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The Pink In The Sky

Jessica Rassette | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rassette

I think that all of motherhood is like that. A delicate dance in bitterness, the wind at your back, the wind at your front, knowing when to push.

On-Ramp Internships: Opportunity or Exploitation?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 03.28.2014 | Women
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

By paying these experienced mothers less than market value, we denigrate the importance of skills required of a mother. No mother can succeed at her maternal role without learning to work while completely exhausted, to multitask, to enlist the help of others, and to solve problems.

How My Nerdy Childhood Prepared Me for Motherhood in the Age of Pinterest

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

I remember hand-dying a lace thrift store dress to just the right shade for my can can dancer costume. And, though I was only a fifth-grader, I wrote our whole skit in rhyme, incorporating and interpreting the works of Edgar Allen Poe.

Why I Ache For My 40-Something Self

Jessica Rassette | Posted 03.07.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rassette

My 40-something self, that poor relaxed soul with no more babies squealing to be raised, I ache a chilling and lonely ache for her.

'Mothering Can be More Demanding than War Reporting -- Where you Actually get a Break Sometimes'

Juliet Linley | Posted 03.07.2014 | Parents
Juliet Linley

"What nobody made clear to me was how difficult it might be to actually have children if I waited too long. At age 39, no husband in sight, I decided to conceive on my own. Somehow that decision sent a message to the universe because my husband showed up a few weeks later."

This Is Me. This Is My Motherhood.

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

I'm not saying there isn't room for improvement, but lately, I'm coming around to an idea that's revolutionary for me: This is it. This is me. This is my motherhood.

The Real Autism 'Epidemic'

William Stillman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
William Stillman

If the word epidemic is apt in describing an unaccountable experience that affects us in a widespread manner, it best applies to those adolescents and adults over the age of 21 who have "aged out."

Becoming a 'Second Time Mom'

Allison O'Kelly | Posted 02.20.2014 | Parents
Allison O'Kelly

When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I could not imagine being a mother of two. I could not imagine loving another child like I loved my first... to the core. I could not imagine that this new child would be anything other than a smaller version of my first child.

The Question I Ask Myself The Most As A Mom

Jessica Rassette | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rassette

I have to believe that in the years to come my babies won't remember the times I said "wait" nearly as clear as the times I said nothing and sat to be with them. I have to believe that as long as I am scraping out every last part of me that I have to give to these children, like scraping out the guts of a pumpkin, and even if after all of the scraping it still doesn't feel like enough, I have to believe that if I'm really trying then it is enough.

When Motherhood Becomes More Complicated

Lindsey Mead | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

It feels like as soon as I figured out how to truly love being a mother with children at home, it's almost over. More and more, I feel the tension between holding on and letting go.

Mothered UP

Marnie Nir | Posted 03.25.2014 | Women
Marnie Nir

I think it's the case for many (if not all), if you're willing to dig a bit below the surface, honestly answer the question of what makes you happy, what you're good at, dream of, and not, more comfortably, just answer what you can't and won't do, you can uncover your dream.

Little Boys: Doves vs. Dynamite

Tarja Parssinen | Posted 03.02.2014 | Parents
Tarja Parssinen

Let's face it, mainly I'm fighting the judgement I feel from others. The visceral reaction when my son says the word "gun" at a playground, the recoiling at aggressive play, the intense discomfort at young boys engaging in the play of good vs. bad. It is the hypersensitivity of today's world pitted against the nature of little boys.

Letting My Daughter Quit: A Choose Your Own Adventure Story

Rachel Sherman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Parents
Rachel Sherman

Similar to the minutia of babyhood (i.e.: The ergo or the bjorn? Which kind of nipple? Is she sleeping enough/too much?) which now seem silly, having evened itself out naturally and inconsequential in the long run, the decisions of toddlerhood also feel heavy in the moment.

Jo-Ann Fabrics: A Forsaken Place

Brandy Ferner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Brandy Ferner

I quickly chose my fabrics, knowing full well that I had little time to meander as life with a newborn baby has me on the tight milk leash. I headed to the fabric table, which I will subsequently refer to as the 'hellmouth.'

Trickle Down Happiness: Why Mom Needs a Little Self-Care

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 12.22.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Many parents are so consumed with checking things off their list (dinner, homework, bath) that they stop having enjoying their kids.

The Mother(s) of All Mothers

Nicole Sprinkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Nicole Sprinkle

All of this got me thinking about the many moms I knew growing up and how, in some part, they all offered me lessons or insight into how I would come to mother.

Mothering Monkey Mind

Annie Finch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Annie Finch

While I knew I was supposed to be lying there absorbing the present moment in serene bliss, my mind was actually jumping all over the place, from emails unsent to poetry to health concerns to spiritual thoughts to housework undone to plans for future decades, while my body felt stiff as a board.

No One Tells You Being a Mom Is Going to Be This Hard

Janet Casey | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Janet Casey

Being a mom is hard work, and when all your baby does is eat, poop, cry and sleep, it makes it hard to feel any sort of reward. I know... the reward is the beautiful healthy baby. But lets be real for a minute, and help other moms out by being honest.

How Having OCD Affects Me As A Mother

Rachel Joyce | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

Victory is in the little battles, and I have no idea what someone else's struggle may be. I've always known that. The freedom, though, has been in learning to be awake to my own depression and anxiety and move them from the shadows into the light.

I Love My Baby But Hate Being a Mom

Toni Nagy | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Toni Nagy

I am no longer just a woman anymore. I am a mother. And that will be my defining descriptor from now on. I am a mom before I am anything else. And as much as I honor this new identity, I am also disillusioned by how modern society has defined and condensed my role.

How I Lost A Ring And Found Myself

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 09.20.2013 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

"I think I found it for a reason. I think it's here to remind me of something. I think it is reminding me of me."

How to Parent an Introverted Child: An Interview With Susan Cain

Omega Institute | Posted 09.08.2013 | Parents
Omega Institute

It's important for a parent to learn to take delight in a child whose behavior might seem mystifying. In the case of an extroverted parent with an introverted child, it can be learning to see the inner riches of your child that may not always be expressed on the surface.

A Limerick for the Mom of Littles

Rachel Joyce | Posted 08.24.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

Some mornings I wake up and think, "I'll lie here real, real still. I know! I'll fake at being sick! The questions quit when I am ill!"

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.

Holding on to Your Kids in a Digital Age: An Interview With Gordon Neufeld, Part 2

Omega Institute | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Omega Institute

Many people think that discipline is the essence of parenting. But that isn't parenting. Parenting is not telling your child what to do when he or she misbehaves. Parenting is providing the conditions in which a child can realize his or her full human potential.