Parenting 2021-12-21T23:28:49Z
White and blue oval shape electronic pump on table beside two bottles of milk with flanges attached - spectra s1 is one of best breast pumps in 2021

The 5 best breast pumps in 2021, from electric to manual models

After extensive testing, we've narrowed down the best breast pumps, including electric, manual, and wearable models from Medela, Spectra, Elvie, and more.
Parenting 2021-12-21T22:31:35Z
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The 5 best backpacks for students in 2021

Students need a durable backpack that holds all of their supplies and devices. Here are the best backpacks for school, from preschool to college.
Parenting 2021-12-21T20:49:23Z
Kids looking at a Christmas tree in matching oufits

I used to hate the holidays. Now dressing my family in matching pajamas is the one thing I look forward to.

Though she once judged those who sported matching pajamas, the author came to love this tradition, and it's now her favorite part of the holidays.
Entertainment 2021-12-21T16:55:53Z

Ben Affleck said George Clooney let him 'cut early' to maximize time with his kids while filming 'The Tender Bar'

While directing "The Tender Bar," Clooney let Affleck leave early from set and have weekends off so he could see his kids, the actor told People.
Parenting 2021-12-21T15:14:46Z

Burnt-out school teachers say they are having to 'beg, borrow, and steal' to cover for missing staff as Omicron spreads

Teachers across the US are seeing an uptick in positive cases. Some argue that going back to virtual learning could hurt their students.
Parenting 2021-12-21T14:09:48Z

Talking to kids about menopause could help break down one of the biggest taboos in women's health

As women talk more openly about periods, postpartum, and general health, it's time for them to also speak up about menopause.
Parenting 2021-12-21T14:06:41Z

As a gay man I'm often told I don't deserve to have children of my own. I absolutely disagree, and here's why.

The author shares how he was attacked for openly saying he wants to have children of his own with his husband, instead of adopting.
Parenting 2021-12-20T17:20:00Z

I've been trying to get pregnant for 10 months. Here's what experts have to say about the gray area of fertility that I'm in.

In the past, it's taken the author less time to get pregnant. Now, almost a year into trying, she can't stop thinking about her potential third child.
Parenting 2021-12-20T16:29:46Z

My daughter was considered too bossy to play with a male friend. I hope she never stops being herself, regardless of gender norms.

A boy's mother canceled all his playdates with the author's daughter because the girl was considered too bossy to play with boys.
Parenting 2021-12-20T14:06:47Z

I'm spending the holidays with my ex and our son. Here's what we plan to do, based on expert advice.

The author shares some tips from experts on how to celebrate the holidays after a couple has split. The focus should be on the children.
Parenting 2021-12-19T18:36:57Z

Parents of kids who still can't get vaccinated are feeling deflated: 'It just feels like we're screwing up a whole generation of kids'

With the recent announcement from Pfizer pushing back vaccines for kids five and under, parents across the US are having all the feelings.
Lifestyle 2021-12-18T14:10:00Z

Well-off parents are fighting over secondhand Christmas gifts and flipping them for extra cash amid the supply-chain crunch

Thanks to supply-chain woes, even parents who can afford new toys are scouring Facebook Marketplace and getting into eBay bidding wars over used ones.
Parenting 2021-12-17T19:08:02Z

All I want this holiday season is for people to stop calling me by my husband's last name

After not changing her last name when she got married, the author shares how she's tired of people calling her by her husband's last name.
News 2021-12-17T19:04:58Z

Schools in at least 10 states warned parents of a TikTok trend threatening nationwide school shootings, but no credible threat has been identified

There is little evidence to suggest the purported trend ever existed. The DHS said it had no information indicating any "credible" threats.
Parenting 2021-12-17T16:17:50Z

16 toys to encourage independence and exploration, according to a Montessori teacher

A Montessori teacher shares their favorite toys to support development. Here are the best Montessori toys, including play silks and climbing arches.
Health 2021-12-17T13:00:00Z

I'm ignored by my step-dad, who spoils my sister with Christmas gifts. Should I tell him how hurt he makes me feel?

