parenting styles

Should We Stop Making Excuses for Single Moms?

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As a single mom with one child, I've found that people, with kids or without kids of their own, have always felt the need to make excuses on my behalf in different situations. Sometimes, they would blame being a single mom as the reason why I could not perform a task. It built... Read more

Bumpie Tip of the Week: Backyard Pool Safety for Toddlers

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Happy Summer! The sun is shining, the heat is (way) up and the pool is open! How do you protect little one around the water right in your backyard? Our Bumpies on the Toddlers: 12-24 months board shared their best home pool safety tips: "They make safety gates just for pools, so I think... Read more

4 Simple Ways to Connect With Other New Moms or Moms-to-Be

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Isn't the thought of becoming a mom a bit overwhelming sometimes? I know that it was for me. While I was filled to the brim with excitement, there were still moments of panic when I felt like there was so much that I didn't know. Luckily, there are lots of ways to connect with other... Read more

20 Moments That Made You Realize You’re a Daddy

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Father's Day is just a hop, skip and a jump away and it's time to celebrate the dudes' who've made it possible for us to become mothers. Though we love them, sometimes hate them and always wish they'd take a more active interest in doing the laundry (and the dishes), we've got to admit: There's... Read more

3 ‘Interesting’ Breastfeeding Changes I Definitely Wasn’t Ready For

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Breastfeeding has been one of the most rewarding parts of motherhood for me (and in so many unexpected ways!). It has given me a very plump and healthy baby, helped me lose the baby weight and even given me a bit more in the cleavage department. Not too shabby. However, I am here... Read more

Why I Let My Baby Boss Me Around

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I once heard a new mom explaining how she figured out the one thing that calmed her colicky infant was bouncing on an exercise ball. So, she did it -- 24/7. When her husband got home from work they’d trade off, not even stopping to eat. Another mom once told me her 1-year-old doesn’t “allow”... Read more

How Boppy’s ‘Get One, Give One’ Program Helped Me Give Back to Other Moms in Need

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LaNisa Allen was a new mom, trying to juggle nursing (and likely sleep deprivation, and postpartum recovery) with her job at Totes/Isotoner Corporation in Ohio. Her four-month-old son, Travian, ate every three hours, which meant that in order to keep her supply up, she needed to take frequent pumping breaks from... Read more

Why I Let My Babies Decide When They Were Ready for Solids

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We finally gave my twins their first solid food: avocado. They were 26 weeks and three days old -- at the time it felt like my sweet little babies are growing up so fast. Since then, we've progressed and have been giving them some vegetables and fruit or meat once or twice a... Read more

7 Important Lessons I’m Trying to Teach My Toddler Early

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One of the most important qualities I wanted to make sure my now teenager daughter and I had with each other while she was growing up were honesty and trust. I raised her with manners and morals -- important values I think that all children should have. And now, raising a teen and a toddler,... Read more

The 5 Types of Moms We All Know

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We all know we shouldn’t compare ourselves to other moms. It’s not right to judge or stereotype. Yeah, yeah… yeah. We also know we all do it and it can sometimes even serve a useful purpose. Who among us hasn’t wanted to be a little more like that mom and a little less like that... Read more