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Life After Kids

5 Reasons I'm Breaking Up With You, Oscars

Katia Bishops | Posted 02.27.2015 | Parents
Katia Bishops

Gee, thanks so much for taunting me and showering me (no pun intended) with an endless parade of freshly-cleaned, coiffed and manicured individuals of both genders, none of whom is wearing stickers.

What To Expect After Having Kids

MotherWoman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Parents
MotherWoman

I'd like to offer an alternate spin on what to expect after having kids -- one that errs on the side of gain rather than sacrifice; one that I didn't hear much about while I was pregnant and pondering what life would be like after children.

9 Reasons I'm Tempted To Punch My Husband In His Jewels

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 02.25.2015 | Weddings
Jacqui Zadik

I have a wedding anniversary coming up, the one where people say couples begin to "itch." I haven't had that feeling, but if the word itch was replaced by annoyed, then I would quickly agree that yes, the old adage is true.

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

Christine Organ | Posted 02.20.2015 | 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.

I Found My Voice When I Became a Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I was a shy, insecure young woman. The dyslexia that made school and life so hard made me an extremely cautious person. I was terrified that if I opened my mouth, people would discover just how stupid I was.

I Don't Always Feel Like A Mom

Toni Hammer | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I've been a parent for over two and a half years now, and I still don't identify as a mom. I mean, I know I'm a mom. I have the stretch marks, sippy cups and sleep-addled brain to prove it. But I don't quite feel like me in this new mom skin yet.

5 Keys To Making Life And Career After Baby Feel Like A More Perfect Union

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
 Camalo Gaskin

Have a broad and detailed perspective of where you want to be, what you want to experience, what your values are, who you want to be around, what emotions you want to fuel you. These are all critical to devoting your time adequately to your grander purpose.

How to Stay Close With Friends Who Don't Have Kids

Mommy Nearest | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

If you'd like to keep your friendships strong with your friends who don't have kids (and you should!), here's some advice to follow.

An Open Letter To All Parents-To-Be

The Next Family | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

Despite being madly in love with motherhood, I can't help waxing poetic on occasion about my pre-child days. If anyone tries to tell you that your life will be the same after children as it was before, they are lying to you, plain and simple.

Mommy is in the Mosh Pit

Holley Perry | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Holley Perry

What am I teaching my daughters by not facing my fear? This year, I'm going to get in the pit. I'm going to do it to show my girls that age is a number, but music is timeless.

Marriage After Kids: The Junk Drawer Effect

Kristin Shaw | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

In some ways, I can see how a marriage, especially with children in the mix, might be confused with a junk drawer -- unnoticed until it's necessary to de-clutter. I can see how easy it is to walk by a loved one every day, not truly seeing that person from the inside out.

5 Things for New Moms to Give Their Husbands

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Your husband cannot read your mind. He doesn't know that you wanted him to pick up dinner from the Thai restaurant on the corner because you've been pacing the kitchen all afternoon with a fussy baby.

A Parent's Guide To Snacking On The Sly

Jess Ullrich | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Jess Ullrich

Regardless of how or when your young child is exposed to delicious, processed snacks, the moment is pivotal and your life as a parent is forever changed.

6 Ways to Cut Your Partner Some Slack

Andi Wickman | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Andi Wickman

As busy moms, we need to slow down, take a breath and treat our husbands as the equal partners they are.

How 12 Koalas Taught Me To Talk About Life As a Parent

Bobby McMahon | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Bobby McMahon

We haven't been parents that long, but already we've learned the heretofore secret way that parents sometimes just look at each other and nod, like old cowboys in the West.

Why I Put Myself First

Samantha Sutherland | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Samantha Sutherland

I obviously love my child, but I love being a complete version of me, and sometimes that means looking after myself before I look after him.

Welcome Chaos

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

I felt fear that we might never experience the chaos of everyday life with children, that our house might never be filled with laughter other than our own. I cried thinking I may never trip over a toy on my way to bed or have a teddy bear to pick up and put away.

The Joys Of Motherhood

Meredith Hale | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Motherhood is surreal. Despite your best intentions to be a "cool mom," it's often hard to refrain from bursting out with absurdities like "We don't eat iPhones in this house," or "Get your tiara off the cat."

The 50 Stages Of Sleep Deprivation

Sarah Bregel | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

You feel like you've been through the washing machine at 6 a.m. and want to close your eyes so badly just when you're supposed to be starting your day.

The 5 Types of Tired All Moms Experience

Toni Hammer | Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I've compiled a list of the different types of tired that affect us parents. What? You didn't know there were different types of tired? In between yawns, give this list a read and let me know if you identify with any of them. Or all of them, like me.

When Motherhood Felt Magical

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

Those days, when motherhood felt magical, were simpler. They were easier. And even when I wipe away the sepia, I forget that they didn't feel so at the time.

I Already Knew

Joelle Wisler | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

I have learned that sometimes you feel afraid of the thunder, but sometimes you are outside dancing in it and that really has nothing to do with me.

When Love Is Like A River (And Other Terrible Cliches)

Kate Baer | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents
Kate Baer

I didn't realize it until there were two of them, until I looked over at Austin one night and realized we are basically roommates chasing a drunk toddler and passing a newborn back and forth in a game of grownup hot potato.

On Parenthood And Partnership

Jess Ullrich | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Jess Ullrich

These days, it's sometimes hard to recall who we were before parenthood. Sure, you're still you and I'm still me, but having two kids in just as many years has made it difficult to take a breath and step outside of our roles as mother and father.

A Mom's Bill of Rights

Meredith Hale | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

As a mom, it's easy to forget that I'm part of the equation. But no more shall I go hungry, naked and deaf.