We're built By Parents, For Parents™. We've banded together to build a website to educate, empower, and connect ourselves, other parents, and people trying to become parents. We're doing this out of our love for children, and our desire to do our best raising them to become good adults. We believe parenting is a sacred responsibility.

Remembering 9/11
Today marks the 11th anniversary of '9/11'. Throughout the U.S. there will be tributes and memorial ceremonies in honor of those lives lost that tragic day. Many of us can still recall exactly where we were and what we were doing when we first learned of the attacks -- including a lot of our friends in other countries. While we will "never forget", we know through the stories of our past, that in time, this too will fade into a small mention in history books -- just as the attack on Pearl Harbor and D-Day have for older generations.

For now, we continue to reflect. What is your 9/11 story? and a twist... how do you feel that this tragedy may have changed/shaped you in a positive way?

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It's our 11th anniversary – where do we go from here?)
Eleven years ago, the idea was conceived to create a more real, tangible and accessible parenting and pregnancy website. launched September 10, 2001 with the idea of empowering women on their journey through getting pregnant, pregnancy, and baby and beyond! Visit "It's our 11th anniversary – where do we go from here?" today to learn more about your site, including personal quotes from the team, what makes us different, and our ideas for the future! We want to hear from! Post your thoughts and well wishes in our comments section!

Happy 11th! Click to join the conversation now!
Boobs obsession?
Have you taken our poll "Are you happy with your breast size?" While I don’t think I obsess about my boob size, our poll did get me thinking about my breasts. My little ones -- nursing champs -- have definitely never complained nor has my husband.

Next month features breast cancer awareness. Monthly breast exams should be a part of all our regimes -- along with mammograms as recommended.

What do you think about your breasts? Did you answer that you were satisfied? Are you one for "showing them off" or trying to tone 'em down a bit by showcasing some of your other assets? We want to hear from you! After all, what’s a little boob talk among sisters?

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Are you happy with your breast size?
Yes! My boobs are practically perfect in every way!
10% (2 votes)
No, I want more "va-va" in my "vaVOOM!"
20% (4 votes)
No, I need LESS. My "cup" runneth over!
30% (6 votes)
My size is OK... but should they be pointing south?
25% (5 votes)
Undecided. My breasts are "otherwise occupied" (pregnant or nursing) and I'm waiting to see the final "product"!
15% (3 votes)
Total votes: 20
comment's 11th Anniversary Week
Happy 11th anniversary to us! We’re dedicating this week to a host of activities leading up to our big day on September 10th! It's a time to look back and remember all we’ve accomplished and look forward to the exciting possibilities that shape our future! You’re invited and encouraged to join in! Look for our Scavenger Hunt starting today, as well as many opportunities for you to see and share how makes a difference. We’re celebrating a site built By Parents, For Parents™.

When did you first discover At that time, were you thinking of or trying to conceive, currently pregnant, recently had a baby, or at another stage in life?
It's "Friend Friday!" :) A special shout out for you!
We wanted to give a special Friday "Shout Out" to all our friends on our "Wall" onsite!:

To: wishing4agirl, gooler, 01babymine, SPCN319, Alissa_Sal, gaidinsgirl, nori_garsi, sandraleigh, jonibug, girlisrad, luangwa, shefrn1, blondiess4u, Faith25A, Annie6543, ambie719, PianomanTran02, FLSunshineMom, toothy35, AshnBill, EmilyC3, BessFL, mom2robbie, DrakePlusOne, carg0612, rwelch, celticbandgeek, jac81, Jenni Beth, Starryblue702, DreamingBig, LauraSP, Barbara43, Mamma_Bear_81, Momxs3,killerlilredhead, heatherz, and GreenGeekMom...

Thank you for "friending" us and know we wish you all a safe and Happy Labor Day weekend (or Labour Day for our Canadian friends!)

Enjoy! ~Missy

We'd love to have more "friends"! Visit our Wall and "friend us" today. Simply click on the blue star under our avatar! If you need instruction check out this "how to guide on friending" or drop me a note to We have daily discussion threads, special promos, and more just waiting for you to weigh in! This is not a replacement for the boards, but one more fun way for us to stay connected! I'll look forward to seeing you!
Love the articles and LOTS of recipes for families. Ads are SUPER annoying.

