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6 Of The Biggest Parenting Regrets I've Had

Mommy Nearest | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
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My baby was bald for her first two full years. Desperate to make her look girlier, I tracked down non-slip hair clips for "ultra fine baby hair" and stuck them on her two strands of hair. When I look back at photos, it just looks like she has a piece of felt glued to her bald head. Major fail.

Extended Breastfeeding: My Uncensored Story

Mommy Nearest | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
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The end is near, and even though I know we're both ready, it is still very bitter sweet. Just like carrying your baby in your womb and feeling their little kicks and punches, breastfeeding your child is something no one else will ever be able to experience.

6 Things That Surprise Me About My Kids

Mommy Nearest | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
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At night I write down things in my journal that surprised me most that day, along with moments that spoke to my heart and inspired me. Most of the time, I'm writing about my son and daughter. Here are a few ways they have surprised me most.

9 Baby 'Lasts' I'll Miss (And Also Celebrate)

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
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These lasts are usually unexpected and often not even noticed until they're long gone. Then, you might mourn these little moments that made your baby a baby.

5 Lessons I've Learned Raising A Boy

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
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I am the mother of one high-energy, animated, car-obsessed 5-year-old boy. While he is the center of my universe, he has, at times, left me wanting to pull my hair out.

7 Reasons Why I Love Sending My Son to Sleepaway Camp

Mommy Nearest | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
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I truly believe that sleepaway camp is one of the best gifts you can give your child -- and here's why.

How I Survived the Potty Training Process

Mommy Nearest | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
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Potty training. Two words that strike fear into the heart of every parent. When my daughter was approaching 3 and still not even remotely interested in toilets or potties, we decided it was time to start.

5 Ways My Dad Made Me a Better Mom

Mommy Nearest | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
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My dad has three daughters and lucky for him, we were fierce adventurers as children who never shied away from camping, fishing or fixing things. Or, perhaps we never shied away because of our father. He taught me many important lessons and I think of them often as I care for my daughter each day.

Be Careful With Cotton Swabs in Your Child's Ears

Mommy Nearest | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
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I always use safety swabs when I clean my daughter's ears -- the ones with the funny shaped tip that can only go a tiny bit into the ear canal. Except for the one time I didn't.

How My Son's Dying iPhone Saved Our Vacation

Mommy Nearest | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
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Instead of his usual plugged-in state, he spent much of the vacation reading books, playing silly games with his siblings and, wait for it... actually talking to us at dinner.

Why I Don't Think Parents With Tattoos Are Bad Role Models

Mommy Nearest | Posted 05.19.2014 | Parents
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Will my son be more interested in tattoos because his mom has them? Maybe, but I think it will be a great way to open up and talk with him.

Bringing Up a Princess... and a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, and (hopefully not) a Criminal

Mommy Nearest | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
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What's a mom to do? Faced with messages from all sides on what I should and shouldn't be doing to raise the right kind of girl, I've made the only decision I feel capable of making -- to raise her to be a little bit of everything.

5 Tips to Keep Children Safe From Predators

Mommy Nearest | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
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Not every child abduction can be prevented. There are, however, ways to help keep your child safer. Here are five tips to ensure safer practices with your children.

The 5 Moms You're Bound to Meet on the NYC Subway

Mommy Nearest | Posted 04.12.2014 | New York
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2. The Guilt Tripper: She may not have the physical strength of The Hulk Mom, but she makes up for it with her emotional cunning, always waiting at the edge of the stairs.