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Only My Kids Know

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

Only my kids have heard that bellow. Only they know the volume my voice can reach when I call upon every last ounce of me to carry out anger. When I've reached my limit and I want to be damned sure that everyone in earshot knows it, my children are the only ones around.

Why I Want My Daughter to Learn Ballet

Mommy Nearest | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I am so excited for my 3-year-old daughter to start ballet class next week. She has been wearing her ballet shoes and leotard around the house and practicing her twirling in anticipation of the big day. She's excited because she adores dancing and pretty outfits. I'm excited for different reasons.

Meet The Mom Who Takes Her Sitter EVERYWHERE (and 10 Reasons Why)

Lynn Perkins | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Have you ever scoffed at the Mom who doesn't seem to leave home without her sitter or nanny in tow -- at birthday parties, school drop-off, Mommy and Me class? Maybe you even judged her for it, wondering why she can't go at it alone with her own kids.

Please, Please, Enjoy Life

Aidan Donnelley Rowley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Women
Aidan Donnelley Rowley

I avoided reading Charlotte Kitley's blog post for the reason many of us avoid many things: because I knew it would make me feel something hard, that it would affect me, that it would probably rattle me to the core. It has.

Motherhood Is an Extreme Sport

Angela Keck | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

I think we've overlooked the incredible agility, athleticism and dedication that mothers exhibit on a daily basis. That's OK, though, because really, motherhood is much more X-Games than it is the stately and prestigious Olympics, anyway.

I Wanted To Run Away Today

Kathy Radigan | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Today was one of those days where I questioned every choice I ever made in my 48 years on this planet. I thought back to a time in my life when my house was quiet, and all I had to think about was myself.

How To Gain 70 Pounds for a Twin Pregnancy

K.K. Goldberg | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
K.K. Goldberg

On the brink of turning 40, I fell suddenly pregnant with twins -- where "suddenly" is redefined as three years of infertility and one round of IVF. My doctor instructed me to eat 100 grams of protein a day, since twins often come early, underweight, and NICU-bound.

5 Must-Have Mommy Pieces for Early Fall

Amy E. Goodman | Posted 09.18.2014 | Style
Amy E. Goodman

You'll likely find them working their way into your wardrobe more than once or twice a week until the sun shuts down completely and we officially call it winter.

I've Been Holding My Daughter Back For My Son's Sake. Not Anymore.

Jamie Krug | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Saying "yes" to her, often means saying "no" to him -- or forcing him to watch from the sidelines. Saying "no" to both seems easier -- more fair -- though I am now seeing that it is the former rather than the latter.

10 Ways To Guarantee Your Kids Get Into Therapy

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Stephanie D. Lewis

Well one child (in private) that he has always been your favorite and you love him more. Warn him if the others EVER found out, they would be devastated. Repeat with however many kids you have. Bonus: This will be the hot topic of the day at your funeral, when the beans are finally spilled.

Losing My Mother Inspired Me to Help Others -- Like You

Ellevate | Posted 09.17.2014 | Women

We plan for the birth of a child, for our children's weddings and for our retirements, don't we? Then why don't we plan for one of life's greatest transitions?

On Motherhood and Sleepless Nights

Janice Windt | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Janice Windt

The experience of sleep deprivation can overwhelm you like a tidal wave. It's like nothing else matters. Nothing else exists. You can hardly breathe, let alone have a reasonable conversation with another human being.

Playgrounds, The New Bar Hopping

Linda Roy | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Linda Roy

Before kids, I bar hopped. My rock band played in them. It was a lot of monkeying around minus the monkey bars; a pretty swinging lifestyle.

How I Failed Another Mom

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

I wonder how she handled it. I wonder what she did when she was so exhausted that the cry of a newborn brought her to tears, too. I wonder how she handled those nights sitting in the dark rocking her child back to sleep and wondering what happened to her life.

Breastfeeding A Toddler

Shaney Vijendranath | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Shaney Vijendranath

I always knew I wanted to breastfeed, I just didn't realize how difficult it would be to wean off.

The Truth About Being 40

Lindsey Mead | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

Forty has answered many -- most? -- of the big questions that haunted my young adulthood. Forty is about embracing the reality that those answers have built.

9 Things I Didn't Realize Before Signing My Daughter Up For Dance Class

Joelle Wisler | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

There was only one tiny side window in which we could all see about half the class at any one time. There may have some polite shoving involved. I don't really remember. We were all very excited.

Be Careful What You Tell Your Daughter -- She Might Believe You

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

How does a mom strap that Hello Kitty backpack onto her only daughter's tiny frame and send her out the door, down the three front steps and into the world when there are so many wolves abroad?

The Disorder You Probably Haven't Considered

Sarah Smiley | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

one night, while I was reading Go Dog, Go to Lindell, he pointed at the book and asked, "What is the orange dog doing?" There was no orange dog on the page.

Bento Boxes That Will Establish Your Dominance Over Other Moms

Reductress | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents

Yeah, I know it's hard. I know your hands are bleeding from cutting carrots into little flowers. I know your eyes hurt from placing nori leaf eyes on those chicken nuggets. Suck it up.

6 Things I Wish I'd Known About The First 6 Months Of Having A Baby

Emily Hatch | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Emily Hatch

The first six months of being a parent can seem endless at times, but ultimately, they're gone in a flash, and you can't ever get that time back. Capture every moment.

Mommy, I Feel 'Imbisible'

Terri Britt | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Terri Britt

"Mommy, I feel imbisible." "Honey, I hear you. That's why I brought you in here so that you can tell me what's going on." "You're not listening to m...

Subtle Shifts

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldfarb

I just stared at her, my jaw lying on the floor. What was happening? Was this a dream? Where was my daughter and who on earth was this heaven-sent angel standing before me?

Farewell to Dear Little One

Natasha Hanneman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Natasha Hanneman

Many of us have dreamt for decades of having children and when the time to start trying finally comes, it is exciting! Until it isn't. And it isn't, because it isn't happening.

Other Mothers' Sons

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

Mothers have relinquished their boys to demarcations of manhood for centuries, whether it be going to college or the armed services. No woman should ever have to release their son to hate -- and that is what our nation has required of Black women for too long in our nation.