The 5 Most Awesome Parenting Stories of 2013

2013 was a big year for parenting, and we learned some awesome things about our kids.

2013 was an awesome year for parenting. The DOMA decision changed the lives of so many families, and more and more toy stores announced they were going gender neutral. Yay! Check out the five most moving, heart-warming parenting stories of the year.

The Commercial Your Daughter Needs to See Right This Very Minute 
Less than 3 in 10 graduates in STEM fields are female, and GoldieBlox is here to change that. This awesome company encourages girls to become engineers, and we couldn't get enough of their commercials.

A Same-Sex Mom on the DOMA Decision: "It's a Profound Relief"
Our vote for the best news of the year? The Supreme Court finally struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, giving same-sex couples the same marriage rights as straight couples. This is incredible news for parents everywhere, no matter who you love.

A Gay Dad on the Boy Scouts Vote: "It's a Hollow Victory"
The Boy Scouts took a step in the right direction when they finally decided to welcome gay youth, but apparently gay troop-leaders are still a no-no. What gives, Boy Scouts? This piece from a gay dad on the decision is touching, and will hopefully help the organization re-think their backwards policies.

Goodbye, Boy Aisle! Toys R Us UK Is Going Gender Neutral
Hooray! We know separating toys into "girl" and "boy" categories promotes damaging gender stereotypes, so we were thrilled to hear Toys R Us stores in the UK were going gender neutral. Here's hoping the States follow suit soon!

After Boston: Why I'll Still Take My Kids to Watch Marathons
The Boston tragedy shook the nation, but it didn't stop this family from sharing their love of running with their kids. Teaching your kids to have courage and continue to do what they love is always a win in our book.

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