You Be the Judge by JJ Keith

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One mother shares some hard truths about ‘the village that it takes’ and encourages real conversation about how to be a parent in today’s world. Conversations about parenting have gotten a bad rap, and not for nothing. Because there are so many of us figuring it out as we go along with minimum advice or help from our own parents, shit has gotten extra personal. However, if... Read More

10 Parent Do-Overs For 2015 Including “Embrace the Mess” by Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

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I’ve found that hindsight gives you great insight, and if you hang in there a few more months, what drives you mad now will be gone with the next thing your child finds interesting. So, stay curious and take naps. When my first daughter was six and my youngest was two, I came to a realization that helped me parent in a much different fashion. You see, I’ve always been... Read More

Princess Smee by Christina Vercelletto

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When her child scores an unexpected part in the play, this mom learns a lesson about treating her daughter like a girly-girl. Amelia Vercelletto, right, as Smee My daughter, Amelia, had just let me know she won the part of Allana the mermaid in the fifth-grade production of Peter Pan. My congratulations was rolled in with a question. “Oh that’s great—is it a nice costume?!” She... Read More

Teaching Julia to Love by Tina Traster

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This Rockland mother rescued her child from a Siberian orphanage at 8 months old. She had no idea she would have to save her daughter again, this time from a disorder that threatened to tear her family apart. Tina Traster (right) with daughter Julia Julia dashed off the school bus and bounded down our path with her usual verve. I was sitting on a bench in our foyer, white as a ghost. “What’s... Read More

First Day of School by Rajdeep Paulus

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When you miss your kid getting off the bus—and she takes the scenic route around the neighborhood then back to school to wait for you in the principal’s office—remember: It’s going to be okay. Really, it is. This local mom shares her recipe for back-to-school success. The author’s daughter Sarah, 5, on her first day of kindergarten, photographed gettingoff the bus since... Read More

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