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"You don't think this way because you are broken. You think this way because you have been through a tragedy that has changed your perspective."
“Excuse me, sir? This is Norah and she’d like to know if you’d take a photo with her for her birthday?”
"This is the real, raw, unfiltered everyday life of a special needs parent."
"Where did the laughing, the wonderful Hallmark moments, the sitting at the table with the glitter and making snowflakes part of being a mom go?"
"I am starting to think it is time for me to get honest with my texting shorthand."
"These are not separate problems. It is the same issue dressed in different clothing."
"Sorry to burst your bubble, but the mean girl phenomenon doesn't simply disappear once you cross the threshold into motherhood."
"I see you over there, under 25 layers of plastic scraps while your child is still gleefully unwrapping the contents of that colorful ball."
"It went so fast. People told me it would and I didn’t believe them, but here we are in the home stretch; the finish line is near."
"You’re here because of mommy’s dream but ultimately, you came home because of your daddy’s strength."
"I would not be the advocate I claim to be if I did not confront you about this."
"You’re only taking one kid? Won’t your oldest be so mad? How is he going to feel? Shouldn’t you at least take both older kids so that it’s fair?"
"Sometimes hold-ups don’t hold you down. Sometimes, if you can just believe, they will lift you higher than you ever imagined."
The TODAY Parenting Team is partnering with the movie "The Grinch." Tell us about a moment when your heart grew larger because of someone else's kindness.
"A year ago, he was a wish. A dream. A reason to grieve. But, today, he is here. Here, in my arms."
"So give yourself some grace today and simply love them well."
"A mom lit a candle to feel like she was honoring a child of her own that she never met."
"In honor of those killed, I will continue to celebrate my faith, my family, and my traditions."
"Please, talk to your kids, so together we can make the world better for all of our children."
"When you’ve been dressing up for 14+ years, it’s hard to go cold turkey — and let’s face it — these kids still want in on some of the fun."
"11 is one of the sweet spots my friends, and I am soaking it all up."
"Some wondered if I would be envious of my sister and find it hard to handle, but sisters share the very best things and the worst things together."
"You have the secret to life right in front of you: Life isn’t all about you, and when you make your life about others, you get so much more in return."
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"My heart has been guiding my head for these last few years, and you know what? It’s worked out pretty well for me."
"Desperate for a break, for an end to the crying, for a nap and most importantly desperate for God’s grace."
"I want my kids to be sympathetic and wise. I want my kids to be good listeners. I want my kids to be compassionate."
"I didn’t go into motherhood naively, or so I thought. In fact, I laughably even felt confident."
"You stroked those itty-bitty fingers and toes. You talked about those eyes. And you told me my baby was beautiful."
"You’re not trying to be their dad or replace anyone, you’re just here to love us."
"Report cards aren't just for kids: Mom, you get one, too."
"They'll feel loved and not judged by me. They'll look forward to our time together and not bothered by it."
"Miscarriage is a real death. It is a real grieving process. And it is very, very real pain."
"I remember back to my own mom doing certain things for us and knowing, even as a tween, how lucky I was to have such a nurturing mom."
"Watching my emotions is like watching a ping pong tournament."
"Hate is gaining a serious foothold in our society, and the only way to push back is to get acquainted with one another."
"We need our world to fuss over us the way they fuss over ten fresh fingers and ten fresh toes."
"Our transition to a one-income household has been more than significant. It’s the only way we’ve been able to find balance with two small children."
"I realized it wasn't that he was not wanted, it was that he was waiting for us."
"I was diagnosed with breast cancer... if we had waited any longer, it would have kept spreading."
"I took the batteries out of one of his toys because I couldn’t hear the stupid barnyard song one more time."