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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

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

The Most Important Parenting Lesson I’ve Learned So Far

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One of the hardest challenges I face every day is the addictive desire to check my phone while I am with my kids. It seems I’m not alone, though. I see parents at the park, in the grocery store and at the library reaching for their phones. I am talking about texting, emailing, and even... Read more

Sometimes I Forget Just How Crazy and Chaotic Motherhood Can Be

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When I was a kid, I had an aunt who lived in New York City. Whenever we’d visit her, I could never sleep. All night long from her 14th floor apartment, you’d hear sirens blaring, taxis honking, cars backfiring (or were those gunshots?). I couldn’t imagine how anyone could get used to all that noise.... Read more

How I Know the Hardest Parts of Parenting Have Yet to Come

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When you become a parent, it's normal to expect it to be tough. You never really know just how tough until you have your child, but when they arrive, many new parents realize it is probably going to be both the hardest and best thing they've ever done. But when your children are young, tough... Read more

5 Easy Ways to Get Your Toddler Excited About Helping!

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My 21-month-old daughter wants to help with everything. If she sees me sweeping, she immediately tries to snatch the broom, announcing, “I help!” And don’t get me started on emptying the dishwasher. When she sees the dishwasher door open, she will fly across the room and go straight for her sippy cups, matching the tops... Read more

5 Rules Every Parent Needs to Survive Sleep Training Your Toddler

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We recently ditched our son’s crib and moved him into a “big boy bed!” and we were excited for him to have his own bed. Naturally, our thoughts were that he would get swept away into dreamland and wake up refreshed from a full night’s sleep in a spacious new bed. The rug is being... Read more