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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.

How The 1990s Lied To Women Coming of Age!

Giselle Phelps | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Giselle Phelps

This probably isn't what our grandmas had in mind. Yes, we all have degrees. Some of us are well traveled. We have nice things too. We might also own homes and make a really nice salary. Sure, these things are fantastic. Having the choice to obtain them is key. They need to be part of the buffet, but we should start to shift towards balance earlier on.

4 Lessons From My Daughter

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

Every year as my daughter's birthday approaches, I take time to think about what parenting has taught me. I reflect on the lessons I want to pass down to her and the stories I want to share. And every year, I realize that she is one of my best teachers.

She Could Have Been a Doctor, But She's Just My Mom

Rebecca Gallagher | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Rebecca Gallagher

I know she was a regular little girl, a person with her own hopes and dreams before she was my mom. It's hard for us as children to picture our parents as people. I mean, you're telling me they had lives before they devoted it all to us? Indeed.

A New Definition of Motherhood

Roshini Raj, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Roshini Raj, M.D.

The idea that your own children would not call you a good mother is the nightmare every working woman dreads -- hence the guilt. But does working hard outside the home preclude being a good mother? It depends on your definition of motherhood.

10 Alternative Names For Breast Milk (Toddler-Style)

Mama Bean | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

Gone are the days when all my daughter had to do was turn her head to root for milk, or a little later, drum my chest with a knowing smile. She has words now, and she isn't afraid to use them.

New Moms Talk About Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents

For new moms, heading back into the office after maternity leave can be tough. In a HuffPost Live conversation, mothers shared their experiences with ...

Confessions of a (Reformed) Helicopter Mom

Christine French Cully | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

Last weekend, my husband and I were totally flummoxed by a robin who crashed into our dining room window over and over again. We were desperate to hel...

Mama, Will You Hold My Hand?

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

Three is the age of extreme emotion. One minute I've got a sweet-as-pie charming little girl who can squeeze not one cookie, but two out of me with a smile and big bear hug. Minutes later, she spits in my face .

Dear Moms, You'll Always Be in the Shadows

Anjali Joshi | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

I'm OK with being in your shadows. When you're busy exploring this complicated world, you won't think twice about me. You won't look back to see if I'm still there. Because you won't need to. You'll know.

How I Came to Embrace My Mental Illness

Rachel McKibbens | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel McKibbens

I realize now, I never wrote about living with mental illness because I wasn't living with mental illness. I was running from and fighting with and stumbling through and barely surviving the shame of it.

No Butts About It: Get a Colonoscopy!

Fiona Finn | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Fiona Finn

Can you believe that for almost 14 months I'd noticed a small amount of purplish blood in my stool and did nothing about it? Surely, I had been ratio...

20 Things I Learned In My First Year As A Mom

Jay Miranda | Posted 07.05.2014 | Parents
Jay Miranda

You will never feel so vulnerable, so in love, so part of life... or so sleepy.

Fertility and the World Cup in Haiti

Anick Supplice Dupuy | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Anick Supplice Dupuy

In order to bring down our birth rate and increase the choices for women, we have to tackle male attitudes. The challenge we face is how to get men to be as interested in women's health issues as they are in soccer.

Accepting Your 'Good Enough' Kid

Seleni Institute | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

The good enough mother is not perfect. And in her humanity, she demonstrates to her children how to learn from mistakes, apologize and forgive, be disappointed and have faith that tomorrow will be better. I think the concept of "good enough" should apply to another person: your child.

The Best, Bravest Thing My Husband And I Ever Did

Brain, Child | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Brain, Child

Sometimes it's tentative and other times it's brazen, but at some point people almost always ask if my husband and I got pregnant on purpose.

8 Secrets to a Happier and Healthier Pregnancy

Rhoda Jordan | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Rhoda Jordan

As our bodies do the work of creating precious life, we may become uneasy or overwhelmed at times. So it's up to us to take care of ourselves, and do what makes us feel good.

How Candace Cameron Bure Uses Faith as a Foundation for Parenting in a Culture of Social Media, Mean Girls and Hook-Ups

Caroline Presno | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

Bure is comfortable being outspoken and honest about her beliefs, which is one of the things that brought her so much attention recently as guest co-host of ABC's The View.

We Will Take Walks

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

I spend hours dreaming of my future relationship with my kids. In this dream they, of course, want to spend time with me. Together we walk and talk and they are not embarrassed. They put their phones away and their conversations with friends on hold as we wander up and down the sidewalk in the cool evening air.

A Sleep-Deprived Mother's Breakup Letter to Sleep

Mama Bean | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

You see, my Somebody Else will be forever in my dreams. I will, for all of eternity, sleep with one ear finely in-tune with sniffles and sleepy mutterings. And as the years pass by, my ear will become attuned to new sounds; the click of the front door and the ring of the telephone.

In Defense of My Double Stroller 'Crowding' Your Sidewalk

Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg

My double stroller, cleverly branded a "mini," was as life-changing and liberating to me at 40 as car keys were at 16.

The Bittersweet Loneliness Of Motherhood

Kate Rope | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Kate Rope

I have discovered that feeling alone at times is a small price to pay for the experience of bringing another person into your life and growing up together.

Jillian Berman

When Being A Stay-At-Home Mom Isn't A Choice

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business

Today's stay-at-home moms are often portrayed as modern-day June Cleavers decked out in head-to-toe Lululemon, shepherding their kids from school to s...

Role Model Mom

Tina Karkera | Posted 06.27.2014 | Parents
Tina Karkera

When you become a parent, you automatically also become a role model. It's a title that's conferred upon you, whether you are ready or not.

The Line Between Diagnosis And Denial

Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg | Posted 06.27.2014 | Parents
Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg

Taking my fraternal twin boys to a doctor is about as reassuring as standing in line for the TSA checkpoint. Both modern medicine and air travel are costly privileges that involve long waits, bodily discomfort, and psychological angst.