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Life After Kids

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

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 04.17.2014 | 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 04.07.2014 | 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 03.28.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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.

'Nobody Said It Would Be This Hard'

Inga Batur | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Inga Batur

Something had to give, but I felt if it did, I'd be spitting in the face of all those women who fought for our rights to vote, work and be equal. I didn't want to be equal if it meant I'd go crazy in a week.

5 Things I'd Really Like People With No Kids To Know

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

Sleep as much as you can. Under no circumstances are you to make yourself feel guilty for lounging in bed for an extra hour on Saturday.

Mommy's New Year's Resolutions

Inga Batur | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Inga Batur

5. I will not work out. I won't do pilates, yoga, aerobics or any type of exercise where someone is telling me what to do, how I can do it and how many times. After work and an afternoon with two tots, I will not conclude my day by stressing out about not being able to do 50 push ups.

The Truth New Parents Shouldn't Be Ashamed To Admit

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 03.04.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Hamady

By not talking about what parenting is really like -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- we're actually doing a disservice to new moms and dads who are wholly unprepared for what they're getting into.

The Daily Ritual I'm More Than Ready To Ditch

Teresa Strasser | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Teresa Strasser

It's really a question of identity, or at least that's how I've always perceived it. Who am I in this Clash t-shirt and Army surplus coat? Add to this cauldron of vanity the huge fact of motherhood and looking into the closet becomes both Cathy Cartoon and Greek mythology.

3 Of My Best Pieces Of Unsolicited Mothering Advice

Kristin Hackman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kristin Hackman

Who am I to argue against the romance of "When a child is born, a mother is born?" I get it. But the part they left off, the asterisk to this sweet quote, does the woman before the mother die when the mother is born? Where does she go?

Why I Really Hold Onto My Pre-Mom Jeans

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

I fit into my self better than I ever fit into my Prague jeans. I fit into this house and this family and this story we're living of tired parents who glory in the quiet beauty of waking up beside boys who have pretzeled themselves in between us under cover of dreams.

13 Things to Expect When Your Babies Become Children

Anastasia Basil | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Anastasia Basil

You cannot use a cellphone or computer. Once you attempt to use either device, children flock to you screeching like large, wounded birds until you hand them the device and step away, careful not to draw further attention.

WATCH: How These Moms Embraced The Empty Nest

Posted 08.28.2013 | Fifty

As college campuses fill up once again at the start of a new academic year, parents across the country are facing something new -- an empty nest. D...

Bernadette Noll: Build Your Tribe in 10 Steps

Bernadette Noll | Posted 10.28.2013 | Women
Bernadette Noll

The fact that I continuously meet remarkable new people on this life's journey is one of the biggest surprises of my adult experience -- and the very thing I tell young adults when asked about life's great surprises. Really? Incredible people just keep showing up? Yup.

Life in the Empty Nest

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 10.27.2013 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

Our nest is different, but it is not empty. All the good stuff is still here: love and hope and joy and laughter. It feels a lot like it did in our 20's, when it was just the two of us. But this time, we know that these days will not last forever and that we are only passing through.

10 Ways Living With A Toddler Is Like Being In Prison

Mike Julianelle | Posted 10.16.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

It's uncanny how many aspects of the parenting experience remind me of prison -- complete with a sadistic little warden who harbors a Napoleon complex.

Everyone Benefits When Mommy Takes a Vacation

Carla Naumburg | Posted 10.08.2013 | Parents
Carla Naumburg

Everyone in our family benefits when I get out of the picture every once in a while. I get a much-needed break, time that helps me feel nourished, rested and ready to fully re-engage with the hard work of raising children, and my husband gets solid alone time with our children.

A Mom's Game of Tug of War

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 10.07.2013 | Parents
Rachel Blaufeld

I could not fathom how I got to a place where peeing while my son chewed gum with the neighbor was a great pleasure....and, yet there I was.

Dadmissions: 7 Lines of Texting

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It was seven lines of texting that cut to the core of where my wife and I are right now in the course of our relationship.

12 Things I Never Would Have Done Until I Had Kids

Amy Flory | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
Amy Flory

I used to do things. Now I do other things. But every now and again I get the chance to do one of the old things, and then I feel new again.

A To-do List From a Mom Who Wants to Do Better

Erin Smith | Posted 03.25.2013 | Parents
Erin Smith

We only get one chance at this life and one of my biggest fears is getting to the end with regrets. The only way to minimize regrets is to take stock of where we currently stand in life and be willing to change, or at least slightly adjust, direction.

Dos And Don'ts For My Friends Without Kids

JD Roberto | Posted 02.26.2013 | Parents
JD Roberto

I imagine that it must be hard to watch a friend get swallowed whole by a completely foreign set of experiences. Since I'm the one getting swallowed, I can't know what that's like -- but I can offer a few (entirely unsolicited) dos and don'ts to those who have not, as yet, procreated.

My Husband Looks Buff and It's Really Ticking Me Off

Wendy Widom | Posted 02.11.2013 | Parents
Wendy Widom

As hubby's BMI plummets, the feeling that I'm failing grows and grows, as does my desire for a big, decadent piece of thick, gooey, molten chocolate lava cake with coffee ice cream on top and then maybe some creamy fettuccini alfredo for dessert. Man, I'm getting hungry.