2020 has been quite a year! We have so much to be thankful for, but it was also really hard. We hope 2021 is a wonderful year for all of you with health, happiness, and fun memories. We are grateful to our readers, contributing writers, and our partners who help us continue to bring content to our community.
Take a look at our top articles and poke around the site for others you may have missed!
Here are our TOP 10 Articles of 2020
“These scoop shops have been taste-tested and are both kid and parent-approved. Below is our sweet guide to your favorite local ice cream shops in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for shops that scoop all over the DMV. Yum!” Angelle Baugh
“Then following my second pregnancy, I “filled out quickly” and was reassured by my obstetrician that it was normal. I could “have surgery to fix it.” Sadly, no one took the time to tell me that it was due to abdominal separation and that it could likely be remedied by proper exercises. No one wrote me a prescription for a pelvic floor therapy evaluation or even told me that there was such a thing. My concerns were brushed under the rug.” Shannon Mashaal
“Recently, we were all witness to Chrissy Teigen’s and John Legend’s loss of their son, Jack. Sadly, he was stillborn. Bravely, Chrissy shared intimate and heart-wrenching pictures on her Instagram account.” Chaia Morgan
“Parents who are lucky enough to work from home are wondering: How can we be productive in our jobs while at the same time catering to our kids? While many schools have established plans for distance learning during this unprecedented event, there will be downtime during work hours. For me, I know this means increased screen time for my children.” Tirzah Weiskotten
“I wasn’t just having a son, I was having a biracial boy in America. A little boy that would be seen as Black and one day grow up to be a Black man. As fast as the moments of joy came over me after my husband revealed the gender of our baby, the feelings of fear crept in. He wasn’t born yet, but I was already thinking of ways to protect him.” Cyana Riley
“All marriages go through seasons, but “Pandemic” is probably the season you never saw coming. Maybe the pandemic has been a blessing to your marriage, providing simplified schedules, more margin to connect, and an opportunity to re-prioritize time as a family. While there are some definite silver linings to being home with our families more often … all this togetherness can add some unwanted tension to relationships.” Kim McCollough
“And for many of us (myself included), the pressures and stresses of the past few months – the pandemic and social justice issues to name two – have pushed it to the back burner. Luckily, there’s still plenty of time to find something special while supporting important causes. Here are our favorite Father’s Day gifts for dads from local, black-owned businesses.” Paige Janes
“Honestly, winter is not my favorite time of the year. Having 10 kids indoors for days on end makes for a long season. Over the years, I have come up with some easy indoor activities to do at home that keep the kids both busy and happy and help me keep my sanity.” Jane Brosseau
“I can still vividly remember the worst of the panic attacks. It was 2:30 in the morning and I was sitting in the floor in my daughter’s nursery. My heart was racing and my hands were shaking as I frantically scrolled through the live feed of her nursery camera to go back and find the exact moment someone else’s hands appeared in her crib and tried to take her out.
Of course, I never found the moment. It didn’t exist. But in my mind it was real enough to catapult me out of my bed and into her room where my eight-week-old was quietly sleeping.” Autria Godfrey
We are also grateful for some of our TOP resources like our Summer Camp Guide, Pregnancy & Postpartum Guide, Educational Resources, Neighborhood Guides, plus our 80+ Places to Explore Nature with Kids, and 101 Screen Free Activities for Kids!
We look forward to 2021 with you all! As always, feel free to send us a message about article ideas. We love to hear from you!