Turn trash into treasure and encourage kids' creative play
It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it ... or do they?
A Solstice Tradition
The Force is strong with us parents
Meet Jenny Lisk, creator of “The Widowed Parent” podcast
Teaching the word ‘no,’ reading together and other small steps that add up
Wine o’clock is a problem — not a solution — for Mom
"I can't say I wasn't warned..."
It’s okay to say, “I don’t know”
'I love watching my daughter grow up in a world different than that of my own upbringing'
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids finds families for children in foster care
An open letter
A mom outlines a plan to quell the rise of antisemitism
A Q & A with Paula Becker, author of ‘A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction’
After five miscarriages, a Washington state doula shares her advice
How to deal with grandparents who don’t play fair
A mom on why she chose to co-sleep despite the guilt
Back-to-school is a really challenging time for kids
A serial mom dater offers advice for building your mom tribe
The unexpected upside
One mom’s defense of the value of moving on
The unfunny consequences of ‘humorous’ statements that denigrate children
A mom reflects on her daughter leaving home
“The days are long, but the years are short.”
One mom of twins on the things not to say and how she wishes she could respond
One mom’s quest to cure her son’s nail-biting — and her own
It’s chaos, headaches and hair (everywhere!), but I’m grateful my son has a furry sibling
Everything changed when my daughter arrived
A mom reflects on the amazing bond between her twins
It’s only July — don’t rush the season away
When sickness hits, this mom gets a big surprise
Feeling over-scheduled? This mom cut right back
Publisher’s note for ParentMap’s July 2019 issue
One mom on making her slacker son work for the summer
Only a dad could come up with a genius idea like this
A local mom wonders if there'll ever be relief from cleaning up the mess?
Muslim children face extra challenges, but good neighbors can help
What one mom learned on graduation day
Publisher’s note for ParentMap’s June 2019 issue
A mom on what she learned when her daughter came out as transgender
Publisher's note for ParentMap's May 2019 issue
Meet a Swedish Medical Center NICU nurse who loves her job
Birth order really does impact their behavior
It's not just brain benefits; one dad on another important reason music rocks
Easy tips for grabbing little moments of “mindfulness” throughout each day
And why she says you should try it, too
These extraordinary people are inspirational role models for our kids
Local Northeastern University campus offers flexible programs and options for new parents
And why you should be grateful, too
A mom on how learning to laugh at herself made her a better parent
ParentMap's March 2019 Editor's Note
On National Tooth Fairy Day
Discovering and embracing the genealogy of adopted children
Why the pressure for all kids to go STEM is overrated
What if several members of your family insist on (or require) drastically different diets?
One tough mama’s story of lost love and a second chance at motherhood
There has to be a better way
Publisher's note for ParentMap's February 2019 issue
Why is it so hard?
the devastating impact on kids
A Seattle mom on the true cost of the government shutdown
New doo-doo ditty overcomes one mom’s reluctance about potty-training tunes
In defense of a hot-mess household
A mom’s celebration of her introverted, anxious child
...but a family crisis changed that
Why this mom ignored the preschool teacher
It's time for change and it's starts here
How to cope and get out there with the kids
A father reflects on his increasingly independent daughter
A mother's plea to relax this season
Advice from one mom to another
Our future is in great hands
A mom on why she despises that pesky pixie
Two families meet from worlds away
Food, fun and nature are all part of education in France
A mom on how she coped after several failed adoptions
The unexpected upsides of having a third kid
It's okay to punch the bully?
Why you should try it
A note from ParentMap's CEO and publisher
'I want my kids to see me speaking up — for myself, for them, for others.'
Looking for more and better options for her child, this mother moves abroad
How this mom had to rethink Halloween when her kids went solo
Being an older mom comes with its own unique challenges and rewards
How to approach and discuss a complex topic with your kids
A mom realizes that she's the one that needs a screen time check
A Mexican-American mom on why she's sharing the tradition with her daughter
A North Seattle mother reflects on representation and identity
This holiday isn't for them — it's for me
"Infertility has influenced every part of motherhood for me."
"Establishing relationships with people of color is important, but so is how you do it."
The pros and cons of Fortnite and a very useful tip for parents
Here are some words to live by
How a mom and her tween survived some sleepless sleepovers
A visit to Green Lake unsettles this local mother
ParentMap answers a reader question from #SeaHomeless 2018
Two weeks before her daughter leaves for college, this woman realizes how she's coping
"Children easily see, name and embrace differences, so use the momentum of their observances to talk about such topics."
As part of #SeaHomeless, we're looking for your ideas on stories to tell
Sharing the household chores when both parents work can be tricky
A leader at one of Washington state's largest foster placement agencies speaks out
A mom explains why she’s backing Washington state’s newest gun safety initiative
A mom in South Carolina shares her experience as a gun owner
A call for submissions from writers of color
"Saying I feel alone is an understatement"
From Paris to parenting, what one man learned about being a dad
"It’s not like you can say no when there are a hundred of your peers watching in the lunchroom."
5 questions with the author
When trying to correct your own parents' mistakes backfires
A father of twins looks back on their first six months
"Exactly how bad of a dad did they think I’d be?"
A father and son find life lessons in playing chess
"As my kid grows up, we'll grow apart — and that's okay"
A mom strives to find her inner dad
In honor of Father's Day, we asked writers to tell us what fatherhood means to them
Using baseball to teach the importance of failure
Running ParentMap takes a village
Meet Sarah Scherzer
Here's what's wrong with the language of attack and destroy
Using the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as a global history lesson
5 questions with Heidi Durham
"Message received: Mothers and their babies were clearly unwelcome"
Where to find true inclusivity for young girls today
"I wasn't raised to be ashamed of my heritage or my skin."
4 questions with illustrator and SAHM Betsy Zou
"It never really seemed possible that they wouldn't be around some day."
"Stitch this on a sampler and put it where you can see it."
5 questions with researcher, mother and author Hana Schank
What does motherhood mean to you?
In honor of Mother's Day, we asked writers to tell us what motherhood means to them
A note from our publisher in May 2018
“Oh, so it’s like Mommy has a weed in her brain.”
Parents, you'll like these too
Fly on, Tammie Jo Schults
"Maybe it's supposed to feel like her body is still being wrenched from mine."
"Basically, I drive a garbage can on wheels."
As her mother succumbs to Alzheimer’s, a woman reflects on their relationship
He plays with airsoft rifles, but couldn't hurt a flea
Damn you, Lemony Snicket and Sherman Alexie
Finding light after the dark days of Parkland
“Do I want my kids to see me dying in front of them or truly living as the mother they recognize?”
One mom explains why this misconception is way off-base
A mother comes to terms with her daughter's decision
A Q&A with Seattle parent and author Ijeoma Oluo
A letter from a mother to her infant son
How one mom changed her thinking about what it means to 'have it all'
A word from our publisher in March 2018
Having it all isn't the same for every woman
The unexpected downsides of having a second kid
One mom reflects on the mental toll of her ideal life
What one mom learned about herself when she began traveling solo
How do you cultivate compassion in children in a culture that centers vitriol and division?
How one mom shifted away from being #blessed to finding balance
Should you (or your daughter) be tested?
What began as a punishment brought this Black family closer together
We asked, you answered
A mother refuses to pass her fears on
A word from our publisher in February 2018
A dad reflects on parenting his daughter
"We’ll always carry it with us"
First, leave jealousy at the altar
A word from our publisher in January 2018
'It got to the point where I began to actually empathize with the Grinch'
How one pregnant mom is coping with bedrest over the holidays
A Santa-loving mom comes to terms with her son's disinterest
'I tend to think these parents have more money than self-awareness'
The tree, as we first saw it, was a balm for a grieving daughter's heart
It used to be all memes and wedding pics — then parenting took over
Gift-giving is expensive — and maybe even unnecessary
'I cringe when the teacher talks about glitter and then hands out wands'
Nothing says happy flight like a hungry toddler
“Please revise and resubmit.”
Why are we bragging, anyway?
"I'm the most church-going atheist my friends have ever known."
"If someone hurts you, it’s not your fault."
An out-of-work single mom struggles to create holiday magic for her son
What it's like to work at a parenting magazine as a non-parent
One family's offbeat Christmas story
One mom's story of kids who won't stop believing
"I do believe: I believe in being a good person and in doing good."
