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Stay at Home Mothers

Bounty Ad Is Super Offensive to Moms

Dana Mark | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Dana Mark

Ads like this one try to shame us into thinking that everything we do should be a breeze if it makes our kids happy.

The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done

Adrian Kulp | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

What happens when your kids are finally old enough to ask tough questions that actually mean something? Questions that stir up emotion and make you wonder if they're mature enough to hear the answer.

On-Ramp Internships: Opportunity or Exploitation?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 05.28.2014 | Women
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

By paying these experienced mothers less than market value, we denigrate the importance of skills required of a mother. No mother can succeed at her maternal role without learning to work while completely exhausted, to multitask, to enlist the help of others, and to solve problems.

5 Ways for Stay-at-Home Parents to Get Back on the Career Track

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Carlota Zimmerman

Here's five ideas for stay-at-home moms and dads who want to keep their professional options vibrant.

9 Tips That Helped Me Beat My iPhone Addiction

Dana Mark | Posted 05.26.2014 | Parents
Dana Mark

When I'm checking my phone or emailing on my computer, I know I'm not at my best as a mom. I kind of hear the kids' voices clamoring for my attention as I focus on the task at hand (or at fingertip), but not really. I know I tell them to "hold on," and I don't always say it so nicely.

12 Habits Of Highly Effective Stay-At-Home Dads

Chris Routly | Posted 04.22.2014 | Parents
Chris Routly

Here are a few lessons I have learned along the way that I would pass on to any man who is going to be a stay-at-home dad, just thinking about being a stay-at-home dad, or maybe already is one but is finding himself floundering.

Being a Stay-at-Home Mom in a World That Needs 24/7 Activists

Frida Berrigan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

Right when I was getting ready to start saying yes to things again -- activism, organizing, a paying job, even maybe a regular exercise routine -- I found myself pregnant again. And life inevitably, and perhaps wonderfully, slowed down and shrank again.

Why I'm Embarrassed to Say 'I'm a Stay-at-Home Mom'

Lisa Masters | Posted 04.07.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

I feel like I've lost my independence along with some (most) of my self-confidence. I want to be able to take care of myself and my son. And, quite honestly, I still have some ambition left. I want a meaningful career (where I get paid in U.S. dollars).

A Reflection on the Work Identity of a Mom

Monica Gallagher Sakala | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Monica Gallagher Sakala

Until you've spent prolonged amounts of time home alone with your children -- without a spouse or partner or nanny or mom or anyone else there -- you honestly cannot appreciate it or how difficult, stressful and exhausting it is.

I'm Tired Of Defending My 'Real' Job

Allison Lantagne | Posted 02.20.2014 | Teen
Allison Lantagne

Parenting, of course, isn't some sort of new and exciting job that may have mixed reactions attached to it, but from the bewildered and sometimes even frustrated reactions I receive, you might think I'm announcing that I intend to teach at Hogwarts.

Why I've Always Loved Doing Housework

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 02.13.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

For me, the intimacy of organizing my children's closets, folding their socks, making their meals -- it was as integral to my life as their mother as watching them play sports or helping them with their homework. By performing these day-to-day tasks, I was able to gain an insight into their lives in a way that my husband couldn't.

THIS Is What We Do All Day

Jessica Rassette | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rassette

The magic of tomorrow is that it will be exactly like today, except everything will be different.

Married Ladies: Don't Quit Your Day Job -- Ever

Pauline Gaines | Posted 01.31.2014 | Divorce
Pauline Gaines

After nine years of being a wife, SAHM, and sorta freelance writer, I was briskly escorted out of the Eden that had been my married life of privilege. And I was virtually unemployable.

I'm The One Who Ruined Facebook With All These Pictures Of My Kids

Kveller.com | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Kveller.com

I'm the person who uses Facebook as a world-wide picture sharing site, a 21st century baby brag book. It's me; I've "ruined" Facebook for the cool kids.

6 Ways Stay-at-Home Moms Can Keep the Pilot Light on Under Their Careers

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

Life affords few do overs, but were I to be granted one, here is how I would have nurtured my dormant career. Here is what any parent who wants/needs to stay home with their kids can do to keep a toe in the water, without drowning.

The Mom Wars Conspiracy

Toni Nagy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

We can point fingers and argue over the biological realities and psychological influences, but that is missing the point. Moms and dads feel inadequate, as it were only their fault that they can't be two in places at one time, when in reality, they are dealing with a systemic problem.

In Response to Matt Walsh: Ladies Is Pimps, Too

Courtney Ellingsworth | Posted 12.24.2013 | Parents
Courtney Ellingsworth

I see women "belonging" in certain roles as anachronistic. Professional women aren't place-holding, servile, coffee-pouring drones in a hive. But they aren't all queen bees either. We're sentient critters with expansive interests and abilities. We are self-sufficient, highly consequential, impressive people, who, way more often than not, raise children too.

How to Be A 40 Carat Gem in the Workforce

Kathryn Sollmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kathryn Sollmann

Who would want me now?" is the question I've been asked by hundreds of women -- stay-at-home Moms for 10 years or more -- who have fear and trepidation about transitioning to a paid job.

Take Your Pedestal and Shove It

Lyz Lenz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lyz Lenz

When you elevate women to a pedestal, you put them in a place where they can't fall. Because this elevated position means that with all the glory comes all the blame. Because this sets up the dichotomy where mothers are highly valued until they make a mistake. Then, they are the problem with everything.

Kim Siegal: Lean In? Opt Out? All I Know Is I'm Dizzy

Kim Siegal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kim Siegal

Don't look at your neighbor and wonder. Know that your children will remember the time you spend with them, not without them, and make that time together count. Don't let momentary sadness cause you to regret your big decisions -- remember, there will always be trade-offs.

Do Stay-at-Home Dads Have More Fun?

Rachel Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Rachel Levin

Everyone knows Dad is the fun one. Now that more dads are staying at home, are they really enjoying parenting day in, day out as much as they did during their traditional two-hour window?

The Mommy Mediator

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 11.24.2013 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

Some days, I see the mothers of the world living together in harmony, supporting each other as they go about raising their children. Some get involved in their local communities, others forge ahead at their place of work and some do a bit of both. Then there are the darker days.

When a Choice Makes You

Carissa K | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

I've lost a bit of who I was... that drive, that energy, that pace. But I've gained a bit of who I am.... this cheerfulness, this softness, this pace. I think that perhaps I'm a bit more lover and a bit less fighter, which is both good and bad. I miss the working me, but I am proud of this me.

What All Women Need To Know Before Tying The Knot

Jennifer Ball | Posted 11.08.2013 | Divorce
Jennifer Ball

Women like me didn't make an agonizing choice between a high-paying, satisfying career and motherhood. Women like me, we basically went from friends to parenthood. Some of us have degrees, some of us never finished college. Some of us never started.

You Are Supermom and So Are You

Jessica Watson | Posted 10.31.2013 | Parents
Jessica Watson

No matter how elaborately your neighbor organized her daughter's lemonade stand, no matter how perfectly manicured your sister-in-law's nails are and no matter how many runny-nosed children your best friend manages to entertain in her minivan, there is no supermom.