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Motherhood

Motherhood is the experience of parenthood through the lens of femininity. There are many different types of maternal relationships that are defined socially, biologically, and legally, and each carries enormous—and often conflicting—cultural expectations and assumptions. Finding out what it means to be a “good mother” is often a journey of self-discovery, learning how to best balance external expectations, personal desires, and family realities. We can be intensely judged for how we perform gendered parental roles, but we also can gain great personal satisfaction by fulfilling those roles. Finding our own understanding of our complex identities as parents can help us find resilience and joy in the long journey of parenthood.

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A New Way to Think About the Transition to Motherhood | Alexandra Sacks

When a baby is born, so is a mother—but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression.

Regretting Motherhood: A Study

Women who opt not to be mothers are frequently warned that they will regret their decision later in life, yet we rarely talk about the possibility that the opposite might also be true—that women who have children might regret it.

17 Habits of Very Happy Moms

How do those upbeat moms we all envy keep the joy and love flowing? We sent our intrepid reporter to uncover their secrets.

But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.

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Letting Go of Attachment to a Parental Role

Kim shares that it’s important to let go of the role of motherhood because it allows you to have a new kind of relationship with your children. In this way, you can both show up fully as who you are today.

How to Have a Kid and a Life: A Survival Guide

Continue to have and grow your life, Mom―for your sake and your kids’. When did being a good mom come to mean giving up everything that used to make you … you? That’s the question millions of 21st-century mothers grapple with every single day as they parent in our madly kid-centric culture.

The New Science of Motherhood

Through studies of fetal DNA, researchers are revealing how a child can shape a mom’s heart and mind—literally

When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.

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Motherhood Through the Years

We asked six moms about what motherhood is like at a month, six months, a year, five years, 15 years, and 30 years.

The Mother Dance: How Children Change Your Life

From the celebrated author of The Dance of Anger comes an extraordinary book about mothering and how it transforms us—and all our relationships—inside and out.

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