Being honest with your father could transform your relationship. Be sure you know what you need from him before approaching him, a therapist said.
Parenting 2021-12-16T21:00:21Z

'Selling Sunset' star Maya Vander: I still don't know why I had a stillbirth at 38 weeks

The "Selling Sunset" star is telling her stillbirth story with her son Mason, who died in the womb at 38 weeks.
Health 2021-12-16T20:56:09Z

Billie Eilish says she hates porn because it 'destroyed' her teenage brain. Therapists say porn isn't inherently damaging.

Young people may misinterpret porn and believe it to be realistic if they aren't taught about consent from an early age, sex therapists told Insider.
Parenting 2021-12-16T20:10:42Z

Olympian Allyson Felix recalls the scariest day of her life. It was the day she gave birth.

In a podcast, the Olympian talked about her emergency C-section due to severe preeclampsia and how the days before she became a mom were the scariest.
Parenting 2021-12-16T19:43:18Z

A future doctor's illustration of a Black fetus went viral. Experts explain the importance of Black bodies in medical diagrams.

When Chidiebere Ibe's illustrations went viral in December, many said it was the first time they'd seen a Black fetus in a pregnant person's womb.
Parenting 2021-12-16T17:25:53Z

4 signs you're choosing the wrong nanny, according to the head of a nanny placement agency

The author has worked over a decade helping families find the right nanny for their needs. She shares four things every parent should be cautious of.
Entertainment 2021-12-16T13:01:05Z

Tom Holland says he wants to take a break from acting and 'focus on starting a family'

Holland told People magazine that it might be time to focus on his personal life after spending "six years being so focused" on his career.
Health 2021-12-15T23:02:13Z

Kim Kardashian’s request to be ‘legally single’ could start a new trend in divorce law, a top divorce lawyer says

Kim's request to be legally single would allow her to shed the last name "West" even if her ex doesn't comply with divorce, lawyer Nancy Chemtob said.
Parenting 2021-12-15T22:29:45Z

23 cool gifts for tweens, with advice from a developmental psychologist

We rounded up 23 of the best gifts for tweens. Here are great gift ideas for kids who are into sports, music, crafts, STEM, strategy games, and more.
Health 2021-12-15T19:34:22Z

Having a safe phrase saved my life. I recommend that every couple have one.

What started off as a joke between the author and her husband quickly turned into a lifesaver when she was experiencing PPD and intrusive thoughts.
Parenting 2021-12-15T16:40:53Z

My husband and I take solo vacations once a year. It keeps our marriage happy through the chaos of parenting small children.

The author and her husband take individual vacations. They have different interests, and being able to travel alone recharges them.
Entertainment 2021-12-15T13:20:15Z

Ben Affleck said he considered his children before rekindling his romance with Jennifer Lopez

The Oscar-winner spoke candidly about his personal life to Howard Stern earlier this week while promoting his new movie "The Tender Bar."
Entertainment 2021-12-15T10:52:43Z

Kim Kardashian's nephew Mason Disick advised her not to let North West go live on social media after she gave a house tour without permission

Kardashian West scolded North on camera on Sunday after the 8-year-old went live on TikTok and gave a house tour without her mother's permission.
Gifts 2021-12-14T22:44:10Z

28 of the best toys for 3-year-olds, from a mess-free painting set to an indoor basketball hoop

We rounded up the 28 best toys for 3-year-olds with help from experts. Our favorite gift ideas include balance bikes, sensory bins, and painting sets.
Parenting 2021-12-14T21:53:19Z

A mom thought she got through her hectic morning routine until the preschool called to say her daughter brought a fish to school

A 3-year-old in Pennsylvania managed to sneak her pet fish into school. The fish survived the ordeal, and people at the school had a laugh.
Parenting 2021-12-14T18:04:26Z

Hilaria Baldwin says Alec Baldwin shushed and told her to 'keep it down' when she was in labor with their son Rafa

Hilaria Baldwin joked on Instagram that her husband Alec can pay her back for shushing her during labor by cleaning every baby bottle in the house.
Parenting 2021-12-14T17:53:53Z

My husband left me 3 weeks before Christmas, but it hasn't stopped my kids from keeping up the holiday spirit

The author shares how after splitting with her husband, the holidays were not fun for her. Her five kids made a point to bring back the holiday cheer.
Parenting 2021-12-13T22:18:57Z

I came out as a trans woman to my wife and children. We're now closer than ever before.

