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Just Breath and Curse: A Survivor’s Recount of Natural Childbirth

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Giving birth is terrifying. It’s messy, uncomfortable and any shred of dignity you had left when you waddled into labor and delivery is gone as more strangers have seen your vagina and poked at your cervix than you care to divulge. As though any of that weren’t enough, it HURTS. Not like an “ouch I stubbed my toe” kind of hurt. This is an “I am going to have to push a watermelon out of my body” kind of hurt. In the end the pain is worth it of course as without the mess there wouldn’t be a beautiful baby to coo over. Read More »

What to do When Your Child Misses Mom (or Dad)

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When you are a divorced parent, you’re undoubtedly going to run into tricky situations from time to time. Often, children will miss the other parent in-between visits, and when this happens you’ll need to have a plan and know what to do to ease the transition and comfort your child. I’ve put together three tips that’ll help you do just that. Read More »

Befriending Germs for Better Immunity

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Cringeworthy moments in a baby or toddler’s life often includes them eating food off the floor, sucking on their own toes, and touching what seems to be anything filthy they can find within arm’s reach. Most parents are quick to pull out the sanitizer and layer their kids with a thick coat of antibacterial liquid, but some would argue that society has gone a bit overboard when it comes to keeping their kids safe from germs. Read More »

Slow Down and Smell the Diapers

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Gone are the days that mothers have the option to stay home with their children while husbands work as sole provider of security and stability in the home. Families living this 1950’s scene are of the vast minority and it is one that generally comes with great sacrifices by the parents. In the past 120 years, women have made great strides toward achieving equality with our male counter-parts in all aspects of life; from gaining the right to vote to eligibility for comparable job opportunities as men and let us not forget the availability of birth control. But with all this advancing forward, could it be that we as modern women have allowed ourselves to lose sight of the importance of slowing down and enjoying our children before they are no longer tiny, helpless little babies? Read More »

What Kids Want in a Babysitter

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I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to babysitters, most kids would rather just have mom and dad stay at home. That is unless you find that rare gem of a babysitter—the one your kids adore, beg to have them come, and can’t wait for you to leave. However, these gems can be hard to find. With years of finding babysitters for my 7 kids, I’ve had my share of finding that modern day Mary Poppins. To help with the search, here are a few key things kids are actually wanting (whether they know it or not) in that perfect babysitter. Read More »

How Single Parents Can Help and Support One Another

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Did you know that 1 in 4 kids are raised in a single parent home? Many single parents struggle with loss, abandonment, budget shortfalls and work/life balance issues. Even though the road of single parenthood is often paved with challenges, there are plenty of ways to find support and encouragement along the way. Below are some practical ways that single parents can offer help and support to each other. Read More »