Being a parent

10 ways fatherhood improves your life, according to science

Ask anyone with kids, and they’ll tell you: Parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. The sleepless nights, the added expenses and the general inability to finish a sentence uninterrupted is tough sledding. But, just as women reap huge benefits from motherhood, dads do, too.  “Becoming a father typically has... more

12 baby birth videos that (really) prepare you for the big day

Your belly is growing, and so is your anticipation. After months of doctor’s appointments, swollen feet, backaches and developing an unstoppable nesting habit, you’re totally ready for labor and delivery. But the unpredictable nature of childbirth can make any mama-to-be worry themselves into a frenzy over what may or may... more

8 things I want my kids to know about being a parent

When you’re a parent, getting through each day feels a little bit like putting on a performance. I wake up in the morning and slip into my costume of leggings and whatever t-shirt is clean. I stock my magic bag of tricks (read: my purse) with snacks and hand sanitizer... more

What moms really want for Mother’s Day

This morning, when my husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day, I didn’t have the energy to give him a good answer. It was 6:30 a.m., and I was awake, unloading the dishwasher, making the coffee and fixing breakfast for our son. Three hours later, I... more

10 ways motherhood makes you extraordinary, according to science

Kids, man. Some days it feels like they just might kill you. But here’s a secret: They’re probably doing the opposite. Despite the decrease in sleep, time and money parents tend to experience after having kids, a number of studies indicate that women can reap a number of physical and emotional... more

8 ways parents say you can help after baby arrives

There's no way around it: Those early days with a newborn are hard. From dealing with the sleep deprivation and keeping your new baby fed and healthy to balancing all the additional housework — the challenges of a newborn may seem endless. Luckily, our friends, family and coworkers are... more

19 funny Mother's Day memes to bring on the laughs for mom’s special day

Forget the flowers, breakfasts in bed and candles, what moms really want this year is a list of funny Mother’s Day memes. (Actually, don’t forget the flowers, brekkies and candles — we’ll take those, too.) From a Mother’s Day meme that nails moms’ total lack of privacy to a tweet... more

Signs you have pandemic parenting burnout and tips for giving yourself a break

“What’s wrong?” I text my mom friend after she abruptly cancels our weekly walk. “Everything and nothing,” she replies. I get it. Any mom would get it under normal circumstances when we weren’t parenting during a pandemic — but now? An explanation for “everything and nothing” would just... more