I Wanted My Mother At My Birth, But That Isn't What Happened

I know so many people who say their mother is their best friend, and that gives me mom envy. I always thought it would be so incredible to feel close enough to my mother to want to call her when exciting things happen. I wanted us to be so close…
By Aimee Christian
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What Experts Know About Why That Polio-Like Illness Affecting Kids Is Spreading

Imagine watching your child wake up one day and they suddenly can't move their arms well, or one of their eyes is drooping. Imagine they tell you that they feel weak or tired, and you have no idea what's happening. You'd be terrified. This has been…
By Cat Bowen

Boys Get A Boost With Their Own Book Of Inspo — & We Have The Cover Reveal

By now, you’ve seen her on bookshelves, the steely-eyed tween swimmer staring out of you, her strong little arms crossed in a pose that is so packed with attitude it takes a moment to understand what is so revolutionary about it. The cover image…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

Meghan Markle Is Giving Off Some Major Mom Vibes With This Adorable Necklace Made With Pasta

I could be projecting my own excitement onto the Duchess of Sussex, but I sort of feel as though she seems more engaged with little kids ever since she announced her pregnancy. Sure, she's always struck me as a pretty warm person, but now that she…
By Jen McGuire

'Sesame Street's Original Big Bird Is Retiring After 50 Years & Twitter Is Crying Real Tears

I grew up watching Sesame Street like pretty much everyone else I know. There were plenty of other shows I watched, but there was always something special about Sesame Street. I felt embraced by the show, understood by the characters in a way I was…
By Jen McGuire

This Mom Was Done Explaining Why She Wasn’t Breastfeeding, So She Made This Genius Sign

Many new parents often face a variety of challenges, especially regarding feeding decisions. While some people are shamed for breastfeeding in public, for instance, others receive hate for bottle-feeding. And if you fall into this latter category,…
By Gillian Walters

We Know Why Ariana & Pete Broke Up — According To An Old Married Couple

I must confess: I'm a bit of an Ariana and Pete aficionado. In case you've been living on Mars, let me add some last names and details. We're referring, of course, to the gifted singer and criminally adorable Ariana Grande, 25, and the hilarious…
By Samantha Taylor

5 Unconventional Pets That Are Great For Kids

I'm a firm believer that kids should have pets. Caring for a pet teaches children responsibility and empathy while simultaneously providing comfort and companionship. Of course, it's not a perfect world, so parents buy or adopt dogs and cats for…
By Caroline Hogeveen

I Had A Party To Celebrate My Miscarriage & It Helped Me Heal

I knew something was wrong that morning. The cramping I had felt two days prior had intensified, and morning sickness was non-existent. So, really, I didn't need to take the 20-minute train ride to the OB-GYN's office to confirm that I was…
By Danielle Campoamor

Disney World's Cinderella Carriage Strollers Are Both Magical & Oddly Affordable

There's a new stroller in town and it's literally everything your inner five-year-old has ever dreamed of. Right now, you can actually rent a Disney World Cinderella carriage when you visit the Disney theme park. That's right, your princess or…
By Alison Kresta

10 New Children's Books That Are A Balm For Your Feminist Rage

OK folks, it's been a tough week (month? year? presidential term?) for womankind. But children's publishing has a salve for all that burning rage, giving us a wealth of children's books that lift up some of history's greatest women. It's a facet of…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

We Only Get 18 Halloweens

Decorative gourd season is upon us, and I have so much I want to show my kids, and so many costumes I want to put them in (young Harrison Ford; the guy from The Darkness; Carrie Fisher looking unimpressed by her salad at Tavern On The Green). But…
By Janet Manley

Pinterest's Top 5 Maternity Costumes For Halloween Are Classic, Clever, & Cute

I love baby bumps. Not only are they simply adorable, but they're these beautiful, front and center reminders of what a woman's body is capable of creating. On Halloween, these bumps become the best accessory ever. Sure, you could slip on a witch's…
By Caroline Hogeveen

7 Signs Your Partner Is Physically With You, But Their Mind Is With Their Ex

Even when both people have the best intentions, dating can still be super rough. So when you finally do click with someone, it's a drag when something is off right away, and if signs that your partner isn't over an ex are present in your current…
By Lindsay E. Mack

Russell Wilson Bringing His Daughter To Work Is The Cutest Thing You'll See Today

As much as fans try to keep up with their favorite singers, actors, and professional athletes, one side of celebrities that often remains a mystery is who they are as a parent. Sure, celeb-moms like Kristen Bell, Cardi B, and Chrissy Teigen provide…
By Michelle Stein

A Grown Fan Stole Another Puck From A Child At A NHL Game & People Aren't Happy

As if you didn't already know the world was a competitive place, new footage on Twitter from the Washington Capitals revealed a heartbreaking moment at Monday night's game: A fan stealing a hockey puck meant for a kid... and even the team was…
By Rachel Spalding

