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An Open Letter to Moms This Christmas

Katie Hoffman | Posted 12.25.2014 | Comedy
Katie Hoffman

Don't fool yourself into thinking this is something that could last. Are you prepared to become the stepmother to nine reindeer and a whole toy factory's worth of elves? Do you really want to leave everything behind to move to the North Pole?

You Won't Remember, But I Will

Jessica Dimas | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Jessica Dimas

You won't remember the way I stood in the bathroom late that night in labor with you, fearfully and excitedly gazing up at the moon, knowing I was going to bring you into the world soon and whispering to you, "We can do this."

5 Holiday Hacks for Busy Moms

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Sharon Kay Edwards

Cut yourself some slack already! I promise, your family can have a great holiday without the glossy magazine perfection.

Why There Is Magic in Christmas Glitter

Mama Bean | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

You see, there is magic in cheap glitter. And when sparkly festive decorations meet little hands, little hands will inevitably meet a little mouth. And sooner or later, that little mouth will be asking for mama milk... with a side of sparkle.

Little Girls Hate Mud

Mama Bean | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

My kid is brilliant. She is hilarious and kind and sensitive. She is joyous and loving and full of life. And none of these things have anything to do with the fact that she has a vulva.

'Mothers Without Boundaries' Is Here To Help Women With Those Kinds Of Moms

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 12.18.2014 | Comedy

You should have married that doctor. It's tough when you have a mother who focuses on your faults rather than your successes. "Nobody's perfect, mo...

What a Mom Really Needs For Christmas

Heather Creekmore | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Heather Creekmore

Seriously, Santa, a mom only needs so many "World's Greatest Mom" coffee mugs. How about coming up with something that I could really use this year?

How (and Why) to Be a Selfish Mom

Cozetta Lagemann | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Cozetta Lagemann

I was the perfect example of a Martyr Mom -- a mom that exists just for her family, one who puts her interests and needs aside because there just isn't enough time in the day to do it all.

Warning: It's Christmas, Mom Might Snap

Annabel Monaghan | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Annabel Monaghan

We strive to create an atmosphere of warmth and excitement that will stay with our kids forever, as if the quality of their Christmas memories is going on our Permanent Record. It's a 25-day photo op, and the stakes are high.

A Teenager's Guide to Good Parenting

Quora | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Quora

We are at a point in our lives where as much as we need you to be realistic with us, we also need you to be supportive of our dreams. No matter what your child wants to do, make sure they know that you'll help them get there.

What My Flawless Holiday Card Says About Me as a Mom

Heather Mundt | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Heather Mundt

If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that parenting is one of the most competitive sports on the planet. And nothing seems to say, "I'm a better parent than you/my kid is more brilliant, hilarious, talented and handsome than yours," than a flawless holiday photo.

I Photograph To Remember

Alishia Osborn | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents
Alishia Osborn

I like to take photos of things that may be a bit out of the ordinary: My kids eating, a random trip to Goodwill, the horrid bed head my middle child wakes up with every morning.

Dear Oakley: An Autism Service Dog Answers Your Questions

Shanell Mouland | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Dear Oakley, Why should you be allowed in public and in schools? What if my child is allergic to you? What then? Are Kate's needs more important than my child's needs?

In Pursuit of Light

James M. Chesbro | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
James M. Chesbro

I do not think anyone should feel ashamed for not feeling the way all the screens tell us we should feel. If you are sad while we are farthest away from the sun, while everyone else seems to be having a holly jolly Christmas, you are not flawed.

Reading the Clues From the Supreme Court on Pregnancy Discrimination

Tom Spiggle | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Tom Spiggle

The Supreme Court won't tell us until next year whether it will limit a law intended to help pregnant women at work, but it gave some clues last week.

If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mothers

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Baudouin

The doctor didn't expect to find what he found. It wasn't ovarian cancer but it certainly was everywhere. Her biopsy went to the cancer board -- you know, the one filled with the "experts" who would try to figure out what we were dealing with.

Give a Gift to Yourself This Holiday Season

MotherWoman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Annette Cycon The Holidays. What comes up for you when you hear those words? Joy and excitement? Dread and avoidance? Most moms we speak to feel ...

Why We Say Cheese When Posing for Pictures

Kevin Kniffin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science
Kevin Kniffin

The fact that smiling is basically required when clearly enunciating a word that ends with the hard E sound is worth consideration beyond one-time photo shoots.

Dear Boobs... A Thank-You Note

Camia Gavin | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Camia Gavin

I'm sorry for all the years that I (mistakenly) thought you weren't enough. I'm sorry for the torture I put you through, stuffing you into Victoria Secret padded bras and hoping you came together to give me the perfect cleavage for prom. It wasn't you, it was me.

30 Signs You're A New Mom

Rachael Roehmholdt | Posted 12.05.2014 | Parents
Rachael Roehmholdt

You have somehow transported yourself into a different dimension where everyone talks about themselves in the third person, as in, "Mama needs some time to herself, like, for real..."

How Do Moms Stay Positive?

Dr. Donna Dannenfelser | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Dr. Donna Dannenfelser

So, how do moms stay positive in a world that's moving at a hundred miles an hour? There's that old saying, "If Momma's not happy, nobody's happy." As the matriarch of the family, everyone takes their cues from you.

Food! Fabulous Food!

Jessica Donovan | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Jessica Donovan

To develop a healthy relationship with food is to feel great, both inside and out. It is your choice what you fuel your body with! It is entirely up to you!

Sorry, Kid. Elf On The Shelf Is Not Gonna Happen

Dynamom | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Dynamom

I see you, Facebook friends, I see all of you. And I admire you! You are seriously amazing and I can tell it's fun for you and I can practically HEAR your kids giggling every morning. I got nothin' BUT love for you. But I'm not joining you. And that's OK.

5 Healthy Hacks to Try on Your Kids This Holiday Season

Jodi Meltzer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Jodi Meltzer

There's a delicate balance between being festive and being stupid. Incorporating nutritious, temper-tantrum-fighting foods is a must to neutralize kids' sugar buzz during this time of year. We want them to go the f*ck to sleep, right?

Open Letter to the Moms of Instagram

Grryo | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Grryo

You make me want to be a better person. I know, I know, that's a brash way to start a letter to you. Cliché but true. When I browse your offerings of rosy cheeked children, bathed in light, I wonder why I don't have white washed floors to photograph my kids cuddled with their 10 year old English Bulldog. When I say good night to your photos, I lay in bed, staring at my boring cream ceiling and wonder where I went wrong and why I don't have a mural painted up there. I am like all of you, in so far as I also have children. Which moms am I addressing? You know who you are. You are, at this moment, browsing Pinterest and instagram for the latest toddler trends.