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Here’s What Mom Really Wants for Her Big Day

We’ve got the scoop on what the lady of the house really wants for Mother’s Day. Here’s a hint—it’s not flowers.

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I Wonder If She Knows

“There is so much I missed out on, thinking I wasn’t a good enough mama. There is so much I second-guessed about my decisions and how I was parenting.”

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Ah, Unwanted Advice

Photo: Catherine Myman Kaplan
Ah unwanted but good intentioned advice, the bane of every parents’ existence. From the family member who lets you know that in her day children were much better behaved than they are now to the random…

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Loving My Flaws

“I’m never going to be a fabulous DIY mom and my house isn’t ever going to be decluttered. But I’m always going to be a mom who shows up for my kids and who my kids can count on.”

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Now Is a Prime Time for Daydreaming

“Let’s take this opportunity to pause, surrender to our daydreams, and see where they take us—as parents and as children. May the family daydreams flow! Be realistic (we are all beholden to the laws of gravity), but don’t hold back!”

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The Problem with Compromising

“In marriage, just like in life, we can’t always get what we want. And just because we want something doesn’t mean it’s what we need. But when we need something, it is essential to make sure our needs are met.”

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5 Genius Parenting Hacks That Will Change Your Life

These five tried-and-true methods for stopping questionable or bad behavior in its tracks are clever, respectful and really do work.

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Back-to-School Tips from a Learning Scientist

Want to promote long-term academic and personal success for your child? This learning scientist has a couple of tips that may help get them there.

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Questions to Ask Yourself before Filing for Divorce

If your marriage is falling apart, ask yourself these tough questions before ending your marriage.

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Saying Sorry Is Hard—Especially When You’re a Parent

“My kids told my wife that they don’t see the point in apologizing to me, because I don’t listen. This was hard for me to hear.”

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Dear Working Moms: Leave Your Guilt at the Door

As a working mom, for a long time I felt extremely guilty about my decisions.

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4 Things Every Parent Should Do Before Hitting the Road with Kids

Here are the four things you need to consider in order to organize the best family road trip you ever had.

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This Mom’s Thoughtful Texts to Her Husband May Have Saved Their Baby’s Life

This mom’s reminder to her husband may have saved her baby’s life.

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Surviving the Teen Years—the Second Time Around

We have all been through the teen years. They are not easy. Guess what? They are not much easier the second time around. This time, I refer to parenting teens. I am a mom of three teenage daughters right now,…

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10 Questions Every Mom Needs to Ask Herself About Going Back to Work After Baby

We get asked so many questions in the months leading up to having a baby. “Boy or girl? Is it your first? How do you feel?” But none was as annoying (at least to me) as, “Will you go back…

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When Being Her Mom Just Isn’t Enough for My Little Girl

It wasn’t even 10 a.m. yet and I’d already found a way to crush my daughter to her core. My guilty offense? I didn’t let her watch a fourth—yes I said fourth—episode of her favorite early morning cartoon.
We’d eaten…

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This Mom’s Facebook Rant About Asking for Help Is Pure Relationship Realness

This mom’s Facebook rant about asking for help has gone viral.

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How to Handle a Million Little “Whys” without Losing Your Mind

Why? Why? WHY? It’s enough to drive even the best mama a little batty.

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5 Things You Should Know Before Giving Your Kids the Chore List

Moan-free chore time can be yours with these super easy (& super fun!) tips.

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If You Want Your Kids to Be Brilliant, Let Them Be Bored

Here’s why it’s good to let your kids be bored.

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Why I Think the Best Way to Help Moms Is to Stop Asking If They Need It

There was a time when my way of helping others was a bit off (sometimes it still is). I was always ready to support, take a meal, lend a hand or an ear–be there to fill a need. All they…

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Mom Let Her Daughter Eat ‘Whatever She Wanted’ & Now She Eats Her Veggies

This mom taught her daughter that too much of a good thing is actually real.

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4 Simple Ways for Busy Moms to Take Care of Themselves

Today is Women’s Checkup Day and we want you to schedule yours. While you’re at it, take a few minutes to add some self-care routines into your day-to-day that are more than just a bubble bath.

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Forget Perfection: Why It’s Important For Parents To Laugh At Themselves

Photo: Ramirez: “Can I have this soda?”
We are not called to be perfect parents.
I can’t remember who started it or when, but my sisters and I give each other Bad Parent Points (BPP).  It’s a non-judgmental way to…

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Getting Through The Rough Patches: 13 Ways To Transform Your Marriage

Photo: Amanda Elder
When things break, different sides are exposed in different lights. It can be painful, but insightful. Relationship struggles aren’t necessarily a sign that things are doomed, but instead an invitation to learn more about yourself, your partner,…

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What to Say to Your Kid When You Fnd Out They are Being Bullied

It is terrible to find out that your kid is being bullied at school. What is even more terrible is to remain unaware about it. The chances for the second option are pretty high, since children, especially teenagers, rarely tell…

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According to Science, Parents Who Nag Raise More Successful Kids

photo: Green Brooms Music Academy

Pick up your socks! Did you brush your teeth! Stop sitting on your brother’s head! If these refrains and more are on constant repeat, you might be a nagger — but don’t bust out the…

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Some Days the Cape Doesn’t Fit

Photo: Andrea Avery
As of this very moment I am sitting in my bed for the second day of the row, praying that saltines will actually stay down. My husband-to-be has made me promise that I will not touch the…

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Top 10 Ways Having an Only Child Is Awesome

While  I still feel like there is another child missing from our home, the reality of the matter is that having another baby will require a larger than normal miracle. Infertility has stolen away so much from me and now…

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The Unnatural Mom

I made a confession to my spouse the other day. I am not a natural mom. I may have given birth to three very healthy, rambunctious, strong and smart kids. But this did not make me a mom.
I did…

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Why You Should Kiss Mom Guilt Goodbye

Do you feel like a bad mom? Did your kids eat ice cream for dinner and now you feel guilty over it? Or perhaps you did not give them a bath when they needed one, cue the guilt.
Maybe you…

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You are here.

Have you ever noticed that there’s no sense of contentedness when you’re a parent? You barely make your way home from the hospital before people are already asking you when you’re planning to have your next. I can distincly remember…

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Lunches, Streamlined

For busy parents, packing creative and healthy lunches is a never-ending and tedious task, second only to descaling the coffee pot and possibly removing soap scum. We’re loving this time-saving system dreamed up by our Marketing and Community Manager, Sara.…

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Miracle on Wilshire Boulevard: Miracle Mile Toys & Games

Toy stores are great.  For about thirty seconds.  That’s about when kids start going Wiley Coyote over everything they see, and it becomes less and less possible to avert the shaming eyes of the owner.  But honestly, what did they…

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