Motherhood Filter
  1. 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.”

  2. 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.”

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

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

    Illustration by Annelise Capossela
  4. 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.”

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.”

  9. 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.”

  10. Motherless

    “I walk around like I have a lightning rod through me. I can’t sit because I feel like I should be doing something. I pace, and I’m short with the kids, and I picture my life without them all and I feel like my lungs will explode.” A fraught, bittersweet journey from foster to adoptive parent.

  11. Between Mom and Stepmom

    Sarah Menkedick reflects on the very different—and complementary—ways in which her mother and her stepmother have nurtured her.

    Illustration by Giselle Potter
  12. The Comfort of Familiar Things

    Jennifer Balink has been thinking about getting a tattoo — and the idea leads her to reflect about family, permanence, and a Mother’s Day gift from years ago.

  13. Mother’s Day Strike

    Alexis Kanda-Olmstead advocates for a Mother’s Day Strike: “We don’t labor on Labor Day, so why should we mother on Mother’s Day?”

  14. The Book And The Baby

    Sarah Menkedick on publishing her first book: “By the time it comes out the intensive period that held and fostered its creation has passed. . . And so to hold this book in my hands also felt like holding my child’s babyhood, and my nascent motherhood, realizing that I have come through it.”

    Photo by Jorge Santiago
  15. Motherhood and Waiting: An Essay Series at Motherwell

    Dive into “Motherhood and Waiting,” a series of essays from Motherwell.