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Congo's Hero Women: Creating A Different Future

Neema Namadamu | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact
Neema Namadamu

Our extended family and community would continually challenge her investment in me, my mother brazenly, if not defiantly, went to great lengths to support me and protect my opportunity for a different future to the one they all expected.

My Mommie Dearest Moment -- Minus the Clothes Hanger

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I didn't realize I had a lot was riding on this little family jaunt to Venice Beach right up until the moment we arrived and nobody wanted to be there.

12 Lessons My Twins Taught Me In Their First 12 Months

Cara Paiuk | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

12. Time is the most precious commodity in the world. This last year has gone by faster than any before. And that scares me. I want it all to slow down so I can savor every crazy, wonderful minute.

Why I Try To Feel Thankful For The Mean Girls

Michelle Cove | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Michelle Cove

I'm glad that my daughter is learning how to deal with them early, while living at home where I can offer hugs, suggestions and listening ears.

Trust Me, It Gets Worse... Wait, Really?

Regan Long | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

It's tough being a parent for all of us. There are different worries that I'll endure and battles I'm sure to face, but I'm a mother -- it's my job to worry. There will never be another day for the rest of my life that I'm not worried about my children.

Mothers Are Warriors

Victoria Justice | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Victoria Justice

Every mother wants their daughter to be able to follow her dreams. My mom gave me that gift and as this Mother's Day approaches, I hope we can all help the mothers and girls around the world who need a voice and our support to gain access to the basic rights that we take for granted.

A Mother's Fear

Jessica Fein | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Jessica Fein

I'm back in the PICU having spent exactly 27 hours "on the outside." After 42 days in intensive care with my 9-year-old daughter due to a cold that became pneumonia that led to a month-long intubation, we thought we were in the clear when we were transferred to rehab.

How Dare the Autistic Child... and His Mother?

Regan Long | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

As people sneered and looked down upon her, their eyes asking how dare she let her son ruin everyone else's shopping trip, I looked at her in total admiration. I thank God I was able to notice what everyone else seemed to miss.

Women And Girls Are The Power And Potential For Positive Change

Pat Mitchell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Pat Mitchell

We see so many girls and women making huge positive changes in their communities. When doors are closed to women, those societies and the world are losing.

So Done With Unequal Pay! #NoMoreMadMenPay

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Confession: I grew up believing that women had mostly achieved equality in the workplace and the world. But when my first child was born, I quickly learned that I was mistaken. For too many, motherhood is a barrier to equality, to pay, and to economic security.

Girl Up Teen Advisors Surprise Their Moms In The Most Beautiful Way

Melissa Hillebrenner | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Melissa Hillebrenner

Girl Up is dedicated to improving the lives of girls around the world and empowering them to give their hearts to make this world a better place. We asked our Teen Advisors about their mothers.. and then filmed the answers with their mothers watching.

My Top 2 Personal Favorite Life Lessons From Frozen

Kara Gorski, Ph.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | Women
Kara Gorski, Ph.D.

So, during my gazillion plus one time watching Frozen this week, it finally hit me. Elsa and Anna have not only captured the hearts of millions, these miraculous little girls portray the very core of what has taken me 38 years and a battle with breast cancer to discover.

The Duality of Raising Children

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

The best days of my life. I've been turning the phrase around in my head for the last few days. I've been trying it on, tentatively, like a dress that might get stuck around my hips, the fabric taut and puckery. The phrase tumbles and floats, scatters and reconvenes.

To the Critics of Daniel Murphy's Paternity Leave

Tony Posnanski | Posted 04.04.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

My wife went through labor and then hours later had an emergency C-section. It is funny how you both consider a C-section a quick "pop a baby out and have dinner after." It is major surgery. There is a lot of recovery.

A Better Answer To My Friend's Question About Being A Mom

Rachael Clarke | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

It was one of those moments where I wished words were tangible, able to be yanked back or clapped away like eraser dust.

The Motherhood Extras That Make a Good Mom Great

Today's Mama | Posted 04.03.2014 | Parents
Today's Mama

Sometimes the daily challenges of motherhood -- carpooling, homework, dinner and sports -- leave little energy for the extras our kids not only need but deserve, like a simple, thoughtful boost of confidence. Every day can feel like a race to the end, checking off imaginary boxes of things we "have to do."

8 Things I've Learned About Life In The PICU

Jessica Fein | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Jessica Fein

What happened should have been a non-event; our daughter caught a cold. But when you have an underlying mitochondrial disease such as our daughter's, there's actually nothing common about a cold.

Battling Post-Partum Depression

Regan Long | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

When we begin this journey of becoming pregnant, right then and there, we are turning our bodies over. Right then and there we are living, breathing and eating for someone else

Bounty Ad Is Super Offensive to Moms

Dana Mark | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Dana Mark

Ads like this one try to shame us into thinking that everything we do should be a breeze if it makes our kids happy.

10 Surprising Ways to Teach Kids to Love Nature

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

As the weather starts to improve, it's the perfect time to get kids out and about and show them the joy of nature. It doesn't have to be a structure...

Should I Allow My Son to Join a Fraternity?

John McCormick | Posted 03.21.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

My teenage son has begun looking at colleges. Recently, while we were looking at admissions brochures over breakfast, he asked me how I'd feel if he joined a fraternity.

The Ripple Effect

John Malik | Posted 03.21.2014 | Healthy Living
John Malik

I sat in my supervisor's office and wiped away my tears as Karen told me that yes, the memory of that entire week was already gone. She had seen many families torn apart by Alzheimer's and now here I was, going through the same thing.

Mom Turns Herself Into 'Human Speed Bump' To Save Kids

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.20.2014 | Parents

The maternal instinct is often associated with tender, nurturing care. But given a dash of adrenaline, it becomes an entirely different creature. F...

Why Moms -- and Their Last Words -- Matter

Jim Higley | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Jim Higley

Perhaps the biggest thing you taught me is that life happens in the nooks and crannies of our days. You were always content where you were in life. And you were happy with who you were.

Dadmission: 10 Things I Learned From Hosting a Sleepover

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

What is it about sleepovers that makes everyone neurotic? My wife told me our street cred was on the line. She wasn't kidding.