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Developmental Milestones

F*ck Milestones

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

No, it isn't the Olympics. But if you can stop yourself from getting caught up in "milestone" fever, and enjoy each moment without stressing about it, give yourself a gold medal.

For Special Needs Parents, Every Milestone Is Major

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When Max walks, says a word, feeds himself, picks up an object, uses his pointer finger, reads a word, writes his name, climbs the stairs, goes to the bathroom or uses his iPad speech app, I'll suddenly be filled with gratitude that he is able to do what he does. I take none of it for granted.

The Moments That Make Me Want to Hit 'Pause'

Carrie Kenny | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

I've accepted all of the milestones and markers that "growing up" bring. I've photographed them, saved them in plastic tubs, rejoiced over some and cried over others. But for some reason, this birthday just hits me harder than most.

Why I Cried For Joy When My Daughter Ate A Chicken Nugget

Denise Henry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Denise Henry

Eventually, I'll introduce Nina and her brothers to healthier snack options such as homemade chicken nuggets, sweet potato fries, kale chips, and edamame. But for now, when Nina says, "Mama, chicken nugget is yummy," it truly fills my heart with joy.

5 Signs You've Become a Parent

Mike Julianelle | Posted 09.26.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Once you start to believe you have the answers? You're becoming a parent. (Once you realize you don't? You're becoming a good parent.)

Father's Day

Andree Rachelle | Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents
Andree Rachelle

There is a moment I think of often. My son, about 13 at the time, had been sporting a shadow above his lip for several months, and had been asking when he could start shaving. I was aware that this was supposed to be one of those hallmark moments between father and son.

The Milestones American Parents Should Prioritize

Christine Gross-Loh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Christine Gross-Loh

Every society values its own skill sets for its own reasons. The problem in America is that, while we excel at raising spectacularly verbal kids, we have lost sight of other values that we need to foster in our children.

A Letter To My Very Last Baby

Allison Tate | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

Be my baby -- not for long, and not forever, but for today -- and I promise that for this moment, I will be present and enjoy every single second of it.

The Last Time They Call You Mommy: The Mini-Milestones Of Childhood

Lisa Belkin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

I remember the first time I left the house without a diaper bag; just me, a child, and a destination. But what I don't remember was the last time I did bring those things along. If I had realized it would never happen again, would I have savored or celebrated?

I Love You Daddy: What Were YOUR Child's First Words?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 02.01.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

First words are a transformative milestone. Like first smiles, they give you a glimpse into the being within. Like first steps, they bring your child a little closer to where they were meant to be