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19 Things I've Learned As A Wife And A Mother

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 08.17.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

Last year I wasn't as smart or as old. This year, on the occasion of my birthday, I'm making notes. I want to remember what I've learned.

The Definition of 'Dad'

Wendy Fontaine | Posted 08.15.2013 | Parents
Wendy Fontaine

James is the man with whom she and I have been living for more than two years now. No, he is not her father -- not in the biological sense, anyway. But he does the things fathers do. Angie found a word for a person who does things like that. Dad.

What Makes A 'Real Mom'?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 08.14.2013 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

I am a "Real Mom." You may disagree. However, every morning, when I wake, get my stepchildren up and ready for school, make breakfasts, pack lunches, and eventually find time to look in the mirror, I see a mom. Actually, I see my mom.

Let's Quit Rushing Into 'Teachable Moments'

Michelle Cove | Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents
Michelle Cove

When my daughter Risa entered third grade this year, several moms with daughters older than mine warned me about the ugly social politics about to kick in, which would arrive by spring. Boy, were they right.

Shopping for Elegance (With My Mother)

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 06.13.2013 | Style
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

She would find the one leather craftsman in Florence making a copy of a $2,000 French purse, and she would carry that Florentine bag, tucked away lovingly into its fabric-carrying sack at night, for the rest of her life.

We Need an Enlightened Version of Fatherhood for the New Age

Donna Henes | Posted 08.12.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Henes

The hand that rocks the cradle, has, from antiquity, ruled the world. Motherhood has been the only recognized blood kinship for the majority of people...

The Metamorphosis in Miami: On Motherhood and "the Mati"

Eleni Gage | Posted 08.12.2013 | Parents
Eleni Gage

These days, it seems nothing in my day is within my control. My toddler is in charge. And she's like a force of nature or an act of God, like a tsunami toying with the shore of a tropical paradise.

The Beauty of a Road Trip's Meandering Conversation

Carissa K | Posted 08.12.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

Our best conversations usually come in the car during a drive. I'm a captive audience for him behind the wheel, and he's a captive audience for me, strapped in his car seat.

I Lost My Wife: Our Team Was Not There Anymore

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact

By Jonathan Polgar I'm a husband and a father, 2 jobs I've looked forward to my whole life. My wife, Jennifer Dorfield is self-possessed and funny a...

The One Thing All New Mothers Need

MotherWoman | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact

By Jennifer Shiao Page "We're in This Together, Yo!" That's the name we gave to our group. We met as new parents, wandering into a hospital conferenc...

This Is 5 and 2: Time Is on Our Side

Jenn Horton | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Jenn Horton

As parents, we often say, "How did this happen?" when we talk about our kids growing up. What's next is always, so suddenly, now. It feels like the definition of bittersweet.

With My Child's Graduation Comes An Emotional Week Of 'Lasts'

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 08.10.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

This has been a week of lasts. Not of the last-in-line, or last-to-call, or last-to-arrive variety. But of the end-of-routines-established-to-raise-your-children variety.

Why More Parents Should Consider A Mindfulness Practice

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 08.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

When my daughter is having a frustrated moment, it allows me the bandwidth to step out of my own frustration, to calm it, and to be with her in a connected, balanced way. Basically, it helps me to not get caught up in the drama and to focus on that strong part within myself.

Working Moms: Don't Give Governor Bryant's Comments a Second Thought

Katherine Wintsch | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Katherine Wintsch

The good news is that Gov. Bryant is wrong. The bad news is that ill-informed comments such as these have a tendency to take hold and play into the already deep-seated doubts raging inside working mothers across the country.

The Words We All Need To Hear Sometimes...

Danielle Herzog | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Danielle Herzog

The boy in the stroller started banging his head against the front of the stroller, then against the elevator hand rail. He was yelling that he wanted to go to the play area. Yelling loudly and banging over and over again

Self-Love and Self-Awareness Are Not Just Words

MotherWoman | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact

By Kathy Morelli You'll experience a lot of changes in your personal life during the nine months of pregnancy. Everything from your emotions to your ...

Jewish Mothers, Jewish Eggs (Sperm Don't Count)

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

When my son Jack was born 19 years ago in London, my mother insisted I call an orthodox rabbi to organize his Bris -- the Jewish circumcision ritual.

Family Planning 101: Delaying Marriage and Motherhood in India's Heartland

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Jennifer Abrahamson Uttar Pradesh, India - Shrimati is two years behind in her studies, a reflection of her circumstances, not her capacity to lea...

But At Least You have a Healthy Baby: Traumatic Birth and Maternal Mental Health

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact

By Catharine McDonald The title line to this article is one I have overheard many a times---always conscious not to use it myself, this phrase is a c...

I Knew Something Was Very Wrong

Aidan Donnelley Rowley | Posted 08.04.2013 | Parents
Aidan Donnelley Rowley

Three years old. That's how old the little girl was. She was walking to school with her grandmother when an SUV jumped the curb and hit them.

Hindsight is 20/20: Taking Personal PPD Experiences and Helping Other New Moms

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact

By Ivy Shih Leung Not every pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum experience is blissful. I should know. I had a bumpy road to motherhood complete w...

Talking to My Teen Daughter Without Words

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 08.03.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

She poked her head out from behind the person in front of her, looking for me. We locked eyes and she gave me that sweet, sweet smile. The one that I know. The one that's just for me. The one that says, "Hey Mom."

The 10 Most Challenging Places In The World To Be A Mother

Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Earlier this month, we profiled the 30 best places in the world to be a mother — those countries where women are given the social, economic and educ...

What Are Women For?

MotherWoman | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact

By Samantha Wilde When the news broke many months ago that the U.S. birthrate had hit its lowest level since 1920, I didn't know it. I was too busy c...

Moms Change the World: Wendy Ida

Monique Ruffin | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

For Ida, the most meaningful thing in her life is the gift she brings to others. "I help people jump-start the process of taking control of their lives. I love fitness and health. It helps me feel a sense of power, strength, youth, and energy like nothing else does."