Parenting
Infant/Toddlers
Mary Katherine Backstrom

If You Want To Be Happy, Don’t Have Kids

If you want to be happy, you shouldn’t have kids. That’s a fact. Or at least, Time magazine and the sociologists who conducted this study believe so.

Parents get less sleep, have less money, and less independence. Parents have more stress, more marital arguments, more expenses. READ MORE

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Infant/Toddlers
Melissa Pressman

If You Say You Don’t Want Kids, I Have Just One Thing To Say To You.

This has been a really hard week. We have been in the middle of a crazy heat wave, with no relief in the evening and my son has decided that sleeping at night just isn’t for him. I have now spent three nights out on the couch, not really sleeping. I am exhausted and hot and trying to find the mental strength to get through the next day. It’s moments like this I wish I had unlimited amounts of money and time and I could just hop a flight to an exotic destination and just go relax on the beach. I don’t even care if it’s just for a few days. READ MORE

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    10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Sit Still

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    Julia Arnold

    The Best Toys To Grow With Your Toddler

    Many toys seem to come and go in our house, but it is so nice when I see my kids (now 4 and almost 2) continue to play with certain toys months– or even years– after they first receive them.  I love it even more if both of my kids will play with a toy at the same time.

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    Fluff and Fold Parenting

    I don’t know much about this mommy-gig, but the longer I’m in the game the more I realize that parenting is a lot like doing laundry. No matter how long you spend washing, drying and folding clothes, there will be another pile waiting f...

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  • Shimi Kang

    The Storm Of Modern Day Parenting

    As we emerge from the torrent of weather storms this winter, I can’t help but take note that many of us parents have been caught up in a bigger, perhaps more destructive storm — that of modern day parenting....

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  • Infant/Toddlers

    The Loneliness

    After Lillian was born and my 6 weeks of maternity leave was up, I headed back to work part time. I worked 5am-9am so Luke took care of her in the morning, then dropped her off with me on his way to work, and Lils and I would walk home for the day. While the hours were super early, and I worked for a remote call center, I still had some guaranteed adult interaction five days a week which was so great and awesome and necessary. READ MORE

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    Fourth of July Sparkle: From Poolside BBQ to Nighttime Fireworks

    This beauty how-to is the perfect guide for going from a poolside BBQ to nighttime fireworks while keeping your sparkle!...

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    What I Wish I Had Known When I First Had Kids

    After about a month of sleep deprivation, the question on every new parent’s mind is, “When will my child sleep through the night?!” Then they yawn and doze off while pouring yet another cup of coffee. READ MORE

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    What To Expect [When You Go To A House With Young Kids]

    I get nervous when people who don’t have kids come over to our house. As a mom of a 3.5 year old and a 1.5 year old, I can say with absolute certainty that my house is never perfectly clean. While I have come to pretty much accept thi...

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    What is your favorite memory of your mom?

    Crystal Ponti: My favorite memory is more about something my mom does than a single moment in time. She dances like it’s no one’s business! That woman can groove! Sometimes she gets so carried away, it’s hilarious! Her dan...

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    Mandatory 10 Step New Parent Training Course

    This Just In: A Mandatory 10 Step Training Course has been implemented for all soon-to-be parents. If you skillfully and successfully endure the various challenges involved, while being tethered to a lifelike, hungry doll that cries often, you will be prepared for bringing home a newborn. If you fail, good luck to you. READ MORE

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    A Pretty Accurate Representation of Conversations With Children

    Convos With My 2 Year Old may now be Convos With My 3 Year Old, but it’s no less entertaining. ...

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    She Doesn’t Pity Me. She Gets It.

    I recently became friends with a mother on my daughter’s cheerleading squad. There was an instant affinity between us, though we had little enough in common. She’s the mother of five; I have two. She works full time; I stay at home. She...

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