Motherhood

If You Nearly Lost It Trying To Find The Right Daycare, You're Not Alone

You want to send your child to daycare (or have no choice), but where do you send them? Are you after a Spanish immersion program? A classroom that is sufficiently "diverse"? An in-home daycare or franchised daycare center; in an apartment or with a…
By Risa Kerslake

The Anarchic Children's Book That Represents Summer To Me As A Mom, Still

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Liza Wyles

Stop Assuming Every Fat Pregnant Woman Has Gestational Diabetes

Women's bodies are often considered to be a subject of public discussion and scrutiny. Is she sexy enough? Skinny enough? Modest enough? Assertive enough? Demure enough? There's no winning. So you can imagine how much worse this gets when a woman is…
By Jamie Kenney

The Most Magical Baby Names That Start With "M"

Choosing a moniker for your baby is huge. It's one of the few decisions you make in life that feels etched in stone. I did know a few kids growing up with nicknames that were a far departure from their real names (Ned for Charles?), but more often…
By Kate Miller

Here's What First Grade Teachers Really Want You To Ask On The First Day Of School

Dropping my daughter off for her first day of first grade was terrifying. Yes, she'd been through pre-K and kindergarten, but first grade just feels so real. She was excited and happy, and I was remembering my own stern first grade teacher who…
By Cat Bowen

13 Signs You're A Basic Fall Mom & Not Even A Little Bit Sorry

I've come to the conclusion recently that the term "basic," which can be used to varying degrees of derision, is a catch-all way to insult things that are popular among women. Rosé? Basic. Yoga? Basic. Starbucks? Basic. Target? Basic. Romantic…
By Jamie Kenney

The Best & Hardest Thing I've Done As A Parent Is Put My Kid On That Bus

On the first day of school, I hugged and kissed my daughter Freyja goodbye and watched as her bus pulled away, waving until it reached the end of the block, turned left, and disappeared out of sight. Then I turned toward our apartment building and…
By Aimee Christian

Kylie Jenner & Stormi Might Be Hitting The Road With Travis Scott

Rapper Travis Scott recently dropped his latest album, Astroworld, earlier this month, and now he's gearing up to hit the road for the first leg of his tour. The actual dates are still yet to be announced, and it sounds like additional cities will…
By Alana Romain

Actually, Screen Time Brings My Family Closer Together

If you're a parent (or even just a human who uses social media), you've probably heard a thing or two about screen time. It's pretty much universally regarded as something bad for kids, or something that lazy parents use in replace of actual…
By Steph Montgomery

Actually, Breastfeeding Made My Postpartum Depression Worse

I grew up surrounded by mothers who nursed, so I just knew that when I became a mom I would be breastfeeding. I never once questioned if breastfeeding would be right for me. Instead, I considered it to be the thing expected of me. Then I had my baby…
By Candace Ganger

What You Need To Know About Back-To-School Anxiety

Anxious about the back-to-school season? There are the endless school supplies lists, the daily lunch-making, the teary bus rides, the calamitous Changes To Routine to dread. And that's just for parents. Heading back to school can give many children…
By Risa Kerslake

9 Reasons Why Every Mom Can't Wait For Fall

I love fall. If fall were a person, I'd change my status to "in a serious relationship." This magical time of year means I get to break out my jeans and hoodies, my kids go back to school, and pumpkin everything reigns supreme. There's little I…
By Candace Ganger

How A Daycare Teacher, A Pediatrician, & A Mom of Four Avoid Getting Sick All The Time

There is nothing ruder than a cold on a 90-degree day. But for those of us in charge of multiple sets of sticky fingers, colds are just as likely to arrive in August as they are in the depths of January. And when it comes to common illnesses, it…
By De Elizabeth

8 Game-Changing Apps for Teaching Your Kid To Write

You know the ubiquitous saying, "There's an app for that," but when it comes to teaching your child how to write, is there really a digital tool that can get the job done? There's just something about putting pencil to paper that seems so essential…
By Kate Miller

6 Maternity Items Worth Buying, No Matter How Silly They Seem

When you're busy growing a tiny human, it can feel like you're in a grueling endurance challenge. Whether you're suddenly up at night tossing and turning, experiencing constant lower back pain or leg aches, or have an irritatingly itchy belly, it's…
By Kate Miller

9 Things To Ask Your Child's Preschool Teacher On The First Day Of School

Of all the first-day experiences children have in their school careers, perhaps none is as exciting, nerve-wracking, and emotional as the first day of preschool. I know this doubly well: Not only did my own two kids survive that milestone day, but…
By Shana Aborn

Only 2 Cities In The U.S. Protect Breastfeeding Moms' Rights At Work, According To New Research

Every new mom who chooses to breastfeed should be able to do so as long as she likes — even if she has to go back to work. The health benefits to both her and her baby far outweigh any slight inconvenience her need to pump in the workplace might…
By Jen McGuire

How To Teach A Child About Disabilities, According To Moms & Kids With Disabilities

Every parent knows it's challenging to raise children, especially when you're simultaneously facing challenges of your own. And for parents and kids with disabilities, those challenges often include the way people treat or perceive you. There are a…
By Priscilla Blossom

I'm Not Sorry For Posting Happy Snaps On Social While The World Burns

In a world that is literally on fire, throwing up a happy pic on social media of my kid at an amusement park feels totally tone deaf. Every morning, there is a new environmental crisis to behold, or a human rights atrocity being committed against…
By Liza Wyles

8 Moms Reveal The Unique Ways They Revived Their Relationships

Remember when you first met your significant other? They way you just couldn’t wait to see them again? How you couldn't keep your hands off one another, and your conversations were as endless as they were riveting? But then time passed, you settled…
By Priscilla Blossom

7 Moms Share When & Why They Decided To Give Their Child A Smartphone

Growing up, if I wanted to talk to my friends on the phone I had to use a landline. Then I entered high school and slowly, but surely, more and more people were purchasing mobile phones. Before I knew it my friends had Nokias and Motorolas,…
By Priscilla Blossom