About

Motherwell is an online publication that tells all sides of the parenting story, with original comment on family life, culture, obstacles and the process of overcoming them. Additionally, every day we curate the best, most interesting, and most thought-provoking parenting-related content across our social media platforms.

At Motherwell, we believe that modern parenting is a complicated entity and, as such, every single mom and dad out there has a unique voice that can contribute to our understanding of it. This means we feel strongly about showcasing a full spectrum of parenting experiences, but also that we do not shy away from conflicting perspectives.

The idea of a well conjures up images of community, of depth, of the essential nature of water. Motherwell is exactly this: a place for parents to gather, to think deeply and, hopefully, it is a community that you will keep coming back to, over and over again, for sustenance.

Lauren Apfel and Randi Olin, co-founders and executive editors

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Lauren Apfel is a writer, editor, expat, classicist, INTJ, and mother of four kids (the last two of whom are twins). She is also a lover of memoir, TV drama, and a very cold glass of champagne. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe GuardianTime.com, and McSweeney’s, among other places.

Randi Olin is a writer, editor, newly empty nester, and an unexpected chocolate lab aficionado. She enjoys TV shows that make her laugh (out loud), naming songs in as few notes as possible, and finding the perfect eggplant parmesan. Before Motherwell, she was the Managing Editor at Brain, Child Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Modern Loss, Brain, Child Magazine among other publications.

Our timeline so far:

May 23, 2016 Motherwell was launched.

April 4, 2017 Motherwell was named an official 2017 Honoree of The Webby Awards, in the category of best family/parenting website.

April 24, 2017 Jenn O’Connor’s essay My foster child is gone am I still a mother? was chosen as a BlogHer Voice of the Year honoree.