Parenting
Youngsters
Karen Johnson

My Kids Have 5 Mommies

My kids have 5 mommies raising them throughout the day. And no, we don’t have a reality TV show on Polygamy Central or anything. I have come to realize that 5 different women appear between 6 am and bedtime, and they all look like me. READ MORE

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  • Lauren Parker-Gill

    Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Soda Float

    Have you noticed a Hump Day Cocktail theme this month? Berries and chocolate – very appropriate for Valentine’s Day month. For this last Wednesday in February, I decided to keep that theme going and put the two together! The Bourbon...

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  • Expressing Motherhood

    The Nighttime Routine is Killing Me

    Putting my three kids to bed has become one of my least favorite parts of the day. Two nights a week I do it solo. I realize a lot of you do it solo 7 nights a week, I’m lucky that my husband helps me 5 out of 7 nights. Up until 3 nights ...

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  • Youngsters

    Second, Third, and Fourth Guessing Your Parenting

    I’ve always been a thinker.  By ‘thinker’ I mean that I think things to death, play out every possible scenario, and plan for every contingency.

    This was certainly the case during the aftermath of the preschool zipper incident of 2015. READ MORE

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  • Julia Arnold

    Let Go Of The Guilt

    “But I still feel guilty,” I said over the phone to my older sister, who is also a mother of young children. “I’ll never forget what our pediatrician once told me,” she replied. “She said to never feel bad about doing what y...

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  • Pat Geyer

    RECIPE: Shrimp Spring Rolls

    I started making spring rolls several years ago. Previously made for the blog, I have gotten too much in a routine about what I put in them. Broccoli slaw, green cabbage, shredded chicken and peanuts are normally the key ingredients. Looki...

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  • Youngsters
    Denise Geelhart

    15 Signs You Might Need A Day Off

    Over three years ago, I started a new job; one I had dreamed of having for years. On the day my oldest daughter, Ginny, was born, I became a stay-at-home mom. As my job into motherhood began, I was fearful and full of hope. I felt blessed that I would be able to stay at home, since many moms are unable to do so. Luckily, I found that my new “job” suited me. It didn’t frustrate or bore me, most days. (I’m aware that being a stay-at-home doesn’t work well for all women, for a variety of reasons.) READ MORE

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  • What The Flicka

    No More Tears

    Have you ever tried this trick for nixing toddler tantrums? It certainly seems to work well for this little girl!...

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  • What The Flicka

    WTF? Responses To: Your Kids And Alcohol

    Did you catch Felicity Huffman’s “WTF?” question last week? She asked how parents deal with talking to their kids about alcohol, and the responses were great! Parents, non-parents and even teens sounded off, sharing their ...

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  • Youngsters
    Danielle Tumminio

    The Lesson My Daughter Taught Me About Letting Go

    My eleven-month old daughter is a reacher.

    She reaches for her favorite book.

    She reaches to stand up.

    She reaches for outlets and cell phones and electrical cords. READ MORE

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  • Dani Walker

    The Conversation With My Kid That Scarred Him For Life

    14 Year-Old Mom, can you make some brownies? Me Would if I could. I don’t have any brownie mix. I’ll pick some up at the store tomorrow. 14 Year-Old We do have brownie mix. There is a box in the pantry. The top of the box is rip...

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  • Ashley McAtee

    Crock-Whore Vegetarian Potato Soup

    My name is Ashley, and I’m a crock-whore. I admit it. I have become completely dependent on my slow cooker. My crock-pot wins me friends, impresses my coworkers, and keeps me from FREAKING OUT on my hungry husband who DAILY calls me t...

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  • Youngsters

    16 Parenting Tips For Actual Parents

    We live in a blessed day and age. Are you thinking of making your own baby food? Wait, paleo baby food? No problem, there’s a site for that. Looking to create a summertime scavenger hunt for your little darlings? Not...Read More
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  • Elle Davis

    Where Art Thou Brain?

    When I was pregnant my brain stopped working, it just went poof. While I was reading baby books including What To Expect and Let’s Freak You Out About All The Things That Can Go Wrong In Your Pregnancy, I came across the term “pregnancy...

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  • Felicity Huffman

    Felicitations for December 2014 Part 2: The Next Step

    Last week in “Felicitations,” I looked for some guidance into the dilemma of how to reconcile my small, insignificant (but meaningful to me) life surrounded by all the tragedy, violence and destruction that exists right now....

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  • Youngsters
    Marie Bollman

    10 Ways I’m Totally Screwing Up My Kids

    Did you watch the show Parenthood?

    Sadly, its series finale was in January. But find it if you can, and binge-watch the hell out of it. In one episode, Julia was struggling with the ever-present mom guilt. She felt like she was screwing up her kids, which of course totally hit home. READ MORE

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  • Amanda Mushro

    Returning the Love: 5 Ways I Plan to Make His Valentine’s Day

    Since the shelves at my local pharmacy are lined with heart-shaped boxes of candy, creepy stuffed animals dressed as Cupid, and cards with pictures of dogs holding signs declaring “I woof you,” Valentine’s Day must be a comin’. Cons...

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  • Lauren Parker-Gill

    The “Lady” Scout Martini

    In case you haven’t noticed, Flicka Friends, we are smack dab in the middle of Girl Scout cookie season. It has been all over my news feed on Facebook, I’m getting phone calls from local Girl Scouts, they’re ringing my doo...

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