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Life After Kids

Is Parenthood 'Worth It'?

Daniel Wong | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Daniel Wong

It was already 1:30 in the morning, and I had to wake up at 6. Tomorrow was going to be a long day -- as if the night wasn't already long enough. I felt frustrated and defeated. Who knew that a tiny, 11-pound baby could make a grown man feel so pitiful?

Parents, Do You Suffer From This Awkward Problem Too?

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

The second mom or dad has a distraction, the kids will likely view this as a challenge to their ability to hold mom or dad's FULL attention, no matter what the circumstance. And believe me, they will accept this challenge and it will be awkward for the parent.

'Moms' Night Out, Kill Me Now'

The Next Family | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
The Next Family

I need this. Solving world and relationship problems and drinking too many Very Dry and Very Dirty Martinis with Extra Olives and wearing heels with something low-cut in a non-nursing tank kind of way. I need all of that. The mom part of me needs to take a back seat for a night.

The Unique Way Parents Walk Toward Their Children

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

I remember how far behind she'd left my stepfather, who'd come with her, and the way her purse swung on her arm, and the broad, breaking smile on her face as she drew nearer. It felt almost embarrassing to be the object of such emotion after having done nothing more than come home.

Morning Monster Mommy!

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

For an instant, my mind flashes visions of those naïve bygone years, me and my beloved sipping a cup of tea on a bench, in a resplendent garden, having philosophical discussions... ha! Right now, "Wake up the kids" seems to be the most romantic thing I can say.

Why You Should Take A Babymoon

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

According to my mother, my whole life is a vacation. Did I really need a specific holiday just because a baby was coming?

The Love Hurricane That Is Becoming a Parent

John McElhenney | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
John McElhenney

Everything you might read or hear about becoming a parent pales in comparison to the life-altering moment your child gasps for their first breath, making their presence and frustrations known.

What Is So Hard About Self-Care?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

It's just eight minutes; I definitely waste eight minutes three or four times over in the course of even a hard day with two little kids. Why am I not prioritizing the thing I most need?

10 Reasons You Don't Want To Be My Friend Now That I Have Kids

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

My husband and I are a team for many reasons, but primarily so that the children can't outnumber us. You want to get drinks and talk about your cheating arse of a boyfriend? Great! Grab a sippy cup and use your big words so the children won't understand you.

An Open Letter to My Friends Who Don't Have Kids

Janie Porter | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

Here's the ugly truth: We suck at doing it all. The moment the doctor handed me my crying newborn, it all stopped. I was not just Janie. I was Janie, the Mother of Sullivan. I became a mom, and for a time, I didn't care about anything else but my kid.

I Wanted To Run Away Today

Kathy Radigan | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Today was one of those days where I questioned every choice I ever made in my 48 years on this planet. I thought back to a time in my life when my house was quiet, and all I had to think about was myself.

Raising Kids, One Letter At A Time

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

I said to my wife, "Someone is c-r-a-b-b-y and needs an n-a-p." In the middle of throwing a bit of 'tude, my son turned to me and said, "I don't need a nap." Damn. At that point, I certainly did.

Dear Husband of Mine

Erin Dullea | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Erin Dullea

When you pass me on my way out tonight, please give me a smile, or a "go get 'em," even if putting the three kids to bed, after your own busy day, is the last thing you want to do.

5 Reasons I Love My Husband More After Having A Baby

Becky Schroeder | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Becky Schroeder

I had faith he would do his best to adapt to the steep learning curve of parenthood, but it wasn't until I actually saw my husband in action (starting in the delivery room) that I knew I was going to love him more now that we had a baby.

7 Unexpected Perks of Back-to-School for Parents

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 09.04.2014 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

I cried a lot the first day at drop-off and don't think I'll ever stop missing having my kids with me during those hours. But, I have to admit, after just a week, I have noticed some unexpected perks.

Say Adios to the Babymoon and Embrace Adventure With Kids

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Carrie Visintainer

I always find that my kids can hike farther, climb higher or process deeper than I might think. It's the most beautiful thing to watch them adapt, learn, make friends in new places and begin to understand the concept of empathy.

Finding Coupleness In Our Parenthood

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

There's no question, in the trajectory of our time together, we've entered a new phase in our relationship. We've gone from couplehood to parenthood

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 10.22.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 09.28.2014 | 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?