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The Work Of Marriage Is The Hardest Work There Is

(364) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 12:41 PM


By Chaunie Brusie, for

The day ends as it began: in a cold silence, a lingering sigh breaking the air.

I contemplate reaching out, his warm body tense in the dark. But my mind flits over the million and a...

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The 10 Toddler Commandments

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:10 PM


Written by Serge Bielanko for

Ahhh, those lovely 10 Commandments taught to so many of us at a very young age by little old ladies in Sunday school rooms, or well-meaning parents, in a burst of boring talk.

Broken by most us by...

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8 Reasons Why I'm Choosing to Have a Home Birth

(7) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Written by Lauren Hartmann for

I spent the first 18 weeks of my first pregnancy at a big box hospital and I was miserable... so miserable that after those 18 weeks my husband and I made the decision to transfer care to an out-of-hospital birthing center. We...

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I'm Considering Using Deodorant on My Toddler

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Written by Casey Mullins for

I was going to come here and write about the terrible body odor that comes out of my tiny 2-year-old's underarms. We were going to laugh about chubby armpit folds, and sweaty toddlers, and just how much the smell of a little...

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A Dad's 7 Greatest Delivery Room Moments

(10) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 1:53 PM

Written by Serge Bielanko for

There is nothing quite like watching your own child being born.

No matter where we roam, no matter what we accomplish or conquer in this crazy life, there isn't even one single experience that a human being can go through that is...

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I Co-Sleep With My 4-Year-Old -- What's the Big Deal?

(17) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 1:58 PM

Written by Brian Gresko for

I've finally come to accept that the parents who look like they know what they're doing are only putting up a good front. The truth of the matter is that, when it comes to raising our kids, we're all just feeling our...

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The 10 Vintage Toys That Are Topping Christmas Wish Lists This Year

(4) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 6:42 PM

Written by Buzz Bishop for

What's on the Christmas wish list for kids this year? Nothing, it would seem.

Well, nothing in the sense that there is no "top toy" for 2013.

"There are no hot toys this year; there really aren't," said Gerrick Johnson,...

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Our 7 Most Shameful Parenting Moments

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Written by Stefanie Wilder Taylor for

Last month I witnessed a mom becoming the victim of some mom-on-mom shaming right in front of me. Right then, lots of bad parenting moments came flooding back to me; like the time I lost my daughter in Barnes & Noble...

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A 'Thank You' Letter to My 'Mom Body'

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 8:24 PM

Written by Lauren Hartmann for

I've always struggled with body image. It's just always kind of been a "thing" for me.

I was a chubby kid (like... real chubby). Then I sort of got taller and thinned out toward the end of junior high. Then I...

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Why We Shouldn't Judge Parents On Their First Impressions

(23) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Written by Diana Stone for

My almost 4-year-old throws herself flat on the ground in the middle of the store, screaming about something or another. As I look up, I say a quick prayer that the people around me "get it." I wish I could tell everyone...

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8 Milestones of Potty Training

(6) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Written by Casey Mullins for

Every 30 minutes during church yesterday, I poked my head into Vivi's class and said "Potty?" We visited the church bathroom at least seven times before having success, a satisfying pee complete with a sturdy wipe, flush and wash. Of all the...

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The Ulterior Motives Behind Why People REALLY Have Kids

(3) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Written by Brian Gresko for

Why do people have kids?

Sure, it's fun making them. And you feel all warm and gushy looking at their little faces, especially when they're laughing or cuddling up next to you on the couch. But let's get real: parenting ain't easy,...

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I'm Expecting Twins -- and I Feel Like I Ruined My Family

(620) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Written by Mrs. Albert Garland* for

My husband recently wrote on Babble about our struggle with the news that we're expecting twins, the result of an IVF performed with the goal of adding just one more child to our family. His essay received a lot...

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10 Hypothetical Conversations With My Future Teenage Daughter

(34) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 8:17 PM

Written by Casey Mullins for


I used to fall asleep dreaming about Tom Cruise when I was 11. When I was in my early 20s, I fell asleep pretending to be an inspiring guest on Oprah. Lately however,...

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The Good, the Bad and the Leaky: 7 Lessons Learned After 6 Months of Breastfeeding

(11) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 6:21 PM

Written by Alice Gomstyn for

This weekend, while I celebrate Scrunchy Face's half-birthday, I'll also be marking another milestone -- our six-month anniversary of exclusive breastfeeding.

I know I'm very lucky to be able to have nursed for this long, but I'm also...

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7 Things I'll Do Differently With My Next Baby

(8) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 11:26 AM

Written by Katie for

With the celebration of Eli's birthday 10 days ago, I am officially finished with my rookie year of parenting. Though there were ups and downs, overall, it was an incredible year. I found that I enjoy motherhood as much as...

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You Know You're a Mother If...

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 12:10 AM

Written by Mari Hernandez-Tuten for

Oh, how our life changes when we become mothers! Motherhood is filled with lots of moments to cherish -- some funny, some not so funny -- but in all of it we need to remember to laugh at ourselves.

Here, 10 of...

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'Arrested Development' Parenting Lessons

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2013 | 4:46 PM

Written by Brian Gresko for

The Bluths are back on May 26th! Fifteen new episodes of "Arrested Development" will be available to stream on Netflix all at once, so a sick day is in order, or, if you're home with the kids, you might have to hide...

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The Hell That Is My Kids' Bedtime Ritual

(33) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 7:35 PM

Written by Allana Harkin for

Every evening around 7:15pm my children look at me with sad disappointed eyes. Eyes which say: "How could you?" "Why do you hate us?" and "I'll never be happy again."

And all I did was say, "It's time to get ready for...

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10 Fascinating Pieces of Advice About Pregnancy and Childcare From the 1870s

(10) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Written by Carolyn Castiglia for

Previously I introduced you to the 1870 advice book The Physical Life of Woman. In it, Dr. George H. Napheys shared advice for "the maiden, wife and mother" that proved indispensable for ladies of his day. His advice...

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