Motherhood Filter
  1. “Is It Hard To Be A Mom?”

    In the surreal spin of a busy morning, Nicki reflects on motherhood: “Four brown lunch bags stand smartly on the counter in front of me, eagerly awaiting their contents. They remind me of Hanukkah candles just before they’re lit — neat and upright, promising magic and surprise.”

    Family
  2. Lean in? Take off? Just Another Day.

    “And no, I didn’t wear red. I wore black today. . . . I wore Black in recognition of our invisibility today, yesterday and tomorrow.” Black. Bunched. Mass. Mom. blogger K.C. Wise reflects on March 8, a “Day Without Women.”

    Current Events
  3. What we neglect when the children are young

    “But what nobody told me while my house was falling apart is that I would start to see clearly again, how this particular fog would lift.” At Motherwell, Lauren Apfel reflects on reclaiming her body — and her house — once on the other side of pre-schoolhood.

    Essay
  4. lauralanni

    Author, professor, and chemist Laura Lanni publishes personal musings and often short yet poignant posts on teaching, writing, motherhood, and more.

    Authors
  5. We Laughed, We Cried, We Felt: The Posts We Loved in 2016

    Curl up with some tea and a comfy blanket, and revisit our favorite reads.

    Academia
  6. A Baby Is Born (Plus a Butternut Squash Soup Recipe)

    At My Jerusalem Kitchen, food blogger and mother Lauren Wilner shares her daughter Nava’s birth story — followed by a nap-friendly soup recipe.

    Cooking
  7. Motherwell

    Motherwell tells all sides of the parenting story and is a space for parents to gather and think deeply: “The idea of a well conjures up images of community, of depth, of the essential nature of water.”

    Family
  8. Making Friends With This Body

    Alexis Kanda-Olmstead on body positivity: “Because I have a daughter and she is nine, around the age when this all started for me…Through her, I am making friends with this body again.”

    Essay
  9. An ultrasound of a beating heart, at last

    “There was some kind of moment, some kind of epiphany that seemed intimately linked to an ultrasound—but one that was forever unnamed and forever not mine.” Kelly Westhoff reflects on motherhood and adoption.

    Essay
  10. An Essay Gone Viral: Blogger Stephanie Land on MAID, Her Forthcoming Memoir

    Stephanie Land, the writer at Stepville.com, announces her forthcoming memoir, MAID.

    Authors
  11. Love makes you fat 

    “But you know what? I have achieved more with this body, then I have with my old body. I’ve eaten more good foods. I’ve lived more, I’ve given more, I’ve enjoyed more. I’ve made life. This body, THIS body should be celebrated and admired.” Laura at The Mum on the Run shares her victory story.

    Health
  12. Free-Range Parenting Is a Privilege for the White and Affluent

    At The Establishment, Stephanie Land takes a hard look at the ways in which parenting choices intersect race and class, and explains why, as a low-income mother, she fears raising her daughter “free range.”

    Commentary
  13. “I should be able to ride one horse at a time, because I only have one ass. I fully realize that I can’t ride two horses at once, but just like my little boy, I want to.”

    Family
  14. “But after the birth of our daughter . . . struggling for balance in our careers and adult lives and family responsibilities, I have come to understand both intimacy and marriage in new ways. Sometimes, intimacy isn’t closeness but distance.”

    Death
  15. Things Could Have Been Different

    “You are gone, and, although others share nearly your exact same story, by some twist of fate they are alive, and you are not.” A year later, a mother writes about her newborn son’s death.

    Death