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Stay at Home Mothers

Why I Quit Making Fun Bento Lunches for My Kids

Beau Coffron | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

I'm thickheaded sometimes, but I finally get it. It's clear as day. All of the faceless Internet trolls, who have never met my family, are making sense now. They have been trying to speak wisdom into my life for the last two years, and I haven't been willing to listen.

Why I Wear My Baby: A Dad's Perspective

R.C. Liley | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

As a dad, I will never be able to duplicate what my wife shares maternally with Avery, so I depend on babywearing to get as close as I can.

So, Are You Bored? A Stay-at-Home Mom's Favorite Question

Erica Ford | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

The last thing I wanted to do was play trains. I wanted to make a fresh pot of coffee and find my wallet. But that nagging voice said, "When you look back on this time, you'll wish you played trains with her while you had the chance." So, I sat down. "Build it, b*tch!" she said excitedly.

Having a Daughter: Learning to Conquer the Fear of Fatherhood

R.C. Liley | Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

Why is it that so many feel it's more terrifying for a father to raise a little girl instead of a boy? If I had a boy, I know I'd be less wary of what's to come and would feel less terrified about the day he goes off on his own. But for Avery, so many things speed through my mind about what could happen as she ventures off into the scary world.

To The Employer Viewing My Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

Janie Porter | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

I happen to be a great negotiator. I can convince a toddler to eat broccoli, go potty in the toilet and wear shoes outside because I am dedicated to what I want. I'm also great at compromise.

12 Things Babywearing Dads Should Never Say in a Public Restroom

R.C. Liley | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

As I tried my best to offer soothing words, I paused and realized that what I was saying might be taken the wrong way, considering my location.

Don't Judge Me, I'm A Mom

Shaney Vijendranath | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Shaney Vijendranath

There is no such thing as the perfect mother. We all make mistakes and learn from them. Most moms do not have supermodel figures after having two kids.

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

Janie Porter | Posted 09.19.2014 | 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.

Mom vs. Food

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

7:31 a.m. -- Prepare whole wheat, whole grain toast. Oldest child prefers bagels. Prepare whole wheat, whole grain bagels with homemade jam. Oldest child prefers honey. Prepare whole wheat, whole grain bagels with local wildflower honey. Oldest child takes one bite and spills on shirt.

Dear Mom, You Are Stronger Than Superwoman

Janie Porter | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

Your tummy, the one you told Daddy is "fat," is actually perfect. It's the place I lay my head when I want to feel secure, at peace and taken care of. It has the perfect amount of warm padding I need to feel safe when I'm scared, calmed when I'm upset or relaxed when I'm tired.

I Did The Dirty Dishes At 2 a.m.

Tony Posnanski | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

refuse to play the "who works harder" game. I think that a lot of marital fights are because of that. My day at work was rough. How do I know that my wife did not have the exact same day? Why, because dishes were not done?

10 Ways Working Moms and Stay-At-Home Moms Have The Exact Same Day

April McCormick | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
April McCormick

The other day while talking with a friend about the ridiculousness of the so-called "Mommy Wars," I realized that regardless of whether a mom is working out of the home or in the home, both women are essentially spending their day doing the same things.

To The Women Watching My Kids At The Gym Daycare

Janie Porter | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

First, I plan to shower in silence (aside from the occasional toilet flush of a fellow member). The hot water will feel so amazing that it won't even bother me that the water pressure is exceptionally low and I have to wear my workout socks because I forgot flip-flops.

What Made You Decide To Stay At Home?

Janie Porter | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

For some reason, I feel the need to make my decision more understandable to the person asking the question. Justified. And -- dare I say it? -- politically correct.

I Have Become 'That Mom'

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Lisa Abeyta

I'm the one who shows up over three hours late for school registration and endures the rolling eyes of parent volunteers who can't imagine anything more important than standing in long lines to fill out identical information on 11 different forms.

Am I 'Just' a Mom?

Janie Porter | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

I don't mean to brag, but I do so many things. Things that are relevant. And important. And valuable. And invisible.

How a Stomach Bug Made Me A Better Mom

Janie Porter | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

Instead of seeing banana-smudged faces that needed a wipe, or food-spattered pajamas that needed a change, I saw them.

The Day I Realized My Child Had Finally Become An Adult

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

I look at my daughter's face and see barely a whisper of the little girl who once reached for me with chubby hands and a baby toothed grin -- her nails are manicured, her teeth are straight and white. Her face is now all cheekbones and eyeliner. The slumped, awkward adolescent has become a tall, confident adult who moves easily in the world without me.

Why Stay-at-Home Moms Get Nothing Done All Day

Janie Porter | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

When I was a childless TV news reporter, I would laugh when my stay-at-home mom friends would tell me that their houses were a mess. How on earth do you stay home all day and you don't get anything done?

Jillian Berman

When Being A Stay-At-Home Mom Isn't A Choice

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business

Today's stay-at-home moms are often portrayed as modern-day June Cleavers decked out in head-to-toe Lululemon, shepherding their kids from school to s...

The Day I Stopped Caring About My House

Janie Porter | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

The house was me. The house showed everyone what a great homemaker I am. What a brilliant designer. What a stylish person. Maybe even someone they'd want to be like.

What Is 'Having It All'?

Deborah A. Kahn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Women
Deborah A. Kahn

More attention needs to be given to alternatives to the societal assumption that the definition of "having it all" is full-time career and children. Let each of us define what choice and path makes us happy and feeling successful. Let each of us applaud, not denigrate, another's life choice.

A Dad's Apology To Stay-At-Home Moms

Michael Cavender | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Michael Cavender

I never factored in the roadblocks , and daily challenges that come along with being at home with the kids all day long. So, I will break down a more accurate account of my day to show you what I mean.

How I Scared the Pizza Man

Janie Porter | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

I want you to know that the 2-year-old who opened the door for you wearing just a diaper isn't allowed to open the door for strangers. And, you see, he's in just a diaper because I can barely keep up with keeping that clean and changed.

7 Things You SHOULD Say To All Moms

The Orange Rhino | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
The Orange Rhino

You never know how much a compliment might help another person get through a tough moment, a tough day or a really tough patch of parenting.