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Why Mama Needs To Be Alone

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 02.21.2014 | Parents
Zsofi McMullin

Mama needs to be alone now. Not for too long, just a couple of days. Really, you won't even notice that she is gone. OK, maybe you will. But really, it's for the best.

Why Leaving My Children Helps Me Come Home to Them

Denise Henry | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Denise Henry

"Mama, why did you put those things in your ear?" He's clearly not used to seeing me wearing sparkly things.

10 Reasons to Celebrate Being Single on Valentine's Day

Debra Rogers | Posted 04.15.2014 | Women
Debra Rogers

Whether you are newly single or have been single for a while, here are 10 fab reasons to celebrate YOU on Valentine's Day.

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.: What Happens When Wonder Woman Gets Sick?

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

I was working on a project with a big magazine. We had a call with one of the writers, and I called from my hospital room. I had not told anyone that I was sick, or more importantly, that I was in the hospital. I am on the call with the writer and the head of the practice, and the phone disconnects.

How I Know You Need A Break

Debra Carpenter | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Debra Carpenter

You're filling the role of mother, nurse, chef, teacher, maid, handyman and personal shopper -- all day, every day. It makes perfect sense that you're tired and grumpy and maybe a little frazzled.

Fleeing The Coop While Preserving The Nest

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.25.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Camille's life is the life shared by a generation of women who are now in their late 60s. They were stay-at-home moms who missed the women's movement by a few years but rejoiced in the doors that it opened for their daughters. They drove carpools, kept house, had dinner ready on the table when the breadwinner came home, and were the glue that silently kept the family together.

The Power of One: Honoring Yourself

Cyma Shapiro | Posted 03.23.2014 | Women
Cyma Shapiro

Valentine's Day is a day I've grown to love. And, while I work hard to give and show love throughout the year, this one day remains a pivotal occasion to fully express what is in my heart.

A Live-Blog Of 'Watching' The Golden Globes With My Kids

Lori Ferraro | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

Trying to watch the Golden Globes with a 6- and 8-year-old is like George Bailey trying to get out of Bedford Falls. It just ain't gonna happen. No matter how bad you want it to.

Women Would Choose This Over Sex -- And We're Not Even Surprised

Posted 11.12.2013 | Women

Carving out time for yourself during the day -- free from obligations to your work, partner or kids -- is one of life's great pleasures. And it may...

Five Minute Fix: How to Bribe Your Children to Score Alone Time (and Get Dressed in Peace)

Amy Tara Koch | Posted 12.21.2013 | Parents
Amy Tara Koch

Motherhood is rewarding. But it is also riddled with responsibilities and a never-ending to-do list. From pre-dawn to post dusk you are consumed by the daily grind. You are on autopilot, taking care of everyone in the family. Except yourself.

Rebecca Perkins: Spend Some Time in Solitude

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 12.15.2013 | Women
Rebecca Perkins

For those of us rarely alone, those of us who give of ourselves to others in our work and our family lives, creating time for solitude can seem like an impossible task.

why mothers put themselves last

Mia Redrick | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents
Mia Redrick

Most moms learn self-care from the moms in their lives. What did your mom teach you about taking care of yourself?

Joy Works

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

Most of the time work is not life or death! So go ahead, do something for yourself today that brings you joy. The work will wait.

When Daddy's Job Goes Bye-Bye...

Shannon Sutherland | Posted 10.12.2013 | Parents
Shannon Sutherland

I spent the first couple of weeks dwelling on the negatives aspects of having a unemployed husband. It was easy, but unproductive. The second I started focusing on the positives, my mood turned around.

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.

Love on the Run

Kelley Whitis | Posted 09.28.2013 | Women
Kelley Whitis

Why was I just now seeing it? Was I too preoccupied to see it before? Had it been there all along? I finished my run with these questions lingering in my head.

Third Metric: Living Your Three-Dimensional Self

Sophie Wade | Posted 09.21.2013 | Women
Sophie Wade

The more actively you make decisions or feel in control, the more you are actually engaging in your life and able to enjoy moments for yourself.

Are You Sure You Want to Do That?

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephenie Zamora

Deep down, you know what you do or don't enjoy -- whether or not you're ready to admit that to others and yourself.

Say 'Enough is Enough' to Self-Doubt

Lisa Cleary | Posted 07.14.2013 | Women
Lisa Cleary

While I'll never not be a perfectionist, I do know that I'm good enough for a lot of people. My mom, my family, my friends, my coworkers and my boyfriend all love me for who I am.

While the Hubby's Away the Wife Will Play

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 07.01.2013 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

My husband and I are anything but ships passing in the night; we're more like two aging vessels mired in the harbor.

Inside the Brain of a Mother

Samantha McGarry | Posted 06.26.2013 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

In less than seven days, I leave for Europe for a week. By myself. All alone. Yup, you read that right. Seven full days of glorious Me Time. You'd think I'd be basking in glorious anticipation but, instead, I'm a hot mess of raging emotions, all boiling over in my head at once.

4 Things Every Woman Should Do Before She Gets Married

Melissa Chapman | Posted 06.19.2013 | Women
Melissa Chapman

If I had the luxury of what I know now after 14 years of marriage back when I was an unattached single girl living in the city, what would I say to my younger self?

5 Excuses Parents Need To Stop Making

Christine Koh | Posted 06.11.2013 | Parents
Christine Koh

When you become a parent, your priorities naturally shift. But that doesn't mean you should disappear.

Seeking Solace With My Grocery Cart

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Rachel Blaufeld

Something about wandering through the aisles without anyone grabbing me or calling mom was so decadent. The aisles of the grocery store were my Cheers, where I went and everyone knew my name.

Date Night Before Kids vs. Date Night After

Jenny Isenman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

We still adore our men, but our alone time has little resemblance to the hot dates we once had. Wow, did we take those nights for granted! Want proof? Behold: Date Night Before Kids vs. Date Night After Kids.