Reese Witherspoon's Birthday Message To Her Son Shows How Much He's Grown Up

I don't know why, but social media birthday shoutouts from parents to their children always get to me. It's marking another year of being a parent, another year of growth, love, and all that the child has learned. These types of post are shamelessly…
By Michelle Stein

This Grieving Grandmother Did The Most Beautiful Thing To Honor Her Grandchild

Losing a baby is a terrible thing. It's so deeply awful, so life-altering, that I can't quite come up with a word to describe what that wretched event must feel like. I don't know how people crawl out of that loss, how they move forward with their…
By Jen McGuire

Starbucks' First Signing Store In The United States Is Officially Open

For those who aren't seasoned pros, placing an order at a coffee shop can sound like you're speaking an entirely different language. "Hi, I'd like a grande nonfat half-caf vanilla latte with an extra shot and no whip, please." The details can be…
By Michelle Stein

This Video Of A Little Girl Telling Alexa To Play "Baby Shark" Couldn't Be Cuter

There's really something to be said for a little perseverance. A little determination when things just are not going your way, no matter how hard you try. Which is probably why this video of a little girl trying to get Alexa to play "Baby Shark" has…
By Jen McGuire

How Far Along Is Amy Schumer? Her Baby-To-Be Already Has Activist Experience

Fans are understandably excited about the news that newly Amy Schumer is pregnant with her first child with chef husband Chris Fischer, and naturally they want all of the details. But just how far along is Schumer? After all, the comedian's…
By Rachel Spalding

The Same 'Allergy Safe' Halloween Candy Might Be Deadly In A Different Size

Being the mom of a kid with a severe allergy is terrifying. Every day I find myself going over ingredients in packages like an attorney looking over a million-dollar contract, only, honestly, the stakes are so much higher. Halloween can be a…
By Cat Bowen

Twitter Called Out Megyn Kelly For Defending Blackface Halloween Costumes

I know loads of people who love nothing better than to lament the loss of those "good old days" and I've never understood it. In those good old days, it seems like people were able to say racist things, sexist things, make comments about people's…
By Jen McGuire

Ryan Murphy Did Something Amazing When He Revealed His Son's Cancer Diagnosis

As the creator of a show called American Horror Story, you may think Ryan Murphy has seen some pretty scary things in his life. But there's nothing scarier as a parent than having to deal with your child being incredibly sick, which Murphy recently…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

Your Dog Actually Loves To Cuddle For Pretty Much All The Same Reasons You Do

They’re not called man’s (or, ahem, woman’s) best friend for nothing — dogs and their owners have had a notoriously close relationship for generations. These days our furry friends are more likely to be emotional companions than hunting partners,…
By Shannon Evans

A New Test May Help Detect Hidden GI Issues In Kids With Autism, New Research Finds

Caring for children is difficult. Caring for children with learning or developmental issues is very difficult, particularly when there's a language or communication barrier between you. It's so important for parents and guardians to understand…
By Brianna Wiest

Joanna Gaines' Newest Photo Of Baby Crew Sleeping In Her Arms Is So Sweet

Joanna and Chip Gaines may not be cranking out any new seasons of Fixer Upper, but they're still keeping fans updated about their other business ventures – and about their family life. It's not every day — or even every week — but every so often,…
By Michelle Stein

Kate Middleton & Prince William’s Graduation Video Proves They've Been Adorable Forever

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seem to be enjoying something of a marital heyday lately. While the couple, who were married in 2011, have always struck me as awfully happy together, lately they seem to be seriously hitting their stride. Which is…
By Jen McGuire

Cardi B Gives Her Daughter Kulture A Sweet Shout-Out In Her Newest Single

There's nothing cuter than celeb parents giving shout-outs to their children in their work. It really shows how much love they have for their kids, to want to bring them into their creative process in any way possible. That's probably why fans can't…
By Vanessa Taylor

The 5 Zodiac Signs That Are Most Likely To Have A Second Wedding

Turning to the stars for love advice is hardly new, because people have relied on astrology for centuries. And the practice is still alive and well in the modern world, because there's about a zillion sites that can predict your compatibility with a…
By Lindsay E. Mack

Amy Schumer Is Parodying Fellow Mom-To-Be Meghan Markle In This Hilarious Pregnancy Update

You may already know that on Monday, comedian and actress Amy Schumer announced that she and her husband Chris Fischer are expecting their first child together. But what you may not know is that she's basically parodying Meghan Markle's pregnancy…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

7 Ways Progressive Parents Help Their Sons Understand Their Privilege

Privilege is an aspect of your identity that shields you from the challenges other people face on account of their identities. It's possible to have one kind of privilege (white privilege) and not another (straight privilege). Understanding one's…
By Jamie Kenney