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7 Parenting Classes That Don't Exist, But Should

Crystal Ponti | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Crystal Ponti

Most parenting classes are awesome, teaching us the basic fundamentals and bringing us up to speed on things we'd never expect to happen once we have kids. But there are some classes that have yet to be offered, and I'm here to point them out.

Stop Calling It Morning Sickness

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

Let's stop underselling this monumental physical experience by breezily passing it off as morning sickness. Let's call it what it is: nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.

When It's Time To Bury Our Mothers

Christie O. Tate | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Christie O. Tate

Plenty of my friends' parents have had health scares, close calls, bad doctors' visits, scan revealing ominous spots on vital organs. It's always gut-wrenching to watch someone grapple with a sick parent. It's awful to be the one with a sick parent.

What I Want My Children to Know About Food and Fitness

Nicole Scott | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Scott

I try to live a healthy, well-balanced life, not just for me, but for them. I hope they don't have to experience these struggles -- instead, I hope they'll have a better starting point than the one I had when it comes to living a balanced life of food and fitness.

An Open Letter to Teenagers, Especially the Girls

Angela Keck | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

For myself, I believe there simply is no reason for this level of codependency at such a young age. These kids are either together, texting, Snapchatting or talking about each other to their friends. To my way of thinking, it borders on obsession!

My Son Doesn't Act Out On Play Dates And I'm Not Necessarily Happy About it

Katia Bishops | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Katia Bishops

While my heart overflows with pride, love and appreciation for the little man I'm raising, it also burns with pain.

Letter To My Daughter On The 10th Anniversary Of Her Passing

Sukey Forbes | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Sukey Forbes

Charlotte, two of the most profound life experiences for me were the day you came into the world as my daughter and the day you left the world as my daughter.

You Are A Supermom

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

When you stare into the night, wrapping your heart around the little person in the room next door and worrying about the path that stretches out ahead for her, wishing that you could arrange the world just so, just so that her walk is easy and happy and blissful, you are a supermom.

Why Grandma Might Not Be the Best Babysitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Before you pull the trigger on hiring Grandma to be the babysitter, give some thought to these four reasons why she might not be the best choice for the job.

Whether Your Baby Is Starting Kindergarten Or Leaving for College, Saying Goodbye Is Never Easy

Kathy Radigan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I've found in my mom friends and in myself that once our children master a new stage in life, we tend to downplay, even forget, just how hard the previous stage was.

Singing in the Car

Rabbi Ilana Garber | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Ilana Garber

An era ends, and I'm sad, terribly sad. But also so very grateful for the incredible community and the wonderful experiences we have shared as a family.

Worry Clouded by Privilege

Justine Solot | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Justine Solot

I am a worrier. I worry about everything. I worry about the craziest things. I never worried that a police officer would shoot me. I never worried that an officer would shoot my brother. I never worried that they would shoot any of my rebellious friends. If you asked me if it ever crossed my mind whether an officer might pull his gun and shoot at us? I'd respond,"ludicrous, inconceivable, crazy" -- not something I worried about.

Grief Is Not Broken

Elea Acheson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Elea Acheson

Grief is not broken, and it doesn't need fixing. Maybe that's why people are so scared of grief, because the word "broken" is used so often. Broken is a horrible thing. Broken is something that may mend, but will never heal. Broken will always leave scars to remind us of the pain.

5 Things I've Realized Through Having a Child

Sara Morgan-Beckett | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Sara Morgan-Beckett

My daughter turns 1 today which is cause for much celebration; not only is it her first birthday but it marks the fact that my husband and I have made it through the first year without divorcing. No mean feat when you consider that's 365 quarrels over who's the most tired.

Listen Up, Girlfriends: We Need Each Other

Erin Dullea | Posted 08.18.2014 | Women
Erin Dullea

We need more celebrating of each other's goodness and more having each other's backs. And sometimes that means going out of the way to help each other take that step or leap that seems both terrifying and wickedly exciting.

A Mother's Love Soaks In

Jessica Bensten | Posted 08.15.2014 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

Motherhood is like this juggling act where someone keeps throwing balls into the rotation. Just when you get used to juggling three, here comes the fourth. It's just a lot to handle.

To The Woman In The NICU Lactation Room

Carissa K | Posted 08.15.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

While I never spoke to you or even met your eyes, I think of you often. Your presence is now a concrete part of a significant and sacred memory.

Nobody's Mother

Joy Mushacke Smith | Posted 08.15.2014 | Women
Joy Mushacke Smith

After divorcing in my late twenties, I was glad I didn't have children. For a time I believed I didn't want kids at all. But in my mid-thirties when my younger sister got pregnant, I absolutely struggled with the choice.

How To Be The Perfect Mother

Lyz Lenz | Posted 08.15.2014 | Parents
Lyz Lenz

Perfect mothers understand how privileged they are to be parenting in America. But the French are doing everything better. So, mothers, be confident in your choices, because you are probably doing everything wrong.

Think You Have It Tough? Try Having a Baby in Uganda

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 08.14.2014 | Impact
Leila Chirayath Janah

How is it that such a grave disparity persists in 2014, with all the wealth in the world? Why do we allow some women to suffer so needlessly because they happen to live in a country without the resources to care for them properly? This isn't a Ugandan problem, or an African problem, or even a women's problem. It's our problem.

Why Don't We Tell Women The Truth About Motherhood?

Mia Redrick | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Mia Redrick

The truth about motherhood is that you have to design and create a working formula for your own life. Someone else's DNA isn't your story or your obstacle.

Why I Don't Want to Hear About How Much You Love Your Kid

Emily Ballard | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

We should be able to share our war stories. Instead, we shine them up, telling just enough of our tales of woe to feel like we're "relating" without putting ourselves in danger of being deemed the worst mother at the table.

When the Image I See In the Mirror Isn't Just My Own

Jamie Krug | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Jamie Krug

I don't share my life, or my marriage, or my children, or my accomplishments, or my setbacks, or my fears, or my dreams with her.

Should You Put Yourself Before Your Kids?

Crystal Ponti | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Crystal Ponti

I've always put my kids first, whether it's forgoing new clothes to pay for youth sports fees, prioritizing their doctor and dentist appointments over my own, or missing leisurely adult activities to make sure they enjoy their childhoods. If my kids are happy, I'm happy.

35 Reasons Why Summer Needs To Be Over Now

Allison Tate | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Allison Tate

33. My kids' hair has so much chlorine in it, it stands up on its own and has a slight green tint.