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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.

5 Things That Have Made Me A Better Mother

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

My constant worry about rushing off to the next place or checking off the next thing on the list of things to get done was stressing out my kids.

12 Lessons Learned In 12 Years Of Marriage

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 01.23.2015 | Weddings
Justin Ricklefs

We were young, in love and ready for marriage when we said yes in our early twenties. But that doesn't necessarily mean we were prepared.

Marriage, Hurt Egos and Good Intentions

Amanda Magee | Posted 01.15.2015 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I was seething. The layers of resentment that hover on a daily basis, waiting for a weak moment, leapt at me. Laundry, lunches, cat litter, pet food, coffee, bills, rehearsal schedules and permission slips.

Moms vs. Superheroes

Tami Shaikh | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Tami Shaikh

I could stay awake for 24 hours straight and was still sane enough to do the daily chores. I could fly from my room to my child's room if I heard him cry. I became invisible when he was sleeping, as I wanted him to have a good night's sleep.

You Know You Are A Parent When...

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 01.06.2015 | Parents
Jennie Sutherland

Have you ever re-watched your favorite teen drama only to realize that you now identify more with the PARENTS than with the kids? (Wow, Jim and Cindy Walsh really did have some good advice... Brenda WAS being selfish, Brandon really DID need to loosen up...)

So THIS Is Motherhood?

Regan Long | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

I've traded my lightweight and trendy purse for a diaper bag so big it barely fits in my vehicle. I've traded being on time for giving fashionably late a whole new meaning.

30 Signs You're A New Mom

Rachael Roehmholdt | Posted 12.05.2014 | Parents
Rachael Roehmholdt

You have somehow transported yourself into a different dimension where everyone talks about themselves in the third person, as in, "Mama needs some time to herself, like, for real..."

'O Christmas Tree' (A Toddler-Inspired Parody)

Meredith Hale | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

It's that time of year again. The pumpkin pie is a distant memory (except to my hips), and new, more pressing thoughts are capturing my family's imagi...

What Was Sort of Lost In Our Transition Into Parenthood

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

I often tell people that Jane is the most beautiful to me when she is standing in expansive spaces (like a field or a forest) gazing around. There is something ethereal about that.

In Loving Memory Of A Moment Alone

Marilynn Halas | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Marilynn Halas

When I became a mom, I knew my life would change. There would be diapers, sleepless nights and booties -- and I am one of those weirdos who actually enjoyed most of it. But what I did not realize was that I would never again use the bathroom alone.

You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

Jill Patir | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Jill Patir

I don't know how to go about my day without her. I don't know how to think about what I want to do, not what I need to do for her.

Mothering Is All About Survival

Pamela Brill | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Pamela Brill

In the throes of my years of IVF, I never really spent time thinking of actually parenting these kids. I was so focused on growing them and keeping them in there and then birthing them and then having them not die in their sleep. And I did it. Three times.

I Did All I Could Today

Sarah Bregel | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

All days can't be like this. If they were, no one would do yoga or cry and drink wine and write blogs about parenting.