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The Daddy Diaries Chapter 18 -- 10 Ways to Lose the Dad Bod

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.09.2015 | Comedy
Dimitri Ehrlich

Since Baron von Burpenstein showed up, it's been hard to sleep. And hence hard to find time to exercise, or brush my teeth. I used to take pride in my appearance, but I am so overjoyed at the pleasures of fatherhood I hardly even spend all day in front of the bathroom mirror weeping.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 17. Five Ways to Keep a New Mom Happy.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.08.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When you become a father, if you really fall head over heels with the baby, you begin to appreciate the woman with whom you share the awesome responsibility of parenting in an entirely new light.

Yelling: Our Parental Language of Love

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Marjoriet T. Matute

Screaming, crying and talking back are all traits that were immediately removed from the equation and replaced with smiles, genuine conversations and explanations. Yes, we yell, but then it's followed up with the why's and why not's.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 16. How Boxing Prepares You For Fatherhood.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

There are a few moments in life when our mettle as men is tested. Getting into a fist fight is one. Having a baby is another. You can prepare for either of these, but until you go through it, you never really know how you will respond.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 15. How Science Explains The Love You Feel For Your Baby.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 15. He blinded me with science. A new dad is lying on the couch, a place where he used to go to drink beer, cuddle with h...

When Your Child Becomes A Party Animal

Amber Sabathia | Posted 09.24.2015 | Parents
Amber Sabathia

When throwing my kids a party I always ask them what they want. I'm not saying that I give them exactly what they ask for, but they have a better imagination and ideas for a fun and entertaining party.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 13.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

OK. It's time to get honest up in this piece. Can we get real for a minute? You know how everybody waxes rhapsodic about how good a newborn baby smells?

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 12

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The boy eats every two hours. This is wonderful for his growth. He is getting so large he almost fell out of his swing and now instead of picking him up we drag him around like a burlap sack full of bowling balls. The downside of his eating schedule is it makes your head explode to be woken up every two hours.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 11

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

With a face that's as sweet as cotton candy dipped in artisanal honey, Lev is like a living Rorschach test. At five weeks old, he remains a blank canvas onto which we can project own fantasies, delusions and emotions. His face is so pure, it's never even felt a tear drop yet (at this age, when he cries, only tiny snowflakes shaped like angels come out of his tear ducts).

7 Secrets I'm Keeping From My Children

Kara Gorski, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents
Kara Gorski, Ph.D.

I wanted to return you. But only for the briefest moment, when I was new at being your mother.

Dear Mom in the Waiting Room

Rebecca Smith Masterson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Smith Masterson

Dear Mom in the Waiting Room, I didn't see you at first. What I noticed as we walked in was a young, laughing girl spinning around with a stuffed animal at the end of her outstretched arms. She had that kind of pure laugh that made me smile just hearing it.

10 Warnings for All Working Parents

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.16.2015 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I've said this before, and I'll say it again, you don't know what tired is until you're a parent. Exhausted doesn't even begin to describe it. It's kind of like every ounce of energy has been sucked out of you, leaving you fighting a constant state of exhaustion.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 10: How Religion Informs My Parenting

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Still, in my heart, there is no conflict between Buddhism and Judaism. Judaism is a culture and a religion. Buddhism, in my experience, is a scientific method for training the mind to be kind and peaceful and realistic. It is not inherently religious.

WATCH: 5 Super Simple Ways to Relax

HooplaHa | Posted 09.14.2015 | Parents

Our friend Ereka Vetrini is back with a few 'Mom Hacks' to help you chill out. Even the busiest of moms will have time for these 5 simple, satisfying ...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 9.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

As a first-time parent, there are many things to learn. For example, until a few weeks ago, I didn't know what a bassinet was. I had heard the word before, I just thought it was some kind of woodwind instrument. No.

My Husband Was a First Responder on 9-11

Amanda Rumore | Posted 09.11.2015 | Women
Amanda Rumore

When my husband shared stories about these fateful events, his eyes fill with tears as he remembers the tragedy in 2001. But he is happy to share, and so blessed to be alive, and still believes in the freedoms of the United States of America. He is a hero, especially to my daughter and I.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 8.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The thing about a vacation with a baby is that it's not like those vacations you had before, in Jamaica, Paris, the British Virgin islands, Rome and London, where you slept in, drank booze, and did what you wanted, when you wanted.

The Daddy Diaries - Chapter 7

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.04.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Just because we're not the one in diapers, or the frigid body sleeping on the street, or vividly aware of the fact that we're dying as much as we're living at this very moment, doesn't mean we aren't also in need a kiss on the forehead.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 6.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When you are up to your wrists in a messy diaper change, trying to wipe poo off the lad's apricot when without warning he pees on you and himself, in a glorious arc that splashes into his own eyes, there is no discursive thought to escape into.

Mom Catches Twin Toddlers' Sneakiness On Baby Monitor

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents

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The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 4

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

For some reason, long before Michelle was ever pregnant, I had a weird feeling I was really going to enjoy bathing my baby. But who wouldn't enjoy bathing a baby? It's basically like rinsing off a hamster, with less risk of getting bitten.

The Daddy Diaries Chapter 3

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

This is the oft-spoken of irony of parenthood. You have taken on a job with 24-hour workdays, no pay, no vacation, no rest and it requires you to handle someone else's poo, and yet you are happier than you've ever been in your life.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 2

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Mike Tyson once said that everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face. The same might be said of having a baby. You get home, put your newborn in his carefully decorated baby room, and then the doody hits the fan. Literally.

Things To Remember & Things To Forget: A Heartfelt List for Moms Sending A Kid To College

Julie Niehoff | Posted 08.14.2015 | Women
Julie Niehoff

This is not a list of what to bring to college, like toothbrushes and flashlights. This is a list of what to keep in your heart, and what to throw out. It's about family and parenting and saying good-bye without really saying good-bye.

Becoming a Trans Godmother

Stephanie Mott | Posted 08.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

This journey into becoming a trans godmother has much more to offer than I can begin to imagine. Our discussions have included the maybe-one-day events of seeing my goddaughter get married and start a family of her own. Who knew? Who could have known? I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Blessed be.