Motherhood

7 Things All Moms Do When They Think Their Kids Aren't Looking

“Do as I say, not as I do" is sort of a parenting theme around my house. I'd like to think all parents follow this mantra, and the things moms do when they think their kids aren't looking are at least party to blame for this eternal adage's prevalenc…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Ways I Set Myself Up For Disappointment During Potty Training

When I asked my own mom about potty training, she gave me a ton of advice. She potty trained me when I was about 18-months-old and, according to her, it wasn't a big deal. So when my daughter reached that age I decided to give potty training a shot. …
By Steph Montgomery

9 Things All Moms Do When They Have The House To Themselves

Your partner has left for a full day of work and your child is off to school. Or perhaps your partner is enjoying some one-on-one time with your kid and you're enjoying the sweet sound of silence. Either way you've realized that right now, in this mo…
By Priscilla Blossom

Science Says There Are Huge Benefits To Giving Kids Chores (Other Than Clean Dishes)

Growing up, my parents were pretty lax on chores, and I wasn't expected to do much by the way of housework. My MawMaw took care of my siblings and me, and she was very particular about the way things should be done so she mostly did it herself. My ch…
By Cat Bowen

10 Ways I Set Myself Up For Success When Breastfeeding

So, you're going to have a baby and you're thinking about breastfeeding. Congrats! I can tell you from my own experience that nursing a baby (or a toddler) can be a wonderful, rewarding thing to do. Of course other people can tell you it's hell on ea…
By Jamie Kenney

I Am A Suburban Mom, But I Was Once A Refugee

The other day, my 3-and-a-half-year-old asked me, “Mommy, do you have a middle name?” I explained to her that, where I came from, they didn’t give middle names — only first names and last names. (I didn’t get into patronymics with her, which appeare…
By Jessie Kanzer

I'm An Attachment Parent Who Sleep-Trained Her Kid

My plans for motherhood leaned towards the crunchy. I was going to give birth with minimal interventions, and then cloth-diaper, exclusively breastfeed, wear my baby as much as possible, and bedshare. I envisioned myself practicing quintessential att…
By Beth Loster

Eva Longoria Has Given Birth To A Baby Boy & It's So Exciting

After originally confirming her pregnancy back in December, actress Eva Longoria welcomed a baby boy into the world on Tuesday, and it sounds like she couldn't possibly be more thrilled to meet him. The Desperate Housewives star told HOLA! USA that s…
By Alana Romain

5 Things I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding Anxiety Before I Experienced It

To say I was nervous about breastfeeding would be a severe understatement. Then again, as a first-time mom I was nervous about damn-near everything, from how I was going to feed my child to leaving the hospital to sleeping. Still, the specific anxiet…
By Danielle Campoamor

5 Things To Add To Your Diaper Bag This Summer, Because Adventures Await

I adore summertime adventures with my girls, but they do require me to up my diaper bag game in a pretty serious way. In the winter, you can kind of get by with a back-up onesie, the diaper changing basics, and some snacks. But once Memorial Day hits…
By Kate Miller

The One Thing I Ignored That Could've Made Breastfeeding So Much Easier

To say I planned to exclusively breastfeed my daughter is kind of an understatement. My mind was made up, and I was adamant that she would not receive a single drop of formula. I took breastfeeding classes, read books, scoured the internet, and asked…
By Steph Montgomery

My Super Honest Adoption Application

Because sitting down to pen the most hopeful application of your life — and realizing the entire damn thing hinges on your inescapable personality — can be stressful, we bring you a brutally hilarious adoption application by Leah Campbell, written fo…
By Leah Campbell

“I Just Wanted A Family”: The Women Who Get Pregnant On Their Own

“It wasn’t an easy choice. I’d characterize it as fairly anguished choice.” Sarah Kowalski, a writer and mother in Berkeley, California, is talking about her decision to have a baby alone as she approached age 40. Once Kowalski finally made the cho…
By Madison Young

Misconceptions: The Gap Between Expectations & Reality When You're TTC

By Romper & Radiolab

I Gained A Newborn, Lost A Pregnancy, & Almost Lost My Wife... All In 2 Weeks

Part of a special exploration of fertility and reproduction from Romper & Radiolab. Romper's Trying project follows five women with very different stories through a year of trying to conceive. Where discussions about fertility often focus on the end …
By Dese'Rae L. Stage

10 Things All Moms Do When They're Alone In Their Car

The other day I was sitting alone in my mini-van in the Target parking lot, enjoying a rare moment of peace and quiet. When I glanced at the car next to me, I saw another mom playing on her phone... just like I was. I gave her a nod of solidarity and…
By Steph Montgomery

Actually, I Don't Miss My Kids When I'm Away

I didn't spend more than a few hours away from my son until he was 2. It wasn't so much reluctance as lack of opportunity, but a dear friend's wedding a quick plane ride away provided the perfect excuse for a long weekend getaway with my husband and …
By Jamie Kenney

When Your Wife Almost Dies, Do You Still Want To Try For Another Baby?

Romper's Trying project follows five women with very different stories through a year of trying to conceive. Where discussions about fertility often focus on the end goal, they'll document what it's like emotionally, physically, and spiritually befor…
By Dese'Rae L. Stage

I Didn't Get A Shoutout From My Partner Like Chrissy Teigen Did & I Hate That I Care

After hours of debating, at 3:04 p.m. on Sunday, I uploaded three photos to Facebook for a Father’s Day shoutout, honoring my father, my partner, and my mother’s long-term boyfriend. Realizing my omission, I immediately texted my partner’s father, t…
By Ashley Stoney

9 Things Moms Raising Sons Who Will Take Responsibility For Their Actions Never Do

The other day, while my son and daughter were playing, I watched my 6-year-old boy slam his sister's head against the wall. I could tell it wasn't malicious and that he wasn't trying to hurt her, but it was absolutely intentional. The fact that he wa…
By Jamie Kenney

7 Things All Moms Do When They Think Their Kids Aren't Looking

“Do as I say, not as I do" is sort of a parenting theme around my house. I'd like to think all parents follow this mantra, and the things moms do when they think their kids aren't looking are at least party to blame for this eternal adage's prevalenc…
By Dina Leygerman