motherhood

How Does Your State Rank In Child Well-Being?

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It’s a great time to raise children in the Midwest and New England. These regions include eight of the top 10 states (along with New Jersey and Utah) that have the highest overall well-being for American children, according to new information released from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book.... Read more

Moms: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Thinks You're Sexy

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Good news, moms: You're exactly what Joseph Gordon-Levitt is looking for. In his latest HitRECord production, the actor belts out a very entertaining ode to mothers, JT and Andy Samberg style. Because—in Gordon-Levitt's words—moms are "like no other lovers." Heck, yeah! https://www.facebook.com/pivottelevision/posts/1020305487989440 Before any moms out there might take offense at his parody, keep in mind that when... Read more

3 Ways to Have a Baby-Friendly (and Fun!) Fourth of July

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I hate to be the one to break it to you, but holidays just aren’t the same when you have a baby. Some holidays, that is. Especially ones involving beer and fireworks. Babies and pyrotechnics don’t mix. So you might find yourself, like I did, sitting home alone with a baby on Independence Day, while... Read more

New App Helps Locate Clean Public Bathrooms

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When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Especially when you’re pregnant. And now, there’s an app for that: A new start-up aims to give busy city dwellers access to clean and sanitary restrooms for whenever the urge strikes. Looie, set to launch in New York City’s family-friendly Tribeca neighborhood later this month,... Read more

You Know You're A Mom When...

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Everyone has that moment when it finally hits you: “Wow! I’m someone’s mom!”

1. Conversations have a dress code

I am NOT talking to you until you have underwear on. #thingsmomssay

— Once in a While Kyle (@LitteBitofWit) June 24, 2014   2. Road rage is normal

"I have...

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The Unbearable Loneliness Of Pumping

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Meet Jessica Shortall, a working mom with a career dedicated to the intersection of business and doing good. As the former Director of Giving for TOMS Shoes, she literally circumnavigated the globe with a breast pump. Pre-order her upcoming book by Abrams, “Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding and Going... Read more

State of the World's Mothers Report: How Does the US Stack Up?

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Every year, Save the Children releases its State of the World's Mothers Report, ranking 179 countries based on maternal and children's health statistics. Where would you expect the US to fall? Somewhere within the top 10? Try 33. Internationally, disparities between care available for the urban rich and the urban poor are Read more

Exclusive: Shakira Shares Parenting Advice and Her UNICEF World Baby Shower

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For Shakira, working with her foundation to raise awareness for education, childhood development and nutrition wasn’t enough -- she wanted to do more. So during both of her pregnancies, she teamed up with UNICEF to host a World Baby Shower to raise money and awareness for babies born into extreme poverty. The...

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Our Favorite Famous Moms Dish on Parenting

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Nothing humbles celebrities quite like parenthood. We may not go to their parties or live in their neighborhoods, but changing a diaper evens the playing field. Whether they're experiencing first-time motherhood or on their sixth child (hey there, Angelina Jolie), these women pass along the joys, wisdom and "aha" moments they've learned along the way.... Read more

Prenatal Co-Parenting Classes Have a Big Payoff for Your Kid

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Parents-to-be: Get your pencils and notebooks ready -- it’s time to head to class. The latest research suggests that expectant parents who've attended prenatal classes to help improve their co-parenting skills saw a big pay-off for their child — both at home and in school. In a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, a team of researchers at... Read more