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The Biggest Crier on the First Day of Kindergarten Wasn't My Daughter

Beth Grady | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents
Beth Grady

It was my first back-to-school morning as a parent. You'd think I'd be doing the happy dance all the way to the car and heading straight to Target to celebrate. Instead I was speed walking with my head down.

Words Can Hurt; Words Can Heal

Becky Holland | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Becky Holland

It is late at night that the words sneakily return and disable reasoned thinking. The ceiling becoming a notice board for my thoughts, all pushing for my attention. "Could I have done more?"

Have a Moment

Dina L. Relles | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

Wasn't this what we all hope for? That our kids become these self-sufficient beings, capable of walking off -- first down the hallway, then down the street, across town, and ultimately out of our household to create another -- without us?

The Milestones That Matter Most

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Mary Katherine Backstrom

My child is loved. He feels safe jumping from the side of the pool into my open arms. He giggles at his own jokes, confident that his sense of humor is funny to others. He snuggles in my bed on stormy nights, knowing his mama's body will protect him from thunder and other scary things in the world.

I Wish My Daughter Would Stop Growing Up

Risa Sugarman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Risa Sugarman

I have decided that I will allow this milestone to occur and I know there are more to come. I do hope though that she will enjoy the school bus ride and her first days as a kindergartner. I hope she makes new friends and soaks up all of the learning she can. Instead of growing up, let's call it moving forward. That feels less threatening and more encouraging, for both of us.

Managing Milestones: The Key to Level Three Delegation

George Bradt | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
George Bradt

The people you supervise are going to miss milestones. It is not necessary for them to hit all their milestones. What is essential is that you and your team have put in place a mechanism to identify reasonable milestones with checkpoints that allow you to anticipate and adjust along the way.

How to Give the Best Baby Shower Gift Even Though You Have No Idea About Babies

Jennifer Mayer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Women
Jennifer Mayer

Yep, it's that time in your life. The past couple summers your calendar has been booked solid with weddings. Now a year or two later, the baby announcements are rolling through Facebook. You are faced with a whole new social affair: The Baby Shower, and you're not quite sure how to prepare for it.

THIS Is 40.

Stephanie Ortiz | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Ortiz

Let me preface this by saying that that prior to turning 40, I was never the type to experience any angst about my age. My 20's were great. Turning 30 was no big deal, because I was so busy- married for 5 years and pregnant with my third child.

WATCH: Adorable Baby Takes His Very First Steps

HooplaHa | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents

This Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment captures one of life's most special moments... a baby's first steps! One day they are crawling and the next they decide they are ready. They pull themselves up and make that first move.

Mourning The End Of The Baby Phase

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 06.28.2015 | 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 06.27.2015 | 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 06.23.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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.