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Pee, Poop & Potty Training

“It seems from the moment your baby is born, and for years to come, you find yourself talking about poop…and then there is the dreaded potty-training stage.”

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The One Thing I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me about Breastfeeding

“If you’re currently struggling with low supply, just know that it’s not always just a supply and demand problem.”

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Best Foods to Eat (and Avoid) while Breastfeeding

Busting myths about food and what you should really eat while breastfeeding.

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What This Quarantined Parent Wants Teachers to Know

“See, I don’t care if you teach my kids one more thing this semester, and this is why: Just by showing up, by checking in, by caring enough to do this freaking impossible job—you’ve already taught them the only things I really wanted them to get out of school.”

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Why It’s Okay to Teach Your Child to Believe in Santa

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One would be hard-pressed to go anywhere at this time of year and not see Santa Claus represented. Depending on the age of your child, you will confront the inevitable queries from them or ponder for yourself the…

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The Rising Cost of the Tooth Fairy

Having learned the hard way myself, I advise parents that when it comes to remuneration in exchange for a lost tooth, keep the story and the prize simple!

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Advice & Encouragement for Busy Moms

As a working mom myself (and now grandma) for more than 30 years, I’ve learned some tricks to manage the madness of having a full career and family life.

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Debunking 4 Myths about Baby’s First Food

Turns out, the new American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation states that there is no scientific evidence to prove that foods need to be introduced in any particular order. The good news? You can now focus on variety and flavor from the start and help craft an adventurous eater in the process.

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Work/Life Balance Is a Myth. This Is What We Should Be Talking About Instead

There is a misconception in the corporate world that “balance” exists, and our lives would be better if we could just achieve it. I’m here to tell you that concept is a myth.

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M is for Manatee: Facts for Kids

Today is officially Manatee Appreciation Day. These gentle giants were once thought to be mermaids. Read on for even more fascinating facts about these beloved aquatic animals.

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5 Common Sleep Myths Parents Fall for, Debunked by a Baby Sleep Expert

There are plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding babies and their sleep habits—here’s the straight truth.

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Parents, Don’t Fall for These Common Flu Myths

Think you know everything about the flu vaccine? You might be surprised.

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15 Things We Love About Being a Parent in Seattle

Parenting and Seattle go together like toddlers and tantrums. But (way) more fun! Click through for our favorite things about parenting in Seattle.

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Blake Lively Gets Candid About the Myth of Snapping Back & Ditching Baby Weight

Truth time, courtesy of Blake Lively: there’s no such thing as snapping back a postpartum body.

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This Dad’s Tweets About Changing Tables & Gender Bias Is Spot On

This dad recently took to social media, sounding off on the myth of moms being the sole caregivers.

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February Spoke Writing Challenge: Stories of Wonder & Imagination

Tell us your stories about imagination, wonder and make believe.

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What to Say When Your Kid Asks If Santa Is Real or Not

We all know the holiday story of Santa Claus, the magical Christmas gift giver said to bring presents to all of the well-behaved children in the world on the single night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this with the help…

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This 6-Year-Old’s Letter to Santa Throws Serious Holiday Shade

This letter to Mr. Claus is getting some serious attention.

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I’m Totally Giving up on Having The “Perfect” Holiday—and You Should, Too

The fire in the fireplace glowed with orange and red beauty. The Christmas tree twinkled in a soft yellow light. I slowly sipped my wine as I listened to Bing Crosby sing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” My little…

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November & December Spoke Writing Challenge: Hooray for the Holidays

During the month of November, we’re asking you share your holiday story here on Spoke. Whether they’re inspirational or stressful, we want to hear them.

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Do You Think Your Child Doesn’t Have a “Math Brain”? Think Again!

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts. ​Albert Einstein

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My 9 years old daughter has a love/hate…

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Photos of Moms-To-Be as Mermaids Are Enchanting Instagram

It’s the latest trend in baby bump pics and it’s catching on faster than you can say hashtag pregnant mermaid.

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5 (Totally Busted) Mom Myths

Photo: Shelby Deeter
We all do it—tell and retell certain stories regardless of their validity until we accept it as truth. Anecdotes that we think are useful, helpful, and necessary to pass along, which we do until we believe not…

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Why Baby Proofing Your Home Doesn’t Work for Everyone

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Seasoned parenting experts love to give advice to new parents. Every experienced parent is the best parent that has ever walked the face of the Earth. Taking advice from veteran parents is similar to being recommended to…

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How I Gave Up the Idea of “Having It All” as Mom

Dear Valentina,
As you turn three years old, I wanted to share a few thoughts on motherhood with you, for one day you, too, will face a crossroads. Lead with your sweet heart.

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Love, Mom…

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Save That Breastmilk: Science Has Debunked the Pumping & Dumping Myth

Scientific evidence says there’s no good reason to pump and dump. Read on to find out how you can safely drink and pump or nurse instead.

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5 Myths About Marriage

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Going into marriage, we all have our own preconceived notions when it comes to what we anticipate marriage is going to be like. Maybe you expect to be the June to his Ward or the Carol to his…

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Why 2017 is the Year I Stop Caring

Photo: Amy Robleski
The one thing that all good parents have in common is that we care. We care so much about our kids that we sacrifice a lot for them. We sacrifice sleep to take care of them. We…

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Why the Housework Can’t Wait

How one mom *really* feels about housework may surprise you.

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Bun In The Oven: Make-Ahead Freezer Meals for Moms-to-Be

Due date on the horizon? It’s time to get cooking (more than just your baby, that is). Try making and freezing one (or 10!) of these easy make-ahead meal – you’ll thank us later.

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Will Santa Claus Be Coming to Town?

Photo: Leah Singer
When my daughter, Sophie, was 5-years-old she asked me the question. … The question I managed to avoid for the past five years.
“Mommy, is Santa Claus coming to our house this year? He didn’t come last…

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Climbing Mount Motherhood…And Trying to Not Tumble Over the Cliff’s Edge

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There are days where I feel like I am mountain climbing my way through parenthood.  I stumble, I sweat, the air feels significantly thinner and I am in danger of passing out.  Today is one of those day.  …

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Working Mothers Are NOT Failing Their Children, New Science Proves

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How much time do you spend with your child? This is a question that guilts many working parents. The idea is if you are a working mom or dad, you are failing your kid. Well,…

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Cool D.C. Parent to Know: The Career Changer

This D.C.-based mom is a lawyer turned business coach with two daughters. We recently spoke to this local mom boss as she shares nuggets of wisdom and some of her favorite family hangouts.

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Get It While It’s Hot: Facts & Myths About Heat

Spice up your ordinary conversation today with these facts and myths about heat.

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W Is for Washington: 8 Awesome Things About the First U.S. President

He may not have chopped down a cherry tree but he did a lot of other cool things.

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