Jessica Blankenship

Senior Web Culture Editor at Bustle. Recovering nail biter.

There Is One Thing I Judge Other Parents For, & I Always Will

As a rule, I try not to judge other parents for anything. I mean, I know I'm not supposed to. I know that, instead, we should try to understand that parenting is hard we're all just "doing the best we can." But here's the thing: we're not always…
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I Have One Rule About The Food My Kid Eats, But It's Not What You Think

The most consistent thing I've learned about myself as a mom, so far, is that it my natural tendencies don't always align with what I logically know to be correct and most beneficial parenting choice for myself and my kid. If I know I'm predisposed…
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PSA: Stop Making This Annoying Assumption About Single Moms Who Work From Home

I usually start my days pretty much the same way: I wake up, tell my 5-year-old son that, no, today is not the day he can finally use his iPad before school, bang around in the kitchen in an un-caffeinated attempt to fill his stomach and lunchbox…
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4 Ways You Are Torturing Yourself As A New Mom, & Why You Don't Have To Anymore

As a new mom, it wasn't the punishing sleep schedule that was the hardest for me to get used to. It wasn't navigating the new collaborative effort of parenting with a partner. It wasn't even getting my head around the fact that, ever few hours for…
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5 Of The Cruelest Things You Could Possibly Do To A Single Mom

Honestly, being a single parent is kind of great. We don't have to routinely share our beds with anyone else (except maybe your kids from time to time, but hopefully not all the time, because boundaries). We don't have a partner whose needs we have…
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6 Reasons I Won't Let My Partner Call Me "Mommy" — Ever

The undeniable fact of being a parent is that you have to reconfigure you're entire concept of who you are. Everything gets shuffled. Your sense of self gets ripped apart, inverted, and in every other way transfigured before settling into its new…
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6 Times You Shouldn't Listen To Your Own Mom When It Comes To Your Relationship

When most people stare parenthood in the face, they look to the other women in their life to figure out, like, how the hell to get through it. And since motherhood lasts for roughly the rest of your life, it's safe to say that when you have kids,…
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What Every Single Mom Wants Pregnant Women To Know

When I was pregnant, I had a partner with whom I had every intention of raising our kid. By the time our kid turned 2, I was living 1,000 miles away from his father, navigating a career, a new city, and toddlerhood by myself. It wasn't exactly the…
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7 Lowkey Irritating Things Your Partner Will Do When You're Pumping

When I was pregnant, I figured using a breast pump was something I would do on occasion after my baby was born. I just assumed my breasts would produce bountiful, thoroughly overachieving quantities of milk for my baby, and that since I would be…
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4 Seriously Annoying Things Your Partner Will Do When You're In Your 1st Trimester

Now, I'm no mind reader or anything, but I'm fairly certain my boyfriend wasn't trying to annoy me during my first trimester. It's now years later, and I still have to remind myself of that fact when I think back on the first few months of my…
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The One Thing You Should Do For Yourself *Immediately* After The Baby Is Born

Well, look at you. You did it. There was a human inside your body and now it's on the outside, which makes you presently the breathing, walking (with some discomfort) culmination of everything that is legitimately magical about being a human. No…
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5 Reasons Being A Single Mom Will Always Be Harder Than Being A Single Dad

In case you were unaware, not all relationships work out the way people hope. I know, this is shocking and definitely brand new information. Brace yourself for another life-changing revelation: sometimes people in relationships have kids, and even…
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6 Signs Your BFF Is Going To Be The Most Amazing Aunt On The Planet

When I was pregnant, I was completely convinced of two things: I was going to need to make a lot of personal adjustments in order to be as good of a parent as I wanted to be, and my best friend was going to be the most amazing aunt to ever grace a…
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6 Things People Need To Stop Saying About "One & Done" Moms

When I was 24 and found out I was pregnant with my now-5-year-old, most of the people in my life thought having even one kid was an incredible endeavor. I wasn't necessarily someone who had grown up with parenthood as this huge milestone I needed to…
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5 Signs You'll End Up Kicking Your Partner Out Of The Delivery Room

Long before I ever went into labor, I was positive one thing in my birth plan would happen definitely, for sure, without question, no matter what: no one was going to be in that room unless I really wanted them there. And everyone's access was…
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9 Things Every Parent Is Thinking During Weekend Sports

It's still surreal that my parenting concerns no longer involve sleep schedules, breastfeeding, and checking the weather when deciding between the Ergo and the ring sling before an outing. I put so much goddamn time and energy into researching,…
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11 Things I'd Rather Experience Than Overwhelming Breastfeeding Guilt

When I was pregnant, I definitely thought I knew everything about how I'd birth and parent my baby. In fact, I really didn't understand how people had trouble having perfect births and being perfect parents. I obviously didn't bank on experiencing…
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5 Things I Definitely Wasn't Ready For When I Had Pitocin During Labor

I never thought I was going to end up having any medication during my labor. Like all big-talking first-time moms-to-be, I was committed to having a completely unmedicated labor and delivery, so it never occurred to me that my body, and my baby,…
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Will The Birth Of Kim Kardashian's Son Be On 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'? We Might Have Some Hints

Now that the most highly anticipated tiny holiday-party goer has finally dropped on the scene, there's one (admittedly strange, but it's 2015 and this is where we're at as a society) question we've yet to learn the answer to: Will the birth of Kim…
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What Does Kim Kardashian's Baby Name Mean? Yeezus Now Has A Son Named Saint, Which Makes Sense

Well, it finally happened: The world's most visible couple finally had their baby boy. But lets be honest, we already knew there was a baby coming, and we already knew it was a boy, so what we've all really been waiting to find out is that baby's…
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