A word from our publisher in December 2017
What one mom learned when her kids didn't follow her plan
Tips for raising grateful — not greedy — kids
"I am encapsulating my placenta. Please set aside to be put on ice."
A mother and son figure out what they both need to thrive
How this Dupont military mom channeled her grief
A word from our publisher in November 2017
5 black parents weigh in on the holiday and their kids
Should we or should we not ask for them?
'I hardly think that kissing his scrape or giving him an extra long hug is going to make him never want to leave me'
'Parenting While Queer' panel Oct. 14 seeks to educate Seattle allies
How five years of trying to conceive changed a dad’s perspective
New parenting book offers a Swedish perspective on balancing screen time and green time
Frustrated parents take to social media after Las Vegas shooting
7 essays written for parents, by parents
A mother’s diagnosis helps inform her daughter’s
Reflections from a mom of an Asian American child who has Down syndrome
A mom on trusting her gut
Learning to cope, one year at a time
Why special needs aren’t so special
Moving forward on an unclear path
How a family pet helped a boy communicate
A word from our publisher in October 2017
'Critics ignored people like your daddy, who protect a country that sees them as less than'
The couple was forced to choose between medical care for their baby and the risk of deportation
What does tolerance look like in an increasingly violent world?
'The biggest challenge hasn't been my gender transition at all'
The mom-to-be was refused service by a Marysville Buzz Inn
A Hindu mom questions what to feed her young son
And lived to tell the tale
A psychologist weighs in on how parents can ease sibling rivalry
The start of kindergarten is a little more bitter than sweet for me
Why I’m teaching my kids Chinese — and the price we pay
Seattle’s latest population boom draws new residents
A note from our managing editor for September 2017
Pink's speech gives hope to moms like me
Celeb mom Whitney Port opens up about her breastfeeding challenges
This mom decided practice was optional
All of these women share the same rule: don’t call me mom
I always make time for a lemonade stand
Think you're tired? This mom has you beat
We can't afford to sweep hate under the rug
“There appears to be a sasquatch in the pool,” people say as I swim by them
No stuffy maternity poses for this mom
The underside of “You look so good now!” is “You looked so bad before!”
"It’s my friends who are already parents who won’t shut up."
"As a society, we need to redefine the notion of success."
A morning at the market leads to a tasty homemade lunch
All-too-familiar back-to-school shopping woes
Do the questions ever end?
She's a writer, editor and mom of 7. We have questions.
A note from our publisher for the August 2017 issue
"It’s crazy, it’s beautiful. It’s your new life."
A mom deals with a litany of questions for her son's first haircut
The importance of building family food traditions, once a year or more
ParentMap July 2017 Editor's Note
“Did you hear that man?”
Does your family keep a gun In the house?
"Is it possible to startle a robot? I think we did."
What do you do when your child hates your dream vacation
Groom posts photos on imgur to find family
"You will wear your shorts with pride, and I will support you every step of the way."
"Will he call me 'mother' in Hindi or in English?"
Jama'l Chukueke on what inspired Diversity Dad
On running the family business
A note from our publisher for the June 2017 issue
One mom's journey to nirvana
Preparing my son for a life of random selections
A mother reflects on what she's learned as a parent
Author Piyali Bhattacharya visits Elliott Bay Book Company
Why I'm teaching my kids to challenge gender norms
In pursuit of being the good-enough mother
A note from our publisher for the May 2017 issue
Yes, and it can be bad for your health
The 20-year-old talks poetry and new motherhood
A young mother looks for a new home
A mother shares how she supports her son as he ages
3 moms share their stories of striking out on their own
"Pranks are my family's way of showing love"
"Freedom's progress depends on disobedient children"
Science and culture clash as a mother welcomes her first child
'Living alone with my kids and financing our life alone, I created a sensible budget that met our needs'
A mother's first birth goes radically different than she hoped
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin share their advice for building diversity
It's our Valentine's Day surprise for 2017!
What's in a name?
Join us on Feb. 1 to shine a light and show support
Really? A more mindful mom?
