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Watch: Talking about periods to young girls

"So school does not teach girls about periods, parents don't talk about it. Where do the girls go? Two decades ago and now -- nothing has changed.”

Watch: Why kids need 'structure'

"When does the learning process begin? Does it begin in first grade? No, no, it begins the first time a child in a mother's arms looks up at the mother...That's when language begins. That's when love begins. That's when structure begins,"

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Watch: When a girl made a deal with her father so that she could go to school

When Kakenya Ntaiya was in the eighth grade, it was time for her to undergo female circumcision as per her community rituals. And then, she would have to become a wife. But she wanted to become a teacher. Watch how she worked out a compromise with her father.

'Let's make it easier for people to have babies'

"It seems in order to invest in our future, we actually have to invest in the present and help those people who want to become parents...Babies have always represented humanity's best, boldest, most beautiful infinite possibilities."

Watch: How a mother dealt with the grief of losing her son 6 days after birth

The mother was three months pregnant with twins when the doctor informed her that one of them, Thomas, had a fatal birth defect called anencephaly, that is, his brain was not formed correctly as a part of his skull was missing.

Watch: How to cope with parenting challenges in war zones

The mothers -- almost half of them were now widows of war, or didn't even know if their husbands were dead or alive -- described how they felt they were coping so badly. They watched their children change and they had no idea how to help them. They didn't know how to answer their children's questions."

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Watch: How books can empower your child

"Books have given me a magic portal to connect with people of the past and the present. I know I shall never feel lonely or powerless again."

Watch: To understand autism, look each other in the eye

When her son was diagnosed with autism, Carina Morillo knew almost nothing about the condition. Since Ivan didn't react to words or speak, she talks about how she found ways to communicate with him.

Does a child think of a sperm donor as family?

These questions have become all the more important in the context of modern families that come together through adoption, second marriages, surrogate mothers and sperm or egg donations.

Watch: How a grieving mom created a video game on cancer

The mother of three, along with her husband, decided to take her two other sons on the journey with a story of a brave knight fighting a dragon called cancer.

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