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A Story of Pregnancy Loss

Kelly Fig Smith | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Kelly Fig Smith

Many of the feelings I experienced soon after our loss were expected: sadness, deep grief, anger. But what surprised me most, and what I wasn't prepared for was the shame -- the overwhelming feeling that I had failed in the way that mattered most, and that it could never be forgiven.

50 Reasons To Have A Baby

Kimberly McLeod | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Kimberly McLeod

Throwing up because you're building a baby, not because you had one too many tequilas the night before.

Changing (Parenting) Seasons

Ann Imig | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Ann Imig

I'm learning how to weather these changing seasons as a parent. I'm not a new mom, I'm not really even a veteran mom. But, I'm becoming the mom my children need today.

Feminist Mama Manifesto

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents
Lara Lillibridge

It's hard not to fall into sexism as the mother of sons. It's hard not to look at your friend's daughters as potential wives to your future head of the household. I know, I know, you can't say it. But you think it when no one is looking.

Dumpster on Wheels: My Car After Kids

Lisa Oppenheimer | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Lisa Oppenheimer

The metamorphosis is insidious. One day you're behind the wheel of a cute little wagon, and the next you're driving a mobile garbage dump with fossilized Goldfish on the floor and previously undiscovered life forms multiplying under the seat.

If We Get Out Of This Rite Aid Alive

Kelly Fig Smith | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Kelly Fig Smith

You forget what the first two stages of grief are and decide to land squarely in stage three: bargaining. You'll buy him a new toothbrush. A candy bar. A pony. Whatever he wants, if for the love of God he stops throwing up now. This instant. Immediately.

As My Son Enters Kindergarten: We Untether

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

Becoming tethered to my son was swift and sleek, sometimes painful. Untethering aches in a different way, slow and deep, squeezing hidden muscles of my heart.

3 Simple Things To Implement Now To Become A Superior Mom

Cecilie Aslaksen | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Cecilie Aslaksen

If you take the small steps at the beginning, and then bigger as you get used to this, then it's possible to become this Superior Mom. And if everyone starts doing this, then the phrase Superior Mom will become the standard.

10 Signs You Have Become a Mamma Italiana

Juliet Linley | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Juliet Linley

As an expat mom in Italy, you are initially confused, then bemused, by many parenting practices in the land of Mamma Mia.

The Monster Strikes at Midnight

Bridgette White | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Bridgette White

Depression isn't something to be taken lightly or that can be "willed away" by people who love you. Sometimes all the good, wonderful things in the world aren't enough.

Being a Mother: The Expectation and the Reality

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Sybil Adelman Sage

Expected: Natural delivery with no intervention Reality: 20 hours of non-progressive labor that required a C-section

4 Lessons From My Daughter

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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.

10 Ways Raising House Plants and Kids Are Similar

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Since my daughter has left the nest and seems to be taking wonderful care of herself with, of course, several attempts on my part to always remain important and necessary, I have noticed that I have become a bit motherly with my plants. I know exactly what it is like to be motherly because I have been in the parenting game for over 20 years.

Not the Worst Mom in America

Laura Flores Shaw | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Laura Flores Shaw

However tempting it may be to cast judgment and express contempt from behind a computer screen, it would be more helpful to re-examine our parenting zeitgeist and to work to empower parents to be the adults and authoritative figures their children need.

Not Being a Mother Doesn't Make Me Any Less of a Woman

Melanie Young | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Melanie Young

Just because I am not a mother does not mean that I am selfish or my life is incomplete. I have a very happy, fulfilling life that I embrace with appreciation and enthusiasm.

How To Raise A Perfect Child

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Bunmi Laditan

Despite what common sense might say, there are not an a variety of ways to raise good children. There is only one. And I know it. And you don't. So I'm going to educate you (you're welcome).

The Mother-Daughter Book Club

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

When I originally offered to help with my daughter's first book club, it was as a simple show of support for my 7-year-old bookworm. Flash forward four years and nearly 50 books later, the club has become one of the most valuable volunteer gigs of my parenting career.

The Other Mothers

Daphne Wayans | Posted 07.10.2014 | Parents
Daphne Wayans

In these more modern times, it's as though we've lost that sense of community where we really allow others to help us with the rearing of our children. We have forgotten or are neglecting to include this as one of our assets as a mother.

Motherhood Never Ends

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

It's almost Mother's Day, and my 19-year-old-son is preparing to move into his first apartment. My 22-year-old-daughter is getting ready to graduate from college. I have made it through my first year as an empty-nester. And life feels huge.

Recipe for Good Mothering

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

It is the directions we ignore, the techniques we adapt and the new processes we create that make each batch wonderfully unique -- and never exactly the same.

17 Things Your Child's Pediatrician Doesn't Want To Hear From You

Melissa Sher | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

We're applying to preschools and would love a letter of recommendation from you and from each of your partners.

The Pink In The Sky

Jessica Rassette | Posted 06.08.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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.