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5 Things You Must Do Before Having Kids

Toni Hammer | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Toni Hammer

Everything changes. Your sleep habits, eating habits, hygiene, skinny jeans -- it all gets destroyed once children enter your life. And, yes, they're cute and funny and challenging and awesome, but dude. My life will never be the same.

Beyond Work/Life Balance: Living The Life You Want

Anne Rohosy | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Anne Rohosy

Despite what the media might tell women, you don't have to choose one way of life over the other forever. You can, in fact, change your mind. You can choose and re-choose the direction of your own adventure.

15 Signs You May Not Be Ready For Kids

Megan Morton | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Megan Morton

You think only surgeons are capable of pulling a craft fuzzball out of a toddler's nose with tweezers while scanning through the DVR.

How Being a Writer is Like Being a Parent

Abby Heugel | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Abby Heugel

Most people I know do have kids, so it's not like I'm a stranger to the toils and troubles that most parents face. Given what they say on a regular basis, I realized that being a writer isn't all that different from being a parent at times.

Girls' Night Out, Before And After Kids

Lisa Stadnyk-Webb | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Lisa Stadnyk-Webb

Although my love of ladies' nights hasn't changed, I now have two kids under 2 years old, and I've recently noticed that how I get myself ready for these rare nights out has changed dramatically.

8 Things You Do In Your 20s That (Surprisingly) Make You A Good Parent One Day

Jessica Blankenship | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Jessica Blankenship

Luckily, all those long nights -- whether you were being a hardworking student or a wild child -- that your mom told you were unhealthy were actually getting you trained for being a parent who could stay up all night and still be mostly human the next day.

Be Like Mike? 5 Things to Consider When You Decide to Have Kids Later in life

Jerry Patterson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Jerry Patterson

We saw, and are now realizing, some of the benefits described here for sure, but we also recognized the risks we created in the process -- and planned accordingly. My advice to all older parents -- do the same.

Why Fewer Women Are Seeking Help For Infertility

Posted 01.25.2014 | Women

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 01/22/2014 07:29 AM EST on LiveScience Among women who are having trouble becoming pregnant, a s...

The Things Nobody Tells You About Having Children

Quora | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Quora

What is it that nobody tells you about having children? We asked a few of our readers and here is what they had to say. Paul Lehman, father: How ...

I Never Wanted Kids -- And Then Everything Changed

Literally, Darling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

I somehow missed the gene that makes people think babies are cute. I hate to say it, but yes -- probably even your baby. And yet, when I reached my late 20s, I realized I needed a baby and started panicking about completing the requisite steps to get there ASAP.

Dear Women, America Thinks You Should Have Babies By This Age

Posted 11.12.2013 | Women

If you've passed the quarter-century mark and have yet to reproduce, the majority of Americans apparently think that the clock is ticking. Gallup ...

How One Weekend Changed My Feelings About Motherhood

Natacha Hildebrand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Natacha Hildebrand

I fell in love with a boy. And the boy asked me to marry him. And, you guessed it: That boy? He wants kids. To make matters worse, he's the type of guy that you just know will be an amazing father. Well, this really left only one thing for us to do: a test run.

7 Totally Selfish (Yet Practical!) Reasons To Have Kids

Babble.com | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

When I'm having a bad day on dad duty, I like to think of all the time-saving, work-reducing, positive ways my 4-year-old son Felix makes my life just a little bit easier. These are the reasons people really have children, the reasons that make it all worthwhile.

More Kids? Heck, No!

Meredith Gordon | Posted 05.05.2013 | Parents
Meredith Gordon

When I tell people I don't actually want more children they look at me like I've just said the most horrible thing. When you tell people you don't want more children, they look at you like you hate children -- in particular your own.

How Can Couples Be So Sure They'll Never Want Kids?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.11.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My issue with young people deciding not have children has far less to do with any societal obligations they may or may not have. It's way more personal: Yes, you may count me among those dumb-clucks who worry that young people just don't know what they're missing and when and if they do realize it, it'll be too late.

Resisting This Could Cut Your Cancer Risk In Half, Study Says

Posted 12.14.2012 | Black Voices

Those bright eyes and chubby cheeks may be hard to resist, but researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have good reason...

What's The Best Age To Have A Baby?

Robin Marantz Henig | Posted 01.29.2013 | Books
Robin Marantz Henig

A woman who had her first child at 34 is likely to be, in health terms, 14 years younger than a woman who gave birth at 18.

We're Still Too Poor To Have Kids

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 10.03.2012 | Money

NEW YORK -- U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy...

Parenthood Is Hard and Scary

Leslie Irish Evans | Posted 11.28.2012 | Parents
Leslie Irish Evans

"Is it amazing?" my younger sister asked. I wasn't sure how to answer. This was a wanted baby. We had her on purpose. But I was in the thick of things. Struggling. Overwhelmed. "It's tough," I answered. "Toughest job you'll ever love?" I changed the subject.

The Loss I'm Not Allowed to Grieve

Melanie Notkin | Posted 11.26.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

A generation ago, women who did not marry and/or have children by age 40 grieved and moved on. But today, with the advancement of assisted reproductive technology, women are no longer given permission to move on.

The Most Annoying Question Newlyweds Have To Answer

Danielle Tate | Posted 11.22.2012 | Weddings
Danielle Tate

From your parents or your in-laws, the insinuations about having babies are not something that you really want to deal with as a newlywed, but you could try to understand the reasons that parents feel so inclined to speak up on the subject.

I Want More Kids, He Doesn't!

The Mouthy Housewives | Posted 08.18.2012 | Parents
The Mouthy Housewives

We checked out our first house today and in front of the realtor my wonderful husband dropped a bombshell: A two-bedroom house would be fine, since we were not having any more children.

Childfree: Daily Mail Blames Career Women For 'Enforced' Male Childlessness

Emma Gray | Posted 07.10.2012 | Women
Emma Gray

The idea that men might feel less empowered than women to discuss their desire to be parents deserves our attention. However, the Daily Mail piece frames the issue in a completely unproductive way -- blaming "career women" for "denying" their partners children.

Why I'm Still Not Sure About Having Kids

The New York Times | Posted 05.07.2012 | Women

This is one of three essays contributed to the Motherlode blog by performers in the first New York City production of Listen to Your Mother, an nation...

So What If Our Child Has 87 Siblings?

Babble.com | Posted 06.22.2012 | Parents
Babble.com

As long as in the end I was a mother, nothing was a game-changer for me. Until a few months back when I saw PBS's "Donor Unknown."