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Motherhood is 1,000 Tiny Break Ups

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Mary Katherine Backstrom

I saw my son shooing me away from the bus stop. "Mom, I know where to go. Can you just wait here today?"

But How Can He Still Look the Same?

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

In the early days of parenting and on through the rush of childhood, the dizzying breakneck of high school, we only feel the tasks. We don't have the time to remember, or the time to think ahead that there is an "after this."

17 Things I Want My Son To Know On His 17th Birthday

Shelley Emling | Posted 04.15.2015 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

People always say that middle kids get lost in the shuffle. That's why I've tried extra hard, with my own middle kid, to make sure his birth order was never a detriment. Towards that end, we've gone on trips, just he and I, to places as far-flung as Kenya. Both of us share a passion for travel, the more exotic the better.

Raising a Soulful Child

Hallie Sawyer | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Hallie Sawyer

Having a child who feels so deeply and infers things at such a tender age is an amazing experience.

What Does Autism Awareness Even Mean?

Carrie Cariello | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Carrie Cariello

Without you, autism awareness is an exclamation without a point, or a balloon without enough air. It is lacking. Because without you, the breathtakingly unusual person in your life would simply drift -- it is you who keeps him or her or them afloat and buoyant.

How My Husband Transformed My Son's MRI Scans Into Incredible Adventures

Julie Meyer Taylor | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Julie Meyer Taylor

My husband was inspired: "The mask is part of your spacesuit!" he told Andrew. "You need to breathe different air because you are going to a different atmosphere!" He told him that the MRI machine was a rocket ship, and he would be traveling to different planets.

The Identified Patient

Dr. Robert Lusson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Robert Lusson

Annie and Raymond's story is an example of how distorted, usually negative, thoughts and beliefs can be passed down in a multi-generational fashion from grandpa to mom to son and so on to form core beliefs and automatic thinking about people and the world in general.

Why It's So Important To Keep My Mom Promise

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Life with two teens and a tween is beyond crazy. I've never regretted my choice to stay home with my children, but lately, the stress of life has been getting to me. I feel as if I'm rarely on my game anymore.

The Day I Banned The 'F' Word From Our House

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

I have often thought to myself that if I ever have a daughter, I would really have to watch how much I complain about my body. The last thing I would want is for her to grow up with a warped body image. I never once thought about what it could be doing to my boys.

You Carry Me

Heather Evers | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Heather Evers

Who wouldn't love to be swooped up and carried? So, I indulge Harrison's requests to be picked up, even when I would really like to be carried myself. Isn't that the ideal metaphor for parenting, really? We do things for our children that no one does for us anymore.

The Mother-Son Dance

Jessica Dimas | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Jessica Dimas

I can only imagine what she was thinking as she danced with her son on his wedding day. Probably back to the long days when she lived on little sleep, wore her hair pulled back too often and changed diapers tirelessly.

Lessons From A President's Day Accident

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 04.19.2015 | Good News
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Now a year older than Mom was when she and Dad crashed, I am more viscerally aware of life's fragility and finitude, and of the importance of savoring daily gifts.

I Thought I Knew What Was Best For My Son, But He Had Other Ideas

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Wolfe

I don't see his homework every night, I only hope he's using the washing machine once in awhile and I have to trust that he's eating his vegetables every day.

Why 'Mom' Is So Much More Than a Simple Name

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Jan DeBlieu

"Hey," the young man persisted, "I've been wanting to ask someone this: What do you think about calling your mother by her first name, instead of 'Mom'?"

How I Survived My Son Leaving (Me) for College

Michelle Martin | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Michelle Martin

I honestly did not know who I was without him in my daily life, and I wasn't very eager to find out. Even though I always worked, empty-nesting after spending nearly two decades immersed in raising my son filled me with dread and terror.

Son, These Are The 10 Ways You Amaze Me

Samantha McGarry | Posted 02.16.2015 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

You cried when we had some trees removed because you were worried the birds would lose their homes. You want to pet every dog you meet. Maybe you were a golden retriever in another life. It would explain a lot!

And Just Like That, My Kid Surprised Me Again

Caren Chesler | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Caren Chesler

As she introduced me, I took a seat on the floor in the front of the room with my guitar. My son grabbed his guitar and sat down next to me, so close that our guitars banged into each other. I moved a couple of inches away from him to give myself some room, but he inched toward me.

Hold My Hand A Little Longer

Susannah Lewis | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

Will this sweet boy who often rests his blonde head on my shoulder someday shut me out? Will the very sight of my face and the sound of my voice make his stomach churn? Will we become strangers? Will the teenage version of my son despise me?

How My Little Boy Has Slowed Me Down

Amanda Mushro | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Amanda Mushro

If you see me moving towards you at lightning speed, take a look a few yards behind me. That's where you find my boy. Just strolling along, no sense of urgency, taking it all in.

Depending On Where You Meet Us

Shari Medini | Posted 01.05.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

Not all children enjoy the same things. We shouldn't avoid all of the uncomfortable situations for my sons, but they need me to give them some slack when they are out of their element. I shouldn't get so frustrated when they will not cooperate in those types of situations.

Confessions Of A Bad Mom: Having 'The Talk'

Michelle Combs | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Michelle Combs

I grew up in a household where sex was not discussed. I learned everything I know about sex on the mean streets of Dry Ridge, Kentucky. I wanted it to be different for my children. My son, however, did not.

The Unique Way Parents Walk Toward Their Children

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

I remember how far behind she'd left my stepfather, who'd come with her, and the way her purse swung on her arm, and the broad, breaking smile on her face as she drew nearer. It felt almost embarrassing to be the object of such emotion after having done nothing more than come home.

The Hardest Part About Living With All Boys

Sarah Smiley | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

"The chances are 50/50 every time," my husband said. Fifteen years and three sons later, I am completely outnumbered and, frankly, fighting a losing battle. Even the dog is male.

5 Things Only Parents of Boys Can Understand

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

My oldest boy is turning 5 soon. My youngest boy just turned 1. Between them I am sure that I could solve the energy crisis, if only I could capture the intense amount of vigor that zings and swirls around them all day (and night) long.

Why Running Makes Me a Better Mom

Karen Cordano | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Most days are made up of way too many not-my-finest-moments. Every morning, I promise myself I will try to be a better mother to the boys. It is hard to focus on the moments beyond the mistakes.