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Stay at Home Mothers

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.

I Have The Perfect Body

Janie Porter | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Janie Porter

It may not have been your first thought when you looked at this picture of me at 39 weeks and two days pregnant, playing with my children in our backyard. But it's true.

To Walk a Mile in Her Heels

Ellen Press | Posted 06.20.2015 | Women
Ellen Press

Women who have always been known to be great communicators seem to have a problem discussing this topic with each other. Women today need to be thankful they have a choice. Respect your choice and the choices other women have made, don't judge.

7 Things That Are OK When You're Home With Kids, But Not OK In The Real World

Cara McDonough | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Cara McDonough

In public, it is not acceptable to start unbuttoning and unzipping your pants as you are approaching the bathroom, even though this is a timesaving technique when you are home with your children. When not at home, you should also close the door when you're in there.

Should Stay-at-Home Parents Get Wages for Housework?

Samantha Eyler | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Samantha Eyler

For any parent who wishes to stay at home or simply reduce their working hours to spend more time with their children -- whether male or female, and irrespective of socioeconomic status -- a UBI could offer the financial independence that liberal feminism has been seeking for decades

What Spring Break Means When You're a Parent of Young Kids

Janie Porter | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Janie Porter

Before kids: You think about spring break for weeks before, dreaming of an idyllic week with a wide-open schedule. Nothing is better than just being home. After kids: You panic when you realize spring break is only four days and have nightmares about being alone with toddlers.

Yes, I am a Feminist!

Denise Geelhart | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Denise Geelhart

Times have not changed much. Glass ceilings exist in many careers to this day as well as being paid unequal wages for the same work, just because you are a woman. I don't want that for my daughters.

15 Signs for Moms That They Might Need a Day Off

Denise Geelhart | Posted 05.17.2015 | Parents
Denise Geelhart

You look forward to filling your tank full of gas because it means you get out of the car and away from the kids for at least five minutes.

Time Lapse-Video Shows The Hard, But Rewarding Job Of Stay-At-Home Parent

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents

Mom Kristin DeLano has two sons and a daughter, all under 5 years old. In honor of her 1,678th day of motherhood, she created a time-lapse video that ...

Occupation: Mother

Christine Carter | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Christine Carter

Nothing prepares you for motherhood. I thought I had long, hard days before children, but, oh, how wrong I was.

I Don't Like Being A Stay-At-Home-Mom, And That's OK

Melanie McKinnon | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Melanie McKinnon

I find more meaning and validation by working outside my home, teaching people something I that love, than in making my children breakfast.