Exceptional, Defined by Jerry Mahoney

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‘Not typical,’ sure…but also, ‘outstanding.’ As this Westchester father battles his ‘gay dad guilt,’ his daughter unwittingly reminds him that he may just need a shift in perspective. Author Jerry Mahoney with his daughter, Sutton. “Does it ever make you sad not to have a mom?” I looked into the eyes of my 4-year-old daughter, Sutton. It’s a question I’d always... Read More

Ichabod’s Ghost by Abby Sher

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A Brooklyn mom, haunted by mistakes she’s made so far, finds peace and forges ahead with love. The first time I dropped my daughter Sonya on her head from a great height, she was approximately 8 months old. We were staying overnight at my uncle’s cabin in the backwoods of Connecticut. There was a plaque by the front door of the house that read: 1789, ICHABOD STODDARD. My cousins... Read More

The Passage by Sprague Theobald

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A divorced Manhattan father reunites his three grown children for a risky trip to the Arctic. As their boat navigates a place few others have ever been, they find themselves on more than a physical journey. We were hundreds of miles from help. We were high in the Arctic, in uncharted waters. Ice was moving in from the north and would soon have us in a death squeeze with the ice... Read More

Et tu, Brute? Learning to Let Go by Maria DiGiorgio

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It may feel like a small betrayal every time your child takes a step away from you (first day your child resists nursery pickup, anyone?). This Long Island mom of a high school freshman is (still) learning to let go.   It’s amazing to think that with each metaphorical step we take in life, we are letting go of something: letting go of fear, of restraint, of self-doubt, of... Read More

Laugh In by Tovah P. Klein

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Your kids’ mischief and mayhem may turn your world upside down, but it’s in those exasperating moments that humor is most likely to save you. Being a parent is a serious endeavor. Yet, anything taken too seriously loses what matters and squashes the joy. I think back to the questions my college students posed during my first pregnancy. “Are you nervous about having a baby?”... Read More

The Garden Party by Marcelle Soviero

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Years later, a mother’s sad memory is forever changed by her daughter’s very different recollection of the same day. My oldest daughter, Sophia, turned 5 one month after her father moved out. I planned her fifth birthday party with the obsession only a newly separated mother could bring to such a task, pouring everything into the details that would make my girl happy, as if... Read More

The Wait and Again by Eleni Coffinas

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Three years after filling out paperwork to adopt a baby from China, this NYC mother met her daughter—a moment in which time stood still, and the waiting finally stopped.   The Moment finally arrived on Oct. 8, 2007. The long wait that had begun three years earlier, when I filled out an application, was about to end. The 8,000-mile, 20-hour plane trip brought me to a gray... Read More

Kids, Art, My Heart by Amy McNamara

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A writer asks: Is it possible to give oneself over to creative endeavors when your most vital creation, your children, requires equal love and attention? I always wanted kids. I remember learning around age 5 or 6 that it was the girls, not the boys, who got to have the babies, and thinking with glee, Suckers! Boys paraded their strengths and immeasurable freedoms around the playground... Read More