Motherhood Filter
  1. An Extraordinary Machine

    “Same kid. Different wrapper.” In 2004, the Smartypants family adopted baby Nora. In 2018, they amended Nora’s Certificate of Foreign Birth when Nora transitioned, changing his name Aaron.

    Family
  2. Design Mom

    Designer, author, and AltSummit founder Gabrielle Blair created Design Mom in 2006; since then, she’s published thousands of posts on design and parenting, travel, food, and other topics (from the evergreen to the timely).

    Commentary
  3. Jenn Berney on raising boys in a hard-to-navigate world: “I want them to understand their luck, to care about the world and the many many ways it’s broken, but when I try to explain its brokenness, they can barely comprehend.”

    Essay
  4. Longreads on Motherhood: A Reading List

    Dive into four personal essays on motherhood.

    Essay
  5. My Tangled Relationship with My Daughter’s Hair

    Despite Leslie Kendall Dye’s tangled relationship with her daughter’s hair, she reconciles the fact that her daughter is very much her own, wonderful person: “She knows who illustrated the original Narnia; she is very much my daughter. I recognize the inside of her more and more.”

    Family
    Photo by Jennifer Moore from Pexels
  6. Expecting

    Writer and illustrator Lucy Grove-Jones on miscarriage: “I could have told this story differently. I could have cut out the jokes about apps and fertility friendly lube. I could have mentally prepared you from the first line, signalled sooner this was a tragedy and half the cast would be dead . . .”

    Comics
    Illustration by Lucy Grove-Jones
  7. LEGOs Make Me a Better Mom

    On learning to play: “(Legos are) my escape route from a mind-numbing round of tea-party. I can’t handle sipping air from a tiny teacup, but pull out those LEGO bins and I’ll sprawl out on the floor like a kid. Which, when I’m with my own kid, feels pretty cool.”

    Jetpack
  8. Confessions of a Part-Time Mom

    Angela Noel on co-parenting and experiencing loss as a part-time mom: “Sucked into this hole are the smiles I won’t see. The giggles I miss. . . . These all live in the hole in my body, the blackhole place where he lives a life outside of the life he shares with me.”

    Family
    Photo by Angela Noel
  9. I Think, Therefore I Am Getting the Goddamned Epidural

    Western philosophy clashes with Rebecca Schuman’s birth plan in her hilarious, harrowing Longreads essay.

    Essay
    Illustration by Annelise Capossela
  10. Bad Boys

    “Before they learned to tie their shoes, the boys could loop the long silhouettes of their footie pajamas into nooses. When she took away their craft scissors, they chewed their nails to points, sharpened their teeth on the chipped ceramic edges of the bathtub.”

    Fiction
  11. “My mom wasn’t someone who lived for 60 years with cystic fibrosis. She was just someone who lived.”

    Motherhood
  12. But, you see I am a mother who has to live with grieving a child gone, while loving the child I have, and they’re both the same. I love them both, I just miss one.

    Motherhood
  13. Parent Co.

    With equal doses of information, inspiration, and opinion, Parent Co. is a modern parenting site that caters to families with children of all ages, genders, and needs.

    Diversity
  14. Teaching My Kids to Survive in ‘Merica

    A mom reflects on preparing her 12-year-old sons to fly alone, to grandma’s house in today’s America: “I thought we would at least get to girls before we got to guns. But this has been an extraordinary year, full of violence and bigotry.”

    Family
  15. There Is Never Enough Time, But There Is Now

    Lisa Sadikman on raising her daughter: “This is when I feel myself expand, just a little, into the space she’s left behind. There are hours now when I am finally able to twirl in a circle of my own without scraping motherhood’s walls.”

    Motherhood