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    By no means do I feel equipped to dole out "How to Mom" pamphlets. However, I can now boast that I am two for two on getting my tots in underwear before their second birthday. While I strongly believe that children should not be rushed to reach milestones, I do think that they can be gently...
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    The decision to be 'done' is a hard one. A personal one. One that often leaves people judging or questioning, no matter what you decide. We remember the thoughts of a mama who was real and vulnerable for us. --A Guest Post By A Mama Who Wished To Remain Anonymous-- I have five children, and...
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    Bedsharing. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone has the right to parent the way they feel best for their baby. Here's one family found worked for them. I have a pack 'n play that's been used a handful of times and that's it. Before my first was born, I dutifully set it up right next to the...
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    When asked about a dad's perspective on breastfeeding, I admit I get a kick out of that title, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. This is the name of the book published by La Leche League, and it's the Bible of Breastfeeding. The Maxim for Mammilla. The Tome for Teats. What can I say? The title...
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    "How much more precious is a little humanity than all the rules in the world?" - Jean Piaget I'll admit I haven't yet entered toddler territory, but I do have a fast-growing boy nearing his first birthday. And with that has come an ever-moving, ever-exploring youngster. What joy to see the...
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    Your child has a fever and isn't feeling her best. While some may throw, "Give her some Tylenol or Ibuprofen," nonchalantly at you (even if you didn't ask for advice), we'd like to give you some food for thought before you lower your chid's fever. Several years ago, we shared an excerpt from...
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    Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, and yet...sometimes, it feels everything but. Here are some great tips for beating the Booby Traps of Breastfeeding.   Guest post by Kristen Tea In the past 4 years since becoming a mother and an enthusiastic breastfeeding supporter, I...
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    The decision to circumcise your son is a personal one, and one that's no longer 'the' thing to do just because you have a baby boy. More and more mamas are choosing to keep their sons intact, and more medical professionals have opinions about it as well. What does one pediatric urologist think...
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      Bedsharing is something that many parents have done for hundreds of years, and only truly questioned in the last few decades with the advent of direct campaigns against bed-sharing and cosleeping. There are so many positive benefits to bed-sharing for both parents and children, though, and we...
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    Want to make reading to your kids an easy thing that has few rules but all sorts of benefits? Check out one mama's 3 rules for bedtime reading. Though tons and tons of research suggest the many benefits of reading to your children, there's also research that reveals fewer and fewer parents...
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    It's impossible to avoid: Coronavirus exists and you need to protect yourself! And, if you find yourself pregnant during this global health crisis, you may, out of concern, turn to antimicrobial sanitizer. But research does NOT back that up, and actually suggests that pregnant women should...
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    There is a reason they say you can't pour from an empty cup. It may be a cliche, but most seasoned mothers will tell you that it's true- and research agrees. Taking care of yourself, aka self-care, is an important consideration for all moms. It is not only good for the mental, emotional, and...
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    It's a myth that you have to be completely ready for the baby when they make their grand appearance. In fact, you might be quite surprised at just what you don't need for a new baby! Let's face it. When we get those two pink lines (or find out we're pregnant however we find out), the dreams...
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    When you bring your little one into the world, the last thing you're probably expecting is for anything to go wrong and require the services of Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU). But, such is quite often the case for many mamas and their babies, and having a baby in NICU is an experience that's...
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    It's hard not to take our children's big emotions personally. Especially when we purpose so hard to be emotionally present and involved. But, as one mother shares her story of learning her little boy's emotions are not necessarily the result of her parenting, we encourage you to also take...
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    Are you curious to see where your child's name ranks in the most (or least) most popular baby names in the United States? The most common names of the DECADE have been compiled. Does your name make the list? Does your baby's? Is making the list something you aspire to or something you purposely...
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    A precautionary tale: don't visit a newborn if the mama urges you, even politely, to stay away. She means it. My husband's grandmother left a message saying she was coming over. Right. Now. I'd been putting her visit off. I wanted the first week with our newborn to be a closed circle made up...
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    As research continues to show, plastics are not our friend for the most part. They harm the earth, can cause harm to humans and in general, can be replaced with more eco-friendly and safer options. Still, we are also now finding that many of the 'alternatives' are not necessarily any better for...
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    Beginning even before you find out you're pregnant, parenthood is filled with decisions (which brand of pregnancy test to purchase??). Some simple, some difficult, all important… and although it can be overwhelming, I'm pretty sure there will come a time when our children are making their...
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    For over 25 years the Baby Signs® Program has helped caregivers teach babies to "talk" before they can talk with a variety of books, videos, and songs. If you have ever considered starting baby sign language with your little one, you will want to read this interview with one of the program...
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