Here’s to the cycle breakers who fight to give their kids a childhood they didn’t have.

There are superheroes among us. Disguised as ordinary moms and dads, members of this league of extraordinary parents change diapers, pack lunches, and tuck kids in at night just like the rest of us. But behind the scenes, they battle forces of darkness none of us can see. My dad was one of these superheroes. I don’t remember when I first took note of the cape tucked neatly under his sweater vest, but by the time I left home, I had some idea of how much time and energy he spent fighting the villains in his head. Growing up, I heard stories and parts of stories. A grandfather beating his wife before chasing his sons down an alley with his …

People are loving this hilarious viral post about a dad bottle-feeding his baby in public.

Despite being the primary method of feeding babies for-literally-ever, breastfeeding in public is still a hot topic of debate. As someone who’s written about parenting for more than a decade, I can attest that few topics prompt a greater outpouring of opinion than breastfeeding in public. The first blog post I ever had go viral was a response to breastfeeding in public criticisms. My most-shared article for Upworthy was about public breastfeeding finally being legally protected in all 50 states. And this video I made for a commenter on that post who said she didn’t want to see women breastfeeding in public has been shared thousands of times across various platforms: Never feel uncomfortable watching a woman breastfeed again! A …

A dad used his daughter’s princess phase to teach leadership skills, and it’s perfection.

The way this dad handled his daughter’s “princess phase” is parenting at its best. Thanks to Disney upping their princess game with strong, independent female leads, raising a princess-obsessed daughter isn’t as potentially problematic as it used to be. But parents still worry that their little girls’ fascination with sparkling crowns and palaces may lead them to unhealthy ideas about gender roles and expectations. Will she think it’s desirable to be a damsel in distress waiting for a handsome prince to rescue her? Will she realize that that petticoats and corsets are totally impractical, or see them as the sacrifice one makes for being pretty? Will she romanticize the wrong things and flush away everything her feminist foremothers fought for? …

This man used to be homophobic. Heres why hes now a huge supporter of LGBTQ rights.

Matt Hershberger grew up in conservative, suburban Cincinnati, but since he never knew anything else, the effects of that more conventional mindset didn’t phase him, at least not at first. For example, the community’s approach to educating kids about sex came down to abstinence only. “It was just ‘exercise self control’ preached to masses of horny kids,” Matt writes in an email. So unsurprisingly, he and his friends went to less reliable, oftentimes super misogynistic outlets — like the internet — to learn about sex. As a result, a strong undercurrent of toxic masculinity began to build up in them. Photo by papaioannou kostas/Unsplash. And homophobia wasn’t far behind. Some of the boys that Matt hung out with had homophobic …