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Stay at Home Mothers

Letter to the Clothing Store Cashier

Kaylee Scottaline | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Kaylee Scottaline

I used to be just like you. I used to look at the women with screaming, misbehaved babies and think, why can't this woman control her kid?

The Twitter Notification That Gave Me A Reality Check

Mike Julianelle | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Becoming a parent is like joining a cult: On the inside, everything seems perfect and right, but step outside and everyone thinks you're a deluded weirdo whose personality has been erased and replaced by that of a child-obsessed robot.

The One Question About Parenthood I Can't Get Out Of My Mind

Liz Kozak | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Liz Kozak

I know deep down that she's the little person she's meant to be and that she's on her own journey and that she is in fact human -- not a snorty piglet. But I can't get one irksome question out of my mind.

How I Finally Peeled Back The Layers Of My Mother's Secret Life

Mardith Louisell | Posted 07.19.2013 | Fifty
Mardith Louisell

Books were written about women artists, aviators and many other women, but not about stay-at-home moms. They were out of fashion, dumped at the door of a consignment shop. I didn't like the world to undervalue my mother, even if I had.

True Story: How to Squirrel Away $5,000 to Get Out of a Horrible Marriage (And Get the Kids, House and Alimony)

Morghan Leia Richardson | Posted 07.09.2013 | Divorce
Morghan Leia Richardson

This woman didn't earn the family's income or even oversee much of the bill payment. Yet for three years she took charge: Unbeknownst to her husband, Anne set up a savings account and had the bank send the statements to a trusted friend.

The Terrible Twos Were NOTHING Compared To This

Adrian Kulp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

Every day, I suit up for battle. It's not just the usual twice-a-day stuff like "I don't wanna go" or "I don't wanna eat that for breakfast." I'm talking about something every hour. Screaming, pushing, punching, biting, spitting, back-talking, karate kicks and testicle head butts. All in a day's work.

'I Was A Stay-at-Home Mom -- And My Marriage Survived'

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 06.21.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

When my husband and I made the decision that I would stay at home with our children, not long after our first child was born, it was not made lightly.

Who Works? Stick Figures, Gender and Illustrating the Workforce

Lisa Wade | Posted 06.10.2013 | Women
Lisa Wade

Men are the "neutral" sex in contemporary Western cultures. This means that (1) the image that pops up in our minds when we say "person" or "human" or "worker" is usually implicitly male, (2) non-sexed representations of people are usually assumed to be male.

'I Did It My Way'

Christi Guthrie | Posted 06.08.2013 | Women
Christi Guthrie

It is OK to want 'All the Things,' to do it all, to juggle. It is OK to want to be more than a mom and a wife.

8 Things I REALLY Want To Say To My Kids

Amber Dusick | Posted 08.01.2013 | Parents
Amber Dusick

Everyone snaps at some point.

If I Lean In, Will I Still Get Checked Out?

Tamara Shayne Kagel | Posted 06.02.2013 | Women
Tamara Shayne Kagel

Men's opinions of what is sexy and confident evolves as our culture's opinions of what is sexy and confident evolves. If we decide we all need to speak up more and be more aggressive in our career-driven daily lives, we can redefine what is attractive to a man.

The Reality Of Being A 'Feminist Housewife'

Lyz Lenz | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Lyz Lenz

For all of us, life is full of complicated, sticky messes. We don't need to demean one person's calling to glorify our own. And pedestals only make it harder to fall, children or no, uterus or lack thereof.

Lisa Belkin

The Problem With Saying 'Stay-At-Home Mom' | Lisa Belkin | Posted 03.27.2013 | Parents

The childhood rhyme is wrong, of course -- words CAN always hurt you. They have power, and pack a punch, which is why we spend so much time parsing an...

Are The 'Mommy Wars' All About Money?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 03.27.2013 | Parents

The Mommy Wars are about jealousy, right? And differing views of what is best for children? And a nostalgia for times past? And disagreement over what...

WATCH: New York Magazine 'Retro Wife' Shares The Real Reason She Quit Her Job

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.21.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

New York Magazine's "Retro Wife" cover story has caused quite a stir after profiling women who choose to stay at home with their kids. One media outle...

Can You Be A Feminist Housewife? | Posted 03.18.2013 | Weddings

When Kelly Makino was a little girl, she loved to go orienteering -- to explore the wilderness near her rural Pennsylvania home, finding her way back ...

What We Mean When We Say We Need a Break

Amanda King | Posted 07.31.2013 | Parents
Amanda King

As a stay-at-home mom of two small children, when I say that I need a break, I'm not talking about wanting a vacation or a treat as a reward for doing my job. Needing a break doesn't mean that I'm seeking a respite from my responsibilities or that I want to put my feet up.

Celebrating Family and Medical Leave Act With Family Values

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Twenty years later, mothers and dads are still waiting. In the meantime, almost every other country around the globe has instituted a form of paid maternity leave. There is a tiny trio of countries that do not: Papua New Guinea, Swaziland and the United States.

A New Balancing Act

Christina Arata | Posted 04.03.2013 | Parents
Christina Arata

I have been so blessed to be able to stay home with my kids over the past year and a half. A few months ago, our circumstances changed and we decided I should start to look for something part-time. I have to admit I felt a sense of panic.

Most Women Would Rather Be This Than a Housewife

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.31.2013 | Women
Lisa Wade

The vast majority of young people desire an egalitarian marriage in which both partners share breadwinning, housekeeping, and child rearing. In practice, however, egalitarian relationships are difficult to establish.

A To-do List From a Mom Who Wants to Do Better

Erin Smith | Posted 03.25.2013 | Parents
Erin Smith

We only get one chance at this life and one of my biggest fears is getting to the end with regrets. The only way to minimize regrets is to take stock of where we currently stand in life and be willing to change, or at least slightly adjust, direction.

7 Things NEVER To Say To A Stay-At-Home Mom

Posted 05.02.2014 | OWN

By Amy Shearn One happy mom -- at home with two small children -- explains why some “helpful” comments are actually not so helpful to stay-at-h...

A Hot Moment With Hubby May Turn This Stay-At-Home Mom Into A Millionaire

Posted 01.16.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

How to Solve Personal Finance's Stay-at-Home Spouse Problem

Odysseas Papadimitriou | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business
Odysseas Papadimitriou

There are more than 16 million stay-at-home spouses in the United States, and they're currently in an unenviable position.

This Is Christmas?

Adrian Kulp | Posted 02.09.2013 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

I'm not angry or bitter about what Christmas has become. The magic and joy of the season is still there, I just have to dig a little deeper and battle the elements to get to them.