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10 Reasons You Don't Actually Need a Good Night's Sleep

Emily Hatch | Posted 07.23.2015 | Parents
Emily Hatch

You know what I love about sleep? Nothing, really, because I can't remember what it feels like. I haven't had a solid night's sleep since my son was born. Well, actually, since I was eight months pregnant and the constant interruptions from my bladder were like a cruel foreshadowing of what was to come.

How to Give the Best Baby Shower Gift Even Though You Have No Idea About Babies

Jennifer Mayer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Women
Jennifer Mayer

Yep, it's that time in your life. The past couple summers your calendar has been booked solid with weddings. Now a year or two later, the baby announcements are rolling through Facebook. You are faced with a whole new social affair: The Baby Shower, and you're not quite sure how to prepare for it.

All The Conflicting Advice People Try To Give Parents-To-Be

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

"Can I give you some advice?" That's a rhetorical question that friends, family and even strangers on the street seem to ask you e...

Emily Peck

The Feminist Case For Paternity Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Peck | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business

It might sound counterintuitive, but one of the best things companies can do for new moms is give new dads more leave.

An Honest, Tear-Jerking Account Of Becoming A Father

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents

It's impossible to anticipate the challenges that may arise in the journey to becoming a parent. Telegraph political cartoonist Bob Moran shared h...

This Father's Day, Let's Ensure All Parents Have Access To Paid Family Leave

Sen. Jeff Merkley | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Sen. Jeff Merkley

I'm proud to be a Senator, but I'm even prouder to be a dad. This Father's Day, let's embrace true family values and push for fair, inclusive family leave that will make our economy work better for everyone.

Jillian Capewell

Why This Mom Is Helping Other Moms Find Each Other

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Capewell | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents

Hillary Frank calls the origins of the parenting-centered podcast she hosts “a selfish endeavor.” Today, it feels a strange descriptor for a p...

The Business Concept That Changed the Way I Think About Parenting

Monika Szamko | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Monika Szamko

Too many of us want to learn "how" (concrete behaviors and techniques) rather than "why" (philosophy and greater purpose). If we first chose a philosophy that resonates with us, the set of necessary behaviors aligned with that philosophy might come more easily, or even naturally.

7 Times Every Mother Finds Her Strength

Posted 07.15.2015 | Parents

Motherhood might be the greatest of all equalizers. No matter who you are or what you do, when you’re a mom, there are certain things you’re desti...

11 Tips For New Parents Flying With Their Children For The First Time

Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents

Flying can be stressful for anyone. Between crowded airports, tight cabin space and unpredictable delays, it’s not uncommon to greet a sea of tense ...

Top Anti-Sleep Strategies (As Told By a 2-Year-Old)

Shari Medini | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

Since we know that sleep is not necessary, the goal is to fight it with all our might. The key to avoiding sleep (either at nap time, bedtime, middle of the night, or early morning) is to prove that Mommy is not actually asleep. Mommies are good at faking sleep to avoid taking orders from you, but I have 10 simple tricks to make Mommy crack...

A 'Very Gassy Baby's' Letter to a New Mom, Circa 1980

Christina Berchini | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Christina Berchini

My mom, with a high school diploma and a tremendous dose of courage in tow, gave up most of her dreams to watch me pursue mine. I will never, ever know the strength that such a choice requires.

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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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 05.24.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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!