3 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Mom 

You could say this list applies to humans in general, but we moms have an extra dose (or five) of hormones ruining our emotional stability, so take extra care not to say these three things to us: Comments on our appearance. “You look tired,” says the grocery store...

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3 Ways to Trick Your Toddler

Before I had kids, I looked down on pregnant women and families with kids chowing down on fries and burgers. I’d smirk smugly to myself and think, When I’m pregnant, I’ll only eat organic, and my kids will be born eating kale. I was naïve and didn’t know the first...

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All I Want For Valentine’s Day is (Not) You

Dear husband (and children), Please do not take this personally, but I would prefer to not see you on Valentine’s Day. If you are stuck on what to buy as a gift, or what grand gesture to perform, please know I am easy. Skip the chocolate and roses (boring), and just…...

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A Better Life Through Sleep Deprivation

Nothing prepares you for the newborn night terrors. I’m talking those long nights of being awoken every other hour by your new baby, going cross-eyed while trying to stay awake during a breastfeeding session and watching your husband sleep peacefully just inches...

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5 Reasons Why Santa Actually Is Terrifying

Maybe your child adores Santa Claus and has loved taking pictures with him since infancy. If so, this piece is not for you. It’s for the rest of us: the optimists, the believers—each year we take our kids to see Santa, hopeful we’ll snap the perfect shot, only to...

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The Actual Stages of Pregnancy

As I near the end of my second pregnancy, I have been reflecting on the journey that is childbearing. Yes, there are technically three trimesters, but I think pregnancy is better described in more than three stages. The “I’m Pregnant! This Room Smells Like Cheese”...

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(Mis)adventures in Potty Training

I’d describe myself as an “average” parent, somewhere between hand crafting organic applesauce and leaving my kid in a closet all day. I’m also woefully unprepared for certain toddler milestones. The one we are tackling now is potty training. A Google search produced...

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Sippy Cup Lessons

Disclaimer: I actually do love being a stay-at-home mom. I remember the day my toddler graduated from sippy cups to regular cups like it was yesterday—mostly because it was yesterday, which is nice because pregnancy brain has erased all memories more than two weeks...

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The Yoga Pants Experiment

Disclaimer: I actually do love being a stay-at-home mom.  I recently watched the 2015 film “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” which tells the harrowing tale of its 1971 namesake. The study examined the psychological effects on prisoners and guards, and basically stuff...

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Family’s First Zoo Day

My son is in a stuffed animal phase. He carries them around the house as he completes his daily activities: knocking the books off shelves and splashing in the dogs’ water bowl. He hoards them in bed at night, sings to them and gives them sweet kisses. So, you can...

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A Father’s Day Dilemma

  How do you find gifts for someone who is the complete opposite of you in every conceivable way? As humans, we show love in the way we like to receive it; we speak our own love language, because it’s what we know. For example, my toddler shows his love for me by...

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Pregnancy: Just as Great the Second Time Around

Warning: This article contains references to bodily fluids emitted during a woman’s first trimester of pregnancy. I worked full-time while pregnant with my son. I got up at 5 a.m. and took a park-and-ride bus that smelled like feet and old sandwiches, all the while...

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