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Pregnancy, Delivery and the Pain Level You Never Expected

Josephine Dries | Posted 02.02.2016 | Parents
Josephine Dries

Yes, having these two precious babies is the most empowering, spiritually enlightening and -- dare I say -- most fulfilling thing I've ever done. It has also been the most difficult and painful thing I have ever done.

The Sisterhood in Motherhood

Shana Swain | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Shana Swain

Being a mother is the hardest yet most rewarding responsibility I have ever had. I'm sure many mothers would attest to that sentiment. And as I am living through the fear, anxiety, faith, and love of motherhood, I often contemplate my relationships that have strengthened with women in similar positions.

This Photo Is A Warning To Parents About Car Seats And Shopping Carts

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 01.27.2016 | Parents

Lindsey Wisnewski recently posted a photo on social media as a warning to fellow parents after an eye-opening experience while shopping.   T...

Confessions Of A Stay-At-Home Mom

Jessica Johnston | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Jessica Johnston

Dear stranger who is so thankful to not to live my life, you seem to think I got coerced into spending my time with small children. I hang out with these little people on purpose. I might not always be a stay-at-home mom, but for now, I chose this.

No, My Son Doesn't Play Sports... Really It's Ok!

Kerry Foreman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Parents
Kerry Foreman

Our society is programmed in a way, that a boy who doesn't play sports is an anomaly. What can we possibly have to say to a boy, if we can't ask him about football, basketball or soccer?

To My Daughter, With Love!

Anita Ayelasomayajula | Posted 01.21.2016 | Women
Anita Ayelasomayajula

Initially Posted here My Loving Daughter, Look at the world around you. It is as beautiful as you are, and that's why I brought you into this wor...

Bully Stopped By A Golf Shirt

Janice Celeste | Posted 01.22.2016 | Parents
Janice Celeste

When entrepreneur Kelsey MacLean discovered that her son was being bullied in school, she did what any mom would do. She complained to his teachers and then to the school's administration, but at first she didn't get the results she was hoping for.

10 Bad Habits Moms Need to Ditch This New Year

Dawn Darnell | Posted 01.11.2016 | Women
Dawn Darnell

This New Year I've made some resolutions to become a happier healthier me. Being a mom has made me realize how important my health and well being is. I know with my little kiddo getting more and more active everyday, I want to make sure I am in the best shape to keep up with him.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 43. Words and Music.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When a baby takes his first steps it's hugely significant--but it pales in comparison to a child learning to speak. Going mobile matters. But it's merely mechanical. Learning to speak is like the moment the caveman first discovered fire. It's a game changer.

A Mother's Hope for the Future

Lindsay Rosasco | Posted 01.07.2016 | Parents
Lindsay Rosasco

When I got married, I received a lot of advice about living my life pre-babies. Relish your sleep; enjoy date nights; travel; appreciate adult time; value your alone time. Doesn't it always happen that advice never really clicks until after the fact?

How A Superfan Dad Left A Secret Message In His Baby's Name

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 01.06.2016 | Parents

Deciding on a baby name can be tough. But one dad -- inspired by his favorite soccer team -- took the baby-naming process to the next level,...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 42. Good Cop, Bad Cop.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Full disclosure: I have been peeing on the roof deck of my apartment lately. That sounds really Soviet-era mental patient, but wait. I have an excuse.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 42. Who's Your Diddy?

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Here I am, abdicating all responsibilty and enjoying this buzz of love, while my son doesn't know how to ask for breakfast and keeps shouting for Diddy to come save him. Spoiler alert. Diddy's not going to save you.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 40: These Booties Were Made For Walking.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.27.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

As with many firsts in the life of a baby, Lev's first two steps were both momentous and mundane. He walks kind of like 50 Cent dances: just that same old two-step. Nothing more than is needed, each foot jutting out a few centimeters, leaving stability and finding it again as fast as possible.

It's White Christmas Time:"Do You Love Me?"

Sally Fay | Posted 12.23.2015 | Entertainment
Sally Fay

Mom and her question, "Do you love me?" sprinkled throughout the whole evening, as distracting as when it seems time stands still with a snowfall. Somewhere in the pause and a breath, I could feel all these precious parts resonating in me.

The Uncomfortable Truth About Change

Kenda Mullert | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Kenda Mullert

You realize that it's not about going from a size 16 to a size 10. It's about being successful in putting your health ahead of your emotions, every day. It's about the confidence that emerges when just a few months ago you felt lower than low.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 39. Zen and the Art of Child's Play.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.21.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

As an experiment, tonight while I was playing with Lev before his bedtime, I decided that rather than leading the activity, I would follow, observe and learn from him. I tried to emulate his every sound and gesture, to copy his movements.

Cremains of the Day

Susan Perloff | Posted 12.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susan Perloff

If there's any way to describe such a mission as satisfying, this is a satisfying. Closure, it's called. It feels clean. Tidy. Positive. Mom is now where she was happiest, and I enjoyed a sunny summer day with two wonderful women who have always loved me.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 38: Sex and Babies.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.20.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When a baby arrives, the newborn provides something special to both parents which, if this were a venn diagram, would overlap with different areas of what each gender tends to get from sex: a sense of boundary-less intimacy.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 37. How to Not Go Insane in 3 Simple Steps.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.11.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

A happy baby is a baby who knows there are rules. This is one of the great ironies of becoming a parent and it takes a while to figure out: Although babies bring chaos into your life, they don't actually like chaos. Even though they make a huge mess, they actually prefer a nice tidy world, one in which they can depend on simple routines and reliable outcomes.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 36. Bigger.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

I've always wanted a house with a pool. But I live in New York City where homes don't tend to have private pools unless you earn your living say, stripping the Russian state of its natural gas supplies. Since I don't have that kind of job, I remain pool-less.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 35. Headstrong.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Of course, it's nice to go on vacation to islands with private beaches. But one drawback of getting away from it all -- which every parent hopes will not become an issue -- is that you're also far away from healthcare if there's an emergency.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 34: Nip and Tuck.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.08.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

I'm really looking forward to the next phase, when the baby starts sleeping through the night. Or wearing oven mitts. Whichever comes first.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 33.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.07.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Since long before Lev arrived, one of my gravest concerns was the issue of sleep. I was worried that I would not be able to maintain the construct of my personality -- which let's be honest, is a fairly high-energy consumption device -- unless I were still able to sleep on the reg.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 32. The Attitude of Gratitude.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 12.04.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

With the holidays upon us, I have been reflecting on which is my favorite, and I realized that hands down, it's Father's Day. I have only had one so far, and it was awesome. In years, gone by, I never gave much thought to Father's Day.