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6 Things New Parents Need To Stop Doing Before They Lose Their Minds

JJ Keith | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
JJ Keith

We are all a messy conglomeration of strengths and weaknesses, with none of us having it totally down and none of us being completely inept. No, we're all just partly inept. Welcome to parenthood.

What No One Told Me About Becoming A Dad

Bobby McMahon | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Bobby McMahon

I'm glad I'm in good company, but while I'm all for learning valuable life lessons, it would have been really nice if someone had given us a heads-up about this one.

The Top 5 Scariest Things About Becoming A Parent

Darcy R. Shapiro | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Darcy R. Shapiro

As the parent of two terrifying little boys, I am afraid that I cannot fully ease the fears of prospective parents. Thus, in honor of Halloween, I have decided to put together a list of the most terrifying things you have to look forward to on your journey to parenthood.

6 Things A Parent Of A Colicky Baby Doesn't Want To Hear

Becky Schroeder | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Becky Schroeder

My daughter was colicky for the first 16 weeks of her life. Colic is awful, plain and simple, and there were many things people said to me during this difficult time that weren't particularly helpful.

Catherine Pearson

The One Mistake Most New Parents Make Before Even Leaving The Hospital

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents

Parents leaving the hospital with newborns are a jumble of nerves and adrenaline, wondering what comes next and whether they're going to do it right. ...

What to Say When Other New Parents Ask How It's Going

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

I remember trying to get the real scoop on parenting, good and bad, before I had a baby. "It's hard," new parents would say, and then quickly paper over that tiny admission. "But of course I wouldn't trade it for anything!" It sounded suspicious to me. But once I had a baby, I followed suit.

My First Night Alone With Three Kids

Clint Edwards | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Clint Edwards

I knew that just one month ago, before we had Aspen, I could've easily handled this situation, but now, trying to hold a crying baby, while caring for a puking kid and an emotionally distraught little girl, felt like too much.

I'm Not Here to Make Life Easy for You: A Love Letter to My Future Children

Neal Samudre | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Neal Samudre

Work is often a prerequisite for great beauty. Every laugh involves a heave of the chest. Every deep, fulfilling breath moves the diaphragm. Every smile requires the movement of muscles and every glance above requires your neck to fold behind you. Every beautiful thing requires work.

5 Reasons I Love My Husband More After Having A Baby

Becky Schroeder | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Becky Schroeder

I had faith he would do his best to adapt to the steep learning curve of parenthood, but it wasn't until I actually saw my husband in action (starting in the delivery room) that I knew I was going to love him more now that we had a baby.

6 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Strong After Baby

Posted 09.10.2014 | Dr. Phil

Becoming a parent is overwhelming, but your spouse’s needs don't have to hit the backburner.

From Dark to Light: Postpartum in Process

Eve Kagan | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Eve Kagan

You may pretend you are fine, functioning, because you are still able to sauté the garlic a perfect golden brown and vacuum the dog hair off of the Chinese rug and put on mascara and cut the baby's tiny fingernails without drawing blood. And yet, you are totally detached.

How To Keep Your Children Safe from Injury? Focus On What You Can Control

Brian Beltz | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Brian Beltz

As parents, we play a vital role in keeping our children safe from harm and it is our duty to take whatever steps are necessary to do so.

F*ck Milestones

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

No, it isn't the Olympics. But if you can stop yourself from getting caught up in "milestone" fever, and enjoy each moment without stressing about it, give yourself a gold medal.

5 Ways to Bond With Baby

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

There are many possible reasons you feel an inability to bond with your new baby, and just because you feel this way today does not mean it will be this way forever.

America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

A growing body of evidence shows that ensuring new parents and all workers have access to family friendly policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave has widespread benefits for the health and economic security of families and the strength of businesses and the economy.

The Perils of Naming Your Kid

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

You're in charge of what this person will be called for the rest of his/her life. And you have literally thousands of choices in hundreds of baby-naming books. It's a lot of pressure.

How My Unborn Son Saved His Mother's Life

Oral Fixation | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Oral Fixation

In the delivery room, I was dressed in my scrubs just like in the movies. My seat was next to my love, who was on the operating table, arms stretched out. There was a screen cloth right above her sternum obscuring her nether region. Her face was glowing in the halo of the operating lights.

Your First Father's Day

Dr. Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D.

Be advised dads-to-be -- you will be encouraged, even cajoled, to be more active in the pregnancy. You will be told, "please be involved, you are needed, your pregnant, vulnerable partner needs your support." But you will likely also get another, mostly unspoken message -- your concerns are less welcome than your participation.

How To Prepare For Parenthood In 11 Easy Steps

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Bunmi Laditan

Call all of your friends without children. Tell them it's been lovely knowing them, but you're going away. Let them know you'll see them on Facebook.

15 Things About New Motherhood That People Are Too Nice To Tell You When You're Pregnant

Claire Zulkey | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Claire Zulkey

From my point of view, there's a little too much sweet myth to what new moms are supposed to feel and do with newborns.

What Not To Say To Parents With Fussy Babies

Holly Klaassen | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Holly Klaassen

Give us a break. Give us a hug! Tell us we're doing great and to hang in there. Better yet, offer to babysit, take our baby for a walk, or bring us a coffee.

How I Finally Caught Baby Fever

Oral Fixation | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Oral Fixation

Several friends asked me if I am worried about getting fat. No, actually, I am more terrified about what will happen to my lady bits during and after birth. Thanks, Grandma.

7 Habits Parents Should Not Start

Marva Soogrim | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Marva Soogrim

New parents usually start out not knowing what to do. They find it easier to go back to their old ways of living life before their baby arrived.

A Letter To Pre-Dad Me (Without Any Parenting Advice)

John Kinnear | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
John Kinnear

You are going to fail so beautifully at so many things in the next four years, but your love for your family will not fail you once. It will pick you up. It will straighten your path. It will make you whole again.

Little Girl Moments

Jill Patir | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

It isn't the preplanned activities, play dates and/or numerous outings that I'll remember forever. Sure, those have made for some great photo ops, but it's these little girl moments that only a mother-daughter relationship can share that have found their place in my heart.