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29 Photos That Capture The Beautiful Blur That Is The First Two Weeks Of Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents

Moms and dads tend to describe the first weeks of parenthood as an exhausting, confusing, amazing, life-changing blur. But their pictures from those f...

To My Husband, On His First Birthday As A Father

Emily French | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Emily French

Too often, we focus on the needs of mama and baby and forget that new dads need love and support too. For many, they are the glue bonding new families together, carrying out silent acts of tenderness between the seams.

The Last Thing I Thought I Would Be Thankful For

Mona Kelly | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Mona Kelly

I strongly believe that our pain, whichever it comes from, is on purpose. It helps us grow and give birth to a better version of ourselves. It is hard to be thankful for our pain but, if we shift perspective, we realize it always brings us a lesson in disguise.

You Made Me a Mother

Jennifer Brenan | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Brenan

You made me a mother when you went to the NICU and I was so scared and everything was surreal. I feared I was missing out on some kind of bonding, but of course I was a mother now and we would bond.

A New Parent's Guide to Social Media

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Other parents understand the urge to brag about every little thing, but social media is a give and take. Be thoughtful about what you're sharing, why and with whom. And make sure to comment, like, or otherwise interact with what friends and family post to keep it, you know, social.

8 Things I Underestimated About Motherhood

Alison Chrun | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Alison Chrun

If I could pick one word to describe my outlook on parenting before I became a mother, "clueless" would be that word. I had a 9-month-old niece at the time I got pregnant, and while changing her diapers every once in a while was fun, so was giving her back to her mom when she cried.

What Wondrous Love Is This? A Reflection On The Birth Of My Son Walter

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I'm frequently asked the loaded question of how much I am madly in love with Walter. I mostly give the questioner what they want with a nod of assent. But the truth of my emotion is more complicated. I think maybe the problem is with how I have, up to this point, understood the word "love."

This Is What Happens When 3 Dads Decide To Find Out What Pregnancy Is Really Like

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents

Feel like giving pregnancy a try, guys? This trio certainly did. Jason Bramley, Steve Hanson and Jonny Biggins are wearing fake pregnant bellies ...

The Middle Class (Thinks It) Knows Best: Daring to Intervene in Disadvantaged Households

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
American Anthropological Association

Because the way we talk is deeply enmeshed with how we think, feel and act in the world, our critiques of how others speak are frequently a smoke-screen for our critiques about other aspects of their lives.

What My Daughter Would Say If She Could Talk

Jon Helmkamp | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Jon Helmkamp

My daughter is just shy of eight months old, and although she can't talk yet, it sure seems like she has a lot to say.

Dad Crashes Car, Then Delivers His Baby In The Front Seat

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents

Delivering a baby is no easy feat, but this dad pulled it off -- after crashing his car. Colorado couple Sergey and Angela Sushko were a bit caugh...

Dad Puts On Pants While Holding Baby, Because Free Hands Are A Thing Of The Past

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.16.2015 | Parents

Look, ma! No hands! It's hard work being a new parent, but something tells us this dad is going to be just fine. After all, he's already figured ou...

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

Kerstin Shamberg | Posted 04.14.2015 | 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!

His Hands Hold Miracles

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Walker Baron

Soon my grandson will celebrate his six-month birthday. Actually that's not quite true. Chances are only his family will celebrate this milestone. ...

3 Things One Man Learned In 3 Weeks Of Fatherhood

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents

New moms and dads document their first parenthood experiences in a variety of ways -- blogs, baby books, Instagram, etc. One creative dad has turned t...

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.

What No One Told Me About Becoming A Dad

Bobby McMahon | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Bobby McMahon

I'm glad I'm in good company, but while I'm all for learning valuable life lessons, it would have been really nice if someone had given us a heads-up about this one.

The Top 5 Scariest Things About Becoming A Parent

Darcy R. Shapiro | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Darcy R. Shapiro

As the parent of two terrifying little boys, I am afraid that I cannot fully ease the fears of prospective parents. Thus, in honor of Halloween, I have decided to put together a list of the most terrifying things you have to look forward to on your journey to parenthood.

6 Things A Parent Of A Colicky Baby Doesn't Want To Hear

Becky Schroeder | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Becky Schroeder

My daughter was colicky for the first 16 weeks of her life. Colic is awful, plain and simple, and there were many things people said to me during this difficult time that weren't particularly helpful.

Catherine Pearson

The One Mistake Most New Parents Make Before Even Leaving The Hospital

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents

Parents leaving the hospital with newborns are a jumble of nerves and adrenaline, wondering what comes next and whether they're going to do it right. ...

What to Say When Other New Parents Ask How It's Going

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

I remember trying to get the real scoop on parenting, good and bad, before I had a baby. "It's hard," new parents would say, and then quickly paper over that tiny admission. "But of course I wouldn't trade it for anything!" It sounded suspicious to me. But once I had a baby, I followed suit.

My First Night Alone With Three Kids

Clint Edwards | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Clint Edwards

I knew that just one month ago, before we had Aspen, I could've easily handled this situation, but now, trying to hold a crying baby, while caring for a puking kid and an emotionally distraught little girl, felt like too much.

I'm Not Here to Make Life Easy for You: A Love Letter to My Future Children

Neal Samudre | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Neal Samudre

Work is often a prerequisite for great beauty. Every laugh involves a heave of the chest. Every deep, fulfilling breath moves the diaphragm. Every smile requires the movement of muscles and every glance above requires your neck to fold behind you. Every beautiful thing requires work.

5 Reasons I Love My Husband More After Having A Baby

Becky Schroeder | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Becky Schroeder

I had faith he would do his best to adapt to the steep learning curve of parenthood, but it wasn't until I actually saw my husband in action (starting in the delivery room) that I knew I was going to love him more now that we had a baby.

6 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Strong After Baby

Posted 12.02.2014 | Dr. Phil

Becoming a parent is overwhelming, but your spouse’s needs don't have to hit the backburner.