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Mothering Without A Past

Rachel Sherman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Rachel Sherman

All mothering attempts seem to be a reaction: you either emulate your own experience, or you rebel against it.

Running Our Way Through a Mother/Son Rut

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

We have found a simple space that contains only joy and ease, and nothing could keep me from showing up there. I could run for miles in it.

Transform Your Inspiration Into Purpose

Rebecca Mckown | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Mckown

Inspiration is a calling, a voice inside us trying to be heard. When something inspires us it is time to listen. When we allow our inspirations to be recognized they will lead us toward our passions.

My Baby Girl Mimics My Mothering (And That's Not Always a Good Thing)

Melanie McKinnon | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Melanie McKinnon

My adorable baby girl, barely broaching the world of full sentences, just taught me something I will never forget. She simply mirrored my own actions, and I did not like what I saw.

Why I Love That 2 A.M. Feeding

Rachel Toalson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

All day long, your brothers have pulled and demanded and captured my time while you have slept and dreamed and grown, little by little by little. But right now is our time, because brothers are sleeping and Daddy is sleeping and the whole world is silently breathing its way toward morning.

This Is What Burnout Looks Like

Emily Ballard | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I often daydream of giving away most of what we own and moving into a Tiny House of some kind, with clever storage everywhere and only the bare essentials surrounding us. "Ooh! Thank you! This is wonderful!" I imagine them saying.

Making Room for the Light

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 04.04.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

It's sad IVF didn't work for us. It's sad we lost our three babies. It's sad we lost those three dreams. Giving myself permission to continue to feel that sadness, as needed, will help to stave off that anger that seems to set me back so much every time.

'A Stronger Love': Alaska Teen Gives Breast Milk to the Baby She Gave Up for Adoption

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.04.2015 | Good News
Alaska Dispatch News

The news, delivered by a doctor at a routine appointment, was so startling it took two additional pregnancy tests at home before she believed it.

The Number One Mistake Even Good Moms Make

Heather Creekmore | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Heather Creekmore

We don't have to be perfect moms. There's no such thing. And, ironically, even if there was, I don't think we'd like being her as much as we think we would. No one actually likes a perfect woman, anyway.

My Ever Upward Mothering

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I mothered. I mothered not my own children, but I mothered nonetheless. I mothered in a way that I am accepting and embracing, but also defining for myself.

Being Mom: Why I Chose to Not Have Biological Children

Dylan Kendall | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Dylan Kendall

I didn't choose to become a foster mom because I couldn't have my own children. I chose to become a foster mom because a young person needed me and my desire to mother has never been centered on my genetics, but on my ability to love and care for others.

The Side of Motherhood We Aren't Prepared to Discuss

Traci Bild | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Traci Bild

I treaded very lightly and explained that I was that mom at one time, but that I had found a way out of the daily grind. My passion and book, Get Your Girl Back, was to help their moms do the same.

10 Things I Want My Son To Know Before He Turns 10

Lindsey Mead | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

You can be strong and feel a lot at the same time. In fact, feeling a lot makes you stronger. That's true regardless of whether you're a boy or a girl.

Free Pizza and Gelato for Toddlers in Rome

Juliet Linley | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Juliet Linley

I can guarantee you that not once in the seven years since I have had small children in Rome have I ever been charged for the kids' milk. They brush it off with genuine kindness, almost as if they were offended by your offer to pay.

How We Handle the Halloween Candy Situation: The Great Switcheroo

Emily Ballard | Posted 01.01.2015 | Parents
Emily Ballard

My kids are eating all of their Halloween candy right now. Don't worry -- it's not like that. As we all know, however, trick-or-treating produces a Candy Situation. My kids aren't strangers to treats, but the onslaught of Kid Crack was overwhelming to me. So somehow, in a moment of divine grace, I thought up The Great Switcheroo.

10 Ways To Feel More Like A Woman And Less Like A Mom

Emily Ballard | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I needed pretense. I needed to feel like I was a real person even though I was really a milk machine. And for me, the way I dress has always been an outward extension of who I am, even as my style has changed.

A Story of Pregnancy Loss

Kelly Fig Smith | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Kelly Fig Smith

Many of the feelings I experienced soon after our loss were expected: sadness, deep grief, anger. But what surprised me most, and what I wasn't prepared for was the shame -- the overwhelming feeling that I had failed in the way that mattered most, and that it could never be forgiven.

50 Reasons To Have A Baby

Kimberly McLeod | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Kimberly McLeod

Throwing up because you're building a baby, not because you had one too many tequilas the night before.

Changing (Parenting) Seasons

Ann Imig | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Ann Imig

I'm learning how to weather these changing seasons as a parent. I'm not a new mom, I'm not really even a veteran mom. But, I'm becoming the mom my children need today.

Feminist Mama Manifesto

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Lara Lillibridge

It's hard not to fall into sexism as the mother of sons. It's hard not to look at your friend's daughters as potential wives to your future head of the household. I know, I know, you can't say it. But you think it when no one is looking.

Dumpster on Wheels: My Car After Kids

Lisa Oppenheimer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Lisa Oppenheimer

The metamorphosis is insidious. One day you're behind the wheel of a cute little wagon, and the next you're driving a mobile garbage dump with fossilized Goldfish on the floor and previously undiscovered life forms multiplying under the seat.

If We Get Out Of This Rite Aid Alive

Kelly Fig Smith | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Kelly Fig Smith

You forget what the first two stages of grief are and decide to land squarely in stage three: bargaining. You'll buy him a new toothbrush. A candy bar. A pony. Whatever he wants, if for the love of God he stops throwing up now. This instant. Immediately.

As My Son Enters Kindergarten: We Untether

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

Becoming tethered to my son was swift and sleek, sometimes painful. Untethering aches in a different way, slow and deep, squeezing hidden muscles of my heart.

3 Simple Things To Implement Now To Become A Superior Mom

Cecilie Aslaksen | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
Cecilie Aslaksen

If you take the small steps at the beginning, and then bigger as you get used to this, then it's possible to become this Superior Mom. And if everyone starts doing this, then the phrase Superior Mom will become the standard.

10 Signs You Have Become a Mamma Italiana

Juliet Linley | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Juliet Linley

As an expat mom in Italy, you are initially confused, then bemused, by many parenting practices in the land of Mamma Mia.