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The Troubling Erasure of Trans Parents Who Breastfeed

The Establishment | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Brochures, websites and PSAs promote the picture of a woman lovingly looking at her child as the baby suckles at her breast. The language accompanying this imagery is inevitably gendered, specific to cisgender women who are nursing a baby that they themselves gave birth to.

Where Did the Stork Go?

Kristie Stumpf Rork | Posted 11.30.2015 | Parents
Kristie Stumpf Rork

Today, it seems that nothing is secret; nothing is private. We are a world obsessed with "reality." My four-year old didn't need me to tell her that a baby came from her vagina. She was educated by the "real" world.

Five Ways Parenthood Challenges Us Physically and Emotionally

Joe DeProspero | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

When you and your partner find out you're having a baby, it goes without saying that it's an emotional moment. Within seconds of confirming that the +...

A Thanksgiving Stuffed With Guilt

Jaye Watson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Parents
Jaye Watson

I probably shouldn't have said it. I just blurted it out when I realized he wasn't there. My 8 year old had handed me a Thanksgiving card she made ...

I Am Thankful

Natalie Romero | Posted 11.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Natalie Romero

I have a lot to be thankful for. I am married to my best friend. Someone I can laugh and cry with. Someone who challenges me and always has my back. W...

10 Reasons Why Life Without Sleep Isn't So Bad

Chris Cate | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Chris Cate

The average person may spend one-third of their life sleeping, but parents aren't average people. We spend all three-thirds of our lives trying to put other people to sleep while never experiencing true relaxing sleep ourselves.

Hey NICU Mom, I See You

Natalie Romero | Posted 11.17.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

You are not alone.

On 8-Point Bucks and Paris

Jaye Watson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Jaye Watson

I couldn't explain that it's complicated, that darkness can seep into anywhere, blotting out light. It can happen anytime, anywhere, to any of us. If my mother had said that to me at his age, I would have gotten in bed and pulled the covers over my head. It all would have seemed horrifyingly pointless.

Making Time For Those Things That I Never Felt I Had Time For

Becky Tountas | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents
Becky Tountas

"Mommy, how was yoga?" My daughter and I are walking out of her nursery school when she asks me this question. It is a warm day for the fall and I am relieved to have her hand in mine after our morning apart.

Work or Family?

Stephanie Preusse | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Preusse

I continue to fine tune this thing called balance, but I will tell you this; I couldn't be happier or more hopeful with the decision I've made.

I See You Mamma, And You're Doing Great

Rachel Brehm | Posted 11.11.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

Hi there. I'm talking to you mamma. I see you quietly praying for a fast grocery line. I see you bending over to pick up another toy/sippy cup/shoe that was thrown out of the stroller.

18 Annoying Things I Don't Want to Hear About Your Child

Mommy Nearest | Posted 11.06.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Friends, if you say any of the following things to me, know that I still love you and your child, but I'm also going to have a good chuckle at your expense later.

5 Things Men Should Not Do On A First Date

Michael Hodor | Posted 11.02.2015 | Divorce
Michael Hodor

Don't talk about your ex-girlfriends or your ex-wife unless asked. Man to man, I think its great you used to date a Victoria's Secret model who went on to become a political correspondent for Fox News. But I promise you, women don't want to know about it.

The Scariest Thing I've Ever Done

Deanna Smith | Posted 10.30.2015 | Parents
Deanna Smith

As we got closer and closer, the dark cloud seemed to lower itself closer and closer toward us. I slowed down. My life was flashing before my eyes. A few black birds that looked an awful lot like bats swooped low and close to my windshield and I wondered if this was the same sort of symbol as a black cat crossing your path? Seemed about right.

What I'll Miss Most About Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.30.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

It's all different now and in some ways it's better because, man, have I missed showering. But as I assemble my day of exercising, working and generally keeping busy, I realize it will probably never be quite as full as it was before. For better and for worse.

My Son Gave Me a Childhood

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 10.29.2015 | Parents
Danielle Campoamor

I didn't have the childhood so many wax nostalgic about. My first memory is of fear and anger and pain. My father was fuming, for reasons unknown, and chasing me down our stairs and out or backdoor.

What the Tooth Fairy Taught My Kids About the Art of the Deal

Paul Boorstin | Posted 10.22.2015 | Parents
Paul Boorstin

My son and daughter are both grown up now, successful adults with jobs and lives of their own. I suspect the reason I have kept their old teeth all these years is that every night the Tooth Fairy paid my kids a visit wasn't only a magical experience. For them, it was also a practical learning experience.

Dad Rips Haters Who Called Son 'Faggot' Over His Homemade Kitchen Playset

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When 2-year-old Owen's birthday approached, father Andrew Hook decided to build his son a kitchen set made from an old entertainment center because of...

Childhood Moments In Time

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 10.21.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

There are moments in parenthood that take your breath away. They are never the moments you anticipate. They are the ones that catch you when you least expect it.

How You Might Be Offending Pregnant Couples Unintentionally

Jenna Wawrzyniec | Posted 10.21.2015 | Parents
Jenna Wawrzyniec

Most of the time these comments and questions are well-intended, but poorly phrased.

Lauren Graham & Mae Whitman Are Reuniting At Last

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 10.19.2015 | Entertainment

Fans of NBC's "Parenthood" have had a major gap in their lives since the show ended in January: the glorious mother-daughter relationship between Lau...

A Mile In Our Shoes: Helping At-Risk Youth Find An Alternative Path

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Gunshots and police sirens served as my alarm clock. I didn't think I would survive. I didn't think I would make it to 18. I was afraid I would end up just like my dad. Fortunately, my mother was there to provide the discipline I needed.

Dear Mom: Now I Understand

Rachel Toalson | Posted 10.19.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Now I understand that it wasn't about being a perfect person so much as it was about being a good human being. I'm not glad that you struggled. But I'm glad we got to see your struggle. We don't always fully understand the purpose in parents' decisions and behavior until we're parents ourselves.

Hayden Panettiere Receiving Treatment For Postpartum Depression

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.13.2015 | Entertainment

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Lip Service: When I Busted My Son Doing This in Church

Jaye Watson | Posted 10.12.2015 | Parents
Jaye Watson

I busted my son in church yesterday. He's 10 years old. An altar server. A good kid. But Catholicism isn't easy. There are lots of prayers and lots of versions of those prayers to memorize, and he's still learning them.