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10 Ways Kids Changed Me Forever

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

When the nurse placed my first swaddled newborn on my chest right after I gave birth, I believe the first words out of my mouth to my husband were, "I am so f#@ked." And I still feel that way. Because before kids I was pretty invulnerable.

10 Ways I Am Failing Adulthood

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

When I look back on the efficient, well-oiled machine that was my childhood household, I don't remember as much chaos, scrambling and disorder.

In My Marital Courtship Timing Was Everything

Melissa Chapman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

My daughter, who has become utterly fascinated by the huge age gap between my husband and I recently asked my husband why, after all those years of being alone did he finally choose me?

Using Kids' Mobile Apps As an Effective Parenting Tool

Catriona Wallis | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Catriona Wallis

Used in moderation with time limits applied, mobile apps can become a blessed parenting tool that works for your family.

5 Ways Little Kids Are Like Hippies

Vincent Daly | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Vincent Daly

Kids thrive on new experiences and revel in the joy of it all. Freedom, baby. Pure unADULTerated freedom.

Why I Won't Be Sending My Child to Preschool... Yet

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

I look down and my eyes well up. Immediately, I hug him tightly as if trying to shield him from the scary world he will eventually be a part of. He is startled with my response, but welcomes my embrace with a giggle.

Trust Me, It Gets Worse... Wait, Really?

Regan Long | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

It's tough being a parent for all of us. There are different worries that I'll endure and battles I'm sure to face, but I'm a mother -- it's my job to worry. There will never be another day for the rest of my life that I'm not worried about my children.

Who's in Charge? Are You a Wimpy Parent?

Richard Greenberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

Children are not equipped to have the responsibility that we give them by letting them be our boss. It's just not fair -- they have far less life experience than we do and they are much more comfortable being led than they are being asked to make decisions.

A Heartfelt Promise For The Mom In The Mirror

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

You have given everything -- your sleep, your body, your career, your marriage, your life -- to this child. And, you, mommy, are doing an amazing job.

From Riot Grrrl to Cheer Mom

Amelia Zatik Sawyer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Amelia Zatik Sawyer

For our family, cheerleading is something that gives our daughter pride, strength and confidence in herself -- things my days as a riot grrrl taught me as well.

A Better Answer To My Friend's Question About Being A Mom

Rachael Clarke | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

It was one of those moments where I wished words were tangible, able to be yanked back or clapped away like eraser dust.

Why The Decision To Raise My Son Vegetarian Was An Easy One

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

As he grows older, I hope that he will think critically about his food and understand that even dietary choices are moral decisions, and not simply made for health reasons or reasons of convenience.

I'm Done Making My Kid's Childhood Magical

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Bunmi Laditan

Do we want to teach our children that the magic of life is something that comes beautifully gift-wrapped -- or that magic is something you discover on your own?

10 Things The Experts Won't Tell You About Parenting

Kristen Hansen Brakeman | Posted 05.26.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hansen Brakeman

I've read a ton of parenting books over the years, often desperate for insight or answers. But what I've found is that most parenting advice is just trite hooey.

The Inconvenient Truth About Being A Mom

Jennifer Benjamin | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Benjamin

There are going to be boo-boos and tears and sickness. That's just real life. So maybe the best thing we can do is be resilient, and show our kids how to be resilient, too.

Talking to Kids About Ukraine

Richard Greenberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

I would counsel that there is absolutely no reason to tell a small child about what's going on in Ukraine, because I think that child really only cares about what's going on in the kitchen.

5 Ways To Speak To Your Children Without Opening Your Mouth

Anjali Joshi | Posted 05.19.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

A good chunk of communication between humans, regardless of age, is non-verbal. That means your children are listening even when you're not speaking.

Finding my Cultural Identity for the Sake of My Son

Anjali Joshi | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

It wasn't until I got married and began thinking about starting a family of my own that I saw a problem with being so culturally illiterate.

How Mary-Louise Parker Combats Feeling 'Unsuccessful'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women

It's hard to believe that the gorgeous Emmy-award winning actress Mary-Louise Parker would ever feel inadequate. But it happens, she told HuffPost Liv...

6 Ways Having Kids Is Like Not Having Kids

Mike Julianelle | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Your personality and interests and even your lifestyle can survive the transition to owning children, believe me.

Mrs. McJudgerson At The Mall

Julie Cole | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Julie Cole

We mamas have to stick together and commit to not letting the Mrs. Judgy McJudgersons' voices silence ours. We will continue to take our kids on outings and refuse to listen to any parenting poison.

It Is Not My Job To Make My Kids Happy

Grown And Flown | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

Being a parent calls on every physical, intellectual and emotional resource we have. It is a long, complex process, and I, for one, made it a whole lot harder than it needed to be.

Why Mama Needs To Be Alone

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Zsofi McMullin

Mama needs to be alone now. Not for too long, just a couple of days. Really, you won't even notice that she is gone. OK, maybe you will. But really, it's for the best.

What Does It Mean To Be A 'Good Mom'?

Jennifer Benjamin | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Benjamin

I know my kids and I know myself and I'm doing what works best for all of us. It may not be everyone's parenting model, but it's ours.

5 Hard Truths About Parenting

Chrissy Kelly | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Chrissy Kelly

No matter how lengthy or difficult the days are, it's nice to know we can get through them together, arms raised high, enjoying the ride.