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The Myth Of A Mother's Love

Stephanie, Olive and Tate | Posted 02.02.2016 | Parents
Stephanie, Olive and Tate

I can't let others' expectations of my emotional capacity change what I like best about myself. And I won't.

To The Single Mom With A Newborn

Nikki Stephens | Posted 12.23.2015 | Parents
Nikki Stephens

The newborn months are hard on every family, and you are doing it by yourself. You are surviving the hardest part, and you're doing so with only the resources you've developed on your own.

6 Life Lessons My 'Ready or Not' Baby Taught Me

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 09.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

Perhaps life is always giving us exactly what we need, whether we think we are ready or not. Certainly looking back 21 years, it's crystal clear. At the time I certainly didn't feel ready to be a mother, yet I was. And look at all I've learned!

The Inner Dialogue Of A New Mom At Night

Rachel Farrell | Posted 08.05.2015 | Parents
Rachel Farrell

I'm a first-time mom, and there have been many times in the past seven months when I've wished for some type of device that could record the absurd thoughts running through my head, especially at night.

Breastfeeding and Work: Let's Make It Work!

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

Access to many of the basic tools, equipment and medicines needed to ensure the newborns are delivered safely and survive their first day was just a dream. Even in these precarious situations, most babies did have access to the single most important health intervention: breastfeeding.

To My Husband On Your First Father's Day

Kate Awsumb | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Kate Awsumb

Last Father's Day, the dog, the fetus and I gave you a fancy schmancy vacuum cleaner (clearly strategic on our part). As pumped as you were to spend some quality time with your Dyson, you were even more excited to think how you'd spend the next Father's Day as a real, live D-A-D but I bet you didn't realize all the other things you'd become.

8 Indispensable Items for Your Baby Registry

MeiMei Fox | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
MeiMei Fox

At 40+ expecting twins, I wanted to be prepared, so I researched the heck out of my baby registry. Now that my boys are almost 6 months old, I can look back with a bit of perspective and analyze what I did well and what I wish I had known going into the parenting journey.

I'm a Lactivist And I Hated Nursing

Iulia Gulia | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Iulia Gulia

I nursed my son for two years and I hope to do the same with my daughter. I fully believe that "breast is best" (at least most of the time), and I will gladly talk your ear off about the benefits of nursing. But would you believe me if I told you that I hated nursing so much that I almost quit?

On Postpartum

Tramanh Phi | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Tramanh Phi

I consider myself a pretty even-keeled person and have a pretty firm grasp over my emotions. Those first two weeks, though... WHEW. It was a side of myself I did not expect to see.

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.

Sweatpants Cause Divorce?!

Melissa Charles | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Melissa Charles

Someone who has just given birth deserves some care. Some rest. Without worrying about anyone's expectations, wants or demands. Without anyone telling her that she should be doing something different or, God forbid, more.

Dear Brand New Mommy

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Kali Kasprzyk

Stay true to yourself. This might be the hardest task of them all. Even picking one thing you did pre-baby and sticking with it will make you feel better.

10 Signs You Have A Newborn

Toni Hammer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

Every article of clothing labeled "Dry Clean Only" has been packed up and put in the back of the closet, because that ain't happening anytime soon.

How to Read Your Newborn's Cues for 'Engage With Me!' and 'I Need a Break!'

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 04.25.2015 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

I was leaning over my newborn on a play mat, laughing and cooing, when baby suddenly turned her head to the left, lost in a million-mile stare.

10 Ways to REALLY Help Someone Who Has a New Baby

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I would have given a kidney if someone would have done any of these things for me after the birth of my second child. To the people who brought my family food while I was so busy with my baby, you will never know the full extent of my gratitude!

Why I Love That 2 A.M. Feeding

Rachel Toalson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

All day long, your brothers have pulled and demanded and captured my time while you have slept and dreamed and grown, little by little by little. But right now is our time, because brothers are sleeping and Daddy is sleeping and the whole world is silently breathing its way toward morning.

5 Things for New Moms to Give Their Husbands

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Your husband cannot read your mind. He doesn't know that you wanted him to pick up dinner from the Thai restaurant on the corner because you've been pacing the kitchen all afternoon with a fussy baby.

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...

Are These Unhelpful Comments Ruining Parenthood?

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

It is fascinating to me to contemplate how uncreative so many of these comments are. The scary part is that they are so commonplace that they really do frame our collective experience of parenting.

Our Life With Wes

Ashbey Riley | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Ashbey Riley

In my mind, my son, Wes, is tall. He is kind and smart and full of sweet mischief. He loves to run. He runs everywhere, down the hall, down the street. Always with a sly grin. Like his dad. He has his dad's eyes and his perfect nose and his lips.

Break From Baby

Shari Medini | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Shari Medini

As soon as you have a baby, people start telling you that you need a break from it. They tell you to put the baby in the crib and shower, leave the ba...

Welcoming Motherhood

Anita Mirchandani | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Anita Mirchandani

I can't take a long shower with my tunes on full blast. I would love to meet friends for dinner, but I have a new baby at home. The phenomenon of "me" time exists, but in a different way. In this process, I have learned a few things that I thought I'd share.

Not Just Another Birth Story

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

When my oldest friend, my true witness of 30 years, asked me to be one of her delivery coaches when she delivered her first baby, I cried with tears of honor and joy.

5 Things Never to Say to a New Mom

Scary Mommy | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Scary Mommy

That first year of motherhood is tough, and new moms needs all the support they can get. So it certainly doesn't help when some idiot (well-intentioned or just plain idiot) comes along and says something to make those new moms feel like crap.

What to Say When Other New Parents Ask How It's Going

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

I remember trying to get the real scoop on parenting, good and bad, before I had a baby. "It's hard," new parents would say, and then quickly paper over that tiny admission. "But of course I wouldn't trade it for anything!" It sounded suspicious to me. But once I had a baby, I followed suit.