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Life After Kids

More Than A Mom

Iulia Gulia | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Iulia Gulia

The moment you were conceived, you made me a mom. But as you started to grow, I grew too... and you made me more than a mom.

Today, I'm Drowning In Parenthood

Stephanie Jankowski | Posted 04.14.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Jankowski

For a second, I think about just leaving. Running away. How long would it be until they noticed? Where would I even go? I don't leave, of course, but today would be a great day to take off. Today, I am drowning in parenthood.

5 Lessons Becoming a Parent Taught Me About Life

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Kimanzi Constable

Our children see more than we think. We can tell them what to do, but they will follow the actions we take.

8 Pieces Of Real Advice For New Moms

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Every parent of an older (or adult) kid likes to remind you how you'll miss these early days. But I think what those moms are secretly trying to say is that they miss being young, too.

Becoming A Mother After Having A Baby

Ann Zamudio | Posted 04.08.2015 | Parents
Ann Zamudio

Selflessness doesn't effortlessly bloom as soon as that baby comes out of our bodies. I don't know why so many people pretend that it does.

Call Me What You Like; They Call Me 'Mom'

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Lulu Salavegsen

Most of those moments depart as swiftly as they arrive because we can't find a sock, or a school form needs to be signed while a reading level book gets sounded out.

Why Moms Have Eyes in the Back of Their Heads

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Zsofi McMullin

It is such a simple knowledge, and yet I find that it's the hardest to rely on as a parent. To drown out all the noise, the opinions, the well-meaning advice, the not-so-well-meaning judgment, the guilt, and to just look and listen to my little person and trust that what I feel in my gut is right.

10 Ways St. Patrick's Day Is Different With Kids

Chris Bernholdt | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Chris Bernholdt

Before, I was spending lots of time throwing back pints. Now, I am spending time with pint-sized children.

10 Simple Things Made Difficult By Having A Baby

Jon Helmkamp | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Jon Helmkamp

Leaving the house has become a production. Shoes. Diaper bag. Diapers and wipes in the diaper bag. Blanket. Toys if needed. Jacket. Baby food. Wallet. Keys. Phone. My brain. There was once a time where I could just grab my keys and go. Those days are no more.

How Motherhood Shapes A Life

Shay Chan Hodges | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents
Shay Chan Hodges

Most parents I spoke with relied on a complicated and often inconsistent patchwork of caregivers such as other parents, family members, child care providers and nannies -- all overwhelmingly women -- in order to continue to earn a living.

10 Reasons It's Healthy For Parents to Spend Time Away from Their Kids

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents
Carrie Visintainer

From the time they're born, kids observe everything. It's good for them to know that their parents are individuals, too, with their very own wants, needs and passions. This is the beginning of teaching kids about the concept of identity.

What I Do When I'm Having One of Those Days

Kathy Radigan | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I know in my heart that the best days I had before I knew the four most important people in my life can't even hold a candle to my worst day being a wife and mom.

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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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.