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The Fire Extinguisher Solution to Parenting

“I always mean well, but it doesn’t always end well. Unfortunately, my watery methods don’t always mix with my children’s sometimes oily troubles.”

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7 Ways to Welcome a New Baby Home… to Your Toddler

Photo: Whitney Summers Photography
“I peed all over myself and I ruined my new, special, sparkly shoes from my baby sister. It was my gift from my baby sister! It’s all ruined!”
This was not at all how I imagined…

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Parenting Is Living Between Worry & Wonder

Worry and wonder are so intertwined in parenting that neither can exist without the other.

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The Joys of Motherhood?

“The screaming, the hitting. Every. Single. Day. It makes you wonder why the hell you ever wanted kids in the first place.”

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I Hope I Can Duplicate the Magic of Christmas

“I hope someday my own kids will look back on Christmas and think about the fun crazy times and how much their mom and dad loved them and wanted them to have the best Christmas. I hope we can duplicate the magic that my parents brought me.”

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23 Halloween Costumes from the ’70s, ’80s, & ’90s That We Miss … Kinda

Which coveted Ben Cooper Halloween costume did you sport as a kid?

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Banana Bread Can Save the World

“My son’s despair, like a siren big and loud, showed me the depth of the need we all have for connection. I wanted to sink into all of it right along with him, but then I remembered the one thing in our family that lifts spirits and moves mountains of bad moods into laughter and smiles.”

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The Day I Realized Why I Shouldn’t Silence My Daughter

“Maybe it was a part of me finally waking up. That part of me that has trouble taking a compliment without deflecting it or negating it. That part that reflexively says, ‘I’m sorry’ when someone bumps into me. That part that stays quiet when I’m hurt because I don’t want to cause a fuss. That part.”

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To the Moms Whose Kids Don’t Ever Sit Still

“Your house may need a few touch-ups at the end of all of this, but paint is a magical thing. In the meantime, Godspeed. Keep going, and remember this one truth: there is always time for a dance party in quarantine. Alexa, play some gangster rap, please.”

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Easy DIY Frankenstein’s Monster Costume

Today is National Frankenstein Friday and this DIY (last-minute) costume will have your Franken-kid ready for occasion in no time.

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When the Santa Claus Jig Is Up

Do I feel like the magic of Christmas is ruined forever? Not at all.

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Everything You Need to Know about Candy Buy-Backs

Got enough leftover candy to feed an army? Perfect: you can send it to the troops!

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Do It for the ‘Gram: Cool Backdrops for Instagram Photos

No matter whether you have a butterfly lover, horse enthusiast, spin master or art adorer, there is an Instagram-worthy backdrop to smile about.

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The 15 Funniest Moms on Twitter to Follow in 2018

These 15 moms are absolutely killing it on Twitter in 2018.

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This 5-Year-Old Called 911 on the Grinch!

Here’s what happened when a little boy alerted officials of the Grinch’s not-so-nice Christmas plans.

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6 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity While Your Kitchen is Remodeled

The kitchen is the heart of the home. For my family, this is truth. Our kitchen has always been the hub of our lives. I am not sure what we would do without it, or at least I wasn’t sure…

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You Need to Check out #GotToddlered Right Now

No matter how much you promise yourself that things aren’t going to change after having kids, they do—and this blogger is here to prove it.

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3 Things My Grandmother Taught Me About Life

My grandmother was the keeper of secrets and wisdom. She was silent but wise. Without many words, she still taught me so much.
Her silence made her even more fascinating to me – with a certain look in her eyes…

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The 9 Things I Need My Son to Know

Finding out we were having a baby was exciting. We looked forward to the new addition to our family, and we felt semi-ready for the change. Of course, we could never have predicted what parenting is really all about. I…

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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 Strangers Threw This 7-Year-Old a Do-Over Birthday Party

photo: Maria Lopez via ABC News
Birthdays are a time for happy celebration, but for one little boy, a party that no one showed up for left his special day ruined. Thanks to one Facebook post an entire community came…

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Getting More By Letting Go

Photo: Polka Dot Umbrella Photography
So my story starts with a couch. It was the very first piece of brand new furniture my husband and I bought together. It was a hide-a-bed, perfect for having overnight company and I still…

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Why It’s Not Healthy For Me To Have A Clean House

Photo: Pixabay
When I was single my house was clean.
When I got married and it was just my husband, myself, and our dog, my house was clean. I could clean my house once every two weeks and for the…

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Why I’m an A$*&hole Parent (According to My Kids)

We all have days where our kids drive us nuts and bring us to the brink of insanity. We all have those days when we love our kids, but don’t really like them. Guess what? We, as parents, drive our…

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10 Things That Will Never Be The Same After Kids

After being a mom for nearly a decade, I’ve learned the hard way that Kids have a way of slowly destroying pretty much everything they touch. Their little grimy, sticky, greasy fingers are always getting into something and most of…

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Hey Elf, Don’t Be Creepy!

Photo: Jen Gregory

Last year around this time, my older son asked me if we could “do” the Elf on the Shelf. I responded the way any smart, rational, overtired mother would. I backed out of the room slowly and…

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I Don’t Want to Be a Helicopter Mom, But…

I don’t want to be a helicopter mom, but your mannerless, doesn’t respect others, kid is making me super overprotective. Your kid almost ruined a perfect day at the park for me and my family. Where were you? Oh, is…

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3 Things You Should Never Say to New Parents

In an essay originally published on Red Tricycle’s Spoke Contributor Network, hear one dad’s take on what you should and should not say to new parents.

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How to Ruin Your Teen’s Dating Life in 3 Easy Steps

When you’ve got a teenager in the dating field it sometimes feels like that field is full of landmines. Is she dating a guy with a motorcycle? His girlfriend barely wears clothes! Not to mention you can barely get two…

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This Week’s Hilarious Memes Mom Will Love

Memes (pronounced “meems” for those who’ve been wondering) have been circulating our social media feeds for a while now. And nothing induces a good laugh than a set of totally relatable pictures and captions about living the “Mom Life.” We…

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In The Bag

Ahh, the Mama Shuffle. That dance we do to make sure we’ve got all of baby’s accessories in tow. Not to mention the cell phone, wallet, keys, and sunglasses. Here, we offer two locally-designed options that are sure to add…

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