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Life After Kids

Honey, You're Fine

Kate Baer | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Kate Baer

When you are standing in the middle of your bedroom with one sock, two pacifiers, four bedsheets but no idea why you came into the room in the first place, you are not alone.

Life Before and After Kids

Angela Keck | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

I had my first child at the age of 30; maybe that's part of the reason why it seems like my entire life is sectioned into before kids or after kids. There's such a clear difference between life before and life after children, and I have a feeling this is true for each and every mother.

That Time My Marriage Almost Ended, And Why That's a Good Thing

Mike Cruse | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Mike Cruse

We spent so much time sitting around hating the kind of parents/people we weren't while being angry at each other that we failed to invest even one second in our marriage and, even more importantly, ourselves.

'Enjoy Every Moment' Includes The Later Ones, Too

Emily Ballard | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

As parents, we're instructed to "enjoy every moment" and are constantly reminded that "it goes by so quickly." The implication is that once on the other side of parenting our children daily, we'll be aimless and a little bit empty.

Why I Don't Want to Hear About How Much You Love Your Kid

Emily Ballard | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

We should be able to share our war stories. Instead, we shine them up, telling just enough of our tales of woe to feel like we're "relating" without putting ourselves in danger of being deemed the worst mother at the table.

The Storylines of Motherhood

Mama Bean | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

When Little Bean asked me, "Mama, what are all those lines across your face?" I didn't have to think of an answer. My response came easily, a tale simply waiting to be told. "These lines? These are my storylines..."

These Parents Got Candid About Sex After Kids. What They Divulged May Shock You.

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 08.07.2014 | Parents

They say that everything changes after having kids. But what exactly is everything? Your sleep schedule? Yes. Your bank account? Most likely. Your sex...

Friendships Before and After Kids

Joelle Wisler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

Making new friends then: Oh my god! I am totally in that same class! You are coolest, let's hang out. Now: OK. So I see from the stains on your pants that only go from the knee down that you have some type of toddler living in your home. Me too. Wanna come over?

11 Strategies to Strengthen Your Partnership After Kids

Carrie Contey, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Carrie Contey, Ph.D.

Partnership can be challenging at times and it jumps to a whole new level of intensity when you add one or more tiny humans to the mix.

What I'm Not Afraid to Say About Parenthood

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

People judge you if you don't confess undying love for parenting every single second of the day. But, here's the thing: It sucks. It consumes you. It takes away your life

Lessons Learned From an All-Nighter With My Kids

Leslie Blanche | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
Leslie Blanche

This afternoon, through my coffee-fueled energy, I recognize that the tough night taught me a few valuable lessons.

When You Think He's Forgotten You

Jamie Krug | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Jamie Krug

You round a corner and you are here. And you begin to cry a little when you realize that it will not be fancy and there will be no amuse bouche and most certainly no Michelin star chef and that you are supremely overdressed. And it could not be more perfect.

You Can't Suck It in for Eight Hours

Lynn Morrison | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Lynn Morrison

I do not feel confident in my swimsuit. I do, however, feel confident that if I stand just the right way, with my butt cheeks angled out to sea and my arms crossed to draw all attention to my boobs, I can almost look skinny. Probably not supermodel skinny, but certainly MILF-worthy.

How to Stop Resenting Your Spouse After Having a Baby

Suzanne Barston | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Barston

Between hormones, physical discomfort after birth and a complete upheaval of your daily routine, it's perfectly normal to feel resentful of a partner who gets to walk about pain-free without breastmilk-stained shirts or a child clinging to his body.

The 10 Minutes That Make Me a Better Mom

Anjali Joshi | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

Those 10 minutes make me feel like a real person -- an individual who is part of society. And, like my mother pointed out, those 10 minutes allow me to return to my demanding job while feeling good about myself.

This One Simple Thing Makes For A Long-Lasting Marriage

Janie Porter | Posted 08.03.2014 | Weddings
Janie Porter

I'm still in the workout clothes that I sweated through at 6 a.m.. My hair hasn't been washed in days. I don't have time for this. But for some reason, one day last week, I did something different.

I Never Thought My Marriage Would Look Like This

Natalie Thomas | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Natalie Thomas

I thought her statement was harsh. And that she needed anger management or couples counseling. I actually feared for her marriage -- and her husband. Fast-forward five years and I completely understand.

6 Signs a Runner Has Kids

Audra Rundle | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Audra Rundle

Many of us start running long before we have children. Many also stop running after becoming parents due to the large time commitment both demand. But for those who have found a way to fit both into their lives, it's often obvious because, well, we get a little weird -- even for a runner.

I'm Not Married To My Best Friend

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Robin O'Bryant

I want best friend who will tell me I need one more pair of shoes and a man who will remind me to save for my retirement account. And I want to get into bed at night with a man who ignites things in me no one else can.

Why Life In Your 30s Is Better (And Worse) Than In Your 20s

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women
Evelyn Lauer

It gets better: more simple, more meaningful, more established, more fulfilling, more STABLE. You'll have fewer fights, cry less tears and make fewer bad decisions. But you'll also have less fun.

From Partners to Parents

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

For any mother or father to-be, becoming a parent brings a tidal wave of unexpected feelings, normal insecurities and new opportunities. Adjusting to this new identity offers the opportunity to deepen your relationship with your partner.

7 Reasons a Girlfriend Escape Is a Mommy Must

Katherine Eskovitz | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Katherine Eskovitz

Being on an airplane without my children feels like mistakenly leaving my house without a bra. Something is not right.

6 Ways Having Kids Is Like Not Having Kids

Mike Julianelle | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Your personality and interests and even your lifestyle can survive the transition to owning children, believe me.

18 Things That Are Completely Different Now That I Have Kids

Jen Simon | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

Going to kiddie birthday parties is pretty much the main way I socialize now.

What Getting a Job Feels Like Once You're a Mother

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Katie Mgongolwa

Here's the thing: I don't completely want to get back in the game. I want to spend every minute soaking up my daughter's sunshine. You miss stuff when you're gone.