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Advice for Moms

The 3 Most Important Things Any Mom Can Do For Her Kids

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 07.05.2016 | OWN

Mothers do countless things for their children -- they help with homework, provide much-needed boundaries, heal literal and figurative boo-boos, not t...

How Writing Fiction Is Like Being a Mom

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke | Posted 04.01.2016 | Books
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

Motherhood -- and writing -- ain't for sissies. There are the sweet, breakthrough moments of inspiration or mastering the bicycle. But, most days are filled with the hard work of first drafts and runny noses.

Is There A Sweet Spot of Parenting?

Janine Huldie | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Janine Huldie

There are times when I am honestly overjoyed to be past the baby and toddler parenting phases -- especially when I am in the presence of a current parent with their screaming baby.

18 Heartfelt Pieces Of Advice For Moms Of All Daughters

The Huffington Post | Hollis Miller | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents

Every mom was a daughter at some point -- and perhaps that is why the relationship between mothers and daughters is so interesting. But just because y...

Real Moms Reveal What They Really Want For Mother's Day

Sybil Brun | Posted 05.04.2016 | Parents
Sybil Brun

I'd love to sleep in past 7 a.m.. I'd love to snuggle my baby without getting my face slapped, scratched and snatched in one fell swoop.

My 5-Year-Old Won't Wash His Hands!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

What would have to be true for your child to behave this way? Another way of thinking about this is to ask, Why does this upsetting behavior make its own kind of sense?

How Being a Mountain Guide Prepared Me To Be a Parent

Louise Storm | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Louise Storm

Being a parent means you outfit yourself with the right kid paraphernalia so you're prepared for anything. How well our diaper bag has been packed can determine the success or failure of any outing.

5 Things This Stay-At-Home Mom Learned From Her Working Mom

Olga Mecking | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Olga Mecking

Having a working mother is a gift. Without her, I wouldn't even know what is possible. I wouldn't work so hard to pursue my dreams. And of course I want to provide the same inspiration and be a role model to my children as well.

This Isn't Just A Motherhood Thing -- It's A Human Thing

Christine Organ | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Christine Organ

Unlike some women who slide into motherhood like pulling on a pair of well-worn yoga pants, motherhood for me felt more like trying to squeeze into a pair of too-small skinny jeans. I pulled and twisted, held my breath, bent and contorted and still ended up in a puddle of tears.

6 Fellow Moms Who've Taught Me Lessons Of Love

Jessica Dimas | Posted 04.08.2015 | Parents
Jessica Dimas

Throughout our lives, we meet people who influence us. Some of the best lessons I've learned have been from fellow moms. Here are six moms I'm thankful for.

Please Stop Telling Moms To Enjoy Every Moment

Toni Hammer | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

Sometimes, saying "enjoy every moment" causes guilty feelings to emerge and fester, and the last thing I need more of on my plate is guilt.

Days Like This

Nicole Scott | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Nicole Scott

Mama said there will be days like this. She said it with her expressions. The warmest of hugs. Never with an "I told you so," but always with forgiveness. Before I ever knew I was going to be a mother of four, she gave me my first glimpse of what it would be like to be a mama.

Why It's Okay If Your Child Feels Guilty

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Your child deserves to be exposed to a range of human emotion at home, particularly since home is a safe space where he can ask questions and learn.

Parenting Hurts

Nicole Scobie | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Nicole Scobie

I kept thinking, kept believing that the pain is "all worth it," because you get this wonderful little human being afterwards who loves you unconditionally and with whom you have this irreversible bond that connects you for life. (Cue mad sarcastic laughter from above.)

Little Feet To Love And Let Go

Shari Medini | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

There are two little pairs of feet that I brought into this world and I love them dearly. I have kissed those feet, washed them, tickled them and watched them grow.

Confessions of a (Reformed) Helicopter Mom

Christine French Cully | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

Last weekend, my husband and I were totally flummoxed by a robin who crashed into our dining room window over and over again. We were desperate to hel...

What I Learned About Raising Children From a Wise Old Lady

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Lisa Abeyta

Just because something works well for one stage of a relationship, it doesn't mean it will work for the next. Don't make rules that keep you in bondage.

8 Pieces Of Unsolicited Advice For New Moms

Leslie Blanche | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Leslie Blanche

Learn to smile and nod while ignoring unsolicited advice (mine included). You don't have to take the advice, but be polite and listen nicely.

A Multi-Generational Mother's Day Tribute

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I fear I sold my daughters a bill of goods by telling them that they could "have it all." As I wish them a Happy Mother's Day, I hope the gains women have made since my own mother was deprived of a college education will make them happy as well as accomplished mothers.

The One And Only Piece Of Advice New Moms Need

Nicole Leigh Shaw | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Nicole Leigh Shaw

If I could travel back in time and tell myself a little something, it would be this: Pee first.

Happy Mother's (and Mentors) Day!

Adriana Sifakis | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women
Adriana Sifakis

I find that there are many similarities in running a business and raising a family. The long-term goal is success and sustainability. Mentors and leaders help to fill the gap in our society for those who are not equipped.

The Little Things No One Tells You About New Parenthood

Rachael Clarke | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

No one tells you that you'll shower with the curtain open, do silly dances, sing songs about diapers and their contents. That you'll eat while sitting on the kitchen floor, clear out indescribables between fingers and folds, clip nails in haste while she's sleeping.

What I Noticed When I 'Stepped Away' From My Children

Cara McDonough | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Cara McDonough

I like having a break. I like seeing my husband care for our children in his own way. But what I really like, I learned, is catching a glimpse of my little family through an innocent bystander's eyes.

Notes to My Pre-Pregnant Self

Karith Foster | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Karith Foster

If I could go back in time just two years I would give my pre-pregnant self some of the best advice I think a new mother could give a soon-to-be mother. I would not be daunting or overly dramatic (which as a Cancerian and a comedian I do have a flare for.) I would be kind, but brutally honest.

Giving the Children What They Want

Bernadette Noll | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

The other day, I took my high schooler out for breakfast after all the others were tucked into their respective classrooms. As we sat at the table, I took out a notepad and asked if she was up for a little game called "What I really want is..."