Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

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

These Chinese Zodiac Signs Make The Most Fearless Moms (Beyoncé's Is One, Duh)

Are you a fearless mom? If so, you might well have been born under one of the Chinese Zodiac's bravest signs. The Chinese Zodiac is an ancient, complex system that describes personality traits based on the year you were born, and sometimes, the liken…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

If You're Feeling Sad While Breastfeeding, Here's What Might Be Happening

Most mothers imagine feeling unbridled joy when nursing their baby — like a mother gently smiling down at her little one in a Medela ad. When it comes to breastfeeding in real life, however, maternal happiness is never the whole story. Because really…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

How Breast Milk Boosts Your Baby's Immunity, Because It's Literally Like Magic

Breast milk is an incredible substance that science hasn't yet been able to replicate in formula — though they're getting closer, and the most important thing is always simply to love and feed your baby. Nevertheless, one of the things that separates…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Nevertheless, They Persisted: The Story Of How Women Got To Compete In Ski-Jumping

Abby Ringquist started ski jumping in an after-school program in Park City, Utah, at just 7 years old. At first, kids who ski jump tackle only a handful of feet. At the competitive level, athletes fly off towering ramps at speeds upwards of 60 miles …
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

You're Probably Cleaning Your Baby's Ears The Wrong Way & Here's Why

Being totally and completely responsible for a tiny human means getting to know them pretty intimately. From cleaning an umbilical cord stump to trimming tiny baby fingernails, new parents have to learn a whole new skill set in the first few months —…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's How To Prevent The Flu From Becoming Pneumonia, According To An Expert

It's official — this year's flu is an actual public health crisis. As the death toll continues to climb, local governments are urging the public to get vaccinated, while medical experts reports hospitals overflowing with flu cases. Some people wind u…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

OMG, You Can Trade In Old Baby Gear For Major Discounts On New Stuff At Babies "R" Us

If you're the parent of a young child, my guess is that, right now, your house is a lot like mine: a wasteland of plastic baby gear, too-small onesies, spare parts, and tiny plastic spoons (current count: approximately nine million). What do you do? …
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

This List Of Olympic Sports At The 2018 Winter Olympics Will Get You So Pumped

In Pyeongchang, South Korea, the best athletes in the world are preparing to crush it for two solid weeks at the 2018 winter Olympics, which begin on Friday, Feb. 9. But are you ready? Do you know the difference between luge and bobsleighing? Snowboa…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Two Flu Shots Sound Better Than One, But Are They Necessary?

Look, the flu is scary this year, and people in every age group have died as a result of this dangerous, fast-spreading strain of influenza, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You already know that the best way to prot…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

This Super Bowl Recipe May Increase Your Milk Supply, & It's A Classic

The food you eat absolutely impacts your milk supply, as well as your overall health. Maintaining a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water are the most important things, but when Game Day comes along, I know you'll be craving those super satisfyi…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's How Children Are Actually Tested For Autism & What A Diagnosis Means

Human beings fall along a spectrum of neurodiversity, and for that reason, many experts no longer consider autism spectrum disorder (ASD) the developmental tragedy depicted in '90s television and Lifetime movies. In fact, falling somewhere along that…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's How Your Baby Feels While You're Puking Every Single Morning Of Pregnancy

Pregnant moms and their passengers are about as connected as two creatures can be, and it's normal to wonder what a baby — even a tiny fetus — experiences as you go about your daily life. Of course, one of the first rollercoasters you'll board togeth…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

When You Laugh During Pregnancy, Something Amazing Happens To Your Baby

Many pregnant women know intuitively that their baby absorbs their emotions like a little fetal sponge. Personally, I'll never forget the time I went to see a horror movie with my partner a month before my due date (in retrospect, a mistake). She act…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's The Real Deal With Your Postpartum Sex Drive

You know you're not supposed to have sex at least six weeks after the baby's born. In the thick of the newborn days, however, you might be wondering when, exactly, you'll want to be intimate again. Hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, and stress all …
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's What You Need To Know About Leaving Your Crock-Pot On When You're Not Home

Few things in modern life are as dangerous as a house fire, which is why, "Did I turn the stove off?" becomes a nagging worry whenever you leave the house for extended periods of time. But a slow cooker is different, right? After all, Crock-Pot recip…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

You Guys, Target Is Giving A $20 Gift Card If You Spend $100 On Baby Products

It's a truth universally acknowledged that parents buying baby stuff are always looking for a sale. Luckily, Target often provides the very best of those. Personally, I routinely spend $100 and up in Target's baby aisle — hurray, Gerber Graduate meal…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

5 Red Flags Your Day Care Isn't Taking Enough Precautions Against The Flu

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 30 pediatric deaths nationwide resulting from this year's flu — and there are still weeks left of flu season ahead. For the millions of families that send their children to day …
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

What #ActuallyAutistic People Want You To Know About "Autism Mommies" On The Internet

There’s a revolution brewing. Actually, it’s been brewing a long time, but the non-autistic world — well, we weren't paying attention. And then, thanks to Twitter, for a moment we were. The ~radical~ idea that parents are not necessarily the best adv…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's How Vomiting Really Impacts Your Baby's Brain & Body

For adults at least, vomiting is frightening in part because you're no longer in control when sickness takes over. Usually, your brain triggers vomiting in response to some actual or perceived danger — an infection, for instance, or the ingestion of …
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Here's How To Create A Super Calm Nursery For You & Your Baby

While it's always a blast to spend the afternoon looking at the gorgeously-designed nurseries on Pinterest, the truth is babies don't need much from a room to feel soothed, protected, and loved. In fact, what they need most of all is a relaxed, happy…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams