Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Author of the young adult novel DOORMAT, feminist, and new mom, living the outdoor life in lovely Honolulu.
Recent Articles

Here's What You Really Need To Know About The Purported Benefits Of Circumcision

These days, fewer and fewer parents in the U.S. are choosing to circumcise their sons, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and it's no wonder. It's a painful procedure — though doctors once believed that babies couldn't…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Bring Your Child To Work Day Ideas For Parents Who Really Want To Show Their Kids The Ropes

You guys, April 26th is Bring Your Child To Work Day, and I'm so excited for children everywhere. As a kid, I was always pumped to go to work with my dad, mostly because whiteboard markers are super fun to play with, and because there were always ton…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

You Might Feel Pressured To Circumcise At The Hospital, & Here's Why

In their policy statement on circumcision, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises hospitals to provide unbiased information about the procedure, and then let parents make the final decision. In real life, though, what does this look like? A…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's The Truth About Your Hospital Giving You A Car Seat After Your Baby's Delivery

Ever hear the urban legend that there are alligators wandering New York's sewer system? (There aren't.) Or that Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen? (He wasn't.) These myths sound fascinating, and even possible, but really, they're just rumors. It's…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's The Cutoff For Knowing If You're Really Pregnant With Twins Or Not

Back in the old days, women didn't know if they were having twins until they actually gave birth, which probably made designing the nursery more stressful than it had to be. These days, thanks to ultrasounds, most women know early whether they'll be …
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Pregnancy Dreams About Bleeding Are Common, But They're Not As Scary As You Think

For me, dreaming during pregnancy was like riding a nocturnal rollercoaster. The pace was fast, the colors vivid, and sometimes I dreaded falling asleep at night, because it gets exhausting to be constantly visiting the Land of Oz. Intense, unforgett…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

I Took My Partner To An Orgasm Workshop, & It Worked Wonders

Before I had my baby, my husband and I were so good at sex we practically glowed in the dark. Naturally, I assumed we'd go on like that forever, but I never counted on the way giving birth would change everything. I felt like my body had been rewired…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's Why You Shouldn't Brush Your Teeth Right After A Bout Of Morning Sickness

What's the first thing you do after a bout of morning sickness? Brush your teeth, right? Actually, according to dental health experts, that way lies disaster. No one expects the Spanish Inquistion, or that teeth might become a serious issue while the…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

These Easy Parenting Habits Can Increase Your Kid's Chance Of Success In School

Parents would do anything for their children, but sometimes, they do too much. From over-scheduling them in extracurriculars to finishing their homework, parents who overstep the mark aren't actually helping their children succeed in school. In fact,…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

6 Early Signs That Your Baby Is Going To Be Left-Handed

As a parent, I love trying to predict the inscrutable future. Will my daughter like gymnastics or ballet? Mac and cheese or lasagna? Reading a book alone or socializing in a crowd? Recently, though, I've been wondering about hand dominance. At 16 mon…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's How A Traumatic Birth Can Actually Affect You & Your Brain

As a society, we rarely think about birth as a potentially traumatic event. On the contrary, from the baby shower on, birth is nearly always painted in festive, joyful colors. Unfortunately, the truth is that you can be traumatized during birth, and …
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's How To Tell If Your Kid's Eating Habits Are Related To Their Stress & Anxiety

Your family's going through a stressful time — a divorce, a move — and you notice something different about your child. They're gaining weight, or their weight is fluctuating, and worse, they're acting anxious and unwell. Then you catch your child hi…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

8 Creative Easter Ideas That Your Whole Family Will Love

Kids will always remember the effort their parents put into making the holiday season bright. For me, the best memories are born of the light touches — red and green tinsel over a fireplace, sparklers at dinner — but while nowhere near as popular as …
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Where To Hide Easter Eggs & Clues For The Ultimate Egg Hunt

On a scale of one to 10, how ready are you to throw your kids the Easter egg hunt of a lifetime? Because you're busy planning the Easter menu and hosting tons of family, you might need a few suggestions for where to hide Easter eggs and clues to make…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

6 Easter Ideas For Toddlers, Because You're As Excited As They Are

With its chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs, who is Easter for, really, if not a toddler? After a long winter trapped indoors, you know they're just dying to gambol in the grass, scavenge for hardboiled eggs, and eat lemon squares on an Easter picni…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Keep These Expert-Suggested Safety Tips In Mind Next Time You Book A Vacation Rental

What's the first thing you do when you arrive at your vacation rental? Pick out the best bedroom? Check out the hot tub? What about making safety checks, for fire extinguishers and emergency exits? When you rent a home through a site like VRBO or Air…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Actually, Sleep Training Isn't Just For Babies — Here's How To Adjust For Toddlers

It's a sad fact that your child doesn't start sleeping perfectly through each and every night just because they're toddling around all day. Nope. Sleep associations persist, and even babies with hard-won, healthy sleep habits can regress in a heartbe…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's When Postpartum Sex Should Feel Like Usual Again & What To Do If It Doesn't

After you give birth, your body, your relationship, and your life undergo profound changes, so it's no wonder that your sex life might change, too. At first, sex might feel a little strange, or even painful, as your body heals and you learn to relax …
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Heads Up, Fake Pregnancy Announcements On April Fools' Day Do Serious Damage

While I love a good prank, I strongly believe that no joke is so funny that it's worth causing pain to any person or group. (Sexual assault jokes? Yeah, hard pass.) And in the age of social media, it's important to remember that even a joking status …
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

If You're Pregnant & Still Breastfeeding, Here's How To Safely Increase Your Supply

There's nothing more impressive than a pregnant mom who's still nursing her first, except, maybe, an awesome tandem nursing mom. More often than not though, mothers report that they struggle to keep their milk up when they get pregnant. Despite their…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams