Kelly Holmes

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This Beautiful "Rainbow Baby" Photo Is Joyful and Heartbreaking All at Once

A "rainbow baby" is one that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss.<p>It's only after the storm that a beautiful rainbow appears — and the sentiment couldn't be more true for two parents who are welcoming a newborn into the world after previously losing a child. …

I Found My Work-Life Balance With 5 Changes

Finding my work-life balance has been an elusive goal since becoming a parent ten years ago. My world revolved around my career for a decade, and I always told myself that if I ever became a mother I would not let that change my course. Uh... that was one of many things that my 20-something self …

Overwhelmed? 10 ways to feel less busy

Work isn’t working; that much seems clear. If you’re a human being with a job and you don’t feel unpleasantly busy yourself, you almost certainly know several people who do, and who rarely stop mentioning it. The feeling of busyness seems ambient, in the air, even infectious – wafting from your …

Time Management

How Strengths-Based Parenting Can Help Your Kid Thrive

Stop trying to 'fix' your kids and nurture their natural talents instead.<p>Your kid loves to be the center of attention. She's the type to run onto the playground, yell "Watch me!", and make monkey noises while hanging upside down on the monkey bars.<p>If that sounds familiar, one of your child's …

Your Cluttered Desk Might Be Making You Lazy

So that's why you're always too exhausted to go to happy hour.<p>If you're constantly turning down plans to meet up with friends after work, ditching your spin class at the last minute, or ordering takeout instead of making a fresh dinner at home, your disorganized desk might be to blame. According to …

The 80-hour workweek doesn’t truly work

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from my boss at one of my first jobs. During a performance appraisal, he broke script and encouraged me to put my interests above the company's.<p>Last week, after reading in these pages how Kevin Sandhu, chief executive officer of the online loan …

This is Every Ridiculous Thing You Say as a Parent in 3 Minutes Flat and It's Hysterical!

Read Next On For Every MomWhoa! This Starts Out as an Outdoor Cooking Show and Ends Up as Every Parent's Worst Nightmare<p>By Jenny Rapson<p>Jenny Rapson …

Parenting

How I Quit Being Busy

I appreciate a good calendar. I used to keep one on the wall in my kitchen, all covered with tidy handwriting in ballpoint pen.When Abigail—she’s the …

Minimalism

Ikea 'Other Letter': Retailer Shows Parents What Kids Really Want For Christmas

With the excitement of Santa and presents at Christmas, it can be easy to forget what the holiday season is really about – spending quality time with …

Kids

Why Daycare Workers Are So Poor, Even Though Daycare Costs So Much

They can't even afford child care for their own kids.<p>Childcare is really expensive. In some states the costs can top 15 percent of the median income for a married couple. And when looking at single-family households, that burden can easily pass 40 percent of the median income.<p>One place all that …

Child Care

24 Clear Signs You're a Mom

<i>Co-authored by Mark Simmons, co-founder WeMothers llc</i><p>We asked the moms of www.wemothers.com what it means to be a mom. Here is what they told us. You know you are a mom when:<p>1. Instead of running from projectile vomit, you run towards it.<p>2. You do more in seven minutes than most people do all …

All of my Issues With the “Goodnight Moon” Bedroom

I’ve read Goodnight Moon almost every night for the past two years. It’s a wonderful book which my son enjoys. Here are some of my issues with the …

Maternity Leave in the U.S. vs. The Rest of the World

How does America compare to the rest of the world in terms of maternity leave? The results are a little surprising, and very …

Marry the person who will help you to the bathroom

I met Dave on Match.com five years ago. Two years later, we were married. A year and a half after that, we welcomed the most beautiful creature onto the planet: a baby girl we named Stella. I delivered Stella via Cesarean section, an insignificant detail except for the fact that the experience …

Relationships

How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body

How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: Don't talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.<p>Don't say anything if she's lost weight. Don't say anything if she's gained weight.<p>If you think your daughter's body looks amazing, don't say that. Here are some …

The Brilliant Reason This Dad Wants His Kids to Have Sex at Home

"Don't get me wrong, I'm not putting down lust. [I]t's just not the best emotion for life decisions."<p>Mic brings our attention to a Reddit post in which a dad, t-away-man, details the four bits of advice he gives his kids so they know whether or not they're ready to have sex. (And I don't think I'm …

Condoms

Top Tips for Teaching Self-Confidence

Some children naturally have a lot of confidence in themselves and in what they are capable of. They take on leadership roles, fight to be the stars of their class, and they excel in all areas that are expected of them.<p>For other children, it can feel like an endless battle to fit in. They may feel …

6 Things To Do When Your Toddler Wakes Up Grumpy

<i>© fidelio/Dollar Photo Club</i> <i><br>Whimpers of protest when I declare it time to get out of bed.</i><p><i>Cries to be carried down the stairs despite the presence of</i> …

In defence of “over-sharenting”: post as many baby updates online as you like

Your friends on social media may scoff, but sharing your experience of raising a child is a feminist, and fundamentally human, act.<p>I had my first …

Social Media

When You Feel Lonely and Left Out

<i>“She didn’t pick us, Mom.”</i><p>Her voice quivered. The tears ran down her cheeks. And my heart hurt so badly.<p>We were on our way home from a party that …

Positive Thinking

I didn’t think it was much fun at the time but now I miss my children’s early years

There is a lot of talk about empty nest syndrome, but just as common, yet barely acknowledged or discussed, is what millions of parents live through every day in the middle years of parenting, when their children are teenagers and still live in the nest: full empty nest syndrome.<p>When our children …

Parenting

Delayed Kindergarten Enrollment Dramatically Reduces ADHD In Children, Study Shows

Delaying kindergarten enrollment for one year shows significant mental health benefits for children, according to a recent study. Researchers found …

Good Parenting Summed Up In 15+ Pics

As a parent, it can be hard to tell if you're doing right by your kids. Beautiful moments like these, however, make it clear that you're doing …

A venture capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here’s what he found.

Ted Dintersmith is a highly successful venture capitalist and father of two who is devoting most of his time, energy and part of of his personal fortune to education-related initiatives that call for a radical remaking of what and how students learn. He organized, funded and produced the …

Education

Seven is the age of wonder, not the age for formal testing

We all had a favourite book as a child. Many of us remember snuggling up on the carpet, watching our teacher’s animated face as they put on funny voices and brought a story to life.<p>For some, it was the tale of a bear hunt, for others the story of the way wild things roared their terrible roars and …

Education

6 Questions I Ask Myself About Potential Mom Friends

When I had my first baby, I was introduced to the world of MOM FRIENDS. Friends who have a little one the same age as yours who can meet up for playdates and talk in-depth with you about sleep and poop matters. I'm an awkward introvert, but even I can make long, easy conversation with another mom …

Motherhood

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

This is the simple analogy that will teach your child to limit screen time—once and for all

Shares 30K<p><i>Inside: As parents, we know we should limit screen time for our kids, but how? Here’s a simple trick that works. Bonus: You’ll end up with</i> …

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