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What Happened When I Went to the Grocery Store... Alone

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

I did not name 'apples' and 'bananas' and 'carrots' as I wound through the produce department. I did not stop at the lobster tank to point and ogle those creepy creatures trying to claw their way to the water's edge.

My Week as a Temporary Bachelorette

Amy Arndt | Posted 07.22.2014 | Comedy
Amy Arndt

Relaxed and worry-free, I took up temporary residency in Nordstrom Rack. I was in absolutely no hurry whatsoever. Instead of rushing around in search of a specific pair of black pants for a work trip, I casually flipped through the evening dresses as if I planned on wearing fuchsia sequins on Thursday.

The Relationship Problem You're Probably Overlooking

Laura Riley, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Laura Riley, Ph.D.

When couples love each other, they think they'll move in together and agree on basic living arrangements. Unfortunately, it's easier to love someone than to live with them.

Why I Travel Without My Kids

Kiri Westby | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Kiri Westby

Why isn't it OK to jump off and explore the world without my family? Why did I feel like I was abandoning my post? My partner leaves once or twice a year, for a week or two, and no one even remarks on it. It's culturally acceptable for him to leave.

Redefining Motherhood: Taking Care of the Me in Mommy

Mia Redrick | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Mia Redrick

If a woman tells others about a stressful day she's had at her workplace she will likely be given empathy and provided with solutions to solve her issues. The same doesn't seem to hold true in motherhood.

I'll Take What I Can Get -- Me Time

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.29.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

It's a sad fact that I now consider a trip to the dentist as "me" time. I pray I don't get the chatty hygienist and that I can just close my eyes and have 30 minutes of quiet.

The Real Reason Mothers Never Get Anything Done

Lauren Jackman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Lauren Jackman

It's 9 a.m. and I've just put Bubby down for his morning sleep. I reckon I have about an hour and a half before he wakes. I'm excited! I have plans...

The Reason Why You Aren't a Good Mother

Mia Redrick | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Mia Redrick

I've been a mom for 15 years and I have a 9, 12 and 15-year-old. I can count on one hand the days that were balanced perfectly. No two days have been exactly the same in my life, ever. Imbalance is something that happens every day in motherhood.

The Best Mother's Day Gift: A Mom's Time Out

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

This Mother's Day, be good to yourselves, moms. Make a list of things that make you happy, and carve out time to do these things once a day, or at least once a week.

Why Mama Needs To Be Alone

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 04.23.2014 | 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.