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April McCormick is an award winning writer, author and humor blogger. Her blog, First Time Mom and Dad, has been internationally recognized for it's honest and hilarious look into parenting. She resides somewhere between Louisville, KY and Melbourne, Australia, with her wild-child toddler, shameless Australian husband, and overly talkative cat, The Professor.

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I Got Shamed For Nursing My Son For 'Way Too Long'

(7) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 5:55 PM

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I nursed my son for two years and four months. It was not easy, or always pleasant, and certainly not always met with encouragement, but I did it because the little voice inside my heart said, Don't stop it's not time, yet....

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What I Want The World To Know About Toddlers

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 2:32 PM

Before I became a mother, I was the girl in the grocery store shaking her head at the mom who was clearly not capable of "controlling" her toddler. I was the server in the restaurant who tried desperately to give up the table with the family of four being seated....

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Attention, Kids and Dads: 10 Things Mom REALLY Wants For Mother's Day

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 6:16 PM

Prior to becoming a mother, I thought Mother's Day meant you should follow mom around all day while showering her with love, hugs and kisses.

Oh. How. Wrong. I. Was.

On Mother's day, all mom really wants is the following 10 things...

1. To finish a cup of...

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What It Really Means to Have a Toddler

(5) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 5:36 PM

For those of you who are on the verge of having a toddler, get ready, because life is going to get very interesting. You may be excited right now about your little showing signs of walking and talking, but trust me, the mother of very lively toddler, you'll quickly miss...

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10 Tips to Save Big on Holiday Shopping

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Nothing says I hate my life like shopping for holiday gifts at the last minute. Last year I vowed to NEVER find myself in a line that snakes all the way to the back of the store, to buy over priced crap because I'm in a last-minute-pinch. So I made...

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10 juguetes que nunca deberías comprar a tu hijo

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 1:01 AM

Como padres que somos, queremos que nuestros hijos sean felices. Aunque esto nos convierta en personas infelices, incómodas, aburridas, tristes.... Ya sabes, como cuando compramos los juguetes más ridículos y molestos y queremos que acaben rotos en un millón de piezas, para ver esa preciosa sonrisa alentadora en la cara...

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10 Sanity-Saving Parenting Tips

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Parenting can be so hard. Thankfully, the good times outweigh the trying ones, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a constantly changing, 24/7 job. Once you become a parent, "dull days" cease to exist. They are replaced with emotional roller coaster rides that grab you by the heart...

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10 Ways Politicians and Toddlers Are Alike

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 5:16 PM

With midterm elections less than a month away, politicians are ramping up the TV ads, the mudslinging, name calling and well, bullsh*t. As I was watching my 15th political commercial in less than an hour, it dawned on me, those ads were no different than watching toddlers at their finest...

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10 Spielzeuge, die Sie Ihrem Kind niemals kaufen sollten

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 8:24 AM

Wir wollen, dass unsere Kinder glücklich sind - schließlich sind wir fürsorgliche und liebende Eltern. Wir wollen es, selbst wenn es bedeutet, dass wir selbst alles andere als fröhlich sind und uns dadurch verärgert, gelangweilt und ganz elend fühlen... Sie wissen schon, so wie wenn wir die lächerlichsten, überteuertsten und...

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10 Toys You Should Never Buy Your Child

(145) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 10:16 AM

As kind, loving parents, we want our children to be happy. Even if it means making us unhappy, annoyed, bored, miserable... You know, like when we buy the most ridiculous over-priced annoying crap toys, that we end up wanting to smash into a million pieces, just to see that beautiful...

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10 Ways Working Moms and Stay-At-Home Moms Have The Exact Same Day

(4) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:57 PM

The other day while talking with a friend about the ridiculousness of the so-called "Mommy Wars," I realized that regardless of whether a mom is working out of the home or in the home, both women are essentially spending their day doing the same things. Here is proof that the...

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10 Things I Learned the Hard Way About Breastfeeding

(6) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 5:07 PM

Before becoming a mother, I had NO IDEA how huge the decision to breastfeed would be, and how incredibly hard and involved it would be. Here are 10 things I learned the hard way about breastfeeding.

1. Nursing IS NOT plug-and-chug.
It's still baffling to me how something...

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It's Official... I'm THAT Mom, With THAT Kid

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:43 PM

I used to be the perfect mom. My kid was always well-behaved, ate all the right foods, had impeccable manners, stayed close, went to sleep on time without a fight, cleaned up his toys and NEVER acted like a butthead. I ,of course, always left the house put together. Then,...

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5 Essential Summer Safety Tips

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 2:02 PM

It's finally here... Summer! The warm beautiful weather, outdoor activities and family fun are plentiful this time of year. Unfortunately, so are the opportunities for sunburns, heat rashes, bug bites, water dangers and many more summer activity hazards. Below are five important summer safety tips to help ensure a super...

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The Toddler Code of Conduct, Part II: 20 More Rules Toddlers Live By

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Once a toddler adds speaking freely, thinking freely and acting freely to his repertoire of toddler conduct, life gets much more interesting. It's become clear that more codes of conduct have been hardwired into their DNA than previously thought...

Without further ado, I present the latest installment in

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Whatever You Do, DO NOT Give This to a Toddler

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 9:37 AM

DO NOT under any circumstance hand a phone over to a toddler. If you do, it will be gone. Forever. As in, bye-bye phone. The toddler will become obsessed with it, NOTHING will compare. They will search you, your pockets, handbag... EVERYWHERE, until they find their precious phone. And when...

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Did The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Go Too Ménage-à-Far?

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 12:25 PM

As someone who was raised in South Florida, I owned more bathing suits than any other article of clothing. To this day, even though I live much farther North than my beloved Miami, I still own a ridiculous amount of bathing suits. OK, so now that I have stated my...

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10 Mistakes Rookie Moms Make

(49) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 11:56 AM

As a mom with a near-2-year-old toddler man-child, I think it is safe to say that my rookie "new" mom season is coming to a close. Now, I am well aware that in a way I will always be a rookie with my firstborn, since every day, stage and milestone...

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The Toddler Code of Conduct: 20 Rules Toddlers Live By

(168) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 8:27 AM

After observing my toddler, and talking with other parents of toddlers, I am convinced that toddlers have the following Code of Conduct hardwired into their DNA.

1. You are the family alarm clock. It is your job to wake up at the ass-crack of dawn every day.

2. ALWAYS crap...

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Plugged-In Parenting: 5 Ways Technology Has Changed the Way We Parent

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Since we live in an age of constantly-emerging technology, it only makes sense that it would spill over into parenting. Below are five ways technology has changed the way we parent.

1. Who needs a pediatrician when you have Dr. Google? I'm not sure when I started consulting...

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