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47 Reasons Why It's Really, Really Good To Be An Aunt

Melanie Notkin | Posted 08.07.2015 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Sunday, July 26, is the seventh annual Auntie's Day, the day I founded in 2009 to celebrate and honor aunts by relation, aunts by choice to friends' children, godmothers, and all women who play an active role in the life of a child not-their-own.

Why the Moms Who Love Aunties Are Amazing, too

Melanie Notkin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Women
Melanie Notkin

And as far as the love we give to your kids goes, well, that comes naturally to us. Babies are born from the womb, but maternity comes from the soul. There are many way to be maternal. Thank you for giving us a deeply meaningful way to exercise our maternal muscle.

An Infertility Advocate Rears Her Brave Heart

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Just maybe my story will reach the person who needs it most in that moment and they will know they are not alone.

My Ever Upward Mothering

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I mothered. I mothered not my own children, but I mothered nonetheless. I mothered in a way that I am accepting and embracing, but also defining for myself.

A Convoluted Christmas

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I feel the freedom and less stress, perhaps, without children of my own at Christmastime. And yet, I feel so sad and maybe even a little empty without them.

Has 'Mommyism' Replaced Feminism?

Melanie Notkin | Posted 11.23.2011 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Why is it that the modern mom can love children and her career but the childless woman can only love her career? In America today, has feminism morphed into mommyism?