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5 Mom-Shaming Trends That Need To Stop Now

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

As a first-time mom, I've come to this simple realization: If you are worried that you're not a good parent, trust me, that makes you an amazing parent. It's the parents who don't worry that we should be worried about.

To My Daughter, About Your Birthmark

Dawn Weber | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Dawn Weber

"A lovely baby girl you have there. It's too bad about that awful birthmark." Those are the first and last words I ever hear from your original pediatrician. After she leaves the delivery room, I tell the nurse to keep her away from us, and I cry myself to sleep.

I'm Running to Help Expand Family Leave -- Let's Do It in the Next Congress

Shenna Bellows | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Shenna Bellows

The FAMILY Act is good for mothers, and it's good for every other American who might face a life-changing event. In other words, it's good for all of us.

25 Things Ann Landers Could Have Learned From My Mother

Vikki Claflin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Vikki Claflin

Like many women, after raising my own child and then being handed darling, dimpled grandchildren to help guide along life's journey, I find myself repeating maternal admonitions recalled from my youth. The older I get, the smarter she was.

Holiday 2014: 5 Ways To Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 10.22.2014 | Style
Laura Rossi Totten

Remember the best fashion statement is a blend of on-trend makeup, modern hair, and channeling your own inner-sparkle. Happy Sparkling!

8 Super-Sexy Halloween Costumes For Moms

Suzanne Fleet | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Fleet

Think you can't compete with all the Sexy Olafs and Sexy Lobsters out there this Halloween now that you're a mother? Well, think again.

Break From Baby

Shari Medini | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Shari Medini

As soon as you have a baby, people start telling you that you need a break from it. They tell you to put the baby in the crib and shower, leave the ba...

5 Things I Know Now About Being A New Mom

Rachael Roehmholdt | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Rachael Roehmholdt

To put it gently: I had a rude awakening. In the first month of my son's life, I have learned more about this little baby and myself than I ever imagined possible.

'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.

Would I Have Been Friends With My Mom if I'd Known Her Back Then?

Jesse Damiani | Posted 10.16.2014 | Arts
Jesse Damiani

It's a simple question, one that many of us ask ourselves at some point. While scrolling through #tbt photos on Instagram, Danielle Delph, a Portland-based artist, had an epiphany: she wanted to explore the idea concretely.

My Phantom Daughter-in-Law

Amy Barr | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Amy Barr

The transition from full time advisor to mind-your-own-beeswax bystander feels pretty jarring. After all, the role of daughter-in-law is a big position that someone will ultimately play in our lives.

16 Things I Want My Daughter To Know

Christine Burke | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Christine Burke

She just turned 9 this week, which means I only have nine more years to get her ready to fight for herself in the real world. Nine more years to make sure she knows how to braise a roast, manage her iCloud storage and distinguish between a jerk and Prince Charming. That's not a lot of time.

What Happens When Your Mom Catches You Having Sex (VIDEO)

Jimmy Fowlie | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Fowlie

2014-10-14-20141010gogoboyinterruptedbedsmall.pngEpisode 2 of Go-Go Boy Interrupted shows what happens after a night of heavy binge drinking causes Danny to struggle to remember who the man in his bed is. And then the worst person who could drop by for a visit does.

The Beautiful Breastfeeding Photograph Causing A Stir Online

Mama Bean | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

In truth, there's a big part of me that feels truly angry that we are still reading/hearing such negativity and misunderstanding towards breastfeeding in 2014... but there is hope. Because the vast majority saw this photograph for exactly what it is: beautiful.

Why I Quit Making Fun Bento Lunches for My Kids

Beau Coffron | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

I'm thickheaded sometimes, but I finally get it. It's clear as day. All of the faceless Internet trolls, who have never met my family, are making sense now. They have been trying to speak wisdom into my life for the last two years, and I haven't been willing to listen.

10 Things I Want My Child to Learn By Age 10

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Raising a girl takes me back to my own childhood and brings up memories -- both good and bad -- of how fun, wonderful and difficult it can be navigating the move from child to tween.

10 Fall Must-Haves You AND Your Daughter Both Need

Laura Usky | Posted 10.10.2014 | Style
Laura Usky

1. Uggs. Yes, they are cliche and some say not the prettiest, BUT they are definitely comfy and can be thrown on with jeans, leggings and even skirts....

How To Clean Your House In 10 Easy Steps

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

The kids got excited to "help" and made a water park out of the sink while attempting to do their own dishes. Such sweet kids. Also, there appears to be a small pond forming on the floor. Slip in the pond and almost fall. Try not to yell. Hold it together, lady! You still have to vacuum.

The Time I Spontaneously Combusted (A True Story)

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 10.09.2014 | Fifty
Jacqueline Wilson

You get a little warm, right? No, people. We're not talking "a little warm." A little warm is what you feel when you drink a creamy hot chocolate after building a cute snowman on a crisp winter day.

Preemptive Parenting Is a Game Changer

Amy Tara Koch | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents
Amy Tara Koch

Preparation yields time. And time is an invaluable currency. Once I organized the major Mom things -- meals, school, scheduling after school activities -- I emerged cleansed, much like that glorious feeling of showering after an exceptionally sweaty workout.

Happy Halloween: Kicking Off the Holiday Season

Amber Sabathia | Posted 10.08.2014 | New York
Amber Sabathia

We Bergen families know the children have not had a true Halloween for two years, with snow one year and then Superstorm Sandy cancelling each trick-or-treating night so the kids could not go out and wear their costumes.


Vicki Wilson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Vicki Wilson

Here was my husband, knowing what we know, saying, "Screw the worst. I'm here to love you forever." And I cried because it was from my parents that we were learning that kind of love. It's a heartbreaking lesson. And a beautiful one.

5 Fall Outings NOT to Take Your Husband and Kids On

Shanell Mouland | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

It's infinity scarf season again,You've spent a long, hot summer organizing outings for you and your family and now it's time to spend a little time on yourself.

30 Strangers Discover They Share The Same Doubts, Pains And Joys Of Motherhood

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents

It's nothing short of inspiring to watch a group of moms share what motherhood means to each of them. Non-toxic family essentials brand The Honest ...

Faith in Citizens

Joan Blades | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Joan Blades

I've come to believe that even if there was agreement in the U.S. that climate is a key concern, we would do a poor job of addressing the problem. Adversarial solutions will not suffice -- we must learn to hold the tensions of our differences and use this tension to inspire solutions that are better than we have yet imagined.