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Life After Kids

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 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 09.16.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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.