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Welcome to Toddler Hell, Population: You.

baby, FAM, Featured, grow, kids, LIVE By June 22, 2016 No Comments

The change in my son’s behaviour was so gradual I almost didn’t realize what was happening. At first, I wrote it off as a bad day. I explained his emotional meltdowns as tiredness or hunger—I know how a guy can get when he needs a taco.

One bad day turned to two, and two turned into a week. Before I knew it we were living a new normal. An emotionally unhinged, can-other-kids-possibly-be-like-this normal.

So here I am today, writing from Toddler Hell, where the red cup is never blue enough and shoes are evil feet-demons.

Jorrie Varney

Jorrie Varney

Jorrie is a registered nurse and mom of two, who aspires to own furniture without stains and shower without an audience. She writes about the joy and hilarity of raising children, on her blog Close to Classy. You can also find her work on Scary Mommy, Mamapedia and Mamalode. Follow her on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.

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muslin clothing

How to swaddle a baby in Aden + Anais muslin swaddles

baby, EAVESDROP, FAM, GEAR, Seen, style By June 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

We all know/love Aden + Anais for their delicious muslin swaddles, made famous by everyone—from just about every baby-toting celeb on the planet, to every mom in the know—but now they’re batting it out of the park again with their new muslin clothing line. With kimono tops, strategic snaps and covered zippers, I’m wishing they came in mommy sizes.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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We see you, Mr. Whitten. We get it: An Open Letter to a Good Dad

baby, FAM, Featured, grow, health, kids, LIVE, nourish, self, Uncategorized By May 20, 2016 2 Comments

“Here should be a picture of my favorite apple.
It is also a nude & bottle.
It is also a landscape.
There are no such things as still lifes.” ~ Erica Jong

Dear Mr. Whitten,

You probably had no idea.

Renee Robbins

Renee Robbins

Writer. Kamikaze Mom. Participation Trophywife. Trying to achieve a balance of principal and practice without shouting obscenities at too many people.

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Get Outdoors with these Awesome Kids Books

Get Outdoors, Baby: 7 Books to Introduce Kids to Nature

baby, books, FAM, GEAR, grow, health, kids, LIVE, play, Uncategorized By May 12, 2016 1 Comment

Spring is here, and with it the almost audible hum of energy that comes from children who have been cooped up inside too long. We all know the importance of limiting screen time, but did you know that letting a child experience nature can help alleviate anxiety, depression and attention disorders? The lure of laptops and tablets can make it hard to sell today’s children on the great outdoors. Sometimes they need a little help stimulating their imaginations. Here are seven books to do just that.

Renee Robbins

Renee Robbins

Writer. Kamikaze Mom. Participation Trophywife. Trying to achieve a balance of principal and practice without shouting obscenities at too many people.

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The best gift ideas for mother's day are free

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day: Free and Priceless

baby, FAM, kids, self By May 5, 2016 2 Comments

Mother’s Day is on our doorstep and the gift guides are everywhere we turn. Don’t get me wrong, fancy gifts are awesome, but for me, the best Mother’s Day prezzies don’t have a price sticker on them. So, for my lucky number 13th Mother’s Day (and with three kids to celebrate it), here are my five gift ideas to give any mom on her special day. And they’re all totally free.

Angella Dykstra

Angella Dykstra

Angella Dykstra is the wife of one and the Mom of three. She's a CPA, CA by day and a writer and photographer by night. She is also a runner and avid fitness enthusiast in her "spare time." You can find her across all social platforms as @AngellaD, and on her personal website dutchblitz.net where she'd been blogging for eleven years.

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Parenting a special needs baby is difficult for outsiders to understand. Yes it's stressful, but there's 5 things you should know about it too.

5 Things to Know About Parenting A Special Needs Baby

baby, FAM By April 29, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

Parenting is a tough job. It can be thankless, isolating, and there’s no overtime pay despite it being a 24/7 role. Parenting a special needs baby is that, times about 100. From the outside looking in, I’m certain that parents who see us at parks and activities are thinking “what a shame.” I get it. I really do. I would have thought the same 4 years ago. But now, after parenting my little chicken who happens to have a rare syndrome for 3+ years, I don’t. Not anymore.

Melanie Cote

Melanie Cote

Melanie from mommydo.com writes about parenting, food, neat stuff and the unexpected beauty in life, all while juggling work, family life and spreading awareness and raising funds for Williams Syndrome.

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It can be challenging to make quality time without breaking the bank but here are five of frugal mother-daughter dates that everyone will enjoy!

5 Frugal Mother-Daughter Dates

baby, FAM, kids By April 24, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

Now that my son is in kindergarten, I find myself with ample one-on-one time with my 3 year-old daughter. This is the first year my daughter and I have had so many chances to spend solo time together since she was born because before this, my son also demanded much of my attention. The challenge underlying all of this quality time, however, is finding activities to do together that won’t drive me crazy or break the bank.

Here are five of my frugal, go-to mother-daughter dates that we both enjoy.

Julia Arnold

Julia is a freelance writer living in Minnesota with her husband and two young children. She loves reading, writing, photography, and all things equestrian. She blogs about Motherhood with humor and honesty at FranticMama.com.

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As a parent to two small children I am plagued with how and when to begin sexual assault education and prevention in a meaningful way while my children are still so young. How does one teach kids about sexual assault awareness?

What Can We Teach Kids About Sexual Assault Awareness?

baby, FAM, kids By April 22, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and as a parent to two small children I am plagued with how and when to begin sexual assault education and prevention in a meaningful way while my children are still so young. How does one teach kids about sexual assault awareness?

VanessaHeron

VanessaHeron

Vanessa is a wife and mother to two littles. She is a school counsellor by day, a blogger at Like Mother Like Daughter by night, and occasionally dabbles in freelance during naptime. Her favourites include all things pop culture, strong cups of coffee, and full nights of sleep.

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Dads Are Not Babysitters

baby, FAM, kids By April 18, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

Society generally portrays dads as having it pretty easy. I am not going to lie – sometimes I think they do too. Raise your hand if you don’t think you occasionally do more than your partner, and I will personally nominate you for sainthood.

I am the default parent of our daughter in that I look after snack-day, what needs to be in her daily backpack, or when it’s time for her next shots. This is not because I am the mother, but because my partner has a memory like a sieve and the poor kids at daycare would never get their cupcakes.

Jennifer Pitt

I became a mother for the first time at 37. I know, I know – what the hell was I thinking? P.S. I also believe in eating the last butter tart while my husband is sleeping, because snoozing = losing. I also blog at www.mommiesdrink.com.

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What to Bring to the ER with Your Toddler

baby, FAM, kids By April 2, 2016 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

As mothers, as we have more children, the likelihood of needing emergency medical care increases. Despite all of our work to keep them safe, toddlers fall, they get sick, and they eat things they’re not supposed to. Getting to the hospital can be a trial on its own – but when you’re there, you want to be sure that you have everything you need to make it easier. Even though medical care has advanced, you need to be prepared for a long wait in a harsh, sterile environment. Considering how difficult it is to take a toddler to the corner store, some advance preparation will be required.

Liv

Liv is the pseudonym reformed divorcee and single mom - now remarried, coparenting and working mother of three. She's been featured on ScaryMommy, HuffPost Divorce, DivorcedMoms.com as well as Sammiches and PsychMeds and she's the editor for RealityMoms.Rocks. You can find more at Live By Surprise.

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