Father Factor

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend essentials

The Q: How do my kids’ relationships with their father or another male role model affect how they approach relationships with their parents and others now and in the future? A: It’s almost impossible to overestimate the importance of a …

My Hospital Confession

Hello Dearest honestly

Hello, Dearest I have a confession: I didn’t feel that “instant love” that moms talk about when they first see their child. Please understand, I love my child. I loved her before I saw her, before I held her. But …

Queen for a Day

Alicia Bruxvoort honestly

“What do you really want for Mother’s Day?” my 10-year-old daughter asked on a Sunday morning as I stashed the breakfast dishes in the dishwasher and scrubbed drizzles of caramel off the kitchen counter. I glanced at the clock, at …

The Baby Registry Shuffle

Rachel Oliver honestly

Hello, Dearest I’ve changed the pack n’ play three times on my baby registry, the highchair twice, and I go back and forth deleting and re-adding the adorable birdie swing. Who knew there would be so much pressure registering for …

Light Bulb Moment

Liz Sagaser honestly

Hello, Darling The tiny light bulb in Paisley’s night-light burned out recently, and I was relieved to find that we did indeed have that odd size of bulb tucked away at the top of a kitchen cabinet. No mommy wants …