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At 39, I found myself the mother of a 14-year-old. My husband and I had finally given up after years of trying for a second child, and I was scheduled for a hysterectomy. However, since the timing of these...
With a playroom full of toys and more board games than we can count, I still sometimes find myself competing with electronic devices and TV shows, looking for new ways to keep my children entertained and intellectually stimulated. Luckily, scavenger...
UPDATE: As of April 12, 2019, all models of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Many parents everywhere, including me, stopped in their tracks when they saw the news this week...
Since he was three weeks old, my son was happiest when we were out and about rather than sitting at home. Once he learned to talk, he would bring me my shoes then stand at the front door and...
Throughout our five years of marriage, my husband and I have shared a running joke. After my many attempts to make things from scratch or purchase unique items from the grocery store I thought he would enjoy, he would...
Parents Bethany Russel and Mikey Armanno had been anticipating the arrival of their third child on May 4. She was going to be their "Star Wars baby" but on Monday, April 29, their plan took an unexpected turn. After Bethany...
I fancy myself a hip parent. It doesn’t matter that I’ve only used four out of the 50 colors in my Morphe palette, and although I follow certain "influencers," I don't really understand what that means. At least I...
Dear Mom Sending Your First Child to Kindergarten: I am writing to you as a mom who was in your shoes not so long ago. I want to somehow ease your anxiety about this milestone that you are about reach....
I love throwing birthday parties for kids. I love to find a theme and throw myself into it with reckless abandon. When my son decided he wanted a Mad Science Party to celebrate his upcoming 8th birthday I approached...
When my husband told me the Navy was sending us to Florida my first thought was DISNEY! I couldn’t wait to show my princess-loving daughter the magic of Disney. While I was dreaming about Mickey and Minnie, my husband...
I grew up within 30 minutes of Anaheim, California, which meant that Disneyland trips were easy and scattered throughout my childhood, with a few glorious years as an annual passholder. When I moved to Jacksonville from the DC Metro...
In February 2008, my twins had just turned two years old. As a stay-at-home mom, preschool had not even yet crossed my mind. We were in a good place. The kids would play all morning and seemed to nap endlessly in...

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