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The Summer Pep Talk Parents Need

Kate Baer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Kate Baer

Have you ever tried putting sunscreen on a toddler? Imagine greasing a back-talking cake pan who has been given the gift of questions while also holding his younger sister, a slippery watermelon with "boundary issues." Does that sound fun?

Can I Get Some Space, Please?

Elaine Alguire | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Elaine Alguire

n motherhood, our space is constantly compromised. It happens from the beginning, when we have babies nursing and sleeping on our chests. Then, soon after, we have toddlers climbing into our beds in the middle of the night, drinking out of our cups

10 Ways Motherhood Has Changed Me

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

am most certainly a different person than I was before I embarked on our infertility journey over 13 years ago.

Flying With My Toddler

Kaitlyn Jones | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Kaitlyn Jones

The passenger sitting in front me decides even though he isn't sleeping, he is going to take whatever legal space he can get in economy. My injured child wails from the pain of the seat pushed on her head while my bladder lets loose from the pressure of her cranium in my pelvis.

5 Ways to Reclaim Your Sex Life After Baby

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Beth Cone Kramer

"Meet at a hotel bar for a few drinks. Connect without distraction and verbalize what you loved about each other in the beginning. Reclaim the glue that held you together at some point in time."

9 Signs Your Home Is Not Your Own

AK Turner | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
AK Turner

It doesn't matter who pays the mortgage, if you have small children, you are continually reminded that the space you inhabit is no longer yours. Here's clear evidence that despite your parental role, you likely have limited control of your home.

'Thank You For Making Me a Mother'

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

The dress meant nothing. The flowers meant nothing. The place meant nothing. Marriage is not built on these things. Marriage is built on all the things that come after the wedding. It is built on the ups and the downs. It is built on the past and the present. It is built on the good and the bad.

Why I'm Celebrating My Husband On Mother's Day

Jennifer Craven | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Craven

In the few short years that I have been a mother, I've realized that my husband's role as my partner and my children's father has greatly shaped the mom that I am.

Before My Name Was Mom

Brooke Arellano | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Brooke Arellano

Before my name was Mom, I never had to think twice about whether or not there might be poo somewhere on my clothing.

Mostly Just A Mom

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Eileen Flood O'Connor

As a school reunion approaches, a mom considers the request: "Please let us know what you've been up to -- any exciting promotions, travel, news or announcements -- for our class notes!"

5 Reasons Friendships Fall Apart After Having Kids

Shari Wargo Stamps | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Shari Wargo Stamps

If you're kid is 2 and your friend's is 6 months, be careful how much kind and helpful advice you give, thinking you're just one mom sharing with another. This one can backfire and make you look like a know-it-all.

What's It Like?

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Mary Katherine Backstrom

I had wondered that same question not so long ago. When my belly and heart were stretched to the brink with life and potential.

Embracing The Demise of My Fashion Sense

Brooke Arellano | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Brooke Arellano

There was a time when my designer jeans weren't shoved to the darkest corners of my closet. There was a time when my fancy 4" heels would click-clack across the floor of the hottest bars rather than serve as accessory for a 3-½ year old's Dress Up Princess Tea Party.

I'm Married To A Man. Does That Mean I'm Not Bisexual Anymore?

YourTango | Posted 04.27.2015 | Women
YourTango

While society is quick to label us in nearly every way, the way we label ourselves is much more telling.

Why I Will Never Rank My Husband and Child

Stephanie Baroni-Cook | Posted 04.30.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Baroni-Cook

I will never tell you I love my child more than I love my husband. I will also never tell you that I love my husband more than I love my child. What a ridiculous thing to compare.

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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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.