College Drop-Out No More: Why I Went Back to School After All This Time

Credit: Dori Hartley When I was 17, I was accepted to attend Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. It was a fantastic pla...My life as an art student became my life as a cigarette smoking, espresso drinking wannabe thespian.

Essay: Sex, SpongeBob and the Occasional Meal For Mom

Illustration by Dori Hartley My daughter is going through a particularly curious phase. With her 13th birthday coming up in two mo...My daughter is going through a particularly curious phase. With her 13th birthday coming up in two months, she's both excited about the prospect of becoming a teenager and nostalgic for the good old days of being a big baby.

Opinion: Don't Let Someone Else's Little Green Monster Get in the Way of Your Talent

Jealous much? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Talent is one of those things you're either born with or without.
And, when you have it, ...
Talent is a gift. So, don't hate on those who have it.

Opinion: Life in the School Pick-Up Lane Keeps Kids From a 'Street Education'

Start spreading the news: A gritty school commute provides a great education. Illustration by Dori Hartley Each weekday, I hop into my ...Today's school car commutes put this mom in a New York state of mind.

One Mother's Love Letter to Her Daughter

Love at first heartbeat. Illustration by Dori Hartley
Dear Valentine,
Years ago, as I reclined comfortably on an examination room ta...
Upon hearing that first prenatal heartbeat, this mother was already in love.

One Mom's Heartbreak: My 3-Year-Old Son Has Terminal Cancer

Cindy Campbell's son is battling terminal cancer, but she is still hoping for a miracle cure. Courtesy: Cindy Campbell Cindy Campbell w...As the days pass, the toddler's odds of survival grow slimmer.

Opinion: Verbal Abuse Leaves Wounds That Never Heal

Verbal abuse leaves scars, too. Illustration by Dori Hartley When I was little, "abuse" wasn't a commonly used word -- at least, not ...Physical abuse leaves scars, whereas a venomous tongue has the ability to create wounds that never heal.

Opinion: Kids Feeling Peer Pressure? Sorry, Your One-Liners Aren't Going to Help

Forget being individuals. Kids just want to belong. Illustration by Dori Hartley One of the perks of being responsible and caring paren...Kids don’t want to be special amongst their peers; they want to belong. So, maybe it's time to change up your advice.

Opinion: Oprah, Ellen, Got Cash to Give Away? I'll Take Some, Please

Oh, Goddess Ellen. Oh, Goddess Oprah. Please hear our pleas. Illustration by Dori Hartley You know things are getting desperate when ...What does one have to do to get Ellen or Oprah to answer her plea for cold hard cash?

Opinion: Why Gun-Loving Sarah Palin Would Make a Terrible President for Our Children

Is this really a person you want your kids to learn from? Illustration by Dori Hartley Sarah Palin loves to shoot. Whether it's a ...Sarah Palin loves guns for killing animals. Only, guns kill people, too.

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