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Ambivalence About a Pregnancy and the Strange Journey of the Jewish Holidays

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

The baby that I wasn't sure I wanted to have was due around Shavuot, the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah on Sinai. A time of revelation, o...

Living With Bipolar Disorder as a Mother and Workaholic

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Women
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work to their satisfaction? What helps? What...

Letter to My Child From Your Minister *Activist* Mom

Melissa Browning | Posted 03.11.2016 | Religion
Melissa Browning

There are many things I can give you in this life. A roof over your head, food on the table, a Bible we read together, a school where you are welcomed, and love -- so much love. One thing I cannot give you is a just and perfect world.

A Return to Joy

Kara Wiegand | Posted 02.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Kara Wiegand

I have started a new practice when considering decisions. I now ask myself the following two questions: Does this action have the potential to make a positive impact on someone else? Am I worried about performing the action based solely on others' judgments?

6 Questions I Ask Myself About Potential Mom Friends

Jessica Dimas | Posted 11.09.2015 | Parents
Jessica Dimas

I don't ask for much, which is why there are only six qualities I consider as requirements if we are going to jump into mom-friendship together.

Ruminations on Restitution

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 10.23.2015 | Women
Katharine Angelina Love

I feel moored in the muddiness of my young unmet needs. It is in this deep dark place, where the howling beast part of me lives, that I now must travel to rescue beastie and hold her tightly to slow her howling.

Accouchement

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 10.21.2015 | Parents
Lisa Pullen Kent

In sisterly solidarity I immediately flashed back to pregnancy, a state both magical and miserable, completely consuming; a transformative rite of passage. In the nanosecond it took to relive, the realization that I'd never actually be pregnant again descended on me with finality.

Once Upon a Time Mom was Shot Dead

Juliet Linley | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Juliet Linley

No mom snuggles up to her toddler for a cosy bedtime read, with a book in which the protagonists' mother is shot and killed just one page into the narrative. Surely.

6 Pieces of Game-Changing Advice for New Moms

Jolie Jenkins | Posted 10.13.2015 | Parents
Jolie Jenkins

Congratulations on being a new mom! Isn't it a cherished miracle? With this extreme emotional flux, you need all the tools you can get, Mama. Here are a few tidbits of unconventionally awesome mommy advice I never got but wish I had. You're welcome.

Becoming

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 10.08.2015 | Parents
Lisa Pullen Kent

I love teenagers. I do. Everything about them: the awkward, the self-conscious, even the angry bits. I'm especially intrigued by the way they shed their childhood like a skin and emerge a newer, older version of themselves.

This Three-Letter Word Will Change Your Life

Julie Cantrell | Posted 09.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Julie Cantrell

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Stretched too thin? Frustrated by life's challenges? Try this simple adjustment and see if it helps.

How My Miscarriage Brought Healing

Jessica Hoefer-Land | Posted 09.24.2015 | Women
Jessica Hoefer-Land

I am thankful that in the midst of adversity I discovered my husband to be completely unfailing in his love and support. It allowed me to see a side of him that made me love him even more.

Can We Change How We Parent? Unlocking Your Parental Intelligence

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Do you ever wonder why your child behaves the way she does? How many times in a single day do you ask yourself, "Why did she do that?"

Loving and Letting Go: A Celebration of Life and Parenting on Meera's 9th Birthday

Padma Gordon | Posted 09.04.2015 | Parents
Padma Gordon

A parent's love is one that wants the best for their child. In this moment, I am amazed by how quickly my child is growing and, by the person she is fast becoming. One who is bright, responsive, creative, strong and sassy, clear in her communication and centered as she walks through life.

When Adult Children of Alcoholics Become Moms

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Dr. Tian Dayton

Sis Wenger, CEO of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics wanted to specifically focus on moms for Counselor Magazine. She asked me some questions on how growing up with one or two alcoholic parents might impact mothering.

5 Simple Ways to Slow Down

Andi Wickman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Andi Wickman

We all talk about slowing down time and enjoying the moments but the moments are pure chaos with kids. We always want and hope for this or that stage to be over that before we know it our kids are off to college. So how the heck do we actually slow down and try to be in these moments? Here are five ideas to try today.

29 Lessons I've Learned From 10 Years of Parenting

Jenny Evans | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Jenny Evans

Before my first was born, I had a vague notion that parents more and less had it all together and did everything deliberately according to their parenting philosophy of choice; now I know that we're basically making it up as we go along.

Run! Don't Walk!

Kara Wiegand | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women
Kara Wiegand

Do I want my daughter to go through her life tentatively or tenaciously? Am I teaching her to be timid or to be bold? Do I want my daughter to walk through life, or do I really want her to run?

Parent Bingo

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

I love being the mother of my children. It's been my life for 20 years. And I still don't know what I'm doing.

How to Build Your House

MotherWoman | Posted 07.23.2016 | Parents
MotherWoman

I'm not a perfectionist but as a mother, I harassed myself to be as close to perfect as I could be. My girls had to behave and not bicker in public -- fat chance! Dinner had to be healthy -- and they had to eat it! Someone was coming over -- quick clean up!

Drenched in a Moment of Mama's Love

Padma Gordon | Posted 07.10.2016 | Parents
Padma Gordon

Many nights, after I read a story to my soon to be 9-year old daughter, Meera, I sit on her bed and meditate until she falls asleep.

Lessons of Tantrums, Wise Sibling Instincts and the Healing Power of Empathy

Jesua | Posted 07.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jesua

My son Ezra woke up sweetly today, pouncing on top of me in bed with all his 65 pounds of naked, sun-kissed, 6-year-old love, panting loudly with morn...

From 'Project Runway' to Archery Fame: Laura Bennett Shelton

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.05.2016 | Fifty
Brandi Megan Granett

I find the less time I have, the less time I waste. I don't believe in finding time. You have to make time for the things you want to do.

Quantity vs. Quality

Jessica Hoefer-Land | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Jessica Hoefer-Land

Perhaps you are familiar with the term, "quality vs quantity." Often, it is associated with parenting in terms of which is more important -- the time you are with your child (quantity) or the attention given during the time you are with your child (quality).

5 Reasons Doing Dishes, Laundry and Cleaning Could Be Ruining Your Creative Flow

Sky Mandala Marcano | Posted 05.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Sky Mandala Marcano

I admire all the mothers and fathers who nurture and respect the home by cleaning and organizing. But some of us may benefit from letting go of a few tasks, to then benefit from being creative in other ways.