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Dear Family Whisper: How To 'Convince' a 6-Year-Old to Cooperate

Melinda Blau | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

From the time he was born, your "spirited" little one has been -- and continues to be -- shaped by you, your husband and by whatever situations and surprises your family encounters.

Random Remembrances of Dad

John K. Herr | Posted 08.16.2014 | Fifty
John K. Herr

Dad took me fishing, where I tried to fight off the gnats flying into my ear, nose and mouth. Dad watched me play Little League baseball, where I tried to play right field while gnats flew into my ear, nose and mouth. Dad took me golfing, where I tried to -- well, you get the picture.

The 10 Minutes That Make Me a Better Mom

Anjali Joshi | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

Those 10 minutes make me feel like a real person -- an individual who is part of society. And, like my mother pointed out, those 10 minutes allow me to return to my demanding job while feeling good about myself.

Smartening up About End-of-the-Year Teachers' Gifts

Laura Wellington | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Laura Wellington

Well, it's that time of year again, folks -- the time of year when parents grapple with what to get their children's teachers in appreciation for their year-long service.

Hi Mom, How Are You?

Fred Lundgren | Posted 07.16.2014 | Fifty
Fred Lundgren

Almost every day, my mother would call me and read my "horrible scope," as she called it. She was convinced she could predict my day by reading it. Sometimes, she would miss a day, and the next day she would call and claim she knew what I did yesterday.

The Language of Love

Amy Mullis | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Amy Mullis

I realized that there comes a time in every woman's life when she needs to be sung to by a man with a heartbreakingly handsome voice in a language she doesn't understand. The sound of the words should drip with the dreams of her youth and the melody should hint of the promise that comes with time.

Mommy Garb: Is It Really That Bad?

Laura Wellington | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Laura Wellington

Certainly, there are enough choices available within "mom" fashion that allows us to look casual, comfortable, and attractive at appealing prices. We needn't break the bank to look good as moms. All we need do is to take pride in ourselves as irreplaceable souls to so many and then find an outfit that reflects this "true" beauty.

29 Things I Have Lost Since Becoming A Parent

Johanna Stein | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Johanna Stein

6. The ability to stay awake in a movie theater. Or while watching a TV show after six o'clock. Or while reading an e-mail. Or right now.

10 Reasons You Should Hire a Stay-at-Home Mom

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Sharon Kay Edwards

Hiring someone whose work history has a five-year or more dark spot may feel like a mighty risky thing for you to do. I'm here, as an undesignated SAHM spokesperson, to tell you that you should take that risk. Your company needs her. You need her savvy and her flair.

It Took Me 49 Years to Truly Understand My Mom

TueNight | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty
TueNight

While my mother and I didn't actually share the last three decades, now I know what it means to work at a marriage, to be a working mom and to watch my children struggle and blossom.

Turning 50 With Memories of Mom at 50: Sicily, a Voyage and Pizza

Jan Angilella | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty
Jan Angilella

When I say I'm 50, I really do feel like I've reached some kind of milestone. I have lived a full, rich life thus far sprinkled with wonderful adventures and Parmigiano Reggiano. And none of that is about to stop, especially the cheese part.

The Best Happiness Advice, According To Moms

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living

When we weren't rolling our eyes at her or arguing over curfew, the moms in our lives actually served up some pretty good advice. Maybe she taught you...

A Moment with Mom

Susan Pace | Posted 07.09.2014 | Fifty
Susan Pace

My mom died in 2010 at 82. While many moms are honored for their selfless pursuit of perfection, I choose to think of all the ways my mom proved that her foibles were what I loved the most.

To The Women Who Dread Mother's Day

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Seth Adam Smith

I have a friend who lovingly placed her child for adoption because she was too young to be a mother herself. While she's comforted by the feeling that she made the right choice, there remains in her a sense of longing -- the innate desire to be a mother. Mother's Day reminds her of those things.

How My Mother-In-Law Showed Me The Truth In Parenting Clichés

Jen Simon | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

It took me a while to understand Rita's parenting style, and even longer to appreciate it. But now, I like to think about her style as an important balance to my mother's - a ying to her yang, if you will.

Things You Need to Thank Your Mother For

Michelle Higginson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Michelle Higginson

Think about everything she had to go through for you -- the sacrifices she made, the torture she endured. Then give that special lady in your life the genuine "thank you" she deserves, and be the kind of son or daughter that makes all the trouble worth her while.

Two Words I Want My Mom To Hear This Mother's Day

Anjali Joshi | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

I'm sorry for not telling you how much I love and appreciate you every single day. I won't wait until Mother's Day -- I will start today.

The Face in the Mirror Is My Mother's Face

Alexia Parks | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Alexia Parks

Today, in our interconnected world, our lives may be lived through the stories we tell others about ourselves, but forever, and always, my smile will be my mother's smile. The hand raised high to wave hello or goodbye is also hers. My feet even slip into the same shoe size my mother wore.

You Loved Me Even When I Didn't Love Myself: A Thank You Note to My Mom

TueNight | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
TueNight

During the eight-plus years of those up-and-down, back-and-forth attempts to get sober (the true nature of which were mostly hidden from her), she remained my rock -- loving me, helping me and most importantly, not judging me.

Menthol, Misgivings and Other Lessons I've Learned from Mom

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

Whether you've just been peed on, your child has discovered your adult toys or your son pointed at a random woman's chest and said, "Boobies!" (These examples may or may not have actually happened in my own experience), don't take it too seriously.

11 Little Life Lessons From Mom That You Should Never Forget

Posted 05.08.2014 | Parents

A mother-child relationship is a curious thing. It starts out as one of basic necessity (infanthood), morphs into one of emotional inconsistency (adol...

Why Mothers Are Just Different Than Anyone Else

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Lisa Abeyta

Our relationship with our mom is just different than any other relationship we'll ever have. As a mother of three, I've found this to be true. I am a mom, and with that has come a completely different perspective.

My Mom May Be Gone, But She Left Some Amazing Things Behind

Jim Higley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Jim Higley

It was sudden. A load of clothes still in the dryer. A letter in her typewriter still waiting to be finished. And a dentist appointment on the calendar at the exact time hundreds of people ultimately gathered for her funeral.

Advice from Mom: It's Never Too Late... Until It Is

Mary Novaria | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

My bliss is different from my mom's. I don't have a bucket list and I don't have a manic need to rush out and make grand plans. What does feel compelling and urgent is that I embrace what is, that I don't worry so much, that I stay present and grateful.

Home Economics: Give Mom a Little (Professional) Respect

Alyson Gounden Rock | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Alyson Gounden Rock

This Mother's Day, we can all do three things that will bolster mom's value and support gender equality. We can stop making throwaway negative comments about mothers. We can acknowledge that mothers do real work, and we can value that work more highly.