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To The Mother Of A Rainbow Baby

Heather Spohr | Posted 10.27.2016 | Parents
Heather Spohr

Every day, you'll love your babies -- all of them -- just a little bit more, until one day, that love overtakes the pain.

No Sandwich Is More Important Than A Child's Life

Heather Spohr | Posted 09.16.2016 | Parents
Heather Spohr

Why would you willingly risk a child's life? Why would you risk your child being the reason a classmate gets sick or dies?

If There Were Greeting Cards For Grief

Heather Spohr | Posted 07.15.2016 | Parents
Heather Spohr

It might sound crazy, but I think there is definitely room for realistic and humorous cards for parents who've lost children. In a situation where no one really knows what to say, it's nice to let a card do the talking.

OMG Enough With The Elf Hate

Heather Spohr | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Heather Spohr

For all of the things I love about this time of year, there's one thing I cannot stand: the complaints about Elf on the Shelf.

I Am A Preemie Parent

Heather Spohr | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Heather Spohr

The first time I was told my child was going to die, I was about seven weeks pregnant. There was no way of knowing it then, but those words started me on my path to becoming a Preemie Parent.

Why It's A Great Thing For Both Of Us That My Daughter Is Going Back To School

Heather Spohr | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

Annabel loves school. She loves being with friends, loves learning, and above all, loves being independent. She's a child who thrives on routine, social situations, and new experiences. She's happy at school, so I am happy that she's at school.

The Hard Truth About Staying Married After Losing A Child

Heather Spohr | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

It's no secret that many marriages fall apart after the death of a child. I completely understand why.

While Big Sis Was At Preschool, Her Baby Brother Had The Time Of His Life

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents

With the end of the school year comes sunshine, beach visits, and other summer fun. But for one mom, it also signals the sweet conclusion of a very sp...

Could the Internet Have Saved My Mother?

Meagan Francis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Meagan Francis

When I think about my mom, I wonder what a difference these relationships with a variety of other women across the globe might have made in her life. In our lives, too, my brothers' and sister's and mine. I know that it's had an immeasurably positive impact on my life.

I Didn't Know What To Say

Heather Spohr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

My 4-year-old daughter Annabel's questions about her deceased older sister Madeline come in phases, and we are currently in a big one.

This Is Not The Mom I Wanted To Be

Heather Spohr | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

I want to be patient. I ought to be understanding. I've lost so much, but I'm flipping out over the littlest things. I don't have to scare her to get the job done.

4-Year-Old Sings Irresistible 'Frozen' Duet With Her Mom

Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents

This winter, the punishing impact of the polar vortex has coincided with Frozen fever -- particularly among the under-10s. If we've learned anything f...

The Story Behind This Photo Series Is Absolutely Charming

Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents

Some kids might feel left out if they knew their younger siblings were having wildly exciting adventures during the school day. Not 3-year-old Annie S...

The Insulting Double Standard I Wish Would Disappear

Mike Spohr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Mike Spohr

It's sad that in a situation like that, people are so quick to think "kidnapper" instead of "father," and that probably says something about how our society views men and fatherhood.

What All New Moms Need To Know About Breastfeeding

Heather Spohr | Posted 10.05.2013 | Parents
Heather Spohr

No woman should feel like a failure because she struggles with something that has a high degree of difficulty. Let's do our best to inform, then support.

The Funny Way My Daughter Started To Understand Money

Mike Spohr | Posted 09.22.2013 | Parents
Mike Spohr

There have been many times over the last year or so when I've told Annie things like, "No, it's too expensive," or "Sorry, I don't have any cash." That was silly, of course, because toddlers don't know how the heck money works. Recently, though, Annie has started to understand.

What I Know About Fatherhood After Losing A Child

Mike Spohr | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Mike Spohr

In parenting there is no clear victory, but as long as you're fully invested in your children and trying your best, you will be at peace with yourself no matter how long -- or short -- your children are in this world.

On The Wings Of A Nightingale

Mike Spohr | Posted 08.05.2013 | Parents
Mike Spohr

It was only as I left the PICU that I felt humanity. There, sitting on a chair with a single tear rolling down her cheek, was my nurse. Her tear told me that she cared.

WATCH: Great Movie Lines As You've Never Heard Them Before

Posted 04.03.2013 | Parents

What do classic lines from movies like "Casablanca," "A League Of Their Own," and "A Streetcar Named Desire" have in common, aside from a place on AFI...

3 Must-Read Blog Posts About Parenting

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, Homemaker Man gets a pocketful of fairy dust, Mike Spohr ruminates on the importance of old friends in dark times and Heathe...