Parenting
Infant/Toddlers
Mary Katherine Backstrom

If You Want To Be Happy, Don’t Have Kids

If you want to be happy, you shouldn’t have kids. That’s a fact. Or at least, Time magazine and the sociologists who conducted this study believe so.

Parents get less sleep, have less money, and less independence. Parents have more stress, more marital arguments, more expenses. READ MORE

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Melissa Pressman

If You Say You Don’t Want Kids, I Have Just One Thing To Say To You.

This has been a really hard week. We have been in the middle of a crazy heat wave, with no relief in the evening and my son has decided that sleeping at night just isn’t for him. I have now spent three nights out on the couch, not really sleeping. I am exhausted and hot and trying to find the mental strength to get through the next day. It’s moments like this I wish I had unlimited amounts of money and time and I could just hop a flight to an exotic destination and just go relax on the beach. I don’t even care if it’s just for a few days. READ MORE

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    Julia Arnold

    The Best Toys To Grow With Your Toddler

    Many toys seem to come and go in our house, but it is so nice when I see my kids (now 4 and almost 2) continue to play with certain toys months– or even years– after they first receive them.  I love it even more if both of my kids will play with a toy at the same time.

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    Kids & Toeing The Line

    If I were to draw a line of chalk on the floor and tell my daughter not to step over it, she would spend the next hour and a half teetering on one leg like a lopsided flamingo, balancing her big toe over the line without actually “steppin...

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  • Infant/Toddlers

    The Loneliness

    After Lillian was born and my 6 weeks of maternity leave was up, I headed back to work part time. I worked 5am-9am so Luke took care of her in the morning, then dropped her off with me on his way to work, and Lils and I would walk home for the day. While the hours were super early, and I worked for a remote call center, I still had some guaranteed adult interaction five days a week which was so great and awesome and necessary. READ MORE

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  • Elle Davis

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    What I Wish I Had Known When I First Had Kids

    After about a month of sleep deprivation, the question on every new parent’s mind is, “When will my child sleep through the night?!” Then they yawn and doze off while pouring yet another cup of coffee. READ MORE

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    I remember watching Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and laughing hysterically when Deuce picked up a date (played by the lovely Amy Poehler) who happened to have Tourette Syndrome. In the particularly funny scene, Amy goes on a profanity laced t...

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    Julia Arnold

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    This Just In: A Mandatory 10 Step Training Course has been implemented for all soon-to-be parents. If you skillfully and successfully endure the various challenges involved, while being tethered to a lifelike, hungry doll that cries often, you will be prepared for bringing home a newborn. If you fail, good luck to you. READ MORE

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    We recently celebrated our five-year wedding anniversary. I hadn’t really put much thought into it, as I had recently given birth to our second daughter and our oldest, a toddler, was in full-force tantrum mode. My husband and I, like man...

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