Motherhood Filter
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. “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
  10. “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
  11. 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
  12. My Mother Would Walk Miles Upon Miles

    “I’d ask, “Mommy, why don’t you have any wrinkles?” “Because I don’t think that hard about things,” she’d answer.” Memories of a mother — and her struggles with homelessness, depression, and varicose veins — in comic form.

    Comics
  13. Unknowns

    Alison Lee Chapman reflects on hard labor and bonding with her newborn son, lovingly nicknamed scungilli.

    Art
  14. “Some days we will be tempted to tell the world about our mothering, and others will leave us wanting to hide behind an obnoxiously large diaper bag. I would argue that the sweet spot of vulnerability is somewhere in between.”

    Family
  15. WONDEROAK

    Reporting from the front lines of stay-at-home motherhood, Jess, a blogger who’s been featured at the Huffington Post and Scary Mommy, writes about topics like parenting, friendship, and body image.

    Family