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"Parenthood"

What I Finally Know I'm Ready For As A Mom

Marissa Kristal | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Marissa Kristal

In life, as in waterskiing, I can best handle one thing (as opposed to two, or worse yet, many things) at a time. To say I get overwhelmed easily would be a gross understatement.

Mamma, Am I Beautiful?

Alyson Herzig | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
Alyson Herzig

"Mom, have you ever felt not beautiful?" A million thoughts cross my mind in the time I take to turn my chair to face her. What's the appropriate answer to this? Why is she asking me this? Did someone tell her she is not beautiful?

Plate Spinning

Amy Hunter | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Amy Hunter

Metaphorically this whole world of motherhood is a gigantic plate spinning act... and my performance will not get me a spot on Ed Sullivan.

The Biggest Challenge for Today's Dual-Career, Working Family? Syncing Calendars

Bethany & Daniel Henderson | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Bethany & Daniel Henderson

Our full-time jobs require our presence at frequent early morning and late evening events, plus occasional weekends. All of our extended family lives a plane ride away, and paying for a nanny --- not in our budget! We get by by making significant sacrifices to our careers and our pocketbook.

Ready Or Not -- Fatherhood's Unexpected Life Lessons

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Making the real-life transition to "daddy" was far more challenging than I'd imagined. As much as I thought I'd readied myself for life with a bundle of joy, it turns out I was pretty clueless about how to deal with the quantum change.

25 Things Ann Landers Could Have Learned From My Mother

Vikki Claflin | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Vikki Claflin

Like many women, after raising my own child and then being handed darling, dimpled grandchildren to help guide along life's journey, I find myself repeating maternal admonitions recalled from my youth. The older I get, the smarter she was.

Mothers Don't Tell Your Daughters You Can't Factor

Ellevate | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Ellevate

So fathers and mothers need to make a concerted effort to shed their biases. But what is a mother who doesn't feel prepared to help her children with math to do?

An Open Letter to Stay-at-Home Parents

Joe DeProspero | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

I work in an environment where bonuses and financial rewards for extra effort are customary and even expected. You never get paid a dime for your work, but are still expected to approach it with the same enthusiasm and diligence that a paid employee of a company would.

Is Parenthood 'Worth It'?

Daniel Wong | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Daniel Wong

It was already 1:30 in the morning, and I had to wake up at 6. Tomorrow was going to be a long day -- as if the night wasn't already long enough. I felt frustrated and defeated. Who knew that a tiny, 11-pound baby could make a grown man feel so pitiful?

A Different Kind Of Power Nap

Jennifer Latch | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Latch

When I think back to what it was like when I had a toddler and a newborn, the memories are a little hazy. That period was a combination of happiness and overwhelm.

4 Signs You Are a Slacker Mom (Like Me)

Melissa Chapman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

I also think that uber parenting style had me feeling like I needed to be much more relaxed as a parent lest I wanted my kids headed straight to therapy, so I guess I would categorize myself, at this point in my motherhood career as kind of a slacker. So what traits do us slacker moms possess? And how would you know if you too were one of our tribe? Keep reading!

Is It Selfish to Only Have One Child?

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Nicole Rosengren

I'm reluctant to have another baby. I selfishly want to prolong a period of time when I don't have to speak to my son in half-sentences with a quarter of my attention all while trying to race across the living room to keep the baby from killing himself on the edge of the coffee table.

8 Things It Took Parenthood to Teach Me About My Own Parents

Audra Rundle | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Audra Rundle

It's taken 30+ years of life, marriage and two kids to really understand what my parents have done -- and are still doing -- for me. Here are a few of the decisions, actions and sacrifices they made that I only comprehended after becoming a parent myself.

Lauren Duca

So, Is The Rest Of 'Parenthood' Just Going To Be Zeek Slowly Dying?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lauren Duca | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment

"Parenthood" is back, and so too are the "Parenthood" cries. Although, this sixth and final season seems like it might spend a little too much time wi...

If You Think Your Kid Is Destructive, Just See What Calvin And Hobbes' Antics Cost

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 10.09.2014 | Arts

Think your kid is going through a destructive-little-monster phase? Well, it could (probably) be worse! You could be rearing a young Calvin, who wreak...

Proof That 'Parenthood' Would Be Lost Without Zeek Braverman

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 10.10.2014 | Entertainment

Warning: Major spoilers below! If you caught the first two episodes of "Parenthood," you know things aren't looking too good for Zeek Braverman. Fi...

What Happened When My 2-Year-Old Said the 'F' Word

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Nicole Rosengren

I have to admit there is a very small part of me that wants to congratulate him for his proper usage of the "F" sound, but I resist the urge and instead correct him and suggest a more appropriate response like, "Oh, no!"

Love in the Middle of the Night

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Nicole Rosengren

Laying here tonight I wonder why motherhood no longer seems to have the same luster it did when I first gave birth, why I feel like a shadow tending to someone else's footsteps. Where did the allure go? I think it's must be with all of the socks that have gone missing in the dryer.

22 Ways Having Three Kids Is Different From Having Two

Andrea Bonior | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Parents of two may sometimes complain about having a loud house. Parents of three simply can't hear them. (Or anyone else, for that matter.)

Will A Second Baby Break The Bank?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 12.07.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

For just about everybody, having a second baby is a financial as well as an emotional decision. That's because kids today come with a hefty price tag. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the cost of raising a child to age 18 is now upwards of $245,000.

What We Miss When We Photoshop School Pictures

Sarah Maizes | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Sarah Maizes

Personally, I've always thought the whole point of school pictures is to provide an authentic representation of childhood -- to record every shift of the dental landscape, document every boo-boo, remind us of an unrequited love affair with bangs.

Why I Never Tell My Sons To 'Be A Man'

Joe DeProspero | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

It's not that the phrase is abusive, it's that the phrase is limiting -- and frankly, confusing for a small child. Be a man? What does that even mean? I'm 35 and sometimes I'm not even sure what it means.

At What Age Can You Teach a Global Mindset?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Amelia Friedman

You can't just take your kid on a vacation to Spain and consider your work done, nor can you sign up for a language course during sophomore year of college and check "global mindset" off your to-do list. Developing a global mindset should begin before birth and continue for a lifetime.

6 Reasons It's Easier To Raise A Teenager Today Than Ever Before

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling and Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.03.2014 | Fifty

Many people are under the impression that teenagers -- buried face down in their smartphones -- are tough to handle. But that's not necessarily the ca...

Why I Want My Daughter To Curse

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I'm not ready for Sienna to have her mom's sailor mouth, but eventually, when she's a teen, I don't want her to be afraid of speaking the language of her classmates and once she reaches adulthood, I hope to be ready for her to speak such words in my presence as part of normal conversation because the reality is that cursing is ordinary and sometimes, often even, acts as a release for pent up stress.