All Mothers Are Refugees
Motherhood

All Mothers Are Refugees

Being a mother is like eating bread with your hands. Pulling off small chunks from the loaf. “Here, love, eat this.” I study the picture on the cover of the newspaper. Metal slates, razor wire, Tijuana. Pink flip-flops and diapers. I look at the grip of the Honduran mother’s hands on the arms of her daughters as they run, a…

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Google Is Not a Pediatrician
Motherhood

Google Is Not a Pediatrician

Photo: @lauraschmalstieg “Can you fall asleep while standing up?” “Reasons why my baby won’t nap.” “How much should a three-month-old be eating?” I was sitting at my desk in our home office, Googling questions while my baby slept in the next room. I stared back at my own reflection in the window. A reading lamp just barely illuminated my hunched…

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I Got Kicked Out of My ‘Mommy and Me’ Class
Education, Motherhood

I Got Kicked Out of My ‘Mommy and Me’ Class

Photo: Jessica Raimondi/EyeEm/Getty Images When I was three months pregnant with my second child, I moved from New York City to Los Angeles. I had a three-year-old daughter and was preparing for “siblings,” and everywhere I went in my new community, I heard moms parroting the wisdom of a mysterious child-wrangling guru named Marla. They would say, “Marla says to…

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Moms anonymous
Motherhood

Moms Anonymous

Photo: pixdeluxe/Getty Images I took two months off spinning class because of first-trimester nausea, so when I showed up this week at my regular Monday 6 p.m. class at the Y, everyone was very excited to see me. There was a lot of exclaiming over my new bump, and in the first few minutes of warm-up everyone chimed in about…

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Why you’re never too old for a birthday party
Motherhood

Why you’re never too old for a birthday party

Hey, happy birthday! Fancy a birthday party? Facebook has been sharing your birthday with your contacts since as far as we can remember. As long as you agree to share the correct information, you’re sure to receive at least once a year thoughtful messages from your cyber friends. Nowadays, the social media platform has introduced a variety of fun and…

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Motherhood

All the times I didn’t win mother of the year award.

I understand that for a vast majority of women who plan on having children, it’s a heavenly thing to become pregnant and anticipate the next glorious stage in life — parenting. You and your significant other do your best to get your freak on at the most optimal times each month, in hopes that you’ll hit the nail on the…

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