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Becoming a Parent

Postpartum Depression Stole Two Months Of My Life

Ravishly | Posted 10.20.2016 | Parents

I looked at this tiny human and felt nothing. Absolutely nothing. No overwhelming joy at finally meeting this person I'd been so excited for in months prior, no lurking sadness about no longer being pregnant and relishing in those shared "inside mommy's belly" moments. Just... nothing.

Unsuspecting Men Find Out They're Going To Be Dads In Emotional Ad

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents

The moment a dad-to-be learns he's going to become a parent typically involves an overwhelming rush of emotions. Dove Men+Care celebrates this powe...

6 Things You Need to Know Before Becoming a Dad

Shari Wargo Stamps | Posted 06.08.2016 | Parents
Shari Wargo Stamps

Before you leap into the world of parenting with fantasies about what it's going to be like and thinking all you need is the baby gear on some list, there are a few other things you need to know so you can be better prepared for this amazing step in your life.

The Single Worst Part of Becoming a Parent

The Next Family | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

I know that it's good for us to be apart. I know she thrives when socializing with other kids and developing relationships with family and close friends. But I feel horrible for abandoning her, and wonder if she internalizes it as "mama cares about something else more than me."

18 Things That Are Completely Different Now That I Have Kids

Jen Simon | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

Going to kiddie birthday parties is pretty much the main way I socialize now.

5 Signs You've Become a Parent

Mike Julianelle | Posted 09.26.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Once you start to believe you have the answers? You're becoming a parent. (Once you realize you don't? You're becoming a good parent.)

The One Word I'm Not Ready To Say

Kate Fridkis | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

I've fought to get here. I've agonized and plotted and cajoled and therapized and cackled with dark glee and triumphed and generally made myself crazy over it.

How Did You Decide Your Family's Size?

Aly Windsor | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Aly Windsor

Whether or not to have kids is surely a dealbreaker question between couples, but what about how many kids to have?

13 Things I Never Thought I'd Say To My Kids

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 03.12.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

In one of those curveballs that life likes to throw, I've heard some of the things that have come out of my mouth lately. I've realized that I'm saying things I never even anticipated having to have to say to my children.

Motherhood Expands Us

Nicola Kraus | Posted 07.03.2012 | Parents
Nicola Kraus

Motherhood that expands us. Expands our definition of ourselves. The impossible becomes possible. We thrive on less sleep, less sex and fewer breaks than we ever thought we could.

Transformed, But Unchanged? A New Dad Vows To Shut Up About His 'Brilliant' Son

Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.02.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

"Can I tell you what I'm not going to do? I'm not going to turn this column into a series of wry observations on fatherhood." Wanna bet?

Anne Lamott: The Moment I Knew I Was Really A Parent

Posted 03.20.2012 | Parents

While some parenting books offer preachy "mean girl" advice, Anne Lamott's "Operating Instructions" has become a shining example of a memoir about mot...

The Moment I Knew I Was A Parent

Posted 03.07.2012 | Parents

At HuffPost, we're kicking off an exciting new project and we'd love you to participate! It's called "The Moment I Knew," and is a user-submitted vide...

What Should A Dad Say The Moment His Child Is Born?

Mark C. Miller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark C. Miller

Anticipating the birth of my first child, I realized that this was going to be one of those tongue-tied situations. And I didn't want that to happen.

In Defense of Having Children

Melissa Lafsky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Melissa Lafsky

Having a child isn't a panacea, or a means to an end, or even an end itself -- it's more a gateway to fuller participation in humanity.