Story archives - tag: "parenting"


I wrote a two-page response to a forum post about abusive parents, and two hours later started crying because I thought I'd heard my mother's voice.

tags: parenting abuse far from home loneliness homesickness contradiction [add]

2011-11-24 21:26:39 / Rating: 291 /


Every time I look at our baby boy, I am reminded of how much I don't want to do this.

tags: parenting mistake baby boy start-over depression [add]

2011-09-30 09:27:37 / Rating: 481.75 /


We each got what was important to us in the divorce: I got the kids and he got everything else.

tags: divorce parenting [add]

2011-08-24 19:29:43 / Rating: 784.25 /

Inattentive Mother

My ten-month-old son had already called my boss and sent a nonsensical text to a guy I dumped five years ago before I realized the object in his small hand was not one of his Christmas presents.

tags: parenting babies kids [add]

2011-03-09 11:19:52 / Rating: 515.25 /


I know about my daughter's dishonesty from what I've read in her diary, which leaves me unable to take a moral stand against it.

tags: diary double standard honesty secrets parenting [add]

2010-10-25 14:19:02 / Rating: 427 /

a dad

Catching my sons vomit in my hand when he threw up last night made me realise just how far I would go for my children.

tags: late night enlightment to protect and help vomit children parenting [add]

2010-03-29 14:07:13 / Rating: 725.5 /


Now that my sister is depressed, mom says it's a "damnable disease," but when I was depressed five years ago, I was just "a bitch".

tags: playing favorites parenting bias depression screwU2 [add]

2010-01-22 09:15:36 / Rating: 762.5 /

Bill Coffin

Just as I was about to tell my eight-year-old daughter the truth about Santa Claus, she said she was going to ask him to end the war in Iraq.

tags: childhood iraq christmas parenting [add]

2009-11-25 08:53:38 / Rating: 1114.25 /


On my coming out to my mother, she told the whole family, adding that if they had a problem with it, she would have no problem burying them, dead or alive.

tags: gay humor parenting [add]

2009-11-19 09:48:37 / Rating: 4666.75 /


Becoming a stay-at-home mother has made me believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking before noon.

tags: parenting drinking [add]

2009-05-28 17:38:31 / Rating: 794.5 /

Crystal Young

It was when I saw her feet dangling by the bedside wastebasket that I realized she hadn't been kidnapped, but that I had mistakenly pushed her off the bed in my sleep.

tags: childhood parenting sleep [add]

2009-04-03 13:43:19 / Rating: 619.25 /


When my three year old said that all "towel heads are evil," I knew it was time to explain how grandpop was a racist.

tags: racism parenting [add]

2008-10-13 16:48:11 / Rating: 802.5 /

Heather Rose

As I woke up from my nap to find written on my feet "This is my momma and you can't have her," I realized that my child is very, very strange.

tags: childhood humor parenting daughter strange feet art [add]

2008-09-26 17:46:59 / Rating: 4520.25 /

Not your daughter

"Just lock your door at night" is not a reasonable thing to say to your 12-year-old daughter when she tells you her stepfather is molesting her.

tags: sad parenting molestation stepdad [add]

2008-08-18 14:57:45 / Rating: 1154 /


Before I was a parent I never could have imaged that one day I would own both a horse and a saddle that are worth more than my car.

tags: parenting horses hobbies kids [add]

2008-07-07 14:18:03 / Rating: 571.75 /


I was so disappointed when I learned Santa was Mom and Dad, but I am so excited now that Santa is me.

tags: Chistmas parenting childhood Santa Claus excitement disappointment [add]

2008-07-07 13:59:19 / Rating: 1180 /

No Secret

Our father's favourite game of deserting us in public places strengthened our sibling bond.

tags: childhood parenting siblings lost [add]

2008-01-08 10:16:35 / Rating: 919.25 /


The first time my baby cried, I woke up from my 8 hour anesthesia coma, sat up in bed, and said "give me my baby."

tags: childbirth parenting [add]

2007-09-13 14:29:42 / Rating: 638.5 /


I am heart-sick because, like many parents of children with profound disabilities, my most secret and unspoken prayer is "Dear God, please let me outlive my child."

tags: disability death parenting guilt [add]

2007-06-04 10:06:58 / Rating: 1142.25 /


I'm trying to convince my mom to let me go to a co-ed sleepover, but she's like a stone wall.

tags: sleepover party parenting [add]

2007-03-20 16:39:02 / Rating: 505.75 /


I can't wait until "Cars" comes out on DVD because I am so sick of watching "Over the Hedge" non-stop.

tags: children movies parenting [add]

2006-10-31 14:08:07 / Rating: 666.25 /


My wife and I promise each other that our love for one another will always come first, but now that our daughter is actually here we both know we're lying when we say it.

tags: kids parenting love lying babies [add]

2006-10-18 14:27:23 / Rating: 868.5 /