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If Princess Leia Were a Mom...

Melinda Pajak | Posted 12.11.2015 | Entertainment
Melinda Pajak

This is exactly what mothering is--being strong and vulnerable at the same time. When you have kids, it is as if your heart is walking around outside of your body. It's more than wearing your heart on your sleeve.

Watching My Mom Disappear During 12 Years Of Alzheimer's

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 02.16.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Is it strange how an illness can change someone's life in a positive way? Since mom got Alzheimer's, my love for her has taken on a whole new meaning and my brother and I have become closer than we ever were before. Mom's disease has bonded us with a deeper sense of love.

Understanding the Risk of Hemorrhage During Childbirth

Lynn Erdman | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Lynn Erdman

A frightening trend is taking place in the United States -- an increasing number of women are dying during or shortly after childbirth. The number of pregnancy-related deaths increased from 7.2 per 100,000 live births in 1987 to 17.8 per 100,000 live births in 2011.

Yep, We Are THAT Family

Regan Long | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

People in the grocery stores, malls, amusement parks...yes, they all love to hate us. We're those people coming with two shopping carts, the double stroller, and with the kids dashing and darting everywhere they probably shouldn't be.

When it's the Best of Times and the Worst of Times Our Children Overhear Everything

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

For better or worse kids overhear what we say. They register our tones of voice, our gestures, our facial expressions, and our feelings. They may never let us know as the kids above did.

'Help' Is Your Superpower

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 12.04.2015 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Help is not weakness, it's not a sign of personal shortcomings, and it's not an indication of failure. Help is a mighty super power, maybe the most formidable one women have in our utility belts that we, sadly, rarely activate.

My Mom's Had Alzheimer's For 12 Years, And This Is All I Can Do

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 12.02.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Mom has no understanding of how her life has been wiped away by such a horrific disease. So how is my mom doing? She'd doing good, and how am I doing? I'm also doing good, which is a conscious decision that I have made.

A Timeless Love Story

Regan Long | Posted 12.01.2015 | Weddings
Regan Long

Because ALS took her voice away, she had a very special card for his birthday. Yes, she could no longer speak, but their love, their daily sacrifice spoke louder than any human words were capable of communicating. Meet Julie and Charles.

Becoming a Single Mom

Lizz Wilson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Lizz Wilson

The instant I caught of glimpse of that pregnancy test screen, I knew my life was going to change. Starring at the words PREGNANT laid coldly on my ba...

13 Pro Thanksgiving Tips From Mom, Because She Knows Best

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 11.24.2015 | Taste

No matter how crazy the holidays can be, you can always depend on mom to throw one heckuva Thanksgiving dinner. We asked HuffPost editors to share the...

Hand Turkeys and Paper Pilgrim Hats

Curtis Rogers | Posted 11.23.2015 | Parents
Curtis Rogers

Thanksgiving was my mother's favorite holiday. It wasn't even close. She liked Christmas but I think the whole gift-giving thing put pressure on her...

20 Ways Not to Talk to Your Teenage Daughter - Then How to Fix Things

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Teenage girls are sensitive to the way people in authority talk to them, especially their mothers. They are easily wounded, feel criticized, and vulnerable when they sense or get outright disapproval. However, mothers are only trying to shape them up to be young women and don't understand their sensitive narcissism.

How to Raise a Resilient Child

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

No matter how closely parents try to manage their children's lives they can't possibly protect them from life's trials and tribulations. Indeed, parents shouldn't protect their children from those things. Parents should guide their children instead in how to effectively manage the challenges they'll face on their own.

What if It Was You in That Picture Everyone's Laughing At?

Valerie Alexander | Posted 11.18.2015 | Good News
Valerie Alexander

Hateful, mean pictures show up on the Internet every day, with people gleefully leaping in to add their ugly voices to the fray. But if we can counter that -- if we can think about the human side and the human cost of those pictures, we can make the world a kinder place and we can all be just a little better.

I'm JUST a Mom

Regan Long | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

I'm just a Mom who no longer knows what to tell her children when they ask why there is so much pain and hurt and "bad guys" in this world.

Mom's Note From Daughter With Autism Will Make You Think Twice About Your Words

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents

Words are powerful. Cadence is a 7-year-old Australian girl with autism and acute senses that cause her to intensely absorb her surroundings, includi...

A 'Rent-A-Mom' Service For Times When You Just Need Your Mommy

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.12.2015 | Fifty

NeedAMom1 from nina on Vimeo. Young or old, there are times all of us need a mother. Like when you get sick for the first time living on your ow...

Boys Are Gross

Amanda Waggener | Posted 11.13.2015 | Parents
Amanda Waggener

Last weekend I took my son, my nephew and a friend to our church youth group leader's apartment. They had plans to go get pizza then head to a local elementary school to use their gym for a game of dodgeball.

Being a Mindful Mommy

Rebecca Grainger | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Grainger

This is a wonderful way to still your mind, stay connected to your inner desires and be present in the moment. The more you practice these mindfulness actions, the more stillness and awareness you will experience, which will help as you journey through motherhood.

What Grieving My Mother's Death Taught Me About Gratitude

Mary Novaria | Posted 11.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mary Novaria

I'm currently mortified because I didn't send thank you notes after my birthday this year. The flowers have long since drooped and died, but other pre...

How Kids Interpret The Things Their Parents Say

Meredith Masony | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Meredith Masony

Think twice before sharing secrets with your children, or saying anything at all. Kids have the ability to turn your words into tabloid news in a matter of minutes.

A Woman's Quest To Reinvigorate The Sacred Nature Of Pregnancy

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion

Anni Daulter, an author and professional cook, was pregnant several years back when she encountered a conundrum. She searched far and wide for pregnan...

Women In South Sudan Are Strong, Powerful And Resilient

Doctors Without Borders | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.04.2015 | World

A woman walks into the labor ward, straight through to the delivery table. Five minutes later her baby is born. Two hours ago, she was in active labor...

Why Being the Parent of a One-Year-Old Is Simply Exhausting

Regan Long | Posted 11.03.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

You see those commercials. Their homes are spotless; everything in place and organized -- pretty much sparkling. Their babies are always giggling and smiling. I think I'd like to make my own commercial of what it's really like to be the parent of a one year old.

Stride Through the Holidays for a Great Cause

Melissa Fenton | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Melissa Fenton

When Denise Dollar's son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, of course her every waking minute became about taking care of his health. What she didn't anticipate happening was the putting of herself, and her own physical and mental health, on the back burner.