Marriage + Relationships

The Hardest Part of Recovering from Postpartum Depression Was Learning to Speak Up for My Own Needs

After being ravaged by postpartum depression for most of 2015, my 2016 goal was to retain sanity — by any means necessary. Things had fallen apart soon after I gave birth to my daughter, with the pressures of work and... Continue Reading

Have We Been Conditioned to Panic? 3 Myths About Pregnancy Over 35 Debunked

About a month after my 30th birthday, an elderly woman, who was admiring my 2-week-old daughter, asked my age and if I’d had any other children. When I told her this baby was my first, she warned, “Do your best... Continue Reading

I Sacrificed My Professional Dreams to Become a Mother 7 Times Over

www.encouragegrowingfamilies.com I wish I could paint this fairytale picture that where I am now in my life is what I’ve always wanted, but that’s the furthest from the truth. With a Bachelor of Science in International Business, I thought I... Continue Reading

Black Fathers Who Babywear!

By now you might have heard about the controversy over baby carrier company Baby K’Tan’s marketing for their sling. One box features a white mother and baby, with her partner standing behind her, the other features a black woman and... Continue Reading

Why Mothers Can Never Be Fathers

Editor’s note: The Baby and Blog writing team shares a variety of views on the role of a father in the household. Here, our writer Didan expresses her view. Yes! I’m a Daddy’s girl and I hope my daughter grows... Continue Reading

7 Ways to Get Your Husband to Help With Housework

My husband taking down my son’s cornrowsMy household is not traditionally set up. My husband works part time and attends graduate school, while I work (slightly overtime) as the primary breadwinner. This means that we’re both *very* busy, no one... Continue Reading

4 Ways to Teach Black Children The Importance of Tradition and Family

Family is an important hallmark of Black culture.  It used to be that teaching kids how to value family was pretty straightforward, even when generations were separated geographically.  Parents, for example, might send their kids down South with “Big Mama”... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Prepare Your Partner for Natural Birth

My husband is pretty fantastic.  He’s super supportive of my doula work – making me breakfast-to-go in the middle of the night, listening to detailed birth stories, going with the flow of an on-call job.  He’s a Math teacher, but... Continue Reading

Leave the Drama Behind: 5 Ways to Co-Parent When You’re Not Married to Your Child’s Father

By Ebony Reddock Before my husband and I married, we were a baby-mama and baby-daddy to our son.  Sharing parenting responsibility with an ex can be difficult.  I’m almost ashamed to admit some of the things I did, like the... Continue Reading

My Husband vs My 4 Kids: How I Prioritize Marriage in the Midst of It All

By Kim of Reboryn.blogspot.com Once upon a time I used to sit and wonder what it would be like to be married. I thought about how amazing it would be to spend my life waking up to this special person. I... Continue Reading

My Marriage is not a Fairy Tale

A few weeks ago, a familiar panic seized me. The thought that my marriage is a sham. I married my husband at what was one of the most turbulent times of my life. I had quit a dead end job... Continue Reading

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