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Motherhood: How to Survive the First 3 Months

“Be like water” and other helpful advice I wish I’d known when I first became a Mom.

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IVF: The Second Time Around

There was such a relief in starting this process again since it worked for us the first time. Unfortunately that is not where our struggle with fertility ends.

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When My Toddler Makes Me Angry

I’ve been slowly figuring out how to navigate this intense and, sometimes scary, emotion. This is what works for me.

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How to Make It through the Rest of Summer & Keep Your Cool

The endless repetitions of “I’m booooooored…” interspersed with refusals to help around the house and suddenly you’re triggered. Sound familiar?

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5 Ways to Make Your Child’s Transition to Having a Sibling Easier

Expecting number two (or three or four…)? It could be a good time to prepare your child to welcome a new member of your family! The transition to the role of big brother or sister can be tough for little…

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When Motherhood Isn’t a Fairytale

“Looking back now, I know I had a postpartum. But I didn’t realize it then. I just thought this is what motherhood is. None of the moms I knew talked about this stuff. And I felt ashamed that I was having these feelings.”

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Before We Knew Autism

“Most days are hard. There are meltdowns, frustrations, isolation, worry, and confusion. Then there are moments of amazing. The moments that keep us going.”

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Miscarriage: A Story of Hope

“I only wished to be numb to get a break from the sharp points of the pain. That winter is over now, but remnants of snow and ice still linger and always will.”

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Let’s Be Honest, Kids Take a Toll on Marriage

” I now understand that having a kid to save a marriage would never work because it’s the absolute opposite—a kid is going to tear you up into shreds so small that you won’t want to pick those pieces back up to put it back together unless your marriage is worth saving.”

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Got a Crying Baby? This Book May Help

Moimoi will entertain and soothe your crying baby.

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The Universal Gesture of Parenthood

Photo: Catherine Myman Kaplan
There are times when parenthood can seem terribly isolating. Moments where you feel all alone, hoping for a sign or gesture from other parents that you are not by yourself in this, that someone else understands. …

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Working Moms, a Pandemic & Our Breaking Point

“We need you to treat us like you would expect to be treated. We are your employees, your constituents, your friends, your neighbors, the people passing you on the street. And we are tired. We are struggling. We are barely making it day to day.”

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Don’t Give up on Christmas

“To the mama who is crying on Christmas eve, I see you. I know you are trying. I know it is hard. But your kids don’t need you to replicate the Christmas of your dreams. They need you to build the Christmas of their dreams.”

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The Other Parent: Second Parent Adoption

“Learning that my parental status is completely optional to our legal system is a bag of emotions that I’ll be lugging around for the rest of my life.”

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The Meaning of Gratitude to a Special Needs Parent

“Finding beauty and joy within the chaos isn’t easy but it’s possible.”

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30 of the Funniest Santa Photo Fails of the Season

We’ve rounded up of some of the funniest photos of kids trying—and failing—to get a perfect picture with Santa. Just try not to laugh!

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I Never Wanted to Be a #Boymom

“I always wanted children. I was just fine to have a boy in the mix but, all I ever wanted, for as long as I can remember, was a little girl.”

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The Letter That Rocked My House

“My anger was hot and quick—every neighbor turned into a suspect, and any peace that I had made with this house and its bedroom void of a crib was shattered.”

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What My Toddler Said Broke My Heart

“Toddlers sense things. You can’t convince me otherwise. There was weight to his words and my heart broke.”

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The Precious Gifts of Failure & Empathy

“Today I hope you will accept the gift of my admitted failures and give someone else a precious gift. The gift of your own failure, your empathy, tears, forgiveness…and love. We will be OK. Because we are in this together.”

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Children’s Mental Health in the Time of Quarantine

“When a child feels safe to express themselves, many important conversations can begin. Those conversations may not only ease the stress of our current situation but provide them with tools they can use for a lifetime.”

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To the Mom That Is Struggling

“Struggling is crying in the bathroom while the shower runs, clutching a cup of coffee, and watching tiny little fingers reach under the door. Struggling is me. And you.”

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My Baby Has a Day & Night Personality

“During the day, she’s nearly a person. She makes yummy noises when she eats people food and can clap her hands and crawl and stand up and pet (grab) the kitty. But at night, The Creature emerges. I’m not saying The Creature is bad, it’s just, not quite the same as the daytime version of my baby.”

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The Beautiful, Messy Life of Motherhood

Some days you have to laugh to keep from crying while some days you have to just smile and survive. Welcome to the messy world of motherhood.

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Thank You, Boobs

“I sobbed. I blubbered. I was breathless, unable to utter a sentence. My husband insisted on video chatting with me from work. He praised me for being strong but I was going to miss spending time with that sweet little baby, who always held my hand as he fed.”

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7 Ways to Bring the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival to You

If you’re missing the vibrant blooms of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival right about now, have no fear. Here are seven easy ways to recreate the tulip festival experience at home.

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20 Hilarious Things Our Kids Have Said because We All Need a Laugh

Take a break from the news and grab a giggle or two.

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Motherhood is a Neverending Exam

I have been a Mother for 2.5 years now. It really does require complete patience. Being a Mother is the most unselfish thing I have ever done in my life. I am constantly thinking of someone else. Not just someone else.…

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Why I Didn’t Talk to Anyone about My Postpartum Depression

“I thought people would look down on me. That they would call me ‘crazy’ or ‘insane.’ I worried that they would think I was an unfit mother.”

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11 Things You Must Learn to Love if You Want to Have Kids

“If you are about to have kids, or are thinking about trying, just remember that you won’t sleep until they are 18, your coffee will always be cold and they will repeat all the bad words you say.”

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Mom Receives Hilarious Text about Her Kid & We Can’t Stop Laughing

Let’s just say there’s a birthday suit involved.

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Mom Guilt. From One Full-Time Working Mom to Another

“Because I understand that sometimes you show up to work looking like you were attacked by a flock of geese because the kids couldn’t find their shoes, you gave someone the wrong color bowl and then forgot to take Sleepy Bear to the babysitter.”

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