4 unexpected ways parenthood changed one woman’s marriage
Seattle-area families share their various experiences
What cohabiting with little monsters really feels like
The world of parenting podcasts — downloaded
Dear Reader: This New Year's Resolution Is On My Mind
How the Bennett family gives back and keeps grounded
Moms share their stories of abortion before and during motherhood
Motivated for the new year, a Seattle family discusses donating and volunteering
Puget Sound–area families explore home-shares and cohousing
"I want to shield my kids as much as I can from the hurt that comes from being different"
There are ups and downs to bringing tech along this winter
The three words I banned so my child could learn to express herself
Local organizations mobilize to make paid family and medical leave happen
After a deeply divided election, one mom muses on moving forward
Thoughts from a mom after the 2016 election
3 military families share the stories and struggles of military life
Teen + driver's license = new worries, new rules and lessons in letting go
The reboot of the beloved series brings up fond memories
After divorce, a mother connects with her son through flower arrangement
Here's how to approach their post-election feelings
Ask yourself, ‘Are you better off than you were four years ago?’
Women's Business Incubator hostsworking events that include child care
This American mom shares her family's experience amid the refugee crisis
It's boring work, but the payoff is amazing trips at huge discounts
Encouraging compassion and empathy
Earlier research also found an increase in suicide
What happens when you recognize the symptoms in yourself?
Mothers of black boys share their fear and anxiety
Bill Gates talks with Washington State Teacher of the Year for 2016 Nate Bowling
What does lower teen pregnancy rates? Contraceptives
Overcoming the pain of oppression and a lack of support to improve health and bonding for Black babies and mothers
How climate experts juggle the globe’s climate emergency and their hopes for their kids
Ways to make your child's transition to college smoother
What doctors are doing to find a cure for common food allergies
Aside from making you laugh until you cry, 'Bad Moms' gives a voice to the moms who are always stressed out
Get a glimpse of 10 kids' hopes and fears
The Boy Who Lived returns and he's got a 'Cursed Child'
The Space Needle has reinvented itself in recent years
The American Academy of Pediatrics releases a new report on fatherhood
The Committee for Children inspires kids to stay mindful
How we finally got our son out of diapers
Families mobilize to support transgender youths and stop Initiative 1515
From making breakfast to 'Dad's Day' fun, how Ethan Stowell connects with his kids
Dear Reader: Counter Hate With Love
Don’t worry about hormones and periods: Just be a dad
Why paid leave makes sense and what you can do to make it happen
Amber Scorah's son died his first day at day care. Here's what she's doing about it
A clever mother uses her son's love of Minecraft to fuel a new passion: reading
Honoring the Village
Try these 5 tips to reduce stress and find more happiness
Warning: deep breathing required
Dear Reader: Forget the College Fund and Fall In Love, Again!
"Our goal is to improve our world for families who struggle daily"
One family's story of significantly downsizing
A mother reflects on her two sons, one with ADHD and one without
What the father of a son with autism learned about himself
No matter how many camps, vacations or days you’ve planned to avoid those two dreaded words (“I’m bored”), summer always brings a sense of freedom.
What happens when protective parents hoping to build their kids’ independence loosen the leash a little? This summer, three families from different neighborhoods with kids of different ages found ou
As the lone woman in a house of boys, one mom chronicles the farts, boogers and other things that push her into 'testosterone overload'
One mom and scientist gives a resounding 'Yes!'
One dad reflects on growing up fatherless, and how his son helped change the way he views Father's Day
Who doesn’t love to say “Papua New Guinea?”
One father changes his perspective on Pinocchio parenting
One mother shares why employers should give parents like her a chance
One mom finds relief from the guilt of wanting a baby girl in a family full of boys
Why being left alone for a week with 6-year-old twins isn't terrifying
ParentMap Learning, 2014
Love each other; love your kids; cut each other some slack
A self-diagnosed helicopter mom fails the L&L test
One mama shares the truth about being boy-crazy
Learning to live with the stresses and heartaches of parenting
'You can always have them take a nap tomorrow... they're never going to forget this'
Sending your kids to sleep-away camp is a gift that you can give them
"If my child is at risk in water, then anyone's is."
A note from our publisher