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  1. Family Life
    She called me out of the blue, as she normally does, just to check in. But this time her voice--it sounded older. It's hard to explain but I realized all at once that my mom's voice just sounded raspier. Deeper. She wasn't sick- this was just the way she talked and I realized it had sounded...
  2. Family Life
    I believe I apologized to and thanked my mother 867 times the first year I became a parent. Her level of dedication was suddenly overwhelming to me - all the sacrifices she made, the sleepless nights, frantic trips to the doctor, and all that worrying. I was just beginning my parenting journey...
  3. Toddler & Child
    There can be a lot of expectations when it comes to grandparents and their hoped-for relationship with their grandchildren. Putting healthy boundaries in place can save a lot of hurt feelings. The grandparent-grandchild relationship is a tricky one. Many grandparents have certain expectations...
  4. Baby
    Positive relationships between parents and grandparents can benefit the family all the way around. When conflict is not handled well, however, disagreements can end in hurt feelings or even estrangement. Grandchildren can be a charged subject between parents and grandparents, so I spoke with...
  5. Family Life
    I breastfed, co-slept, did cloth diapers, and baby-wore; I didn't spank or sleep train. My parents never agreed with my parenting style. Through trial-and-error, I found ways to involve them in my children's lives without compromising the way I wanted to raise my kids. I grew up a day's...
  6. Family Life
    Grandparents' Day is a time we can celebrate the wonderful people in our lives with the recognition they love and live for. But how can we celebrate them when they live so far away? In 1978, President Jimmy Carter designated the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents' Day. It's a...
  7. Parenting
    My wife's parents were reckless and left a sliding door open and my son went flying and rolling down the stairs. He is one year old. Fortunately he suffered nothing worse than a nasty bruise on the head with no treatment needed and suffering. It was extra bad with both of them being present...
  8. Family Safety
    We tend to disregard how fragile it is now for our grandparents to do chores around the home. What could an ideal gift for them? Surely should be something that comes in handy and safety.
  9. The Childhood Years
    How many single moms are out there pursuing an education while raising their children ? Who do you have watch your children while you're at school, and work? What is an example of extreme multi-tasking related with going to school and raising a child ? What type of meals do you normally...
  10. Family Life
    By Liisa Ogburn for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers I was given less than an hour's notice before my father-in-law's blue Volvo station wagon pulled into our driveway. He opened the front door with his own key, rolling the familiar forest green suitcase behind him. I had been...
  11. Baby
    Grandparents. They get a bad rap these days, don't you think? Then again, maybe you are even one of those people annoyed by grandparents... They say things about how their kids slept on their stomachs and survived just fine, thank you very much! Or how their kids just rolled around in the...
  12. Life with a Toddler
    Hello moms :-) I'm brand new here. I was looking for a fairly anonymous, unbiased place (ie NOT Facebook groups) to ask for a little advice or encouragement. My fiancé and I are travelling next week for a conference on our 3 year olds neurological disorder. There are little resources where we...
  13. Life with a Toddler
    I have a friend with a 1-year-old boy, not sure precisely how many months old but pretty newly walking, whose grandparents (the mom's parents) want to spend time with him. They don't live near these grandparents so they found this to be a solution.<br><br> I wouldn't have been able to do it...
  14. Parenting
    <p>Hi everybody. </p> <p>we had a very big and nasty fight with my inlaws at the weekend. It started with MIL stating that we should ABSOLUTELY stop getting anymore kids because ours are: "So seriously damaged, and any new one would have the same defects" </p> <p>My FIL stated similar things...
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