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Life After Kids

In Loving Memory Of A Moment Alone

Marilynn Halas | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Marilynn Halas

When I became a mom, I knew my life would change. There would be diapers, sleepless nights and booties -- and I am one of those weirdos who actually enjoyed most of it. But what I did not realize was that I would never again use the bathroom alone.

You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

Jill Patir | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

I don't know how to go about my day without her. I don't know how to think about what I want to do, not what I need to do for her.

Mothering Is All About Survival

Pamela Brill | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Pamela Brill

In the throes of my years of IVF, I never really spent time thinking of actually parenting these kids. I was so focused on growing them and keeping them in there and then birthing them and then having them not die in their sleep. And I did it. Three times.

I Did All I Could Today

Sarah Bregel | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

All days can't be like this. If they were, no one would do yoga or cry and drink wine and write blogs about parenting.

10 Ways To Feel More Like A Woman And Less Like A Mom

Emily Ballard | Posted 10.30.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I needed pretense. I needed to feel like I was a real person even though I was really a milk machine. And for me, the way I dress has always been an outward extension of who I am, even as my style has changed.

10 Reasons You're Not Having Sex Today

Meredith Hale | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Finding time for intimacy with kids around can be hard. By the time they go to bed at night, it's a miracle if you have enough energy to make it to the living room couch without collapsing.

The New Vows: Now That We're Parents

Toni Hammer | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I think that once a couple learns that they're parents, they should exchange new vows. Becoming a mom or a dad changes everything, and it's only fair that the vows have a couple amendments made to them.

Welcoming Motherhood

Anita Mirchandani | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Anita Mirchandani

I can't take a long shower with my tunes on full blast. I would love to meet friends for dinner, but I have a new baby at home. The phenomenon of "me" time exists, but in a different way. In this process, I have learned a few things that I thought I'd share.

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.

Moms Are People, Too

Stephanie Giese | Posted 11.06.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Giese

I can very easily go a day or two (or three) walking around in public without ever once having another adult acknowledge my presence. Invisibility, thy name is motherhood.

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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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.