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Dear Cashier

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

He fights back and is inconsolable. He is frustrated with my pleas and pulls at the boxes we are parked beside. I watch in utter horror as the 10-foot chip bag tower tumbles to the ground.THIS IS NOT HAPPENING.

The Blessing Of A Newborn Baby Girl

Audrey McClelland | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Audrey McClelland

I don't know what came over me, but in those final days of her life... I asked her, "When the time is right, Nana... send me a baby girl."

If Today Was Your Last Day...

Regan Long | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

The trivial matters of life, well... they no longer matter, and for some, no longer exist. This world that we coexist in with 7 billion other people, miraculously just shrunk down to two, you and your child.

I'm Addicted to My Daughter's Lovey

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

I need Elephant Lovey pronto with his smushed trunk and half-closed embroidered eyes. In this house, he is the toddler version of Ambien.

The 5 Rs Of Boosting Your Toddler's Vocabulary

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

Kids who have a head start stay ahead of the game throughout their academic careers. Parents can contribute to bridging the word gap by actively engaging their infants and toddlers in literacy-boosting interactions.

Playground Wars Are My Kid's Business

Inga Batur | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Inga Batur

I thought about it long and hard and after many sleepless nights I firmly believe playgrounds are kids' business. Solving issues for them makes them less competent and more dependent on me I won't be able to save her from a douche of a boss, or clients who always have to be right, but I can prepare her for life with these seemingly small victories and losses.

An All-Too-Familiar Scene: One Working Mother's Journey to Theater

MotherWoman | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents

By Deb Banks McIntosh "An All-Too-Familiar Scene" A play in which, a woman has a plan, the woman has a baby, the plan disintegrates, and she goes on...

To The Moms I Never Met, Thank You

Carissa K | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

My friends are an invaluable part of this stage of parenthood and since you raised them to be the people they are, I want to say thank you.

Being Born Around The World: Traditions, Customs And Superstitions!

BabyCenter | Posted 04.24.2014 | Parents

Call me optimistic but I feel like a mother's love has the power to do amazing things. The world must agree with me to some extent, otherwise, why would we go through such lengths to celebrate new life?

Is It Easier to Be a SAHM or a Working Mother?

Jill Patir | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

I have sat on both sides of the fence, and have developed a deep respect for both working and non-working mothers. My feelings towards both waver, depending on the day.

Discussing "The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood" With Violet Gaynor and Kelly Stuart

Louise McCready Hart | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Louise McCready Hart

Last week, The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood hit shelves. Billed as "the parenting book for the new generation of hip moms" it fea...

A Week in the Life

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Zsofi McMullin

I was a firefighter, a policeman, a rock star, a mama bear, a bumblebee. I wore a helmet, a sword, bright blue beads in my hair and a bib around my neck. I built towers, an airport, a zoo, a pyramid, a bridge crossing an invisible river.

Triple Coupons (Dedicated to My Mother)

Chef Rossi | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Chef Rossi

For mom, a triple coupon trip meant something more then cheap groceries; it was her call to the great race, the Olympics inside her head.

Social Surrogacy: A Scary Trend in Pregnancy

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

You don't need to give birth to a child to be a wonderful mother -- in fact, those women who can't have a baby the way I did are heroic in their endeavors to either find other ways to make a baby or adopt a child instead. But to choose not to be pregnant and have someone else carry your child for the sake of vanity or convenience is a shame.

Why Easter Is The Worst Time For Menopause

Rachael Stark | Posted 06.20.2014 | Fifty
Rachael Stark

It's spring and everything's blooming except me. To make matters worse, wherever I look, I see eggs: Easter eggs, chocolate eggs, bunnies in baskets atop Cadbury eggs. It's a conspiracy. I wouldn't be so paranoid if the holidays didn't remind me of my own eggs, the ones in my fallopian tubes. Unlike Mother Nature who is working overtime, my reproductive system is on strike.

5 Mistakes Expecting Mothers Should Avoid

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.18.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Having a baby is often one of the most pivotal developments in a woman's life. While the news may give you reason to celebrate, finding out that you are pregnant also means it's time to start thinking about the cost of maternity care -- and avoiding these mistakes that could land you with massive bills.

Apparently, We Need To Remind People That Pro-Choice Women Are Allowed To Have Babies

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant, and some anti-abortion activists responded to the news Thursday by showing they don't understand what being "pro-choice" ...

16 Ways My Dog Has Made Me A Better Parent

Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg

People roll their eyes at comparisons of dogs to children, and I support this exasperation -- in theory. At the same time, in my heart of hearts, I know that our dog has profoundly influenced my experience as a mother.

Why Life In Your 30s Is Better (And Worse) Than In Your 20s

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women
Evelyn Lauer

It gets better: more simple, more meaningful, more established, more fulfilling, more STABLE. You'll have fewer fights, cry less tears and make fewer bad decisions. But you'll also have less fun.

We Are All Doing the Best We Can: A Lesson in Compassion

MotherWoman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents

By Malia Gaffney One of my greatest challenges as a mother (and as a human) is to have compassion for myself. When I fly off the handle at the slight...

Protect, Nurture, Love: The Shared Stories Of Women

Anne Geddes | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Anne Geddes

Protect. Nurture. Love. That has been my mantra for the past 30 years of my career as a photographer. I believe that all moms change lives -- and together, we have the ability to change the world for the better -- one newborn at a time.

How My Son Taught Me to Walk

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

All it took was a few moments of sitting on the sidewalk for me to realize I was doing it all wrong. I was walking all wrong. Somewhere between my carefree school days and motherhood, I learned to drown myself in the mundane tasks of day-to-day life.

Running on Fumes...

Regan Long | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

The best way to define motherhood is that it's the perfectly imperfect job. We have the ability to take failures and messes and turn them into beautiful disasters. We have the ability to tell the doubters to step aside and watch it be done.

12 Lessons My Twins Taught Me In Their First 12 Months

Cara Paiuk | Posted 06.15.2014 | 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.

It's Hard To Live Your Best Life With 'Poop' Written On Your Car

Melissa Sher | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

If I'm going to Live My Best Life, I need to do something about my car. It's a minivan. And it's dirty. Really dirty. I need to clean it immediately.