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3 Big Perfectionism Struggles For Women

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 07.24.2014 | Women
Paula Davis-Laack

Many of us think it's the key to our success, when in fact, it's the very thing leading us away from our true purpose and completely wipes out our energy in the process.

If My Child Is My Mirror, Then I...

Inga Batur | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Inga Batur

Don't leave home without my crown and when I am feeling particularly good, I put on my princess costume, too. Swear by pink, violet could pass but I ...

A Letter To Myself Two Years Ago

Heather Lens | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Heather Lens

You think you love your husband right now, but you have no clue how much your definition of love will change. When your daughter is placed in his arms for the first time, not until then, will you know what true love is.

When the Bough Breaks

MotherWoman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

My labor and delivery were less than ideal, but they were behind me. What I didn't know was that the nightmare was just beginning.

Regarding My Altercation With The Security Guard At A Mississippi Rest Stop

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

Parenting kids... man, it rocks you to the core. You think pushing them out is gonna be the hard part -- they call it labor for a reason. But that is a Disney cruise compared to the years that follow.

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.

I Miss The Village

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Bunmi Laditan

I miss that village of mothers that I've never had. The one we traded for homes that, despite being a stone's throw, feel miles apart from each other.

Beach Body Mommy

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

I welcomed getting to the point where what many called a "cute" belly developed and I felt like people could see that I was pregnant.

Why This Mom and Her Tween Daughter Climbed Kilimanjaro

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

In January 2014, Cokie Berenyi and Helen Simons "HS" Berenyi climbed Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro -- making HS, then 9, the youngest American female on record ever to do so.

This 10-Year-Old Whips Up Pizza and Potato Gnocchi Like a Pro

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

Kelly Myers and 10-year-old Kika Garcia started cooking at home together when Kika was in preschool -- a natural mother-daughter activity, given that Kelly is the executive chef at Portland's acclaimed Xico restaurant.

How to Avoid the Awkward Moments While Vacationing With Your Sitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 07.18.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Taking a babysitter along on the family vacation provides you with the freedom and support necessary to truly feel like you're on vacation. It gives you the flexibility to see sights that aren't kid friendly, enjoy nightlife, and participate in activities that are not possible when you're caring for young children.

How an 11-Year-Old Got Her Mom and Community to Give Back

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

"Every day on my way to and from school, I'd see the same homeless man with shoes that were completely falling apart," says Mimi. "I wanted to do something to help people like him."

Share Your Birth Story

MotherWoman | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Avital Norman Nathman My book, The Good Mother Myth, came out earlier this year. It's a collection of essays from a variety of women, all helping ...

What I Learned After Giving My Son a Bottle for the First Time

CT Working Moms | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
CT Working Moms

Although I'm not opposed to formula, I do try to feed Lenny as much breast milk as possible. I didn't fully appreciate it until I became a mom, but I find breastfeeding fascinating.

When You Are Tightly Wound

Kate Baer | Posted 07.17.2014 | Parents
Kate Baer

Anyone who has parented a human for more than five minutes has felt the coils of the day wrapping around their insides, making the chest tight and the stomach hungry for nachos.

Bethenny Frankel, You Are Not Being Funny

Paulina Pinsky | Posted 07.17.2014 | Women
Paulina Pinsky

When your professional title is "Skinny Girl," of course wearing your 4-year-old's pajama set is going to spark controversy. Bethenny Frankel's fortune gets bigger as she "helps" women get physically smaller.

Considering Antidepressants During Pregnancy? Read This

Seleni Institute | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

Healthcare professionals must balance the possible risks of a medication against the possible benefit. In a pregnant woman, that requires considering the effect of an untreated mood or psychiatric disorder on a fetus or developing child against the risk of medication-related birth defects or other problems after a child is born.

Repeat After Me: 'I Am My Own Hero'

Fiona Finn | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Fiona Finn

As a kid, I believed not only in heroes, but superheroes. Maybe because believing in another person who was stronger than me made me feel a little less vulnerable, and a lot more secure. But as soon as I became an adult I realized that none of us ever outgrows vulnerability.

British Café Offers Breastfeeding Mothers a Pit Stop

Mama Bean | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

I love the simplicity, the hurried writing and the little smiley at the bottom. I love the Britishness and most of all, I love the message.

10 Things I'd Love To Do To My Children Once They Are Adults

Clint Edwards | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Clint Edwards

When I was in my late teens, my mother would always tell me she planned to come to my adult home, turn my ceiling fan on high, and throw toys into it, just like I'd done when I was a kid.

Why You Might Want to Rethink Your Baby Registry

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Evelyn Lauer

Why do we do this to each other? We sit through baby showers and watch as the mother-to-be opens, let's say, a brand new pack-and-play; meanwhile, I have four at home she could have.

I Want to Remember It All

Katie Manley | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Katie Manley

I want to remember what it is like to spend so much time cutting up dinner for the kids that my dinner is cold, lukewarm at best, by the time I sit down to eat. I want to remember the embarrassing public tantrums and the judging eyes from strangers.

Adventures in Mommy Dating

Allison Hart | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Allison Hart

Just like real dating, I had to put myself out there: I made eye contact; I was approachable; I was friendly; I visited the same places again and again, so I could see the same moms again and again; I asked for phone numbers. The worst part? I had an unreliable wingman.

How to Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

But how often in the middle of life's challenging moments, do we stop for half a second and see the beauty in our own lives? The big picture kindness. I am convinced that there are many actions we do every day that go unnoticed, by others and by ourselves, almost like a wave we don't stand up on.

My Teenage Daughter's In Israel, And I'm A Bundle Of Nerves

Deborah Gaines | Posted 07.11.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

My daughter is in Israel on Birthright this week, along with 3,500 other Jewish kids who thought it would be cool to get a free 10-day trip to a place where you can ride camels and swim in the Mediterranean Sea. They didn't plan to be the target of more than 400 Hamas-fired missiles, or to experience their first air raid sirens, or to run from the pool at their kibbutz hotel to a nearby bomb shelter as white contrails streaked the sky.