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Jenny Witte is the creator of Mamatoga.com and Mamatoga Magazine, living in Saratoga Springs, NY with her husband and four kids. Writing since college, she finds parenting to be the most hilarious experience to write about yet. She strives to make Mamatoga a nonjudgmental place for all parents.

Entries by Jenny Witte

Playdates And Guns In The House -- Do You Ask?

(5) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 3:57 PM

Before I write anything else, let me preface this by saying this isn't a political post, this isn't to stir up a debate about gun control, this is strictly one mom asking other moms: "What do you do?"

That being said, I am a documentary junkie. I will watch anything,...

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Why You Are Always a New Mom

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 2:04 PM

One thing I hear almost every day? Something along the lines of, "Four kids? Well you must know what you are doing by now." Haha, suuuuuure. Yeah. Totally. I totally know what I'm doing. Except not so much. You see the thing is, no matter what stage you are at,...

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Please Don't Say This To A C-section Mom

(28) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 10:55 AM

I am a c-section mom, after having an emergency c-section with my first child nearly ten years ago I have given birth to all of my kids via planned c-sections and I have to say, there are a lot of comments that really get under my skin when I tell...

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Grandes hitos como padres que pasan desapercibidos

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 6:09 AM

Sí, ya, aprender a sentarse, a hablar, a andar, bla, bla, bla. Los típicos hitos son geniales, pero, ¿qué pasa con esos hitos que no documentamos pero que son igual de especiales? ¿Estáis de acuerdo con esta lista de momentos importantes que te cambiarán la vida como padre?

La primera...

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The Most Underappreciated Parenting Milestones

(12) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 10:29 AM

I know, I know, sitting up, walking, talking, blah blah blah. The usual milestones are all great, but what about those special unsung milestones that we don't document? Can I get an AMEN for these big moments that will change your life as a parent...

The first "drop off" birthday...

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In Defense of Princesses Everywhere

(4) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 4:18 PM

Halloween is just around the corner, and after a few close calls at a nearly empty costume shop I am happily on board the planning early train when it comes to this holiday. So the other day I sat the kids down and asked them what they wanted to be:

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Back-to-School Heartache

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 5:12 PM

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It's the twilight of summer. Only weeks to go and the novelty of the summertime fun is starting to wear off at the same time that school is starting to poke its way back into your life. The school year calendar arrived...
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아빠 혼자 '애를 보는 것'은 특별한 일이 아니다

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 5:44 PM

미국에서 6월 세 번째 일요일은 아버지의 날이다. 여러분과 공유하고 싶은 짜증나는 이야기가 있는데, 나는 아버지들에 대해 흔히 쓰는 우리의 언어 중에서 바꾸어야 할 것이 있다고 생각한다. 내가 아이들과 남편 없이 외출하면 십중팔구 사람들이 묻는다. "남편이 애보고 있어?" 이게 그저 '사람들이 그냥 하는 말'에 불과하다는 건 나도 알지만, 그래서 괜찮다는 건...

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Un padre che si occupa di suo figlio non è una babysitter

(6) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 6:13 AM

La festa del papà è dietro l'angolo (in America la ricorrenza cade la terza domenica di giugno), ho una piccola confessione da farvi. Riguarda una cosa che odio, che si è diffusa nel nostro vocabolario, ma che va necessariamente cambiata. Nove volte su dieci, quando sono fuori senza figli e...

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Dads Watching Their Own Kids Are Not 'Babysitting'

(124) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 11:40 AM

With Father's Day around the corner, I have a pet peeve to share with all of you, and I think it is something that is somewhat common in our language about dads that we need to change. Nine times out of 10, when I am out without the kids and...

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The Mid-May Slide (aka Senioritis for Elementary School)

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 4:09 PM

In September I was ALL into making healthy lunches. I used little tiny cookie cutters to cut cucumber into appealing shapes, I made quinoa, I introduced a new food each week. My lunchboxes were a rainbow-hued, fresh food, nutrient-packed testament to that feeling you get when starting a new year....

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The Parenting Advice I Hate to Give

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 10:38 AM

Even before you give birth, advice is doled out to you freely, whether you are receptive to it or not. Everything from how to feed your baby, how to swaddle it or put a diaper on it or look at it or hold it, is heaped on you left and...

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My Baby's First Word Will be iPad (And Other Stupid Things I've Worried About)

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 2:35 PM

I was always a great sleeper -- a champion, really. I was never plagued by any type of insomnia and I enjoyed solid hours of unbroken sleep throughout my life only for it to come to an abrupt halt while pregnant with my first child. In those last months of...

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I'm a Battle Picker

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 4:21 PM

People often ask me what it's like having four kids. After I finish my third cup of very strong coffee, I put the cup down gravely, usually stare off into space from fatigue for a few moments, and then answer thusly, "I pick my own battles." I'm just kidding, of...

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On Breasts

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 5:52 PM

I spent a great deal of my teenage years and early twenties thinking about breasts. Specifically, my breasts and their size. It didn't help things that the majority of my peers seemed focus on breast size as well. My last name, Witte (pronounced like "witty"), was paired up with a...

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What I've Learned From My Mom: In the Middle of Three Generations

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:31 PM

My grandmother, my mother's mother, is in a nursing home right now. She suffered a stroke a few years ago, her husband passed away, and she had to move out of her home and into a place where she could be cared for around the clock. She's halfway across the...

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I'm a Failure, and You Are Too

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 6:03 PM

I didn't become a mom the way I thought I would. To be honest, even though I read way too many books on the subject and I do have a grasp of just how babies are actually born, I found myself nearing the end of my first pregnancy pestered by...

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Dear Tabloids: Kim Kardashian's Body Didn't Go Anywhere

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM

When Kimye announced their pregnancy, I have to admit I followed along with a sort of half-interested detachment. Once in a while, I clicked on a link about Kim's pregnancy style (in case you missed it, it included a lot of leather). During her entire pregnancy, though, I'm pretty sure...

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Volunteering When You Need to Just Say No

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Before I started working, I was lucky enough to devote all of my time to taking care of the kids. It didn't matter what time preschool drop-off and pick up time was, because I had my schedule free for them. For class birthdays and picnics I would plan out fun...

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Where's My Glow? When Pregnancy Sucks

(8) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Before the holidays, my husband and I are found out we will be adding a fourth baby to our family. I am due this summer, and I am thrilled, elated, excited, overjoyed -- ecstatic, even. What I also am is exhausted. Completely and utterly, bone-achingly, base level exhausted.

The kind...

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