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Stay at Home Mothers

The 14 Stages of Going to a Restaurant With Kids

Janie Porter | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Janie Porter

Let's be honest. If we're going to spend my husband's hard-earned money on a sit-down meal, I'm going to want to let it fully digest. That's not possible with toddlers. Let's go through the play-by-play.

8 Reasons Why Mothers Left Their Careers for Stay-At-Home Motherhood

Adrienne Partridge, Ph.D | Posted 07.23.2015 | Women
Adrienne Partridge, Ph.D

There is a common misconception that most mothers make a free choice to leave the workforce for stay-at-home motherhood. My research indicated that for the 10 women I studied, the maternal instinct was not always the only or main reason that these women left their careers for stay-at-home motherhood.

4 Words My Husband Says That Reflect the Importance of Parenting

Pamela Boccia | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Pamela Boccia

My husband is certainly not perfect, but he's pretty extraordinary in his recognition of the value of parenting. He lives out this value every day in his interactions with our children. He gives everything he has to them -- every ounce of energy, attention, patience and love that he has within.

Why Our Choices Don't Matter as Much as We Think

Reem Kassis | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

I can't be sure, but I do know the grass always appears greener on the other side, even to children. So instead of judging each other, why don't we invite the person across the street for a cup of coffee onto our lawn?

Dear Friend: You Are Enough

Kara Lawler | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Kara Lawler

You are a fantastic mother, partner, sister, daughter, friend, worker, and you are doing enough.

When It Comes to Careers, Why Is There No Value Placed on Being With Our Children?

Stacey Brooks Delo | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Stacey Brooks Delo

Why is the idea of a mother leaving to be with her children at dinner time somehow viewed as a bad thing, and more importantly, as a career staller -- particularly given that when men do this they are viewed as good dads and not penalized from a career perspective?

In Appreciation of the PTA

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

Their role is truly thankless. They have to herd the volunteers together, field any number of complaints, attend meetings, and gently let down every wide-eyed volunteer with a plan to raise money this way or spend it another, when their idea clashes with the reality of the calendar, or the budget, or the rules around the use school facilities.

My Degrees Make Me Unemployable

Jami Demuth | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Jami Demuth

I thought my degrees and past work experience would speak for themselves. I thought I'd seamlessly transition back into the workforce. But, I am highly educated in looking at perspectives, analyzing situations and problem-solving. I guess I'll do just that.

True Feminism Means Choices Not Judgment

Steph Thompson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Steph Thompson

The reality is that all of us -- working for pay or not -- have to handle our daily lives, whatever they may hold for us to relish or endure. What is highly unproductive is for us to stand back and judge. There is no single metric that means we're doing well.

The Latest 'Menace' Stalking The Suburbs

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

He is uniquely placed to exploit any sense of alienation you feel as a mom. He will fill any void in your domestic life with his, er, 'manhood.' And he'll even help you launder the sheets after your little tryst. Meet the "stray-at-home dad."

Dear Stay-at-Home Mom

Kimberly Zapata | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Kimberly Zapata

You are not a bad person for lamenting the loss of you, for yearning for the person you were before you were a parent -- before you were "so-and-so's Mom."

The Moment I Realized I was No Longer a Stay-At-Home Mom

Erin Janda Rawlings | Posted 05.29.2015 | Parents
Erin Janda Rawlings

I tried to make my peace with the fact that working had not been as seamless as I had anticipated. I could not do it all, which was a bitter pill for me to swallow.

5 Ways to Know If You Are A Stay-at-Home-Working Mom

Catherine Pearlman | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Catherine Pearlman

SAHWMs don't have time for a wasted minute. When SAHWMs are working, they get eight hours of work done in five. If a memo comes home from school that a diorama of the water cycle will be due next week, the SAHWM wants to lead the coup to overthrow the administration.

The Dad in Shining Armor

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

The women I am among, the ones who have assured themselves I'm not a voyeur, give me a great deal for credit for my photographic labor. I'm dedicated, I take lovely photos, I'm always around. It's a lot of work. I feel duty-bound to acknowledge that my motives are much more self-serving.

New Study Says A Working Mom Is A Plus for Kids

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

The findings don't surprise me. If parents are role models, then these are the sort of effects you would expect to see in the children of parents who work.

5 Secrets Stay-At-Home Parents Wish Parenting Experts Knew

Christi Bostwick | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Christi Bostwick

Staying home with kids can feel like you have a boss following you around all day, even to the restroom. Kids are always watching. "Mommy, are you eating candy? Can I have some candy?" Kids love to critique. "Mommy, the oven is dirty!"

What It Really Means To Be A Stay-At-Home Parent, In 31 Candid Photos

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents

According to 2014 reports from Pew Research Center, there have been recent increases in the number of moms and dads who identify as stay-at-home paren...

The Value of Parenting

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

There are plenty of people who say parenting is the most important job in the world, but that is not reflected in cold, hard cash. Is our struggle to put our occupation as a parent a symptom of society's wider reluctance to put real value on child raising?

I'm a Mom, But I Prefer My Child-Free Friends

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Danielle Campoamor

I get to experience child-free fun vicariously through them and they get a taste of motherhood while simultaneously remembering to take their birth control.

Shane Shifflett

The States With The Most Stay-At-Home Fathers | Shane Shifflett | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business

Not too long ago, it was practically unheard of for a father to raise his children full-time instead of working for money. In the 1970s, only si...

A New Deal for Moms

Alyson Gounden Rock | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
Alyson Gounden Rock

Caring for us came at a cost to mom's career. Workplace attitudes and practices continue to penalize mothers and keep the gender pay gap wide, even as it is narrowing for young women pre-motherhood.

Make Way for Mothers*

Katharine Rose | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Katharine Rose

If you had to choose one word to describe your mother, what would it be? How about one piece of advice she has given you that has always stuck with you or influenced you in some way?

Happy Mother's Day To These Mamas

Amy Heinz | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Amy Heinz the mom who cuts off the crust and knows yogurt can only be eaten with a specific spoon. To the mom who spends 10 minutes getting her child's socks just right, so he can finally put on his shoes and head out the door to school.

9 Things I Gave Up To Be A Wife And Mother

Jennifer Oradat | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Oradat

The covers. I didn't give these up so much as they were stolen from me. I swear, my husband tucks himself in under the blanket, and then grabs hold of the edges and rolls until he's wrapped in a cocoon, leaving me shivering and glued to his side searching for his escaping body heat.

Revoking My Stay-at-Home Mom Card

Melissa Mowry | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Melissa Mowry

But I don't talk about those things because I worry. I worry that if my day doesn't seem hard enough or chaotic enough, I'm not doing it right. I worry that my husband (and maybe the rest of the working world too) thinks I'm getting a free ride on the gravy train.