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Needing More Than to Be Needed

Sarah Bregel | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

I spend almost all of my time and energy loving the shit out of my kids. Finding these little magic moments in ordinary days. Kissing dirty faces and being easy-going. And then I spend just a little bit of time wanting terribly to get away from them.

Mothering Without A Past

Rachel Sherman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Rachel Sherman

All mothering attempts seem to be a reaction: you either emulate your own experience, or you rebel against it.

Life Is Like Physics

Mark Baer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

What parents seem to forget when they are divorcing or their relationship is ending, is that children are expensive.

What I Learned After Thanking Women Who Choose Not to Have Kids

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women
Abby Rosmarin

No one fits the mold perfectly and sometimes a simple, "Thank you for being true to who you are," is needed, especially when you're surrounded by people who think you are wrong. Even if it does come with a little hatemail and a lot of arguments in the comments section.

This Is What Motherhood Did To Me

Ashli Mazer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Ashli Mazer

This is what motherhood did to me. Motherhood turned me into someone else. Someone who, on most days, I don't recognize. Motherhood took the former me and shook her up a bit. Rocked the ground on which she once stood.

The Moment I Realized My Son Was A Drug Addict

Anita Devlin | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Anita Devlin

'I'm scared, Mom,' Mike said over the phone. 'I'm scared and I need help.' My 21-year-old son, Mike, was talking to me from a drug-infested motel a few miles away from his college in Vermont. After hours of me trying to track him down, I was overcome with emotions of relief, fear, denial, and shame.

Making the New Baby/Older Sibling Meeting Special

Mommy Nearest | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

When my toddler came to the hospital to visit me and meet his new brother, it was strangely awkward at first. I know it sounds weird, but it felt like we were ex-lovers who had each gone through some rather huge milestone life changes and had to kind of re-navigate our relationship

Yes, My Daughter Sleeps With Me Sometimes, And No, I Don't Care What You Think

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Laura Lifshitz

My girl will not want to be with me forever. Our children will not want to be with us forever. My daughter will spread her little sassy wings and fly away without looking back once, and that's the truth.

Why I Keep Falling in Love with Yoga... Again and Again

MeiMei Fox | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

I am overwhelmed with gratitude because as I begin this journey into motherhood, into becoming a goddess of giving and devotion to others, my yoga practice nurtures me.

A Poet's Truth, and a Mother's

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Jeremiah Horrigan

In late December, my daughter Annie asked me how to repair a poorly-mounted drawing I'd made for her some dozen years ago. ​The drawing was my attempt to illustrate a favorite poem of ours, "Days," by the English poet Philip Larkin.

Simple Is Better, or Spiderman Does Cry

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger A few months ago, I wrote about my newly adopted philosophy of life: "Nothing Is Easy." At this ...

Ode to Motherhood Part 2: I'm No Tiger Mom, But I'm No Sheep Either

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 06.07.2015 | Parents
Lulu Salavegsen

I build them up, but I have always been honest. I'm that mom who won't let them win just to "be nice." I know now, more than ever, that life will not participate in that farce. I am very fair, but I do not pump them with false praise or meaningless participation ribbons. Is parenting not to prepare them with the best and most valuable tools and rules of life?

5 Things Not to Say To A Woman Who Just Gave Birth

Joe DeProspero | Posted 06.06.2015 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

If you manage to stay away from these phrases, you're exponentially more likely to appear in her next Facebook profile picture in front of the camera rather than behind it.

Why We Need To Stop Asking, 'How Do You Do It All?'

Rachel M. Martin | Posted 05.23.2015 | Parents
Rachel M. Martin

There's no finished to-do list in motherhood. Ever. Do you know what there is? There is the beauty of moms everywhere in this world loving on their kids and giving of themselves for them.

How to Get Your Way Without Being a Control Freak

Laurie Gerber | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Laurie Gerber

It took years of practice, but I finally learned how to put this bad trait on a leash and keep it in check! You can learn the method of leashing those parts of yourself you don't like too.

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."

25 Embarrassing Things Every Parent Has Done And Denied

Joe DeProspero | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

Every parent, regardless of his or her values or disciplinary strategy, is guilty of pulling an occasional fast one, doing something a bit out of character in order to maintain their sanity throughout parenthood. And, I'm sorry to say, I'm about to expose you all -- or at least myself.

My Daughter, My Heart

Becky Tountas | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Becky Tountas

I know that I want this for my daughter, for her to feel everything. So whenever she points out her heart I remind her: keep it open. Allow yourself to be vulnerable because this means that you are loving someone fully. And it's a magnificent way to love.

5 Things I Learned When I Said Yes To My Daughter For 24 Hours

Meg Conley | Posted 05.17.2015 | Parents
Meg Conley

Too much of womanhood -- from the food we eat to the clothes we wear to the way we spend our time -- is motivated by the word "no." We focus on what we should cut out rather than what we should embrace.

You Know You're a Mom When...

Sybil Brun | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Sybil Brun

Are you a hopeful mom-to-be? Or maybe you're a mom who just needs a reminder that you're normal. Maybe you're even totally unsure if you ever want to be a mom someday because you can't begin to imagine what it's like or whether it's even worth it.

8 Things You Should Never Say To Your Teenager

Shelley Emling | Posted 05.11.2015 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

After speaking with a lot of experienced parent friends, I've come up with a list of eight things you should never, ever say to your teenager. You may have a completely different list, and that's fine. There are no easy answers or quick fixes just as there are no perfect parents.

If Buddha Was a Working Mother

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 05.10.2015 | Parents
Nicole Rosengren

It's not often you see statues of Buddha looking disheveled, balancing a screaming child in one arm and groceries in the other while trying to unlock a front door with his teeth in the rain only to kick open the door and fall on a Hot Wheels toy, do you? Nope -- you don't.

Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Is the Same Story as 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' (Don't Take Your 5-Year-Old.)

Meg Conley | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents
Meg Conley

If we rail against Fifty Shades of Grey, but then take our daughters to see the Disney's new Beauty and The Beast, we are sending them a horrific message.

5 Universal Truths Of New Motherhood

Liz Curtis Faria | Posted 05.06.2015 | 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.

I Am The Slacker Parent

The Cut | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
The Cut

Surely, once there's a baby, someone has to be the primary caregiver, the default parent -- the better parent. And in the case of my baby, it's supposed to be me.