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9 Things I Wish I’d Known About Being a Mom Before Actually Becoming One, Because Let’s Face It, Everyone Lies To You

9. Ninety percent of being a mom involves making snacks, packing snacks, going to the store to buy new snacks, unpacking snacks, researching snacks and asking mothers about their snacks, cleaning up after snacks, and preparing snacks for the next...Read More
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    Let Me Sing You The Song of My People

    Sometimes dogs really are the best babysitters. Maybe the next time your child is crying you can test out this dog’s method of baby-calming. Conventional? No. But hey – whatever works, right?...

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  • Julia Arnold

    Mandatory 10 Step New Parent Training Course

    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, ...

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    Sarah Cottrell

    5 Things Only Parents Of Boys Will Understand

    Catchy title, huh? I have no idea what it is like to raise girls. Who knows, maybe they really are easier until the teen years like everyone tells me. Or maybe girls are exactly the same level of absurdity that boys are.

    My oldest boy is turning five soon. My youngest boy just turned one. Between them I am sure that I could solve the energy crisis if only I could capture the intense amount of vigor that zings and swirls around them all day (and night) long.

    With new birthday milestones marked on the kitchen wall growth chart, I offer up these 5 things that (I am fairly certain) only the parents of boys will understand. READ MORE

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  • Ellen Etten

    Don’t Drink & Text: The Rules

    So we’ve already decided drinking and online dating is a bad idea. Guess what’s an ever worse idea? Yep, drinking and texting. We’ve all done it, we’ve all regretted it… or if you haven’t, please be my friend and make me a more ...

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  • What The Flicka

    Marine Surprises His Sister on Her Wedding Day

    Get an entire box of kleenex ready immediately because this marine surprising his sister moments before she gets married is literally the most feeling-inducing video on the internet....

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  • Youngsters

    My Daughter Definitely Actually Just Said That.

    If asked what my favorite curse word is, I would answer quickly. I curse….a lot. But, and here’s the rub, I need to stop. After all, I’m a mom to two little girls. Usually, I’m good at keeping these words...Read More
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  • Sarah Cottrell

    5 Things Only Parents Of Boys Will Understand

    Catchy title, huh? I have no idea what it is like to raise girls. Who knows, maybe they really are easier until the teen years like everyone tells me. Or maybe girls are exactly the same level of absurdity that boys are. My oldest boy is tu...

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  • 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....

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    Transmommyhood

    My daughter’s first movie was not Bambi or Frozen or even Toy Story. Her first film was Transamerica – starring Felicity Huffman....Read More
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  • Bryanne E. Salazar

    The Women of Our Own Histories

    March is Women’s History Month, and I’d like to share a few little-known facts about the commemorative date. Just 26 years ago, March became the month to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of women that are often forgotten b...

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  • Ben Barnz

    He Said, He Said: "You Called Her A… WHAT?!"

    “You’re being an asshole,” I scream downstairs at my ten year-old daughter. My voice echoes off the walls as my partner, Daniel, stares at me aghast....

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    Sibling Study Shows Increase in Parent Aggravation

    Future studies will show the primary difficulty which arises from having more than one child is that despite best efforts to raise them consistently and equally, children stubbornly refuse to behave in an identical way to their siblings.  ...Read More
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  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want

    I’ve spent the last 45 days, give or take, complaining. Bitching. Griping. Moping. In a serious wave of funk. And it’s time to stop. Since my friends are far too kind to tell me to “Get over yourself, you idiot,” I am forced to take...

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  • Elle Davis

    7 Easy DIYs To Cut Down On The Chemicals You Use In Your Home

    I try to be as eco-friendly as I can although I don’t always succeed. But with these DIY green recipes, it makes the gradual changes I’ve been making a lot easier....

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    The Day My Kid Comes Home Shattered Because Kids Laughed At Him, I Will Wipe Away His Tears And Tell Him This

    Editor’s Note: This was written by a contributor who wishes to remain anonymous. Today I sent my son to school with a ponytail. But it’s okay! My son is four....Read More
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  • Allison Goines

    Reflections On My Life As A Stay At Home Mom

    I was (mostly) a stay-at-home mom for 11 years.  I was working outside of the home in another job that I loved when my oldest was born, but was desperate to be at home with my sweet baby.  I cut my hours to part-time, but when he refused...

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  • Elle Davis

    My Bells Rolled Off the Stage

    When I was younger and living in Small Town, USA, my grammar school would have a Christmas Pagent for each grade from K-6. It was quite an event in my small town and we would have it in a big auditorium. My grandfather’s wife would always...

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