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Should celebrity Kelly Rutherford lose custody?
Ok - generally, I am not a celebrity news stalker (although I'll admit some of the blogs here have been fun to follow!) This morning, however, I found myself outraged over a news report of celebrity mom, Kelly Rutherford (of "Gossip Girl" fame), losing custody of her two children ages 3 and 5 to her ex-husband -- who lives in MONACO! (That's SIX THOUSAND MILES away from mom!) The two have been battling over custody following their divorce in 2009. The judge awarded joint custody but stated that the kids must remain in Monaco.

I kept waiting to hear how she abused... neglected (maybe due to her career?) the kids. From all accounts, however, she has been as actively involved as possible.

These two kids... both born IN the United States and American citizens, have now been exiled to be raised in a foreign country. Nothing against Monaco. I'm sure that it is a lovely place.

The judge's reasoning appears to be centered on his belief that it is "easier" for Kelly to travel to Monaco to visit the kids whenever she'd like. Her ex cannot reenter the U.S. as his Visa was revoked.

I could get on board with the judge maybe ordering Kelly to insure that the kids are able to travel (with an escort -- her or a nanny) to visit their dad at whatever schedule is considered "reasonable" or the "norm" for other, non-celeb parents in similar international custody arrangements. My feelings (strong that they are!) are not based upon the fact that Kelly is a mom vs. a dad either. If she was the one banished from the country, and the father was the U.S. citizen, I'd be arguing just as passionately.

My feelings are for the KIDS... Hermes and Helena... both U.S. citizens that now are unable to be raised in the country of their birthright.

What are your thoughts? Should Kelly lose physical custody of her kids or continue to appeal?

From me to Kelly -- don't give up!

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Toddler tragically dies after falling from home balcony
Last week, two-year-old Rihana Bralic Leonard of Surrey, managed to get onto the balcony of her family's ninth floor apartment, climbed out onto the ledge and tragically fell to her death. This is a parent's worst nightmare!
Pregnant Mom Delivers Her Own Baby After Hospital Sends Couple Home
When Josh and Stephanie Ihnen went to the hospital Tuesday, they didn't think they'd be holding their baby in their arms anytime soon. They were told that their baby's birth wasn't imminent. Surprise!
Celebrity Round-Up: Births, Divorces and Unwelcome Outings!
This week's round-up includes "Housewives," births, divorce and unwelcome outings! Could it get any better? Ready for the buzz? Let's go!
Boy Creates "Lick-it List" for His Dying Service Dog
Here's a story that's sure to pull at your heart-strings. A service dog who is dying is spending her last days under the most loving of circumstances.
Pregnancy Memories Gone "Wild" and Just a Bit Eccentric
Everyone wants to have mementos of their pregnancy. So we make belly casts, document our pregnancy with plenty of pictures, frame our ultrasounds, and get 3D, 4D ultrasounds.

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Wordless Wednesday: Coach Teaches Kid Good Manners Miles in the Sky
We can all take a lesson from this lacrosse coach. Seeing one of his students behaving badly while boarding their team's flight, he had him write an apology to the airline and fellow passengers and read it aloud.
Four-Year-Old Hero Who Saved Drowning Girl Dies
The selfless act of a four-year-old turns tragic as the hero didn't make it. Read about the amazing Xander Vento and the tough decision his parents had to make.
Celebrity Round-Up: Weddings for Brangelina and Justin Timberlake?
This week's celebrity round-up could be ringing with the sound of wedding bells...maybe! See what's the latest buzz. Will Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt finally tie the knot? Let's find out!
09/10/2013 - 09:32
Today is honestly a celebration of all of the wonderful people we have shared this journey with -- from conception to parenthood and beyond! Thank you to all of our incredible members over the years and all we've met on our social channels for your support! Finally - a special shout out to a few amazing women (you know who you are!!) that I am grateful to count as both blessings and friends. You continue to inspire me! Happy 12th Birthday! ~Missy Join us on Facebook Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!
07/22/2013 - 18:52
It's a boy! Congratulations are in order for the royal family today! Welcome to the world little Prince!
07/12/2013 - 02:10
As the temperatures rise, what better way to beat the heat than by hosting a "make your own ice cream concoction" party?! What's your favorite flavor?
07/04/2013 - 11:52
Enjoy your celebration of our freedoms! Top Ten Fourth of July Activities for Families
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