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Are These Unhelpful Comments Ruining Parenthood?

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 11.07.2014 | Parents
Heidi Mulligan Walker

It is fascinating to me to contemplate how uncreative so many of these comments are. The scary part is that they are so commonplace that they really do frame our collective experience of parenting.

Our Life With Wes

Ashbey Riley | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents
Ashbey Riley

In my mind, my son, Wes, is tall. He is kind and smart and full of sweet mischief. He loves to run. He runs everywhere, down the hall, down the street. Always with a sly grin. Like his dad. He has his dad's eyes and his perfect nose and his lips.

Break From Baby

Shari Medini | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Shari Medini

As soon as you have a baby, people start telling you that you need a break from it. They tell you to put the baby in the crib and shower, leave the ba...

Welcoming Motherhood

Anita Mirchandani | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Anita Mirchandani

I can't take a long shower with my tunes on full blast. I would love to meet friends for dinner, but I have a new baby at home. The phenomenon of "me" time exists, but in a different way. In this process, I have learned a few things that I thought I'd share.

Not Just Another Birth Story

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

When my oldest friend, my true witness of 30 years, asked me to be one of her delivery coaches when she delivered her first baby, I cried with tears of honor and joy.

5 Things Never to Say to a New Mom

Scary Mommy | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Scary Mommy

That first year of motherhood is tough, and new moms needs all the support they can get. So it certainly doesn't help when some idiot (well-intentioned or just plain idiot) comes along and says something to make those new moms feel like crap.

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

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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.

4 Life Lessons I Learned Through Childbirth

Sara Goldstein | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

My babies are obviously the most beautiful and tangible products of these hours of my life. But the life lessons that came from them are as important to who I am today as my children themselves.

An Open Letter to My Friends Who Don't Have Kids

Janie Porter | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

Here's the ugly truth: We suck at doing it all. The moment the doctor handed me my crying newborn, it all stopped. I was not just Janie. I was Janie, the Mother of Sullivan. I became a mom, and for a time, I didn't care about anything else but my kid.

5 Helpful Hints for New Moms

GalTime | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
GalTime

Like any first-time mom, I have been riddled with parenting advice since the day we conceived. Some of the opinions are helpful and others... totally useless.

On Motherhood and Sleepless Nights

Janice Windt | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Janice Windt

The experience of sleep deprivation can overwhelm you like a tidal wave. It's like nothing else matters. Nothing else exists. You can hardly breathe, let alone have a reasonable conversation with another human being.

How I Failed Another Mom

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Wilson

I wonder how she handled it. I wonder what she did when she was so exhausted that the cry of a newborn brought her to tears, too. I wonder how she handled those nights sitting in the dark rocking her child back to sleep and wondering what happened to her life.

Today My Arms Really Ache

Bridgette White | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Bridgette White

As I take in everything about him, my sweet nephew, I start to feel that ache from deep inside scream out to me again

Last To Have A Baby

KnowMore TV | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

I watched my entire book group and two sets of friends get pregnant before I ever watched my belly swell.

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.

Baby Sleep Woes

Sylvia Bass | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Sylvia Bass

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to all of you bleary-eyed mamas out there. I was once that bright-eyed and bushy-tailed mother with the one well-rested child rolling my eyes at you and your sleep training folly.

The Questions We Should Ask New Moms

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

For me, caring for a new baby varied from one hour to the next. I was learning to take it day by day. I loved my daughter, but found sleep deprivation, feeding and learning how to intuit and read my baby's cries overwhelming at times.

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.

My Secret Weapon Against Postpartum Depression

Kim Simon | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

You were by my side as I fell madly, deeply, head over heels in love with the beautiful little boy who completed our family. You supported me as my first sweet son curled up behind me in the rocking chair. You told me that we would all start healing together.

Earning My Maternal Instincts

Dr. Jessica Michaelson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jessica Michaelson

It was my third day of being a mother, and our first night home from the hospital. My husband, son and I were up at 2:00 a.m., all desperate to decode why he (the baby, not my husband) was crying so loudly and incessantly.

What Postpartum Moms Really Need

Sarah Bregel | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

Everyone talked about the baby bliss, the love I'd feel, the joy, the natural instincts. And while I certainly felt those things, I also felt depleted, overwhelmed, exhausted and utterly alone.

The 5 Scariest Experiences After Childbirth

Michaela Fox | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Michaela Fox

Giving birth is scary, but it is only the initiation into multiple stressful experiences awaiting new mothers. Here are the most stressful obstacles to overcome in the 72 hours post-birth.

A New Dad's Sincere Thank You To His Barista

Beau Coffron | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

Thanks for understanding that being a parent sometimes leaves me like this.

The Fairytale and Reality of New Motherhood

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 05.19.2014 | 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.

I Fell Ass First Into Being a Father

Oral Fixation | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Oral Fixation

I couldn't begin to think of this inconvenient thing that was happening to me as a human life. What about my free time? What about my extra money for stuff I want? What about getting a scooter to be the hip, environmentally-conscious commuter that I always wanted to be? I can't tote a baby around on the back of a scooter!