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Navy Expands Maternity Leave. Are Dads Next?

Josh Levs | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
Josh Levs

Obviously, military families make incredible, admirable sacrifices, and many personnel can't be allowed to leave for longer blocks of time. But if the Navy can part with new moms for 18 weeks after a birth, it can part with at least some new dads for more than 10 days total during the child's first year of life.

11 Ridiculous Things Parents of Kids Under 6 Have Said

Mike Reynolds | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

We're not always at our best as parents. We repeat ourselves often, knowing the result will be the same. I'm but a parent to young kids but I've done research and I know of 11 ridiculous things all parents of kids under six have said. I know because I've said them all and I'm a parent and therefore (science explanation that's probably wrong)...

10 Things My Future Children Can Expect From Me

Unwritten | Posted 06.29.2015 | Women

I'm 19, and am in no way planning on having kids any time soon (so you can breathe a sigh of relief, Mom). But I'm excited to meet you kiddos one day. I'm also scared that I won't live up to your expectations or mine. I can, however, promise you these 10 things though, and for now, I think that's pretty good.

Reflections on Father's Day 2015: Don't Forget, It's Not About You

John McCormick | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

I got a glimpse for the first time of what it will be like to be an empty nester. Connor starts high school this fall, and in two years Will is off to college. If Father's Day 2015 is any predictor, I'll be a complete mess, lavishing my pent-up paternal affections on the family dogs.

Surviving The Summer School Break

Kelly Pietrangeli | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Kelly Pietrangeli

Long summer breaks can be a bag of mixed emotions. On the one hand there's sweet freedom from early morning starts, rushing and routines. Eating breakfast in your PJ's. Lunch and dinner whenever anyone's hungry. Letting the kids live in the same swim suit for days on end. Hey - it saves on laundry.

Now Is The Time To Talk About Your Pregnancy Loss

Ann Zamudio | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Ann Zamudio

To so many of the people fighting through this, it can bring an incredible amount of comfort to hear that they're not alone.

What's with Motherhood and Wine?

Melissa Roy | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Melissa Roy

The truth of it is, a lot of mommies seem to rely on wine to survive their children. Or at least they think it's cool to joke about it because everywhere I look these days there are memes and statements and Facebook posts about motherhood and wine.

Father's Day: Remembering the LIFE of a Dad Who Died Young

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Peter Mandel

When someone says the word "bravery" out loud it sounds like it's from a book on noblemen or knights. I can almost hear the clank of sword on shield. Call it medieval if you want, but I believe in trying to be brave.

Why Nursing In Public Should Be No Big Deal

Mama Bean | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Mama Bean

Let's nurse until they are bored of watching... let's breastfeed until no more heads turn or faces flush. Let's normalize it together, as we nourish our children.

What I Want My Son To Remember About the First Year of His Life

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Danielle Campoamor

I want my son to remember that we will care for him and sacrifice for him and believe in him, not because we demand praise or deserve recognition or need validation.

Parenting, What's the Rush?

Jennifer Brenan | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Brenan

When we have our first baby there is anticipation, excitement and hopefully joy. But, there is another side to it. No matter how prepared we believe we are, nothing truly prepares you for the change that occurs to our lives.

Friday Night (Mom Version)

Meredith Masony | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Meredith Masony

I remember getting ready to hit the town for some fun Friday night shenanigans back in my hay day. Now my Friday night's resemble screaming kids, laundry, dishes, dinner, and hopefully a glass of wine.

Palatetraining: Parents Aim to Buy the Best Food but Need to Make the Best Food

Dr. Laura Lefkowitz | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Laura Lefkowitz

(Counterclockwise from top right to bottom right: My palette of fresh organic homemade tricolor carrots, sweet potato, butternut squash, Fuji apples...

The Mesh Underwear and Other Things Your Friends Forget to Tell You About Childbirth

Allison Chawla | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Allison Chawla

It will likely be somewhat painful, but your body will do some incredible things. You will require some time to get back to normal and feel comfortable, but you will be amazed at the resilience of the female body and the absolute miracle of what it can do.

What I Want The World To Know About Toddlers

April McCormick | Posted 06.12.2015 | Parents
April McCormick

Before I became a mother, I was the girl in the grocery store shaking her head at the mom who was clearly not capable of "controlling" her toddler. I was the server in the restaurant who tried desperately to give up the table with the family of four being seated.

10 Things I Said I Would Never Do As A Parent

Meredith Masony | Posted 06.11.2015 | Parents
Meredith Masony

I remember always be the last kid to get picked up from school or sports practice. It was so embarrassing. Recently, my son was the last one to be picked up from daycare. Guess what? He survived, and so did I.

The Big Debate: Should You Go Back to Work After Baby?

LearnVest | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents

To stay at home, or not to stay at home? That's the weighty question many parents struggle to answer -- and even fight over.

12 TV Shows To Binge-Watch While On Maternity Leave (If You Have Any Time)

The Huffington Post | Hollis Miller | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents

Anyone who has been on maternity leave knows that while it's a wonderful time in your life, it's certainly no picnic. Sometimes, in those weeks wh...

Mom Dresses Cat In Crochet Bra Top To Prove One Size Does Not Fit All

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.09.2015 | Style

Everyone knows one size does not fit all, and a Houston mom used her family's pet cat to prove it. An Amazon user with the handle "sb043 'Christy'...

One Year After My Daughter's Death

Jeremy Krashin | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Jeremy Krashin

She's in the playroom when Goldie plays. She's by my side while I'm working at my office. She's on Julie's shoulder while her and Goldie play at the playground.

I Love My Thighs

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

I was bulimic at 16. Pregnant at 19. Unhappy and at my highest weight at 24, and very hungry and still unhappy at one of my lowest weights at 27.

Let Go and Let Dad

Elisha Wilson Beach | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Elisha Wilson Beach

When chatting with other moms, it's quite common for us to roll our eyes and paint the picture that dads are incapable of accomplishing the simplest tasks without our help. Not only is that not fair, but it is simply not true for most of us.

7 Times Every Mother Finds Her Strength

Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents

Motherhood might be the greatest of all equalizers. No matter who you are or what you do, when you’re a mom, there are certain things you’re desti...

11 Tips For New Parents Flying With Their Children For The First Time

Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents

Flying can be stressful for anyone. Between crowded airports, tight cabin space and unpredictable delays, it’s not uncommon to greet a sea of tense ...

Divorce Is NOT the Worst

Denise Albert | Posted 06.05.2015 | Divorce
Denise Albert

Whether the divorce is amicable or not, children absorb what they see, what they are told. They will have their own questions, ideas and formulate their own opinions from within their experience. There is no need for anyone to feed children negativity about divorce.