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At night I dream of sleep

There is a note in my baby book that scares me a little. My mother wrote it in the four-year-old section:

       NO NAPS!



The fact that it was in all caps with an exclamation point only underscores the frustration and hopelessness she must have felt around the situation. I mean, children are…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 17, 2014 at 6:49am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** It takes a village.  To raise a husband.



** The world is way too incredibly full of itself.



** Surprisingly, it's been 20 years since OJ got away…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 13, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

End of the School Year Madness

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Maybe it's just me, but the end of the school year always seems to bring with it a boatload of unwanted stress.  Finding a "place" for all the papers that are sent home, trying not to drown in the flood of never-ending emails, buying the gazillion and one thank you gifts -- IT NEVER EVER…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 12, 2014 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Daddies becoming Mommies (kind of)

When I was little, I had a stay-at-home Mom. She was home to give me a snack after school, took care of me when I was sick and spent hours devoting time to the PTA and the community to make a better life for us. (Thanks, Mom!) My Dad worked long hours, spent time working on the yard on the weekends and drove us to family functions on the weekends. (Thanks, Dad!)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 11, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** The end-of-the-school-year craziness must surely subtract five years off a mom's life.



** I am sooooooooo done with the packing of the lunches.



**…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 6, 2014 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Let's learn something: How to celebrate the important stuff

My birthday is this weekend. And I'm going to celebrate. All. Week. Long. (Maybe even longer...I haven't decided yet.)

When I was growing up, I didn't truly enjoy my birthdays. There was a bad incident with a clown on one birthday, and for the others, I was a bit shy and didn't like being the center of attention. My parents tried to have parties for me, but I didn't…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 6, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments

Beat the clock

A few days ago my husband watched me compile my to-do list for the weekend. When I paused for a moment, he commented, "That's a lot of stuff to do in one weekend." I had three immediate thoughts:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 4, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Milk, milk, go away...

It's been a seriously difficult week in the world of weaning. Literally all of the information out there that I've found in the past week has been conflicting, and needless to say my milk has not dried up yet.

I'm on my seventh day of taking Sudafed, my seventh day of bound breasts, I've worn a snug bra to bed for the past week, and this is my third day of round the clock cabbage leaves. My boob (yes, singular, one of them is…

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Added by Lindsey Mommy on June 3, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Mommy A to Z Book Is Now ON SALE!

Big news! The Mommy A to Z eBook is now on sale! You can own your very own copy for only $5.99. Books are available at:

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Added by Meredith Hale on June 3, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments

I wouldn't trust a "Bambi" to do my taxes

We all make associations with people based off their names. For example, I don't think "handyman" when I am introduced to guys with names like Trevor or Preston. And I don't think "financial genius" when I meet a woman named Bambi or Sequoia. Am I instantaneously judging people based off their name without actually getting to know them first?…



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Added by Lauren Markman on May 28, 2014 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** If you take up two parking spaces, you shouldn't be surprised when you're door-dinged.



** Putting my husband in charge of homework supervision is like putting my kids in charge of homework supervision.…



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Added by Jennifer Marshall on May 23, 2014 at 4:27pm — 1 Comment

Life in large families

I have one child. That's it. Because I have one child, studies tell me that because he is the eldest (and the only), he will be very mature before his time, as he primarily interacts with my husband and myself. Recent research also indicates that if he were born female, he…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 21, 2014 at 6:40am — 5 Comments

Good-bye Sophia; hello, Emma

One of the most fun pre-baby activities my husband and I enjoyed was choosing a baby name. Of course, since my husband and I were together for a really long time before getting married and having a baby, we had the conversation on baby names long before we were ready to have children.



Like most couples, we…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 20, 2014 at 6:47am — 2 Comments

Meet the Mommy Master-You Could be Featured Next!

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on May 19, 2014 at 10:55am — No Comments

Parenting Styles: A straight path through the maze

Among the perks of having babies in the 1980′s, 1990′s and 2000′s is that your kids’ friends’ parents– your friends– span many decades as well. Mom-friends who were rearing their last-born when I was fearfully raising my first grew up during FDR’s administration; some friends I’ve met through my 8-year-old entered the world while Reagan served. Consequently, I’ve been exposed to quite a number of parenting styles.

Some of my friends quote Dr. Spock, some Dr. Sears, and still others,…

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Added by Donna Baer on May 14, 2014 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Inspiring Resilience, Creating Hope

May is National Mental Health Awareness month. We have come a long way as a nation over the last couple of decades in how we view mental health issues, however, we still need to continue to improve the way people with a mental illness are viewed and treated.

Mental health is simply our emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It is just as important as our physical health. In fact, the two go hand-in-hand. It is important for us to realize that people of all ages, race, ethnicity,…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on May 13, 2014 at 3:29pm — No Comments

The First Field Trip

I cannot be the only one…who was filled with dread after they glanced ahead at their child’s school calendar and saw the words “Kindergarten Field Trip to The Zoo” printed on the page.  I immediately envisioned Sonny Boy, tears streaming down his chubby little six year old cheeks, crying in a little alcove outside the gorilla exhibit, lonely and lost at the zoo on his first field trip.  My heart started racing and I knew I had to find out all the…

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Added by Janice Perry on May 9, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** I constantly feel like I'm forgetting to do something.



** And most likely, I am.



** In my next life, I'm coming back as a…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on May 9, 2014 at 1:08pm — No Comments

What Kind of Mother are YOU?

There are many different kinds of mothers.  Ones that are fun and silly, some that are strict and rigid, those that are selfless and compassionate, others that are perfectionists and sticklers, and moms who are in the process of learning what defines their style of motherhood.  For me, I fall into all of these categories, depending on the…

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on May 9, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments

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