My FitBit Made Me Feel Like a Loser So I Quit Using It

I felt like a loser. My friends were all out-stepping me. How did they fit 10,000 steps into a day, let alone 25,000 or even 35,000? Were they working while walking on a treadmill? (Apparently some of them were.) Others just found the time to walk a lot, I guess. Image:

Parenting In a Digital Age: Great Advice From a Millennial Mom

The summer before sixth grade, I got a new Tamagotchi and my very first screen name. I was now Petunia886, and as often as I could (or the phone lines would allow), I instant-messaged friends like GotMilk554, tinkered around with my Angelfire HTML coding and wasted hours searching for the perfect blinking .gif image to capture the ~*BFF-ness*~ of my friendships. ...more

How Do You Feel About Maternal Assisted C-Section?

An Australian mother to nine children took an active role during the c-section birth of her 10th and 11th children. After doctors cut open Gerri Wolfe, 41, she reached down to her lower abdomen and pulled out her twin daughters, Matilda and Violet. Image: BeautifulFreaks The so-called "maternal assisted cesarean section" was all a part of the plan, but only after Wolfe convinced doctors at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, New South Wales, to step back and let her do the actual delivery. ...more

I'm Not An Embarrassment To My Kids Even When I Ride The Subway In My Underwear

Last weekend I participated in a Los Angeles ritual, the No Pants Subway Ride. I had a blast hanging out with some of the most free-spirited people in the city. I happened to be the very first person to arrive at Union Station, rocking my bright blue bikini underwear, a hoodie sweatshirt and ankle boots in 60 degree weather. ...more
Well done for living life! For enjoying your existence despite perceived restrictions. If didn't ...more

Parenting Two Is Not the Same As Parenting One

When we made the decision to have a second child, I did my best to be ready. I read some books about siblings and how to prepare my daughter for her little brother. We steeled our budget and our home, so when he came we thought we were ready. Boy, were we wrong. Instead we proved once again that kids are just little disruptor. Even when you are ready, you are never ready. Here are a few of the things that have caught me off guard in parenting two for the past year and a half. ...more
Ah, the choruses of crying. I have to tell you that this still happens to me, and the kids are 5 ...more

Parenting Mantras: From "I'll Never Have to Do This Again" to "I'll Never Get To Do This Again"

I gave birth to my last child on a cold January night, just a couple hours before the first light of dawn. The labor was fast, and, like labor usually does, it hurt like hell. During the last awful contractions — the ones that made me feel as if my body would break before it birthed — I silently repeated the same phrase over and over to myself. It was a phrase that kept my eye on the prize — one that reminded me there was an end in sight to all the hip-exploding pain. ...more

10 Tips for Surviving Snow Days

This fine Friday morning, my son woke up and went to school. But only for the third time this week. It is January in Chicago and, thanks to our new friend “Polar Vortex,” Januarys in Chicago now seem to involve unanticipated school closures due to extreme weather conditions. ...more
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#UnitedWithIvy: Where's the Compassion?

The recent uproar and response to the flight attendant at United Air insisting that a child with special needs be strapped into her own seat during takeoff speaks directly to our inability as a culture to walk in the shoes of another who is suffering and struggling in ways that we cannot see. Image: Matt_Weibo...more
I read this article and decided to read other new stories so that I could develop a balanced ...more

10 Tips for Newly Single Moms

“Sit down and breathe deeply” is what I told myself six years ago, after I heard the voicemail between my ex and her business partner that clearly was not business. All I could hear were the birds chirping outside my window as my body started to go numb. I heard enough to know this was bad news for me, for us. ...more

Before You Complain About That Crying Baby On Your Plane, Think About This!

Traveling during the holidays is stressful enough. Throw a baby into the mix and it’s enough to push even the most skilled baby whisperer over the edge. There is no shortage of advice for people flying with their children: /center>...more
The worst are people who take their babies in business class. Sorry if that sounds snobbish, but ...more