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  1. Family Life
    I recently recounted 5 lessons I learned about motherhood the hard way. The truth is, that list has about 129493 more bullet points. Here are 5 more lessons that I wish I could share with my younger self. 1. Expect to be late sometimes. Especially in those early days, it is nearly impossible...
  2. Family Life
    There's just something about watching your parents love on your baby. Whether you are close to your parents and inlaws or there is some tension in the relationship, sharing a love for a little one can build and strengthen those relationships. Having babies brought new life to my relationships...
  3. Family Life
    The face of family in America has changed dramatically over the last several decades. Single motherhood is on the decline, but not for reasons that you might think. It's safe to say that the concept of a "traditional family" has shifted significantly in the last half-century. While fifty years...
  4. New Member Introductions
    I need advice on my situation with my MIL. I moved to our town in 2011 after traveling a while and met my husband at our mutual work. He was 35 at the time, just moved out of his parents house and had a 12 year old boy. The boy and I got along well and hung out together pretty often. Up until we...
  5. Stay at Home Parents
    All sources of our drinking water, including municipal water systems, wells, lakes, rivers, and even glaciers, contain some level of contamination.
  6. Family Life
    Besides true essentials like clothes, diapers, and a car seat, what makes family life with young children easier for me? I took out the top two things that help because you can't buy them - a partner to share responsibilities, and the ability to breastfeed. Besides those life-savers, here are...
  7. Homeschooling
    Traditional coloring helps children develop essential coordination skills while the virtual world inspires their imagination to the next level. Coloring is a great bonding activity for both children and their friends and parents; it is also a wonderful way to encourage creativity and...
  8. The Childhood Years
    Seeing my son's smile when he saw his face in video.>:D What made you smile today?
  9. The Childhood Years
    Hello Everyone! I can see that gadgets with small screens separate families as everyone is looking into his own tiny screens. We loose a lot of time with it and don't have enough time to talk to kids. Also it becomes challenging to get all members of family together. I understand we live in...
  10. Toddler & Child
    I've always believed that the greatest gift you could give your child is a sibling. A built-in best friend, life-long buddy, partner-in-crime. Someone who shares the same childhood memories and traditions that you experienced, a riding partner at the amusement park. Someone to cover for you when...
  11. Natural Home Body Car Household Goods Electronics
    Hi sorry for the original post. Guess I misunderstood about buy, sell, trade.
  12. NICU & Preemie Parenting
    Hello, My name is Avara and I am currently engaging in a Independant Research Project (IRP) on the affect of the birth of a premature infant on the family unit. I am interested in this area as I am a premature infant myself, born at 27 weeks (13 weeks early) and I know that this had a dramatic...
  13. Family Life
    Summer brings with it many natural cues to slow down: the warmth, the longer days (more time = less need to do things fast), and the luscious grass or warm sand that beckons, Lie down! But the approach of summer can also strike terror in the hearts of parents. Are you quietly (or...
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