Bonnie Gackstetter into the hands of Dr. Richard Mulder. When he unwrapped the umbilical cord from her neck, and she started to turn pink instead of blue, he probably started calling her 'Pumpkin.' My mom said, “The Catholic nuns from the hospital in Ivanhoe, MN, would pray for me every day from then on out, and knowing that has always made me feel a little more close to God.” I like to think that my mom has always been a fighter. I never knew that she had been born with her umbilical cord around her neck. I bet that really scared my grandma.
Parents
Siblings
  • Rebekah Battle
    Published about a month ago
    How to Hate Your Life...

    How to Hate Your Life...

    "I hate my life! I hate my life! I want to get out! I want all of this to end!" I screamed angrily into my pillow. It was not a loud scream, but a soft one with all the ferociousness and intensity from my body of a loud one... I do not have the privilege of letting out my frustrations for the neighbor and their dog to hear.
  • Kota Wolfe
    Published 3 months ago
    Missing Sister Found!

    Missing Sister Found!

    Today I went out with family! Mom found my sister who was missing for months, and we decided to celebrate. She was not hurt, she was a bit dirty and looked like she had been hiding on the streets and stuff. Mom is gonna take her to get checked, and get her new clothes and stuff, and get her set up with an apartment!
  • Lucinda Koza
    Published 3 months ago
    Brainstorm, Now Earthquake

    Brainstorm, Now Earthquake

    For the first time in my life, I can feel myself aging.