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If There Were Greeting Cards For Grief

Heather Spohr | Posted 07.15.2016 | Parents
Heather Spohr

It might sound crazy, but I think there is definitely room for realistic and humorous cards for parents who've lost children. In a situation where no one really knows what to say, it's nice to let a card do the talking.

12 Things That Did Not Happen When I Became A Mom

Heather Spohr | Posted 01.19.2015 | Parents
Heather Spohr

I did not stop having interests. Some of them have evolved, and some might have dropped away, but I still find things other than my kids to care about! Imagine that.

I Am A Preemie Parent

Heather Spohr | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Heather Spohr

The first time I was told my child was going to die, I was about seven weeks pregnant. There was no way of knowing it then, but those words started me on my path to becoming a Preemie Parent.

Adorable Little Girl Recites Classic Lines From 'Friends'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents

When Joey Tribbiani asked the umpteenth woman, "How you doin'?" on "Friends," the pickup line started to lose its cuteness. But when an adorable 3-yea...

Why It's A Great Thing For Both Of Us That My Daughter Is Going Back To School

Heather Spohr | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

Annabel loves school. She loves being with friends, loves learning, and above all, loves being independent. She's a child who thrives on routine, social situations, and new experiences. She's happy at school, so I am happy that she's at school.

The Hard Truth About Staying Married After Losing A Child

Heather Spohr | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

It's no secret that many marriages fall apart after the death of a child. I completely understand why.

While Big Sis Was At Preschool, Her Baby Brother Had The Time Of His Life

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents

With the end of the school year comes sunshine, beach visits, and other summer fun. But for one mom, it also signals the sweet conclusion of a very sp...

The Nurse Who Stood Beside Me Through The Very Worst

Heather Spohr | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

We begged and plead and prayed and clutched hands for the worst three hours of my life. And when the doctors told us there was nothing more they could do, she helped pick me up off the ground when I collapsed.

Could the Internet Have Saved My Mother?

Meagan Francis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Meagan Francis

When I think about my mom, I wonder what a difference these relationships with a variety of other women across the globe might have made in her life. In our lives, too, my brothers' and sister's and mine. I know that it's had an immeasurably positive impact on my life.

4-Year-Old Sings Irresistible 'Frozen' Duet With Her Mom

Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents

This winter, the punishing impact of the polar vortex has coincided with Frozen fever -- particularly among the under-10s. If we've learned anything f...

The Story Behind This Photo Series Is Absolutely Charming

Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents

Some kids might feel left out if they knew their younger siblings were having wildly exciting adventures during the school day. Not 3-year-old Annie S...

What I Know About Fatherhood After Losing A Child

Mike Spohr | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Mike Spohr

In parenting there is no clear victory, but as long as you're fully invested in your children and trying your best, you will be at peace with yourself no matter how long -- or short -- your children are in this world.

7 Steps for Getting Your Kids and Spouse to Pitch in

Women & Co | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Women & Co

With a little organization and communication, you can save money, make your life more pleasant, and strengthen your family as a team. Here are seven steps that can help.

Should You Hire an Intern?

Women & Co | Posted 04.02.2013 | Small Business
Women & Co

I am a big fan of internships -- having landed my first job after college through one, and later coordinating my employer's own program. There, I saw firsthand how much interns could benefit our business. However, not every company is suited to hire them.

3 Parenting Stories We Loved

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 12.10.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, Heather Spohr fields questions about hyperemesis gravidarum, Jim of Sweet Juniper explains why his photo-sharing philosophy ...

Why You Shouldn't Cook a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Women & Co | Posted 01.19.2013 | Women
Women & Co

Your dinner this year doesn't have to be the same-old, same-old. You could try scaling back -- will anyone notice fewer sides on the table? -- or go all-out radical and serve some non-traditional Thanksgiving foods. Brace yourself: your holiday meal may just be exciting!

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal

Women & Co | Posted 01.01.2013 | HuffPost Home
Women & Co

Recently one of my best friends decided to put her home on the market, and the first thing she did to get ready was improve her home's curb appeal.

He Said/She Said: When You're Both Work-from-Home Parents

Women & Co | Posted 12.19.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

My husband and I have both worked in and outside of our home. We've also taken turns with the daytime job of raising the kids. Though working outside the home is no piece of cake, we both agree that being a work-from-home parent is far more challenging than most people realize.

Self-Employed? Give Yourself an Annual Review

Women & Co | Posted 12.17.2012 | Small Business
Women & Co

I may no longer work in an office full of people and the resulting social politics, but I still have contacts and clients who play an important role in my self-employed work, even if I don't see them every day like I would see coworkers in previous jobs.

Mom And Dad Blogs We Loved This Week

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 09.26.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, Jim Griffioen shares his family's adventures and misadventures on a recent trip to Italy, a toy laptop brings Charlie Capen ...

Trading Tech for T-Ball: How to Raise Healthy, Active Kids

Women & Co | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

With a little nudging (okay, a lot of nudging), it is possible for parents to teach even the most technologically inclined 21st-century kids that staying active and healthy is an important part of their lives.

Who Takes A Three-Month-Old To The Movies? Wrong Question.

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.20.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Why do so many care that there were children in the theater? Or, more specifically, why do so many care so much that this is what they focus on before the bodies of the victims are even buried? And why do they feel so strongly that they actually suggest those who died might have brought this on themselves?