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5 Unexpected Things I’ve Learned from My Daughter

“It’s hard to remember her wisdom sometimes when she is picking her nose and handing it to me ..but there is no doubt that becoming the mother to this little being has totally transformed me. Here are some of the unexpected things I learned from her.”

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One Cool Thing: A Baby Carrier That Checks All the Boxes

Selecting a baby carrier can be a daunting task for any new parent, especially once the realization sets in that there are several types to consider. This new one from Ergobaby checks all of our boxes.

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Check out the Top 100 Companies Hiring for Remote Jobs Right Now

FlexJobs annual list also highlights fast-growing careers for remote jobs.

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This Mom of 2 Created a School-in-the-Box Program Parents Everywhere Need

The Big World of Little Dude has stepped up, and you can, too!

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Diagnosis Day & The World After

“It had been a long 24 hours. One minute I was in the preschool pick-up line living my best life and the next I was on the phone being told that there was an opening to get Whitman evaluated for autism.”

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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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Making Memories in IKEA

“We passed through the seven layers of the wood furniture forest and into the farthest reach of the store when the 6-year-old gives me the look of desperation and says ‘ I have to poop!'”

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The Very Real State of Stay-at-Home Mom Guilt

“As a stay at home mom, I am lonely, anxious, and well…bored. The daily anxiety of needing to do more, contribute more, and feel important fills my mind.”

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Breathless… but Full of Life

Photo: Ruthi Davis Photography
Dear Confessional,
Sometimes I feel like I can’t breathe—and I’m not asthmatic or anxious. I just mean that, often, life seems to take my breath away. Reflections of moments in my past resurface and make me…

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How I Found Happiness Within Disappointment

It takes a brave soul to admit the unadmittable and I like to think that on my better days, I am that brave. So here goes…

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Elsa was right.
It’s true. Strip away the awkward…

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Surviving Mommy Cliques

Suddenly, the empowering community you were a part of during those glorious baby years starts to feel like those middle and high school cliques that you thought were a thing of the past. What do you do now?

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“Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse” Makes History at the Oscars

That Oscar win was groundbreaking in more ways than one.

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Hold Up—Kraft Makes *Cauliflower* Mac & Cheese Now?

A quarter cup of veggies in every serving, comin’ your way!

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Prince William & Kate Middleton Have a Big Secret They Keep from Prince George

William and Kate want to keep Prince George from growing up too fast.

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I’m That Dad Who Always Complained about His Kids

I like to think I have become much closer to achieving my childhood dream of becoming a good father.

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Mom’s Viral Post About Her Kids’ 18th Summer Is a Tear-Jerker

They say you only get 18 summers with your kids—and that’s exactly why this mom’s post has gone viral.

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Why I Won’t Be Ashamed of My Messy House

Give me the messes and the memories.

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Men, Love Your Wives as You’d Want Your Daughter to Be Loved

What is the greatest gift a father can give to his daughter? 

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What to Say When Your Child Realizes They Aren’t—or Can’t Be—the Best

Let us be honest: from the time our children are born, they are basically told to think everything they do is wonderful, from that scribble we agree looks like an airplane (even though it could be a dog or a…

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This Is How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Turning 40

Eyesight really is the first to go. Or is that memory? I can’t remember.
But my eyesight is going. I went 40 years with perfect vision then poof! I’m blind. I have to pull things so far away from my…

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How I Learned to Let Go of Parental Perfection

I wanted to be a perfect mom.

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And what perfect meant to me might be different than what it means to others.   I wasn’t looking for an immaculate home and gourmet dinners on the table,…

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Why I Root for The Fun Dad

As a kid, it always baffled me how boring and controlling grownups could be. Why did everything have to be so serious? Do people just get less fun as they got older? Not me, I thought. I’m going to be…

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I Think That Every Single Mom Will Benefit From Hearing This Perspective

A Spoke contributor gives a real-life perspective about balancing the bad with the good.

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We Don’t Need A Break, We Need Eachother

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“Do you even love me?”
As soon as the words left my lips I wanted to take them back. What if he said no? Why would I ask a question when I clearly wasn’t ready to hear the…

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Channing Tatum Pens an Emotional Open Letter About Future Hopes for His Daughter

photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr
For the premiere of his new live show, Magic Mike in Las Vegas, Channing Tatum was asked to write a piece in Cosmopolitan. The first thought he had? His own daughter might read it someday…

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Where Babies Come From, According to Kids

At one point or another, every parent must face the dreaded question: where do babies come from? For some lucky parents, avoiding the question is a little easier because their kids are already baby experts. Check out these hilarious quotes…

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Things On My Parenting Bucket List

Thing number one on my parenting bucket list is to get my 20-month-old son, Rafael, outside as often as possible.
Being outside was a regular part of my childhood. There wasn’t much reason to stay inside. The TV played boring,…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Travel With Young Kids

Photo: Javier Luraschi
Whenever we tell people we’re planning a trip with our kids to a foreign country there’s quite a few that react like we just told them that we’re going to Mars. Travel isn’t necessarily for everyone, and…

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Why Toy Fair 2016 Pissed Me Off

Toy Fair in New York City has been an annual ritual for 114 years. Brilliant and dedicated people come from all over the world to share their inventive new wares.
As a first time attendee the number of booths and…

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An Introvert Mom Raises an Extrovert Kid

Can you relate to this mom’s experience?

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Explaining a Move to a Toddler

It’s no secret that my family has been traveling over the summer. As I’ve said before, since my husband has graduated from Tuck School of Business we set out to move to NYC. Well, that time has officially come. We…

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The Pregnant Truth

Photo: Emily Jones
While I turn to my baby books from time to time just to make sure I am not crazy (it never works–I’m usually crazy), I still find them demoralizing. Most of the books will tell you some…

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The Moment My Baby Grew Up

Photo: Jessica Valcarcel
Today my husband and I took our two-year-old daughter to a six-year-old birthday party. I recognize that doesn’t appear that interesting but trust me it was. When we were invited to this party my first thought was…

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