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Life After Kids

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 06.20.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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.

'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.