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Parenting Hurts

Nicole Scobie | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents
Nicole Scobie

I kept thinking, kept believing that the pain is "all worth it," because you get this wonderful little human being afterwards who loves you unconditionally and with whom you have this irreversible bond that connects you for life. (Cue mad sarcastic laughter from above.)

Little Feet To Love And Let Go

Shari Medini | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Shari Medini

There are two little pairs of feet that I brought into this world and I love them dearly. I have kissed those feet, washed them, tickled them and watched them grow.

Confessions of a (Reformed) Helicopter Mom

Christine French Cully | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

Last weekend, my husband and I were totally flummoxed by a robin who crashed into our dining room window over and over again. We were desperate to hel...

What I Learned About Raising Children From a Wise Old Lady

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Lisa Abeyta

Just because something works well for one stage of a relationship, it doesn't mean it will work for the next. Don't make rules that keep you in bondage.

8 Pieces Of Unsolicited Advice For New Moms

Leslie Blanche | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Leslie Blanche

Learn to smile and nod while ignoring unsolicited advice (mine included). You don't have to take the advice, but be polite and listen nicely.

A Multi-Generational Mother's Day Tribute

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I fear I sold my daughters a bill of goods by telling them that they could "have it all." As I wish them a Happy Mother's Day, I hope the gains women have made since my own mother was deprived of a college education will make them happy as well as accomplished mothers.

The One And Only Piece Of Advice New Moms Need

Nicole Leigh Shaw | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Nicole Leigh Shaw

If I could travel back in time and tell myself a little something, it would be this: Pee first.

Happy Mother's (and Mentors) Day!

Adriana Sifakis | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women
Adriana Sifakis

I find that there are many similarities in running a business and raising a family. The long-term goal is success and sustainability. Mentors and leaders help to fill the gap in our society for those who are not equipped.

The Little Things No One Tells You About New Parenthood

Rachael Clarke | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

No one tells you that you'll shower with the curtain open, do silly dances, sing songs about diapers and their contents. That you'll eat while sitting on the kitchen floor, clear out indescribables between fingers and folds, clip nails in haste while she's sleeping.

What I Noticed When I 'Stepped Away' From My Children

Cara McDonough | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Cara McDonough

I like having a break. I like seeing my husband care for our children in his own way. But what I really like, I learned, is catching a glimpse of my little family through an innocent bystander's eyes.

Notes to My Pre-Pregnant Self

Karith Foster | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Karith Foster

If I could go back in time just two years I would give my pre-pregnant self some of the best advice I think a new mother could give a soon-to-be mother. I would not be daunting or overly dramatic (which as a Cancerian and a comedian I do have a flare for.) I would be kind, but brutally honest.

Giving the Children What They Want

Bernadette Noll | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

The other day, I took my high schooler out for breakfast after all the others were tucked into their respective classrooms. As we sat at the table, I took out a notepad and asked if she was up for a little game called "What I really want is..."

My Biggest Mom Confession

Rachel M. Martin | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Rachel M. Martin

Motherhood is simply real. Real with real moms who lose their patience, who want to throw in the towel. It's full of moms who have to work who'd rather stay home. Or moms who stay home who'd rather work. Or moms who are simply tired with the every-day-the-same routine.

When You Get to the Buffet, Don't Put It ALL on Your Plate

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 01.25.2014 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

Often when we feel we have a lot on our plates, it's about pleasing others, making them happy or doing what we are 'supposed to do.' Don't argue with me here. If you have kids, you fall into this pattern by accident and often.

How to Solve the Puzzle of Life in 6 Easy Steps (As Taught by My 4-Year-Old)

Sharon Zuckerwar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Sharon Zuckerwar

To the Mommas, all of those pieces, just laying around in a pile, might look just like a huge mess. We wonder if we can really do this all by ourselves. Put this all together in a way that makes sense.

Meagan Francis: Redefining What 'Success' Means in High School

Meagan Francis | Posted 12.11.2013 | Parents
Meagan Francis

But somehow, the choices I'm faced with now seem more fraught than they ever did when I was choosing between cloth and disposable diapers. Because what my sons have entered now is a period of years that will directly affect that nebulous quality of life that we call "success."

20 Things I Will Not Regret Doing With My Kids

Rachel M. Martin | Posted 11.28.2013 | Parents
Rachel M. Martin

I want my kids to remember that there were times when their mother looked them in the eye and smiled. And for me, this often means shutting my laptop, putting down my phone, taking a break from my my to-do list and just giving them time.

The Good Mother

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 10.23.2013 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

"I have this 'good mother' voice in my head sometimes. The other day, Julia was napping and I realized I'd forgotten to turn the baby monitor on. I checked on her and she was still sleeping, but I thought, a good mother wouldn't forget to turn the baby monitor on."

What's the Surprise Today?

Liz Joynt Sandberg | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Liz Joynt Sandberg

My best parenting happens when I'm engaging with what's already happening rather than trying to make something happen.

WATCH: How Moms Inadvertently Sabotage Their Sons

OWN | Posted 05.15.2013 | OWN

Single moms raising sons are in the unique position of trying to be both mother and father to their boys. This is certainly the case for Tara, a singl...

10 Things My Mother Always Says To Me

Posted 01.22.2013 | OWN

By Caitlin Shetterly Caitlin Shetterly, author of Made for You and Me, on the words she's hearing in a new way. The week my husband Dan and ...

Jealousy, Judgment and Motherhood

Francesca Kaplan Grossman | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Francesca Kaplan Grossman

I find myself a little bit jealous of other women a lot of the time. When they are a little more together, a little more successful -- in their jobs, in wrangling their children, in their wrap dress -- than I am.

How the Internet Helped Me Find My Daughter

Shannon Sutherland | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Shannon Sutherland

When my daughter locked me out of our apartment so she could eat dog food, I wrote about it and got advice on how to start "time-outs." When I didn't have time to shave and my daughter started petting my legs and saying "Good Puppy," I wrote a funny blog post about it.

If You're a Mother, Read This!

Dr. Hendrie Weisinger | Posted 11.06.2012 | Parents
Dr. Hendrie Weisinger

A few minutes after I went into my local Starbucks for my morning ritualistic coffee, it started to rain, so I thought it better to stay and sip and r...

Top 10 Qualities of a Good Mother

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 07.07.2012 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

Are you a great mama? Do you have a great mom? Are you married to one? At the very least, I know you know a great mother. Which of these qualities are your -- or her -- particular strengths?