The author grew up with no positive narratives of transgender people. She wants to share her happy story to encourage others going through the same.
Parenting 2021-12-13T17:46:47Z

After celebrating Christmas in a 32-foot RV with small children, I now focus on experiential gifts and easy traditions

The author says that spending the holidays in a 32-foot RV meant presents needed to be minimal. She focused on consumable presents or experiences.
Parenting 2021-12-13T16:46:20Z

I lost a pregnancy at 22 weeks. This is what I wish someone had told me about stillbirth.

After Maya Vander opened up about losing a pregnancy at 38 weeks, joj shared what they'd wished they had known about stillbirths.
Health 2021-12-10T21:30:54Z

A woman said period pains caused her to faint and reschedule her wedding, but it took 25 years to find out it was due to endometriosis

In MSNBC's "The Fertility Secret," Ada Ojeh-Teme says her undiagnosed endometriosis affected her fertility. Black women's pain is more often ignored.
Health 2021-12-10T15:41:13Z

How to increase your chances of getting pregnant by having more sex, according to an expert

Even healthy women may not ovulate every cycle, but having sex before and during your fertile window can trigger it, researcher Tierney Lorenz said.
Health 2021-12-09T22:24:42Z

Home births surged during the pandemic, new CDC data shows

Actress Jodie Turner-Smith is one woman who delivered at home in 2020. Her husband cited the healthcare system's "horrendous" record with black women.
Parenting 2021-12-09T20:47:46Z

As the parent of teens, I live in a constant dichotomy. I'm watching out for them, while also giving them independence.

The author shares how raising teenagers, for her, means trying to find the balance between watching out for them while also giving them independence.
Parenting 2021-12-08T22:00:48Z

My 2-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. I tried to focus on daily joys to get us both through.

The author shares how after his son recovered from treating his cancer, he decided to help other families going through the same difficult experience.
Parenting 2021-12-08T21:07:47Z

I moved from Los Angeles to a remote island in Alaska with my kids. I never realized what I was missing.

After moving from Los Angeles to a remote island in Alaska, the author reflects on the benefits of a much slower, more nature-filled life.
Parenting 2021-12-08T17:51:16Z

I'm a mom of 4, and I swear by gentle parenting to raise happy, confident kids

In gentle parenting, there's discipline, which isn't the same as punishment. Discipline isn't reactive. It's based on positive reinforcement.
Parenting 2021-12-06T22:19:15Z

My husband left the military after 10 years to help our marriage. It's made us happier than ever.

The author's husband decided to leave the military for his family. He now has more time and energy to spend with them.
Parenting 2021-12-06T17:09:53Z

I'm a mom of 2 and just set a powerlifting world record. Here's what I've learned about self care.

The mom of two shares how she lost herself in motherhood and how lifting weights brought her the realization that she needed to take care of herself.
Lifestyle 2021-12-06T15:30:00Z

What kids of all ages want for holiday gifts this year, according to toy and game experts

For the 2021 holiday season, toy experts say kids of all ages want comforting gifts to play with, like fidget spinners and reusable bubble wrap
Gifts 2021-12-03T22:32:23Z

29 fun personalized gifts for kids, from stuffed animals to stickers

Make the holidays extra fun with these personalized gifts for kids and babies. The best custom gifts include stuffed animals, books, toys and stickers.
Parenting 2021-12-03T21:19:27Z

I am white and my children are mixed race. I'll never comprehend the taunts they've had to endure.

The author shares how having biracial children has made her understand why her kids want to fit in more than stand out.
Parenting 2021-12-03T16:22:04Z

My friend gave birth in Sweden and got 12 months maternity leave. I got 8 weeks in the US.

The author compared her experience in the US with a friend in Sweden. The Swedish dad got six months of paid leave. The American dad got zero days.
Parenting 2021-12-02T20:26:43Z

Sen. Tammy Duckworth says it's 'inhumane' to require people to return to work immediately after pregnancy loss

The Democratic senator from Illinois has talked openly about her journey to becoming a mom; she had a miscarriage while campaigning for office.
Parenting 2021-12-02T19:17:48Z

I always thought my kids would be closer in age. They're 4 years apart, and I love it.

The author's children are four years apart, double the age gap she'd wanted. She says mental-health and fertility issues got in the way of her plan.
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