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Okay, Who Ate The Baby Jesus?

T’was the night before Christmas and Addie (15 months) was the perfect age for wreaking holiday havoc. No tree, tinsel, or mistletoe was safe. For that reason, Christmas swag was downgraded to a ridiculously high wreath on the door and...Read More
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  • 9 Things We Learn About Dating From Our Kids

    This post is brought to you by And So It Goes, starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas. Now available on Digital HD and on DVD and Blu-Ray. There is a really big difference between dating in your teens or in college and dating when you&#...

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  • RECIPE: Fresh Berry Frozen Yogurt Pops

    These popsicles are made with fresh berries and yogurt and are a perfect natural, healthy treat for summer!...

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  • Confessions
    Karen Johnson

    Motherhood Is…

    Sipping wine between folding towels and onesies at 9:00 at night.

    Squatting on a public bathroom floor with a baby on your hip as you hoist a toddler onto the toilet.

    Letting your child wear her shoes on the wrong feet to have one less battle to fight today. READ MORE

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  • “The Wheels on The Bus Go Round and Round…”

    Do you own any old "mental cassette tapes"? You know those old cassette tapes that play in your head that you try so hard to record over but you just can’t? C’mon you know those stinking tapes that play in your head. Maybe, the tapes ar...

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  • Who Knew That Letting My Son Use The Men’s Room Would Be One Of The Bigger Decisions Of My Life

    Never in a million, trillion, gazillion years would I have ever, EVER thought that one of the biggest decisions of my life would be when and if I should let my son use the men’s room. Without me. Alone in there. With men....

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    Kristen Bagwell

    I’d Rather Hire A Mom

    I read an article recently by a mom who was addressing the “missed chunk on her resume” — meaning, a blackout period between her last “official” job and her next one. She was talking about the period of time she took time off to have, and raise her children. Ultimately, the author concluded that we should “not stress about this.” READ MORE

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  • 71 FUN Things To Do At Home This Summer

    Last summer consisted of the sprinkler and little pools every afternoon with lots of summertime activities in between. With all of the kids another year older, I’m able to plan some (hopefully) super fun activities that they can all e...

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  • 5 Reasons I’m Unqualified To Teach My Preschooler About Her Private Parts

    I recently read a blog post about how important it is to teach toddlers about their body parts. Apparently, simply knowing the correct words for male and female genitals deters predators who know that these children will be more able to rep...

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  • Confessions
    Jill Robbins

    “Your Face Will Freeze Like That” And Other Parenting Lies

    Someone once said “I believe in being honest with my kids, 101 percent.”

    That someone wasn’t me. I lie to my kids all the time. I’m not just talking about the trifecta of deception: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. I don’t creatively bend the truth. I straight up lie like Pinnochio. Am I ashamed? No. Lying to my kids saves my sanity, not to mention time and money. And sometimes, it’s just fun to eff with them a little. READ MORE

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  • Handling “I’m Bored!”

    There are two words that I currently hate more than most.  I would happily take a handful of crude potty words or even a few of the milder swear words instead of … I’m bored! Ugh! I don’t know if it is the sight of him standing among...

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  • Love Letter To Desperate Housewives: Part 3

    Everyone asks all of us at DH: “What are you going to miss the most?” I admit, I ask it of people myself, but as the remaining days dwindle, I realize it’s a Sophie’s Choice kind of question. I don’t want to pick just one thing; I...

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    5 Things I Miss About Breastfeeding… And Five Things I Don’t

    I loved breastfeeding. And no one was more surprised about that little fact than me. I mean, it was always something I knew I’d wanted to try, but it was also something that always seemed a little intimidating and daunting...Read More
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  • Top 5 Toddler Demands

    My two year old son has several phrases that he repeats all day, every day. They are disguised as questions, but don’t be fooled: they are most certainly demands. The following are the five most common (accompanied by translation), ...

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  • A Letter To Santa From Me

    Dear Santa, I know you probably don’t exist. I figured it out when I was about 10 years old and you left a thank you note for the cookies. Your writing and my mom’s writing was oddly similar. I have to tell you that I was pretty crushed...

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    Good Enough Mom

    There is an Eric Carle board book about a little girl who asks “Papa, can you get the moon for me?” And her father gets a ladder. When my boys were little, I read this to them. I kept it because when I see it on the shelf, I think of the many ways, as parents, we want to give it all, to make the pain go away when they hurt, to make their joy last forever, to protect them. To never disappoint them or make mistakes. To hang the moon. And also to know, while we can’t hang the moon, we can revel in its beauty. We can enjoy it. And we can parent beautifully all the while making mistakes. We are human. I am human. READ MORE

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  • Spelling Lessons With A Potty-Mouthed Mom

    I get so tired of behaving sometimes. If there is any part of motherhood that gets tedious real quick, it’s the pressure to be mature, all the time. Screw that. Just thinking about it makes me want to put a little Jack Daniels in my tea....

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  • You Know You’re An Adoptive Parent When…

    My brother is adopted. My nephew is adopted. Three of my cousins are adopted. It was a normal part of “how you got kids” when I was growing up. I got married at the tender age of 42 and the fertility ship had sailed. When the question o...

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