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How Your Kid Really Wants You to Behave on the Sidelines

“Parents assume we know how our kids want us to act. But it’s actually a lot more nuanced and complex than parents think.”

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Please, Moms: Just Wear the Damn Bathing Suit

Whether it’s summer or Spring Break, here’s the truth: your kids won’t remember your stretch marks or the baby weight.

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5 Tips to Stop Thumb Sucking from a SLP

“I saw both my boys sucking their thumbs. The SLP in me was screaming, ‘No! I can’t have two thumb suckers!’ and my mind immediately raced to ‘Open bite! Lisp!’ while the mom in me was thinking, ‘This is just too adorable—I need to take a photo to remember this moment forever.'”

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Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

We live in a world where we see the very feeling of being uncomfortable as “bad” and a thing to avoid. But avoiding uncomfortable feelings gets in the way of doing the things we want to do, of growing, and truly living the lives we want to live.

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When Her Inner Voice Became Mine

One mom explains how how feelings of inadequacy are inherited from mothers to daughters—and how she’s changing that.

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The New American Girl Doll of the Year Is All about Farm to Table Family Time

The newest American Girl doll wants to help kids make healthier choices.

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I Am My Mother’s Daughter (with a Few Upgrades)

Every mother has a different st‌yle of parenting. Some are more lenient, others more strict. Some mothers shower their children with constant affection while others take the ‘tough love’ approach.
I am a firm believer that we are a product…

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These Father & Son Back-To-School Photos Will Send You Running for Tissues

This is why it’s important to document those yearly milestones, no matter how old your kids are.

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My Love-Hate Relationship With Lu-La-Roe and Legging-Land

Love is complicated.

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This is basically how I feel about the crazy phenomena that are LuLueRoe Leggings.
Chances are if you have a vagina, you already know about the leggings craze that is LuLaRoe, otherwise…

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Overcoming My Personal Breastfeeding Fears

With my previous two children nursing outside my own home gave me all sorts of worry and anxiety. In fact, the only places I would nurse, if I really had to, were secluded bedrooms in other people’s homes. Never where anyone…

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Why Bother With Surgery When You Can Tape Your Neck Up

Please tell me I am not the only one that had to read about the new neck-taping craze more than once. I truly could not figure out whether or not this was a joke. No way are people taping up…

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The Safe House

Photo: Pixabay
“Mommy, I’m safe,” she said, snuggling into my chest as we laid in bed, in that sweet interim between saying bedtime prayers and finally closing her eyes to sleep.
Where did that come from? I wonder, while reassuring…

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Hiding my Insecurities From my Daughter

Photo: Thomas Haslinger
While chatting with a close friend the other day, we started talking about the periods in our lives when we felt the most confident in ourselves. As I listened to her tell me about how she felt,…

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15 Not So Obvious Reasons My Baby Might Be Crying

Hear one mom’s experience recently published on Red Tricycle’s brand-new Spoke Contributor Network.

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An Open Letter to the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team

Ladies,
You are living my dream. I once was a gymnast of sorts, long before you were even born. I was nothing compared to you. I was good enough, though, to compete in local competitions as part of a team.…

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A Toddler in Rome

Last summer, we had an incredible opportunity to bring our toddler son to Rome for a few days. We had so much fun with him and it was a great way to kick off our European vacation. Here are some…

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