Zara Hanawalt
Zara Hanawalt

Zara Hanawalt

Zara Hanawalt is a freelance journalist and mother of twins. In addition to her writing for Parents, she's also covered entertainment, women's health, style, and culture for outlets like Marie Claire, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. She can typically be found filing a story or chasing after her children — or, most likely, doing both simultaneously.
A stay-at-home mom shared a post on Reddit admitting she feels like she should be "supermom," and her mental health is suffering under the weight of 24/7 parenting. 
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For years, staying home to raise your kids was considered a luxury by some people—even an indulgence. But when COVID-19 made it necessary for all, that perspective started to change.
When Meghan McCain tweeted her views on the biggest lies about motherhood, Twitter users were quick to point out the privilege she enjoys as a parent.
The revered family ritual doesn't always feel like a magical way for parents to connect with their kids. Sometimes, it just feels like a hot, joyless mess.
Kim Kardashian's 'best advice for women in business' didn't go over well, but for working moms navigating pandemic parenting, her take is particularly damaging, culturally and institutionally.
Parents who have stepped away from their careers can add incredible value to their workplaces. One mom, who successfully navigated a resume gap, wants hiring managers to remember that.
Yet another social media trend is sending kids to the hospital. And now, parents of those who were affected are speaking out.
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One mother had a hysterectomy to fight the rare cancer she developed after her first pregnancy—and her twin sister just made her dream of having another child a reality.
One mom decided to invite Bigfoot to her daughter's sixth birthday party and a hilarious video shows just how scared the young guests were.
Yet another social media trend is sending kids to the hospital. And now, parents of those who were affected are speaking out.
One mother had a hysterectomy to fight the rare cancer she developed after her first pregnancy—and her twin sister just made her dream of having another child a reality.
One mom decided to invite Bigfoot to her daughter's sixth birthday party and a hilarious video shows just how scared the young guests were.
With vaccine requirements in place, unvaccinated people—including college students—are falsifying vaccine cards. Needless to say, that's a huge issue, particularly for parents of children who can't get vaccinated.
This mom fought against all odds to breastfeed her triplets—and a recent video in celebration of her six-month nursing anniversary shows just what it takes.
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Expectant parents deserve to be as comfortable as possible. These maternity leggings will get you through every occasion, from lounging to exercising to running errands.
Driving kids around to soothe them is an age-old parenting trick — but one mom's neighbor dared to send her a note criticizing the environmental impact it carries.
These comfortable Halloween pajamas are perfect for the night before trick-or-treating—and they'll bring back memories long after the candy is gone.
Real parents are sounding off on their choices regarding in-person schooling for their kids—and it's a very real example of how nuanced this decision is.
You've heard that breastfeeding torches calories — but exactly what kind of calorie burn are we talking about here? And what does that mean for postpartum weight loss? Here's what you need to know.
According to research from Hong Kong, more children have developed myopia as a result of lifestyle changes associated with the pandemic. Here's what parents need to know.
The famous mom was bashed on social media for her decision. Here, a fellow extended breastfeeding mom defends her choice for her daughter.
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Navigating parent/child relationships can be complicated in adulthood. But one mom has some strong opinions on what parents owe their children and vice versa.
If you're pregnant, chances are you're being asked these questions. And if you need the right comeback for them, this thread has you covered.
A pediatric nurse practitioner posted about a rude response she gets to a certain parenting question and shows us we need to be more respectful of other parents' choices.
This successful teen star went to the White House to encourage young people to get vaccinated—and this move has the power to create serious (and seriously necessary) change.
The actress is giving us a glimpse at how she brought her third baby into the world—and honoring all birthing people, regardless of how they deliver.
Fully vaccinated people are still unable to visit loved ones in other countries due to travel restrictions—now they're making an important point: love is not tourism.