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Sweatpants Cause Divorce?!

Melissa Charles | Posted 03.20.2015 | Parents
Melissa Charles

Someone who has just given birth deserves some care. Some rest. Without worrying about anyone's expectations, wants or demands. Without anyone telling her that she should be doing something different or, God forbid, more.

Dear Brand New Mommy

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Kali Kasprzyk

Stay true to yourself. This might be the hardest task of them all. Even picking one thing you did pre-baby and sticking with it will make you feel better.

Let's Do the Time Warp Again, Baby!

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

Moms, be kind to yourself and patient with your kids on these extra long days. And partners, please don't be late!

Emily Peck

One Small Hope For The Future Of Maternity Leave In The U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Peck | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business

Progress could be on the way from a pretty unlikely source: The world’s biggest corporations.

5 Universal Truths Of New Motherhood

Liz Curtis Faria | Posted 03.06.2015 | Parents
Liz Curtis Faria

While you will love your child with all of your heart, you will also most passionately feel this love when your child is sleeping.

7 Ways to Become a More Confident Mother

Shari Medini | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

No matter what, those first few months will be beautifully difficult; however, there are a few things that I've learned throughout my mothering journey that could help you through...

What To Expect After Having Kids

MotherWoman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Parents
MotherWoman

I'd like to offer an alternate spin on what to expect after having kids -- one that errs on the side of gain rather than sacrifice; one that I didn't hear much about while I was pregnant and pondering what life would be like after children.

I Don't Always Feel Like A Mom

Toni Hammer | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I've been a parent for over two and a half years now, and I still don't identify as a mom. I mean, I know I'm a mom. I have the stretch marks, sippy cups and sleep-addled brain to prove it. But I don't quite feel like me in this new mom skin yet.

Dear New Mama: You Are An Exceptional Mother

Rachel Toalson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

It isn't easy, since nothing worth doing ever is, but these first days and weeks and months will unfold and so will your love.

10 Crazy Baby Terms You Need to Laugh About Now

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Jennie Sutherland

The reflux DOES go away, your baby WILL start sleeping through the night and yes, she WILL learn to take the bottle. So while everything may seem chaotic right now, after about a year that haze will lift and you will actually laugh about some of your current worries. Promise.

It's OK To Hate The Newborn Stage

Courtney Reynolds | Posted 02.12.2015 | Parents
Courtney Reynolds

Whether we're 20 or 40, a successful businesswoman or an accomplished artist, some of us are just not cut out for the newborn stage. And it's OK to admit it.

Dear New Mom...

Christine Carter | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Christine Carter

You will grow into this relationship in your own way, and discover the art of parenting and caring for another soul in your own time with your own gifts to offer.

The Single Worst Part of Becoming a Parent

The Next Family | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
The Next Family

I know that it's good for us to be apart. I know she thrives when socializing with other kids and developing relationships with family and close friends. But I feel horrible for abandoning her, and wonder if she internalizes it as "mama cares about something else more than me."

5 Questions From A Newer Mom to Those With Grown Children

Audra Rundle | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Audra Rundle

It took having kids for me to understand just how challenging and intricate parenting really is. It takes an entire childhood for parents to really get educated about their role, but by then, of course, the child is grown and moves out. What a cruel joke Mother Nature plays on us!

Finding Love After Postpartum Depression

Jennifer Craven | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Craven

I put on a good show in front of others. But on the inside, confusion and guilt racked my brain. How was it possible, I wondered, that I wasn't completely enamored with my first born child?

I'm Glad Someone Told Me

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

We need to find a way to prepare mothers for the possibility that they may struggle, and that it doesn't make them bad mothers.

The One Thing That Helped Me Survive the Transition to Parenthood

Robin Hoffman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Robin Hoffman

Becoming a mother was the single most intense moment of my life thus far. And even though it has been nearly six months since I first met our son, that first moment when he went from being inside me to being his own breathing body remains just as intense as it did when it happened.

You Just Had A Baby

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

I know everything feels undone. I know being a grown-up sucks. I know your house is a mess. I know you have writer's block. I know you feel behind. I know you wish you were superwoman. I know. I know. But. You just had a baby.

A New Mom's Open Letter To Her Pregnant Best Friend

Kerstin Shamberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Parents
Kerstin Shamberg

If you take nothing else away, I've boiled it down to this: Tune out all the judgment, trust yourself, try not to worry so much, laugh, give yourself a break, be flexible and don't Google anything!

You Won't Remember, But I Will

Jessica Dimas | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Jessica Dimas

You won't remember the way I stood in the bathroom late that night in labor with you, fearfully and excitedly gazing up at the moon, knowing I was going to bring you into the world soon and whispering to you, "We can do this."

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading! A Book Gift Guide

Audrey van Petegem | Posted 02.10.2015 | Books
Audrey van Petegem

The holidays are coming and you know what that means... It's that time of year when you start looking for inspiring gift ideas to give to friends and family! Sure you can give gift cards or clothes, but why not give something that is a bit more meaningful?

30 Signs You're A New Mom

Rachael Roehmholdt | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
Rachael Roehmholdt

You have somehow transported yourself into a different dimension where everyone talks about themselves in the third person, as in, "Mama needs some time to herself, like, for real..."

6 Things New Parents Need To Stop Doing Before They Lose Their Minds

JJ Keith | Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents
JJ Keith

We are all a messy conglomeration of strengths and weaknesses, with none of us having it totally down and none of us being completely inept. No, we're all just partly inept. Welcome to parenthood.

You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

Jill Patir | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Jill Patir

I don't know how to go about my day without her. I don't know how to think about what I want to do, not what I need to do for her.

The Long Ride With Wes

Ashbey Riley | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Ashbey Riley

The thing about having a baby in the NICU is that you never stop riding the emotional roller coaster. You're up and then down; it slows, but it never stops.