New Instagram Account Sums Up Your Daily Struggle

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Ilana Wiles, a working mom of two and the founder of new Instagram account @averageparentproblems, knows that parenting can feel like a never-ending struggle. From "getting out the door problems" to "restaurant problems" and the ever-popular "toy problems" (what parent hasn't taken a LEGO to the foot?), Wiles has collected dozens of Instagram photos that show the real... Read more

Are You the Mom Who Eats Your Kids' Table Scraps?

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Embarrassed by all the times you've scraped mac and cheese remnants off your kids' dirty dishes and considered it dinner? Don't be! That's the major takeaway from an interview between Dan Pashman of WNYC's The Sporkful and NPR's Rachel Martin. Why do you do this? When did your standards allow this to happen? Pashman authoritatively explains. "Well, there's... Read more

Postbaby Chores Still Fall to Mom, Study Finds

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Think that most couples can (and should) equally share diaper duty? A new study released by researchers at Ohio State University shows that we still have a long way to go. The study asked 182 different-sex couples to fill out "time diaries" that recorded their daily activities on workdays and non-workdays. The couples first kept these diaries during the third... Read more

How Mother’s Day Is Celebrated In Different Countries

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Happy Mother's Day! Enjoying breakfast in bed? A day at the spa? Take a look at how other countries celebrate mom. While some follow our break-from-housework, brunch-at-a-restaurant playbook, others have surprising, less familiar customs worth learning about. Mexico Cue the mariachi music, which is the sound track of Mother’s Day in Mexico. Families hire bands to... Read more

A Message from NFL Moms to Their Sons

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"You are my greatest accomplishment." "Words can't even express how proud I am of you." "I love you with all my heart." We don't have to tell you that these phrases come straight from the mouths of moms. But these ladies are talking to a very special set of kids -- their professional football player... Read more

5 Fun, Fresh Titles for Children's Book Week

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Can't bear to read the same book one more night in a row? As we round out Children's Book Week, we asked our friends at Harper Collins for their suggestions to help freshen up story time. Here, five different titles hand-selected by their editors. Add one or all to your repertoire.  Because reading with your... Read more

The Business of Baby Boxes

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For some brand new parents, the second most important arrival (after baby, of course) is a simple cardboard box. "Baby boxes" containing newborn basics like gender-neutral clothes, winter gear, diapers and bath supplies have been mailed out to new parents by the Finnish government for over 75 years. Now, the business is taking off --... Read more

Prepping Your Toddler for a New Sibling

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With new Princess Charlotte in the spotlight, our thoughts are turning back to George. How is his royal highness adjusting to life as a big brother? If you're about to bring home baby no. 2, you'll want to help your eldest get ready to no longer be king of the castle. We have some Read more

Those Lunch Box Art Parents? Not So Popular

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Every day, Brent Almond slips a Post-it into his son Jon's lunchbox. And each little square is a true work of art, complete with a professional-level sketch of a superhero or cartoon character with some daily words of wisdom for Jon. https://instagram.com/p/y6-ltrk5r-/ And then there's Beau Coffron, the Lunchbox Dad, who creates elaborate... Read more

The Good, the Bad and the Gross: Real Mom Confessions

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You're a total rockstar parent 99 percent of the time, but in honor of National Honesty Day, let's talk about that other 1 percent. Motherhood can be a bunch of things all at once: rewarding, frustrating, beautiful and disgusting (spit-up and diapers and stains, oh my!). We gathered some of the best Bumpie confessions that... Read more