Michelle Matthews has never met any of the hundreds of parents here and around the country for whom she has sewn and donated baby gowns.
Juliet Sykes watched teary-eyed as glass workers began to shape a small white heart.
Dear Mr. Dad, I have a real problem with my 10-year-old daughter: Just about everything she says is a lie. If she tells me she's texting a girl friend from school, it's probably a boy. If I ask whether she's cleaned her room, she'll look me straight in the eye and tell me "Yes," even though I know (and she knows I know) that she didn't lift a finger. If I were to ask her if grass is green, she'd probably tell me it isn't. Why is she doing this and how can we get her to stop?
We study each other, Will and I, across the arc of four generations. Seventy-six years at my end and not yet a week at his.
Add this to the ever-expanding list of ludicrous decisions, ridiculous incidents and moments that defy the most basic elements of common sense.
The first gender reveal party I attended was in our front hallway. It was what you would call low-key. Our expectant daughter-in-law arrived with a box of homemade cookies. She's not a baker, so my antennae were up.
Your 7th grader has a girlfriend. You, a late bloomer, are tongue-tied. What to say?
Calm and clear communication is so important. To get my daughter's full attention, I dress up like a giant Starbucks cup. Her eyes light up as if she's spotted Jesus.
Q: My new boyfriend wants to go to my son's baseball games with me, but he and my ex-husband have never met and I'm worried there may be a scene. How do you think I should handle this?
Q: My 6-year-old son is a bright and friendly kindergartner. Each day a color coded chart is sent home about his behavior. This year he's gone through several spells during which he will have a "bad color" for several days in a row. Each time this occurs we punish him by not allowing him to play soccer, sending him to bed early, confining him to his room for the evening, or taking away TV, but none of this is having any long-term effect. The misbehavior - talking out of turn and not keeping his hands to himself - will happen for a few days, then stop for a week or two, then start happening again, and so on. Your advice?
Someday, I swear, I am going to quit. Next month, maybe. Or next year. I've done it most of my life and it's getting old.
Tom Prudden jotted the name in his notebook almost as an afterthought. "Uncle Tony." The odds weren't good, but maybe. Maybe this was the relative who would step up and take Charlie, almost 16 and so lost and vulnerable, into his home, ending years in foster care. Though the goal in Charlie's case always was adoption, his chances were slipping away. Many kids who linger in the foster system into their teens "age out" without ever being adopted. When they turn 18, they find themselves on their own without family or much support. If they have developmental delays and disabilities, they can land in group homes.
Being the parent of a 20-something means skulking around the sidelines while your child weathers enough major events for a lifetime of "Friends" episodes.
CHICAGO - Sue Johnson is launching a marriage revolution.
If you're looking for a really unusual name, you might not have to look any further than your nearest library.
Skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace has a lot to be happy about. She recently won her first Olympic silver medal at Sochi. The mother of two was sponsored by AT&T and was involved in their national ad campaign in support of Team USA. Noelle and her family appeared in one commercial for the company, titled "Hours," and she also was in another video for the company discussing her training.
More often than not, a woman's first prenatal visit comes with a lot of do's and don'ts. What to eat. What not to eat. When to exercise. How to exercise. And most importantly, which over-the-counter medications are safe to take in the event of minor ailments like an upset stomach or a headache.
As a working mom, dinner is always the vexing question: What am I making tonight, and how quickly can I get it on the table? I'm not talking fancy or elaborate - just meals that don't take a lot of time and that my finicky guys (husband and son!) will appreciate.
Tracy Broshar knew that something was amiss by the fall of 2012. Her longtime partner, Jennifer Small, was only 49 then, but increasingly she was losing track of the details she used to be so good at handling.
The vast majority of pregnancies go problem-free, but for these moms, delivering a healthy baby was a matter of life and death.