parenting styles

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

Prime Minister of England, David Cameron, Disses Stay-at-Home Moms in the Worst Way

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Looks like there's trouble a-brewin' across the pond! Prime Minister of England, David Cameron, has gone and done the unthinkable (and the unexplainable!). He's insulted stay-at-home mothers. Here's how it happened: The British government announced that "working parents earning up to £150,000 each will get up to £1,200 to help with child care because they... read more

The Biggest Daddy ‘Secret’ Ever Will Make All Moms Proud of Their Partners!

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After 50 years of life and 7 babies, I now feel confident that I know what I need to do to help my wife when the baby is crying in the middle of the night.  It’s a big daddy secret, but I'm willing to share. This daddy secret is one that will help when your... read more

Does the Mom Guilt Ever End?

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I can remember one specific day in particular when I was struck with that dreaded disease that plagues so many parents: mom guilt. It was a Saturday. My 18-month-old son had been awake, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, since 6:30 a.m. Since we were up and in dire need of caffeine, my husband and I decided to... read more

A Week in the Life of a Working Mom

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This is a guest blog by Kelly, an SVP of E-Commerce at a large nonprofit and mom to a 6-year-old, 3-year-old and 5-month-old. Here’s an inside look at what goes on in a typical week for this busy mom of three. MONDAY:  Wake up, get breakfast for everyone, pack lunches, backpacks, daycare bag. Collaborate with... read more