Parenting
Youngsters

The 6 Types of Drop-Off Moms

Now that I am several years into being a “school mom,” I have observed that there are several categories (and subcategories) of moms who drop their kids off at school....Read More
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  • Why I Fail at Fitness

    I, like many of you, woke up January 1st believing my time to lose the flab had arrived. I meant it, too. I started walking, cutting back on seconds, sweets and booze, and even mustered the courage to do a weekly weigh-in and tape measureme...

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  • What To Do When Your Crush Doesn’t Crush On You?

    Ah, the unrequited crush. It sucks. It stunk when you were seven years old, and it stunk when you were in the eighth grade. And guess what? It only stinks more the older you get....

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    Ashlen "the Kidspert" Sheaffer

    12 Things Moms Really Want For Christmas

    1.) A full night’s sleep.

    Make this a night when I don’t wake up in the middle of night thinking I hear a kid crying….and the kids are at Grandma’s. READ MORE

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  • Christmas Overreactions: 1987 Style!

    My family has an old home video, which mysteriously disappeared a few years ago. No one will admit to knowing of its whereabouts. It is an old VHS tape with the tiny strip sticker reading in my Mom’s delicate handwriting Christmas 1987. W...

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  • The Not-So-Secret Recipe For Television Christmas Movies

    Admit it. Whether you love to hate them or hate to love them, you cannot resist a television Christmas movie. Just try changing the channel before the corporate climber realizes he’s destined to love his spunky assistant. You can’t do i...

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    The 6 Step Solution To Surviving Your Kid’s Annual Checkup

    It might be time for your child’s annual checkup. Based on my own traumatic successful experience with my five-year-old, I’d like to share how to prepare for this potentially volatile visit....Read More
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  • A Love Letter To… Sleep

    Dear Sleep, I know it’s been a long time since we’ve gotten together. I thought that our separation would be brief – 6 weeks, maybe 6 months after the kids were born. At most a year. But, alas, here we are nearly 6 years from the arri...

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  • Inside The Croods – A Peek at the Characters

    The BadAssMama here! Back with more of the inside scoop on DreamWorks Animations’ “The Croods”, hitting theaters March 22. One of my favorite parts of this film, in addition to the breathtaking graphics, eye-popping 3D and lush backgr...

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    Julia Arnold

    Hooray For Four Year Olds

    There’s the God-forsaken, sleep-deprived newborn stage, followed by the blood-curdling teething stage, which leads to much-feared Terrible Twos, topped off with what is now often considered the hardest stage of all– the Terrible Threes. Dear Lord, we wonder at each age, when does it get easier?! READ MORE

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  • Sexy At Any Age? You Bet Your Ass.

    Could it be that older women are becoming the new faces of beauty? Absolutely. After years of living in a culture where being over 50 meant being invisible, things are changing in a very real way. I, for one, am inspired by this. The cosmet...

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  • Best Dressed

    I have a rule in my house, no Halloween until October 1st. I hate how stores push holidays so early, it takes the fun out of it for me to see Halloween costumes already out in August. But it’s October so at my house we have finally made i...

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    Why Making Mistakes Is Good For Your Kids

    Hockey great Wayne Gretzky often said “You miss every shot you don’t take.” The same is true for learning opportunities: if our children decide against trying something, they will never know what they may be missing out on. However, trying...Read More
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  • Channel Your Inner Toddler

    As a rule, I don’t wear side ponytails. Or ponytails secured at the crown of my head. Or clothes that don’t match. Except with my niece Elle. You see, when Elle was 18-months old, she piled a bunch of hair on the top of my skull and ins...

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    Elise Free

    One Rubber Ducky At A Time

    There is something that I selfishly and unselfishly enjoy about being a mother, that has nothing to do with my daughter and yet everything to do with my daughter.

    My friend Mieke has the wonderful ability to befriend complete strangers, everywhere she goes. She knows the personal history of every Starbucks employee in California, firefighter, police man/woman, postal worker, neighbor, passerby, shopper, etc, etc. In fact, if you don’t know her and you live in the SoCal area, you are either a hermit, or a total asshole. READ MORE

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  • When Mommy is Sad

    I have dealt with high pressure situations for most of my life. Top tier schools, demanding careers, endurance sports. None of this could have prepared me for the overwhelming responsibility of being a mother. You know the drill. This is a ...

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  • Let Me Get That For You

    Look! Help can come in all shapes and sizes!...

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