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Stay at Home Mothers

What A Trip To Vegas Taught Me About My Marriage

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I married my husband because he is smart, funny, and great in the sack. That's how we ended up with these kids. What would it say about our marriage if I did not trust him to care for them?

'What Do You Do?' How to Deal With a Stay-at-Home Mom's Most Dreaded Question

Reem Kassis | Posted 01.11.2015 | Women
Reem Kassis

The next time I find myself about to label or judge, I will take a step back and remember this woman's answer. I will remember the kind of world I want my daughter to grow up in and I will play my part in creating that world.

Baby's Firsts Are Fun, But What About Their Lasts?

R.C. Liley | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

The little squirmy baby that easily fit in our hands is now a bigger, stronger, squirmy baby we need to firmly hold with both arms!

The Boss Who Finally Pushed Me Out of the Corporate World

Reem Kassis | Posted 12.27.2014 | Parents
Reem Kassis

I pulled an all-nighter last night, so when my boss got in this morning, he seemed quite pleased. This streak of pleasure wasn't long-lived, though, and he soon started complaining again: I wasn't doing what he wanted, I wasn't getting things done fast enough.

5 Mom-Shaming Trends That Need To Stop Now

Mommy Nearest | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

As a first-time mom, I've come to this simple realization: If you are worried that you're not a good parent, trust me, that makes you an amazing parent. It's the parents who don't worry that we should be worried about.

The 'Mom' Resume

Heather Evers | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Heather Evers

Harrison is now is school, so here I am, once again considering employment. I'm a 35-year-old mom with an 11-year gap on my resume. It doesn't scream "hire me." Shouldn't it, though?

An Open Letter to Stay-at-Home Parents

Joe DeProspero | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

I work in an environment where bonuses and financial rewards for extra effort are customary and even expected. You never get paid a dime for your work, but are still expected to approach it with the same enthusiasm and diligence that a paid employee of a company would.

Why I Quit Making Fun Bento Lunches for My Kids

Beau Coffron | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

I'm thickheaded sometimes, but I finally get it. It's clear as day. All of the faceless Internet trolls, who have never met my family, are making sense now. They have been trying to speak wisdom into my life for the last two years, and I haven't been willing to listen.

Why I Wear My Baby: A Dad's Perspective

R.C. Liley | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

As a dad, I will never be able to duplicate what my wife shares maternally with Avery, so I depend on babywearing to get as close as I can.

So, Are You Bored? A Stay-at-Home Mom's Favorite Question

Erica Ford | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

The last thing I wanted to do was play trains. I wanted to make a fresh pot of coffee and find my wallet. But that nagging voice said, "When you look back on this time, you'll wish you played trains with her while you had the chance." So, I sat down. "Build it, b*tch!" she said excitedly.

Having a Daughter: Learning to Conquer the Fear of Fatherhood

R.C. Liley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

Why is it that so many feel it's more terrifying for a father to raise a little girl instead of a boy? If I had a boy, I know I'd be less wary of what's to come and would feel less terrified about the day he goes off on his own. But for Avery, so many things speed through my mind about what could happen as she ventures off into the scary world.

To The Employer Viewing My Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

Janie Porter | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

I happen to be a great negotiator. I can convince a toddler to eat broccoli, go potty in the toilet and wear shoes outside because I am dedicated to what I want. I'm also great at compromise.

12 Things Babywearing Dads Should Never Say in a Public Restroom

R.C. Liley | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

As I tried my best to offer soothing words, I paused and realized that what I was saying might be taken the wrong way, considering my location.

Don't Judge Me, I'm A Mom

Shaney Vijendranath | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Shaney Vijendranath

There is no such thing as the perfect mother. We all make mistakes and learn from them. Most moms do not have supermodel figures after having two kids.

An Open Letter to My Friends Who Don't Have Kids

Janie Porter | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Janie Porter

Here's the ugly truth: We suck at doing it all. The moment the doctor handed me my crying newborn, it all stopped. I was not just Janie. I was Janie, the Mother of Sullivan. I became a mom, and for a time, I didn't care about anything else but my kid.

Mom vs. Food

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

7:31 a.m. -- Prepare whole wheat, whole grain toast. Oldest child prefers bagels. Prepare whole wheat, whole grain bagels with homemade jam. Oldest child prefers honey. Prepare whole wheat, whole grain bagels with local wildflower honey. Oldest child takes one bite and spills on shirt.

Dear Mom, You Are Stronger Than Superwoman

Janie Porter | Posted 11.08.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

Your tummy, the one you told Daddy is "fat," is actually perfect. It's the place I lay my head when I want to feel secure, at peace and taken care of. It has the perfect amount of warm padding I need to feel safe when I'm scared, calmed when I'm upset or relaxed when I'm tired.

I Did The Dirty Dishes At 2 a.m.

Tony Posnanski | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

refuse to play the "who works harder" game. I think that a lot of marital fights are because of that. My day at work was rough. How do I know that my wife did not have the exact same day? Why, because dishes were not done?

10 Ways Working Moms and Stay-At-Home Moms Have The Exact Same Day

April McCormick | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
April McCormick

The other day while talking with a friend about the ridiculousness of the so-called "Mommy Wars," I realized that regardless of whether a mom is working out of the home or in the home, both women are essentially spending their day doing the same things.

To The Women Watching My Kids At The Gym Daycare

Janie Porter | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

First, I plan to shower in silence (aside from the occasional toilet flush of a fellow member). The hot water will feel so amazing that it won't even bother me that the water pressure is exceptionally low and I have to wear my workout socks because I forgot flip-flops.

What Made You Decide To Stay At Home?

Janie Porter | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

For some reason, I feel the need to make my decision more understandable to the person asking the question. Justified. And -- dare I say it? -- politically correct.

I Have Become 'That Mom'

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Lisa Abeyta

I'm the one who shows up over three hours late for school registration and endures the rolling eyes of parent volunteers who can't imagine anything more important than standing in long lines to fill out identical information on 11 different forms.

Am I 'Just' a Mom?

Janie Porter | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

I don't mean to brag, but I do so many things. Things that are relevant. And important. And valuable. And invisible.

How a Stomach Bug Made Me A Better Mom

Janie Porter | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

Instead of seeing banana-smudged faces that needed a wipe, or food-spattered pajamas that needed a change, I saw them.

The Day I Realized My Child Had Finally Become An Adult

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

I look at my daughter's face and see barely a whisper of the little girl who once reached for me with chubby hands and a baby toothed grin -- her nails are manicured, her teeth are straight and white. Her face is now all cheekbones and eyeliner. The slumped, awkward adolescent has become a tall, confident adult who moves easily in the world without me.