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The 3 Things This Doctor Mom Wishes She Could Tell Her Younger Mom Self

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.24.2016 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

As unfortunate as it may be for our children, parenthood is by definition a seat-of-your-pants, on-the-job-training kind of thing. As much as you can read and learn and get advice, the reality is that you don't know stuff until you live it. Even as a pediatrician, that was true for me.

3 Lessons My 2 Year Old Has Taught Me About Life

Gabrielle Pfeiffer | Posted 03.25.2016 | Parents
Gabrielle Pfeiffer

My son has taught me so much about myself since I had him. He showed me how compassionate I could be for another human, and that my heart was actuall...

7 Parenting Lessons I Learned When I Became My Ill Mother’'s Caregiver

Charmaine Belonio | Posted 03.17.2016 | Fifty
Charmaine Belonio

It'’s been more than one year since my mother was diagnosed with late stage cervical cancer. The diagnosis turned our lives upside down and revealed the best and worst in me as I exchanged roles with her and became her caregiver.

7 Parenting Lessons You'll Probably Have To Learn On Your Own

Matt Brennan | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Matt Brennan

A dog owner cannot have nice things. A parent cannot have nice things. If you are in the middle of that Venn diagram, you cannot have things. Case closed.

The Best Parenting Lesson I Ever Got

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

The best parenting lesson I ever got came from my dad, long before I became a wife to one and a mom to three. In fact I was only five. Back then one of my favorite things to do was to go to Eisenhower Park with my family. No visit was complete until we visited the pigs at the park's small petting zoo.

29 Lessons I've Learned From 10 Years of Parenting

Jenny Evans | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Jenny Evans

Before my first was born, I had a vague notion that parents more and less had it all together and did everything deliberately according to their parenting philosophy of choice; now I know that we're basically making it up as we go along.

6 Lessons I've Learned While Parenting 3 Young Kids

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.22.2016 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

When my children were born, I became aware of how much they needed me to be happy, healthy and present. They depended on me to meet their physical and emotional needs and without prioritizing my health, I couldn't be the mom they needed.

What I Got Wrong About Babies

Alana Romain | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Alana Romain

There are a few universal truths about tiny, baby humans. They cry. They poop a lot. They need a lot of love and attention (but not actually a whole lot else). They have delicious-smelling heads. But there was one thing I got wrong about those little, love-and-attention-needing babies.

The Upside Down Economy of Parenting

Sarah Sandifer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Sarah Sandifer

Who you are and what you have to say and what you have to offer and what you think matters. I want you to learn how to speak your mind. If you have a good idea, share it, because your words have value.

30 Lessons Learned From Six Years of Parenting

Matthew Dicks | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Matthew Dicks

The parent who assumes the tougher position in regards to expectations and discipline is almost always correct.

11 Things Empty Nesters Want Parents Of Little Kids To Know

Shelley Emling | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

You think you'll remember every key moment of your kids' lives -- but you won't. Oddly enough, I can recall the theme song from 'Gilligan's Island' but I find it nearly impossible to draw out of cold storage a memory of my oldest kid's first bike ride.

5 Things That Have Made Me A Better Mother

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

My constant worry about rushing off to the next place or checking off the next thing on the list of things to get done was stressing out my kids.

50 Things I've Learned In 10 Years As A Parent

Melissa Sher | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Melissa Sher

I've learned that if one door closes and another opens and then slams shut, it means the kids are fighting.

A Letter To My Future Self

Andrew Knott | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Andrew Knott

All my questions will be answered in due time. So, I'm writing not in search of answers for myself. I'm writing to help you remember.

Getting My Daughter to Dive Into the Deep End -- And Jumping in With Her

Raluca State | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Raluca State

When the time was right and we were both able to open up our minds and put our fears aside and see through our rolling and crying eyes more clearly... We found that we fit into that round hole perfectly.

Rediscovering Kindness

Jason Guberman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jason Guberman

As a dad, there are moments I'm filled with doubt because my hope is that I'm doing everything I can to give my daughter the best life possible. To me at least, part of giving her the best life means giving her space to grow and be independent, even as a toddler.

11 Things We've Learned In 8 Years Of Parenting

Joelle Wisler | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

I have learned to always, always, always have a snack with me. I have found that we can only love each other and talk in normal-pitched voices when we aren't starving, raving lunatics.

On Being Cold, Tired, and Hungry... And a Jerk!

Carrie Kenny | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

"Tournament." Where you can make major parenting mistakes, learn a lot about yourself, and get an opportunity for a real life lesson.

Why You Don't Need 'It All' to Be Happy

Ingrid Vasquez | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Ingrid Vasquez

I grew up wearing hand-me-downs and eating from dollar menus, and I was often left wishing for more toys under the Christmas tree. You'd think I'd say I didn't have much -- I lived in a trailer home, I shopped at thrift stores and my family survived off food stamps. But the truth is different.

My First (and Last) 10 Days of Breastfeeding

Alexis Castellano | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Alexis Castellano

I was miserable for the first 10 days of my child's life. Breastfeeding was hard, but you were supposed to see it through, you shouldn't give up. It would get easier. It would become natural. On Avery's eleventh morning, she had a meltdown after I nursed her for two straight hours.

Lessons From Motherhood: Better Than an MBA

Heather Deason Zynczak | Posted 10.05.2014 | Women
Heather Deason Zynczak

Motherhood is humbling. I think my experience has been compounded by the fact that I did not become a mom until I was 35 years old. I thought I had learned most of the more important lessons on management, but attempting to "manage" my three sons has taught me a lot.

What My 'Fun' Dad Taught Me About Parenting, And How My Mom Made It Possible

Jen Simon | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

Since having kids, I've come to understand that my dad wasn't just teaching me to be a good person -- he was also teaching me to be a good parent.

Everything I Need to Know About Parenting I Learned From Baseball

Sarah Trillin | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sarah Trillin

It seems to me that during the past decade, there have been endless discussions about how we as parents are failing to let our kids fail.

The Best 5 Things I Learned From My Dad

Emily Kaye Lazzaro | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Emily Kaye Lazzaro

If my dad has to pee, he will walk into any building anywhere and use their bathroom. If I run a 5K while my dad is in town visiting, he will join me in the "runners only" beer tent and enjoy free beer while wearing a sweater vest. My dad does not think it is inappropriate for him to be anywhere.

I Really Need a Fish in My Life

James M. Chesbro | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
James M. Chesbro

"Daddy," he said, turning toward me, the palms of his not-yet 3-year-old hands up, arms spread. "I really need a fish in my life." He squinted his eyes, the wrinkles in his sun-kissed face pressed for an appeal.