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The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 6.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When you are up to your wrists in a messy diaper change, trying to wipe poo off the lad's apricot when without warning he pees on you and himself, in a glorious arc that splashes into his own eyes, there is no discursive thought to escape into.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 5

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

In short, I'm a totally normal dad. I divide most of my time between sitting around the house trying not to go insane, and rocking back and forth in a fetal position in the bathtub, or hiding in the coat closet. Nothing gets to me.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 4

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

For some reason, long before Michelle was ever pregnant, I had a weird feeling I was really going to enjoy bathing my baby. But who wouldn't enjoy bathing a baby? It's basically like rinsing off a hamster, with less risk of getting bitten.

The Daddy Diaries Chapter 3

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

This is the oft-spoken of irony of parenthood. You have taken on a job with 24-hour workdays, no pay, no vacation, no rest and it requires you to handle someone else's poo, and yet you are happier than you've ever been in your life.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 2

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Mike Tyson once said that everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face. The same might be said of having a baby. You get home, put your newborn in his carefully decorated baby room, and then the doody hits the fan. Literally.

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 1

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Even when you know a baby is going to be born, nothing can prepare you for the gut punch. Tears popped out of my eyes, because this small, purplish-yellow little gerbil covered in goo was staring at me with a look in his eyes that said: "Don't just stand there you idiot, do something."

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 08.13.2015 | Parents

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Emily Peck

The Feminist Case For Paternity Leave | 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 | 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."