Motherhood

9 Things To Say To The Mom Who Feels Like She Doesn't Do Enough

If you follow me on social media, you probably think my life is pretty perfect. Yesterday, for example, I had a clean house, worked from home, snuggled with my teething toddler, made a Pinterest-worthy birthday cake, and cooked dinner for eight peopl…
By Steph Montgomery

If Your Kids' Toys Are Taking Over, Here's How To Purge Them & Downsize

If you have ever whacked your knee on a dollhouse or found yourself with a teeny, tiny figurine underfoot, then you know just how overwhelming kids' toys can become. Whether your child has a surplus of all things with a motor or collects horse figuri…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

15 Things To Say To The Mom Who Feels Like She's Not Enough

I'm an emotional person. I'm not saying that in a misogynistic way, I'm just naturally very sensitive and I've made peace with this reality. Lots of things can make me genuinely sad, including videos of sad animals, antidepressant medication commerci…
By Jamie Kenney

You Cannot Tell A Mother How To Grieve On Social Media

Rarely do I think about the day I lost a twin at 19 weeks gestation, or the day I birthed my son, along with the diminished remains that would have been his sibling. Time has moved me forward, the sharp corners of my memory have been smoothed to a du…
By Danielle Campoamor

7 Of The Kindest Things You Can Do To A Woman Who Endured A Traumatic Birth

When most people envision childbirth, the image doesn't typically include an oxygen mask or the removal of a baby in distress. But that's how labor and delivery looked when I brought my son into the world, and it was a defining moment in my life. It …
By Candace Ganger

7 Stereotypes About Marriage After Having A Baby That Are Totally True

From self-image to sleep-deprivation, to watching as your new baby disrupts your schedule, grabs everyone's attention, and impacts your relationships, change is the name of the new-mom game. So, of course, your marriage will change, too. You can tell…
By Candace Ganger

My Son's Murder Inspired Me To Buy Back All The Guns If I Have To

On March 24, I, along with thousands across the country, participated in a March for Our Lives rally. I held my son’s picture in one hand and a sign in the other saying #Enough. Less than a month later, I was marching in the March for Humanity event …
By Pati Navalta Poblete

11 Stages Of Cleaning Your House When You're A Mom

There is a constant, ever-present battle going on in my home. I know I'm not winning this battle, and I'm aware I never will. It often takes over my whole life, but sometimes I choose to ignore it. I occasionally have allies who try to help too, but …
By Priscilla Blossom

I'll Say It: Having Kids Gave My Life A Purpose

I started having kids young. Not teen-mom young, but I guess young by today's standards. I didn't have a great career established, other than a few acting roles I'd done in high school and college. I got engaged at 22, married at 23 and had my first …
By Angie Grace

10 Of The Nicest Things You Could Do For A Mom Planning To Have A VBAC

Pregnant ladies need a lot of help. Sometimes they need help getting a seat on public transportation. Sometimes they need a little extra emotional support. Sometimes they need help getting out of their pants because they can't bend that much right no…
By Jamie Kenney

10 Sexy Mother's Day 2018 Gifts That'll Make Her Feel Like The Goddess She Is

Mother's Day is the perfect opportunity to give the mom in your life a restorative break. And let's be honest, that's just about the biggest turn on a mom can get. Most moms would forego all the flowers, chocolates, and store bought cards in the worl…
By Emily Westbrooks

These Parents Buy & Sell Breastmilk Through Social Media

The soft hum of a small, battery-operated breast pump was almost completely drowned out by two toddlers pulling a plastic basketball hoop out of their bedroom into the tiny living room. Outside the living room’s sliding glass door, rain poured down o…
By Natalie Maneval

7 Things That Should *Not* Happen When You're Breastfeeding

For me, breastfeeding was hard, painful, and nothing like how I envisioned. And because nursing is something you have to experience to understand, I didn't know which parts were normal, which symptoms were not a big deal, and when I needed to get pro…
By Steph Montgomery

Here Are The Recommended Ages For Take Your Child To Work Day

Oh how 9-year-old me was thrilled when Take Our Daughters To Work Day launched in 1993. Not only did it mean I would be heading to work with my dad, but it also involved having access to a ton of office supplies. And that was a thrill for a girl who …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

10 Things You Should Ask Your Partner Before Your Baby Turns 1

My children are 6 and almost 4, but their first years feel so much longer, comparatively, to the ones that followed. It's sort of like high school, when four years felt like an eternity but the 10 years leading up to your reunion felt like four month…
By Jamie Kenney

9 Things To Say To The Mom Who Feels Like She Doesn't Do Enough

If you follow me on social media, you probably think my life is pretty perfect. Yesterday, for example, I had a clean house, worked from home, snuggled with my teething toddler, made a Pinterest-worthy birthday cake, and cooked dinner for eight peopl…
By Steph Montgomery

The One Thing I Ignored That Could've Made Bottle-Feeding *So Much* Easier

I always planned to breastfeed my babies. So, when I didn't make enough breast milk and had to supplement with formula, I felt lost. Like, literally lost in the formula aisle. I didn't know which formula to buy or bottles to get, or even how to mix t…
By Steph Montgomery

7 Ways You Can Turn Mom Shaming Into A Positive, According To Experts

Mom shaming. Whether it's the number of kids you do or don't have ('"Only one, huh?"), side-eye about how you handle public meltdowns, the good ol' breastfeeding versus bottle feeding convo, the method in which you gave birth, or commentary on your c…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

I'm Not The Fun Parent — I'm The One Holding Things Together

Motherhood is both an amazing and a really eye-opening experience. When we first give birth to a new baby, we have these really incredible and often times really high expectations of ourselves, but then the whole experience humbles us really quickly.…
By Allison Cooper

7 Moms Share The Worst Thing They Heard One Month After Giving Birth

The last thing a new mom needs, especially right after giving birth, is to feel attacked. So unless you can guarantee, 100 percent, that whatever it is you're about to say is uplifting, empowering, and encouraging, keep it to yourself. I asked moms t…
By Candace Ganger

8 Things To Say To The Mom Who Feels Like She's Failing

Every night, after I put my kids to bed, I reflect back on my day. What kind of mother was I? How often did I raise my voice or shut down a conversation because I was too "busy"? Most of the time, my answers are immediately followed by regret. There …
By Candace Ganger