This supportive husband is every partner on Taylor Swift release day
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by Christina Marfice
5h ago
Happy Taylor Swift album release day! If you are a human being with a beating heart, you’ve probably spent some portion of the last 14 hours listening to Taylor’s newest album, “The Tortured Poets Department.” And if you have a straight male partner who truly loves and cares about you, he’s probably spent just as much time trying to act like this is exciting to him, even though he’s secretly glad the album is finally out and maybe (just maybe) we’ll all stop obsessing over it soon (as if).  But good on them for trying to be supportive, right? In one viral video, a woman tried to explain a ..read more
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Why we need National Infertility Awareness Week more than ever
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by Mark P. Leondires, M.D.
12h ago
National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is a pivotal observance each spring in the fertility community, aimed at increasing public and political understanding and support for those facing challenges building their families. This year, it’s taking place the week of April 21, 2024.  Established in 1989 by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, this week has long served as a beacon of hope and an awareness-building. However, in light of recent shifts in U.S. legal landscapes, including the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the introduction of personhood bills, and other legislation aimed a ..read more
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7 simple ways to make sustainable, eco-conscious changes at home
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by Gabi Day
14h ago
As an eco-conscious millennial twin mom, I think a lot about how I can make my household more sustainable and pass down eco-friendly habits to my kids (especially during Earth Month). I’m Gabi Day, CEO + Founder + Formulator at Bright Body, a line of nontoxic and refillable skin, hair, and baby care. Sustainability is an integral part of my life and my business, and it is so disheartening when I hear people say that being more eco-friendly is expensive, time-consuming and inconvenient. I get it: we are all busy, the cost of living is rising, we’re far from gender and racial equity, we’ve lost ..read more
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Struggling to conceive after having your first baby? There’s a name for that, and it’s more common than you think
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by Lauren Makler, CEO & Co-Founder
1d ago
When people think of infertility, they typically think of people trying to bring their first child into the world. There’s then a widespread assumption that if you had baby number one, everything after that will be a breeze. But what if you’re someone who already has one child (or more), but is now struggling to conceive or carry a pregnancy again? The reality is: you’re not alone. This is called secondary infertility—and it’s more common than you might think. As CEO and Co-Founder of Cofertility, I speak with parents experiencing this every day, and it’s something my husband and I experienced ..read more
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Dear Google Calendar: This is NOT a healthy relationship
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by Christine R. Nessler
2d ago
Dear Google Calendar, I suffer from FOMS (Fear of Missing Stuff). People think of “mom brain” as something that affects mostly young mothers and pregnant women, but as a veteran mom of three ranging from 11 to 17, I can assure you the fatigue fog is real for parents well beyond the midnight-feeding and diaper phase. In this activity-ridden period of parenthood, I find myself entering rooms on a mission and not remembering why I went there in the first place.  On a regular basis I’ll holler to my family, “I can’t find my cell phone.” “Try Find My Phone on your Apple Watch,” says a tech-sav ..read more
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Dad shares viral video about play areas on public transportation in Finland—and now we’re crying in American
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by Katrina Nattress
2d ago
If you’re a parent—especially to young children—chances are you would not prefer to use public transportation if you can help it. You have to wrangle your children onto the bus or subway train; keep them seated and occupied during the drive; make sure they’re safe; make sure they don’t pick up any weird trash or who-knows-what that could be laying around. It’s stressful, to say the least. And one word that definitely does not describe the experience is fun. That is, unless you’re in Finland. Related: ‘Miss Sparkles’ is the school bus driver we all wish we had CN Traveler recently named Finla ..read more
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Mom accidentally invites ENTIRE contact list ‘487 people’ to her child’s birthday
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by Diva Anwari
2d ago
Planning a child’s birthday party is not easy. Not only do you have to think about how to keep a rambunctious group of little humans entertained but you also have to prep for the adults that come with them. There’s bound to be some mishaps! Of all the unfortunate mistakes, you probably weren’t thinking of inviting over 400 people. And yet, that’s exactly what happened to one poor mom just trying to organize her child’s birthday party invitations. Emily King, who goes by @twodachshundkings on TikTok, shared this hilarious video detailing where things went wrong. @twodachshundkings If you recev ..read more
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Hindsight: What I wish I would have known as a first-time parent
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by Samantha Jones
2d ago
I made it, I thought to myself, surrounded by friends at the dinner table, while my child ran around freely. I have finally reached a point in parenthood that I thought I would never achieve. When I look back on those days and nights of survival, they are a bit hazy and blended in a whirl of brain fog. However, those days have passed, and my thriving toddler now races around with her friends, babbling in more coherent phrases, while the minutes and days spin by like the endless use of our laundry in the dryer. My husband and I can now enjoy dinner with our friends without a newborn or baby nee ..read more
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This family is at war over relatives lip-kissing each other. Who’s in the wrong?
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by Christina Marfice
2d ago
It’s always been true that some families are more physically affectionate than others. But what happens when some family members want to be touchy-feely, while others want to draw boundaries against that? One family asks Reddit for advice after a “kissing on the lips” situation has caused major conflict. “The family has split over my wife’s brother wanting to lip kiss our 2 year old daughter every time her sees her,” a dad wrote on Reddit’s Parenting forum. “My wife complained to her mother about it and her mother accused her of being “disgusting” and wouldn’t intervene. Are we crazy or is the ..read more
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Kelly Clarkson says she ‘asked God’ to ‘just take’ her when she was hospitalized while pregnant
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by Arielle Tschinkel
2d ago
In a candid conversation with Hillary Clinton on her eponymous talk show, Kelly Clarkson opened up about being hospitalized during both her pregnancies. On the April 15 episode of “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” the pair were discussing the recent abortion ban in Arizona, and Clarkson shared her own personal experience feeling terrified during pregnancy, connecting it to how awful it is for someone to not have autonomy over their own body, healthcare, and medical choices. Clarkson mentioned the Arizona ruling upheld last week, in which the state’s Supreme Court brought back an 1864 law that makes p ..read more
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