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The Fairytale and Reality of New Motherhood

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

Without acknowledging the steep learning curve, and without putting in place good support systems, the message is that early motherhood is just another everyday task and that caring for a new baby is a natural skill that will come easily.

A Letter To My Friend, About To Be A Mom

Sarah Powers | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Sarah Powers

I'd rather be a real-life lifeline than a fairy godsister. Because, you know what? You've got this. I know you do.

Mothers vs. Fathers vs. Parents: Court Decision Banning Fathers From the Delivery Room Raises Questions for Alternative Families

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 03.14.2014 | Parents
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

While the right to privacy is an unquestionable one, is there research that can inform us about early interactions between fathers and newborns? If the mother does not want the father present at birth, at what point does he have a right to see his child?

What's Your Legacy?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Are you creating a legacy you can be proud of? Are there any areas you'd like to develop more fully?

What I Wish I'd Known About Breastfeeding

Kara Pogue | Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents
Kara Pogue

I do wish I had realized that just because something is biological or natural, doesn't mean it comes without struggle. It's such a simple thought, but I think it was lost on me in those early days when I was short on sleep and high on anxiety.

Why I Love New Moms

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

What I want all new moms to know is that we see you. We see you trying, and loving your new little one. And as your newborn gets older, and their first smiles come along with their grateful coos, you'll return to being human again.

The Day Someone Threw Me A Rope

Allison Tate | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Allison Tate

We all need to be ready to throw ropes to other moms when we see them struggling; we are, after all, the ones who know how long the rope needs to be to reach them, because we have been there.

I Didn't Breastfeed My Daughter

Rachael Clarke | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

By now I've learned that other people's comments are inevitable, and that they really don't matter. But here is what does: My daughter is healthy. My daughter is thriving. My daughter is dearly loved.

The Parenting Firsts I Wasn't Prepared For

Kim Simon | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

The learning curve of parenthood is steep. There are too many things that we're supposed to know, and not enough daylight hours in which to learn them.

A Love Letter To All The Tired Mamas Everywhere

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

I love that you now live in a house instead of a museum, that you have a rating system for the pain of stepping on Legos and still fight the good fight to get them to put the toilet seat down.

The Unexpected Parent

Jill Patir | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

gain, your entire childhood is spent surrounded by your parents, or parents of other children. Shouldn't I have had some sort of idea of the type of parent I wanted to be?

Cardboard Courage: Calling All Curvy Girls

Chrystal Bougon | Posted 03.31.2014 | Women
Chrystal Bougon

Since creating my Curvy Girl Lingerie Facebook page in September 2012, I have been so in awe of all of the body positivity and plus-size activism that...

The Secret Society Of Stroller Moms

Kim Simon | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

We are the Secret Society of Stroller Moms. Maybe next time I'll raise my cup of lukewarm coffee when I pass you. And we'll give each other a silent toast. Because the only real secret, is that we're never as alone as we feel.

The Truth New Parents Shouldn't Be Ashamed To Admit

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 03.04.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Hamady

By not talking about what parenting is really like -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- we're actually doing a disservice to new moms and dads who are wholly unprepared for what they're getting into.

5 Things You Should Never Say To A New Mom

Natalie Thomas | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

Parenthood is hard. It's overwhelming, fear-inducing, irrational thought-provoking and emotional. New parenthood is all of that on hormones and no sleep.

New Parenthood Is A Messy Challenge. This Ad Shows Why It Is Also A Time Of Sheer Delight.

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

There are two ways to look at the early days of parenthood. In one scenario, ages 0 - 4 are like one long practical joke. Babies come with too...

10 Mistakes Rookie Moms Make

April McCormick | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
April McCormick

Now, I am well aware that in a way I will always be a rookie with my firstborn, since every day, stage and milestone is new for both of us; however, I feel it is my duty to share the top 10 mistakes I, and fellow rookie moms, made during our first year in the mama big league.

Stop Feeling Guilty For Taking Time To Be A New Mom

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

Our bodies haven't finished healing, and we're supposed to look and act as though nothing even happened here, it's all good. It's all just the same as it was.

5 Signs That You're a New Mom

Caroline Niziol | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Caroline Niziol

I have to laugh at myself when I realize that I'm not immune to classic new mom behaviors. I found myself at Eddie Bauer and bought a pair of jeans, so my Mom Card has been signed and laminated in the most official way possible.

Before You Can Pick Your Own Nose

Annie Vovan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Annie Vovan

At some point in time, the things that can drive a new mom crazy will fade. So, for now, I will stop and find the beauty in joy in the smallest things you do.

Hands of Time

Amanda Magee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

In the early days, I'd have a mug of coffee on one side of the keyboard, a manual breast pump on the other. I would get up at dawn, as it was the best time for pumping and writing. One activity sustained my girls; the other, me.

Things Every New Mom Should Know (But No One Tells You)

Lynn Perkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

No matter how many parenting books you've read, how many nieces or nephews you've watched grow up or how many years you've clocked babysitting, becoming a mom for the first time catapults you into an entirely foreign world that you could never be fully prepared for or expect.

The One Thing I Can't Give the Mother of My Children

Ulli Appelbaum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ulli Appelbaum

After months of constant giving, both emotionally and physically, Nikki suddenly started to light up again. She told me later that as a mom, she feels like she always has to keep it together, or at least pretend she does. Talking to another mom enables her to let go of that feeling.

Can We Talk About Cloth Diapers for a Sec?

JJ Keith | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
JJ Keith

Here's what befuddles me: How did cloth diapers go from being a way to contain a baby's excrement to a lifestyle choice? What's with the fluffy bottom fetish?

Educating A First-Time Mother

Alice Lin Fabiano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Alice Lin Fabiano

A first-time mother is especially vulnerable. She is younger, less experienced, and often feels isolated and less empowered amid her husband's family. Mobile messages delivered via voice or text are a simple way to inform, support, and educate her with accurate health information.