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Mourning The End Of The Baby Phase

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

They are walking, talking, attitude-filled little human beings who still need us, but each year just a little bit less. I'm happy to know them and to have had the experience of carrying them, loving them and raising them... but sometimes, my heart still hurts.

10 Parenting 'Firsts' You Wish Never Happened

Jenny Evans | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Jenny Evans

The first poop in the bathtub. Bonus points if this occurs while you're bathing other siblings at the same time.

The Heartbreak of Freedom

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

As a parent, the freedom is overwhelming. It is worrisome. It is tremendous. We have a child and every moment after is spent letting them go in little bits.

6 Awesome Things About Having a 6-Year-Old

Meredith Hale | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Last week, my daughter had her first drop-off playdate. I used to dreamed of the day when I'd be able to run to the grocery store while someone else's mom watched the kids. But walking away from that playdate was a bit of a wake-up call. She's growing up.

I Didn't Have This End in Mind

Sarah Smiley | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

How did I not know that my best years will always be when you were running through the grass to tell me about your day?

Cherishing My Child's Hard-Won Milestones

Elise Jackson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Parents
Elise Jackson

For me, it was Elijah's first words. Most babies begin talking on schedule as expected, some a little sooner, others a little later. Elijah's first words came late, and after much time and hard work on his part. My husband and I will never forget them.

Making It Personal

Beth Whitley | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

I have enough close friends with children whose milestones have, like Hannah's, not been reached, to know that I am not the only one who finds birthdays hard.

Why My Children's Baby Books Are Incomplete

Kathleen Siddell | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Kathleen Siddell

I'm not a bad mom. Really, I have been paying attention. To everything. I was there for all the, "did he just say 'Mama'?" moments. But their lives seem to be marked by larger swaths of time than those that would fit in a blank space in a book.

In Your Own Time, Baby

Shanell Mouland | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I told you how happy I was for you. What an occasion it was. I made excuses to let you go and then I cried. Kate hadn't spoken yet. Hadn't uttered a sound.

The Milestones That Really Matter In My House

Robyn Passante | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Robyn Passante

Some parents celebrate their children's growth using hash marks on a door frame. Others marvel -- or weep -- at the increasing heft and strength of their little one each time he or she leaps into their arms. I celebrate my children's growth every time I get to throw something out.

The Milestones You Remember (and Some You'd Like to Forget)

Christine Organ | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Christine Organ

When my first son was born, I became obsessed with milestones. First smile, first laugh, first tooth. But you know what? Looking back, the traditional milestones aren't the things that I remember.

Celebrate 5000

John Willey | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
John Willey

Let's face it, we all want a reason to party, and not something stupid like announcing the gender of your child.  That is NOT a thing.  What...

Dear Perfect Mother

Leyna Juliet Weber | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Leyna Juliet Weber

What if your CAPS LOCK button quits? That would give you a tick and a stutter. And if I were to take away your exclamation point -- how might you unleash your venom?

10 Parenting Milestones You Should Laugh And Not Cry About

Chris Cate | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Chris Cate

If any milestone is deserving of a page in a scrapbook, it's the first time a parent sleeps for more than seven consecutive hours, whether that happens at night in a bed or face down in an office.

Dear Max

Natasha Walizer | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Natasha Walizer

When you hurt yourself, you're still my little boy. You cry. You reach out to me. You hold me really tightly. I will never let go of you. But Max, you're growing up.

The Truth About Being 40

Lindsey Mead | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

Forty has answered many -- most? -- of the big questions that haunted my young adulthood. Forty is about embracing the reality that those answers have built.

Why I Stopped Waiting

Susannah Lewis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

We wait for a holiday, a vacation, a break, a change. We sigh, we tap our foot, we moan about long lines, days of the week, seconds on the clock. We wait and we wait, and we don't realize that in the grand scheme of things, all of this slow waiting is hiding the fact that time is flying.

Overcoming Adversity, a Step at a Time

Jay Scott | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

What does taking a single step mean to you? Did you walk to work this morning, or simply walk to the car to drive to work? Did you walk to the kitchen to grab coffee or take the dog for a walk around the block?

9 Baby 'Lasts' I'll Miss (And Also Celebrate)

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

These lasts are usually unexpected and often not even noticed until they're long gone. Then, you might mourn these little moments that made your baby a baby.

Learning to Fly

Kristin Shaw | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Our parents saw us off from Angie's driveway, and we waved until we couldn't see their faces anymore. Armed with travelers' checks, cash, maps, snacks and the best mix tapes we could create, we headed east.

Parenting Milestone: The Day My Son Threw His First Hadoken

Zach Rosenberg | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Zach Rosenberg

I don't remember when my son started eating solid foods. I'm not entirely sure when it was that my son took his first steps. And sure, I guess I remember his first day at preschool. But by far, the most memorable milestone he's had so far was throwing his first Hadoken.

5 Things You Happily Stop Doing By the Age of 40

Sara Morgan-Beckett | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Sara Morgan-Beckett

It doesn't get any more grown-up than 40. But I found that, with this realization, my shoulders noticeably dropped. I don't have to try so hard to be in the know. There's a freedom in becoming a bit of an old fart.

When You Think He's Forgotten You

Jamie Krug | Posted 09.12.2014 | Women
Jamie Krug

You round a corner and you are here. And you begin to cry a little when you realize that it will not be fancy and there will be no amuse bouche and most certainly no Michelin star chef and that you are supremely overdressed. And it could not be more perfect.

F*ck Milestones

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

No, it isn't the Olympics. But if you can stop yourself from getting caught up in "milestone" fever, and enjoy each moment without stressing about it, give yourself a gold medal.

7 Reasons Why I Love Sending My Son to Sleepaway Camp

Mommy Nearest | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I truly believe that sleepaway camp is one of the best gifts you can give your child -- and here's why.