parenting

Don't Ask This Couple When They're Going To Have A Baby

Dog standing on hind legs with ownersElisha Minnette Photography
Maybe your in-laws wouldn't stop asking when they could expect grandchildren. Or maybe all your friends settled down before you. Either way, the pressure to have kids can be incredibly frustrating. Enter Matt and Abby. With the help of photographer friend Elisha Minnette, the couple staged a newborn shoot. The twist? They don't have... Read more

Your Worth As A Mother Is Not Measured In Breast Milk Ounces

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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 Back... Read more

Fewer Moms Take Maternity Leave Than You'd Think

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A full year of paid leave? Offices accommodating newborns? Not the reality for most working moms. Despite the slew of parental perks we've seen from larger companies recently, data from the Department of Labor shows that one in four new moms return to work just two weeks after having a baby.... Read more

What Happened When This Woman Took Care Of A Robot Baby For 72 Hours

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We're torn between wanting to call one of these robot babies into our office and staying far, far away after reading about this woman's experience. Brave BuzzFeed staff writer Crystal Ro decided that she's a "grown-ass woman [who] should be fully capable of taking care of a baby — right?" (Her words, not ours.) So she... Read more

Reporter Inadvertently Makes Preschooler Cry: How To Help Your Child Avoid The Back-To-School Tears

Reporter makes preschooler cryKTLA
The first day of school is right around the corner for most parts of the U.S. And for the Los Angeles Unified School District (the second largest school district in the country, after New York City), the time is already here. Los Angeles local news station KTLA 5 interviewed students en route to the classroom yesterday. Some are... Read more

This Baby And Bulldog Are Basically Brothers (Photos)

Baby napping with bulldogIvette Ivens Photography
Remember those breastfeeding goddesses? Turns out photographer Ivette Ivens was capturing some other divine images on the side -- photos of her son Dilan and puppy Farley, who just so happen to share a birthday. The French bulldog joined the family about five months ago. “I saw Farley’s birth date and just... Read more

Can This Book Help Get Your Kids To Sleep Faster?

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Bedtime just got an instruction manual. And it's cleverly disguised as a children's book. The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is a new best-seller on Amazon. Swedish author and psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, who self-published the book, instructs parents how to read it based on the styling of the text. Bold... Read more

Viral Photo Shows Beauty Of C-Section Scars (Graphic)

Newborn below mother's c-section scarHelen Carmina Photography
The mom in this photo was terrified of having a c-section. But after a complicated labor, she needed to have one anyway. This is her way of commemorating her triumph. The photo is also a feat for photographer Helen Aller of Helen Carmina Photography. "My images usually get seen by 100 people at most, so I... Read more

If You Could, Would You Select Baby's Sex?

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Should couples be able to choose the sex of their baby? Where the practice of nonmedical sex selection -- also referred to as family balancing -- is allowed, it comes with a hefty price tag -- as much as $15,000 to $20,000 per cycle. But it's the next step for expansion in the fertility industry. Rather... Read more

A Sister's Act Of Love: Giving Birth To Her Twin's Baby

twin-sister-surrogate-birthAllison Rose Photography
The bond between sisters -- especially twin sisters -- is hard to top. Especially when they live within walking distance of each other and are raising sons close in age. So when Allison Dinkelacker got the heartbreaking news that she wouldn’t be able to give her son Dylan a sibling, her twin sister and mom of two... Read more