parenting styles

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

Ways for Dads to Overcome Their Fears and Get Comfortable With Baby

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I know a lot of dads that feel nervous, anxious about holding, feeding and bonding with baby during those first few months together. I was one of those dads, too. I wanted to make sure I did everything right, but to be honest, it was terrifying. Spending that special time with one another, though, is... read more

3 Reasons Why Having a Second Child Is Much Easier Than Having Your First

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First-time parenting can be a blur for many people: the lack of sleep, the confusion and the seriously fast transition between stages and phases of development can leave many first time parents feeling a little (fine! a lot) frazzled. Being a second time mama (or dad!) can be so much more simple and... read more

The Top 5 Lies Grandparents Tell (and What They Really Mean!)

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Grandma and Grandpa. Nana and Pop. Ya-Ya and Goo-Ga. Whatever you call them, grandparents can be a wonderful addition to your child’s life. I was lucky enough to have two sets of them when I was growing up. One grandmother taught me how to do my nails and sew. It’s not her fault neither skill... read more

My Struggle to Make It Through Split-Shift Parenting

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I'm due to pick up my boy at 4:40 on the dot from daycare. That means I must leave work by 4:30. The problem? It hasn't always been happening. You see, to save on child care cost, and to minimize the time our son spends at daycare, my husband and I agreed to change our... read more

Moms Should Learn to Trust, Not Bully, Each Other

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After becoming a mom this past September, I was unpleasantly startled to find that there is a lot of drama out there in the world of moms. Whether it is between the boob or the bottle, bed-sharing or cry-it-out, the battles go on and on. It's exhausting. Can we even coexist amidst all of... read more