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Perspectives on family and parenting.

Your Voices
November 13, 2015
Two kids? It's a mixed blessing

Two kids? It's a mixed blessing

Our kids have had moments of unbelievable tenderness but have also had some epic fights. In sibling relationships, there are no guarantees.
Your Voices
November 6, 2015

It is a gift to see the people our children are becoming

We can't always see the people our children are becoming because we are immersed in the challenges of everyday life but every once in a while, we are lucky enough to get glimpses.
Your Voices
October 30, 2015
Savoring the Halloweens of costumes, Jack-o-Lanterns and young children

Savoring the Halloweens of costumes, Jack-o-Lanterns and young children

Halloween is the quintessential childhood experience. But as the kids get older, I know our days of costumes and Jack-o-Lanterns are numbered.
Your Voices
October 23, 2015
Motherhood taught me to ask for help from others

Motherhood taught me to ask for help from others

My mother always said, "You can't count on anyone but yourself." But I want my children to grow up knowing they can ask for help.
Your Voices
October 16, 2015
Minn. mom learns lessons in confidence from her strong-willed daughter

Minn. mom learns lessons in confidence from her strong-willed daughter

Recently, she came home from school and said that several people had complimented her on a new sweater: "They told me I looked good!" I asked her how she responded, and she said, "I said, 'I know!'"
Your Voices
October 9, 2015
How to talk to your kids about social media and bullying

How to talk to your kids about social media and bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month which makes it the perfect time to start talking to our kids about practicing kindness online.
Your Voices
October 2, 2015
My kids will remember me crying over a cake. How will yours remember you?

My kids will remember me crying over a cake. How will yours remember you?

I wanted to appear as legendary in my kids' eyes as my mother did in mine, but we don't get to choose the legends that define us.
Your Voices
September 25, 2015
Digital photography and the forgotten messiness of family life

Digital photography and the forgotten messiness of family life

Digital photography makes our lives seem perfect when the most beautiful moments of family life are often found in the mess of it.
Your Voices
September 18, 2015
Why helping my son with math reminds me of my father

Why helping my son with math reminds me of my father

When I sit with my son and try to help him with math, he says, in frustration, "You don't know anything!" I remember saying the same thing to my father.
Your Voices
September 10, 2015
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis cries out after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, th

Rise of the modern martyr: The trouble with explaining Kim Davis to my kids

When conservatives raise thousands of dollars for people who discriminate, I struggle to explain to my kids why bigotry is rewarded.
Your Voices
September 4, 2015

For this overwhelmed parent, there's comfort in beauty of small moments

It is hard to balance work and family, but there is beauty in slowing down and paying attention to everything around us.
Your Voices
August 28, 2015
'Coming out' as the children of LGBT parents

'Coming out' as the children of LGBT parents

We've been able to choose when to come out, but our kids have not always had that luxury.
Your Voices
August 26, 2015
Sorry, Minnesota, but I'm not a fan of the State Fair

Sorry, Minnesota, but I'm not a fan of the State Fair

Even after living in Minnesota for 23 years, I still don't understand the passion people have for the state fair.
Your Voices
August 20, 2015

Even mothers need a little time to themselves

Most mothers I know have a difficult time putting themselves first and, yes — I do believe it is a bigger problem for mothers.
Your Voices
August 13, 2015
Nature versus nurture: I was a nerdy kid, but my son is a jock

Nature versus nurture: I was a nerdy kid, but my son is a jock

Raising children with personalities and talents that are different from your own is challenging but also a gift.
Your Voices
August 6, 2015
From wooden toys to iEverything: Our family struggles with screen time

From wooden toys to iEverything: Our family struggles with screen time

When our kids were little, we wouldn't allow them to have toys that required batteries. Now, they are glued to screens.
Your Voices
July 30, 2015
Lessons from my children: What is the definition of a perfect family?

Lessons from my children: What is the definition of a perfect family?

So often, we want to do better than our parents did. But all families are imperfect.
Your Voices
July 23, 2015
Rock 'n' roll camp: A place where my daughter can be 'a different kind of girl'

Rock 'n' roll camp: A place where my daughter can be 'a different kind of girl'

Though we've come a long way, gender stereotypes still exist. But at rock 'n' roll camp, there is more than one way to be a girl.
Your Voices
July 17, 2015

Parental closeness: Why I always hold hands with my children

There is a possessiveness in the way my children hold onto me. I belong to them and it feels just right.
Your Voices
July 9, 2015
Summer memories: Trying to recreate my childhood with my children

Summer memories: Trying to recreate my childhood with my children

Thomas C. Wolfe wrote, "You can't go home again." But that never stops us from trying.
Your Voices
June 29, 2015
Our love story, our family, our marriage

Our love story, our family, our marriage

The first time we married for love. The second time we married for our kids. In light of the Supreme Court's decision on Friday, same-sex couples throughout the United States can build lives like ours.
Your Voices
June 26, 2015
Vikki Reich: I finally talked to my son about Charleston

Vikki Reich: I finally talked to my son about Charleston

We can make a thousand excuses to justify our silence but each excuse only further reveals our privilege.
Your Voices
June 18, 2015
Vikki Reich: What my stepfather taught me about family

Vikki Reich: What my stepfather taught me about family

My stepfather taught me to drive and to put in glass block windows and he taught me to redefine family.
Your Voices
June 12, 2015
Vikki Reich: From preschool to 8th grade: Marking lower-level graduations

Vikki Reich: From preschool to 8th grade: Marking lower-level graduations

Each milestone takes our children further away from us but rituals help us understand and mark the passage of time.
Your Voices
June 4, 2015
Vikki Reich: The horrors and triumphs of being a soccer mom

Vikki Reich: The horrors and triumphs of being a soccer mom

My kids have learned many lessons from playing soccer but I've learned a few myself.