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My Baby's Crying Made Me Cry

Christopher Reddy | Posted 08.05.2015 | Parents
Christopher Reddy

When my son was a few months old and left alone with me, he would cry for hours despite my every effort to console him. I cried, too. It was unnerving, overwhelming and frustrating. I was out of my element, out of control, and going out of my mind. I could not find any reason for his crying, any cause for the plaintive effect, which was a great challenge for the scientist in me to overcome.

Advice for New Parents vs. Parenting Realities

Melissa Roy | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Melissa Roy

No matter how exhausted you are, especially in the middle of the day, when baby finally drifts off to sleep AND lets you put him/her down, the last thing you think about is napping.

Directions to Motherhood

Bailey Gaddis | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Bailey Gaddis

The journey to motherhood is flush with quicksand, stool softeners, thorns in the sciatic nerve, secret all-you-can-eat-buffets, justified temper-tantrums, loose gravel, flash in the pan "Must Have!" child-soothing gizmos and ill-timed gas.

The Last Thing I Thought I Would Be Thankful For

Mona Kelly | Posted 06.13.2015 | Parents
Mona Kelly

I strongly believe that our pain, whichever it comes from, is on purpose. It helps us grow and give birth to a better version of ourselves. It is hard to be thankful for our pain but, if we shift perspective, we realize it always brings us a lesson in disguise.

How Nurses Are Empowering Poor, Young Moms To Succeed

The Atlantic | NANCY COOK | Posted 01.16.2015 | Impact

At the start of her junior year of college, 19-year-old Camille Wallace discovered she was pregnant. At the time, she lived in student housing with th...

A Letter To My Friend: What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Mom

CT Working Moms | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
CT Working Moms

There are still days when I swear I cannot love my sons more than I do at that very second, but I wake up the next day and believe it or not, I love them more.

The Love Hurricane That Is Becoming a Parent

John McElhenney | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
John McElhenney

Everything you might read or hear about becoming a parent pales in comparison to the life-altering moment your child gasps for their first breath, making their presence and frustrations known.

How To Tell A First-Time Parent From All The Rest

Lauren Cormier | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

When given the opportunity to go somewhere by themselves, they spend half the time missing their child and half the time calling home to check on their child.

Tales from the Dog Park

Gary Karton | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Gary Karton

I couldn't tell you her name, or the name of the baby she was pushing in the stroller, but I knew her dog. His name was Arthur and he was one of my favorites. So I was a little bummed when the woman approached me and said, "We're moving to Pittsburgh."

So, What Is RIE Parenting?

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 01.29.2014 | Parents

Imagine this scenario: Your baby cries, but instead of grabbing the diaper and performing a uniform change, you talk them through it. "I'm going to ch...

Let's Teach Our Daughters To Stand Up For Each Other

Tracey Stewart | Posted 07.06.2013 | Parents
Tracey Stewart

Let's teach our daughters to celebrate other women's strength, success and happiness. Let's not limit their options.

How to Survive Your Wife's First Pregnancy

Laurence Hayes | Posted 03.15.2013 | Parents
Laurence Hayes

Last week, thanks to my father-in-law, I learned a very valuable lesson. Never use the word "matronly" to describe a pregnant woman. A man needs all his wits to survive a first pregnancy with his relationship intact. These are my Top 7 Pregnancy Survival Tips.