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Shannon Sutherland is a stand-up comedian, turned mommy, turned mommy blogger. She writes about the cute and not so cute parts of being a mom on her aptly named blog

In 2014, Shannon and her husband Aaron Haber opened The Comedians' Club; an all-star comedy club and private drinking club for comedians, artists, burlesquers and their guests.

Shannon lives in New York City with her husband, daughter Amelia and dog Freckles. In her free time, she is fantasizing about one day being able to sleep in past 6 a.m..

Entries by Shannon Sutherland

How to Explain Bullying to Your Frozen-Obsessed Child

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Bullying: it's a four-letter word in most parenting circles. The thought of your child getting bullied is terrifying for most parents. Unfortunately, most kids will encounter it at least a couple of times in their lives. For us, it happened at the tender age of 3, when one of our...

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Unsolicited Opinions and Halloween Candy

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 5:55 PM

This Halloween, our 3-year-old decided to be Princess Tiana from Disney's The Frog Prince. She also decided our dog would be her frog prince. We were thrilled with her idea. Princess Tiana is a hard working entrepreneur and many of her struggles mirror our family's because for the past year...

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Dear Daughter on Your Last Day of Preschool

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Dear daughter on your last day of preschool,

I know you are very sad that your first year of school is over. I know you don't want to go to a new class and have new teachers. I know you want to stay "tiny" forever so you can always...

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To My 3-Year-Old on Her Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 11:45 AM

Dear Daughter,

Today you turn 3 and, like I do every year, I am writing you a letter. This year, however, the letter is very different.

When you were born, I promised to always be there for you and love you. On your first birthday, I promised the same thing....

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An Open Letter to Myself on my 30th birthday

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:50 PM

I'm not really into open letters, but this one seems necessary.

Today you are 30. For the first 15 years of your life, you lived in a place you didn't choose to live in. You were bullied every day at school and didn't have a stable home life. You...

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What My Daughter Learned from The Nutcracker

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:52 PM

Last week, my daughter and I were in a production of The Nutcracker at The Joffrey Ballet School. It was exhausting, to say the least. We rehearsed twice a week for twp months and she had to stay up way past her bedtime for tech rehearsals and performances. Before the...

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Potty Training Positivity

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 11:24 AM


Hi, I am the parent of a smiley, independent and completely un-potty-trained 2-year-old girl. We have tried more potty training methods than we can count and eventually decided to wait until she is ready. Well, she's almost 3 and she is...

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Lessons From My Brief Affair With Hair Extensions

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 6:03 PM


My daughter has the kind of curls that bounce with her when she runs, jumps or dances. Strangers come up to us multiple times a day to comment on how beautiful her curls are. Then they look at me and remark...

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From the Runway to Preschool

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 12:51 PM

Most of the parenting choices my husband and I make are discussed, considered and obsessed about for much longer than either of us would like to admit. If we feed her that "bad" food, will it hurt her chances of getting into a good college? If we let her cry...

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Dear Daughter on your First Day of School...

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 11:51 AM


Yesterday, I bought you a dinosaur backpack and some closed-toed sneakers. After watching a "Bubble Guppies" episode about school, you screamed for joy when we told you that you, too, would be going to school soon.

Now, every morning you...

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When Daddy's Job Goes Bye-Bye...

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 1:38 PM

For the past two years, I had the perfect arrangement. My husband stayed home all day, ate dinner with us and then left to go to work. My daughter got to hang out with both her parents all day and I got tons of alone time at night. Then last...

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Don't Shhh My Daughter

(393) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 6:38 PM


My daughter loves bus rides. When you are on a subway you're underground with windows that peer into darkness. Not so on a bus. A bus gives even the littlest New Yorkers a wonderful view of the city without being blocked...

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I Got Conjured: What I Learned at The Conjuring Premiere

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 5:48 PM

As a mom I rarely get to go to the movies and when I do it usually involves movies about monsters or airplanes. So when I got the chance to attend the premiere of The Conjuring I jumped at the chance although I was a tad bit nervous that I...

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My Daughter Cried and I Smiled

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 1:46 PM

For the first two years of my daughter's life, I was her everything; her source of food, comfort and fun. This wasn't because she had no one else in her life. Despite having a multitude of close relatives to play with and a father who works from home, she always...

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Changing the Norm, One Beauty Pageant at a Time

(8) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 6:53 PM

It's hard for me to remember the first time I realized I was different. I was bigger than the other girls. I was fat.

I have no idea if this was something I was told or I realized on my own. I do remember a routine physical where, after my...

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It's Not Your Game

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 7:17 PM

We never intended for either of our children to have a lovey, it just happened.

Our first child is furry, walks on all fours, and has a tail. His name is Freckles and he is a dog. When he was about six months old, we went to a friend's...

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This One Time, at Medieval Times...

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 11:27 AM

I am a pretty awesome person but like anyone, I have some things that I am less awesome with. Whenever I talk to my accountant sister it becomes embarrassingly clear that some things that I am "less" than good at involve numbers, subtracting, and of course, money. Whenever someone talks...

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Tutus, Cartwheels and Motherhood: A Completely Biased Review of XOX Betsey

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 11:44 PM

The first time I walked into a Betsey Johnson store I felt like I was home.

I was on a trip to Washington D.C. with my parents and I convinced them that we needed to take a break from sightseeing to go shopping. I lived in Kansas and my...

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Why I Don't Want My Daughter to Get a Tattoo

(8) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:01 PM

It was senior year of high school. Everyone was excited to end one phase of our lives and start a new one. We all had the chance to be a different person and start fresh. Many of my friends decided they wanted to start college with a new nose, stomach,...

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What I Learned at the Roast of Jack Black

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2013 | 7:16 PM

On Friday April 5, I attended my first roast. My husband, comedian Aaron Haber, is a long time Friar and has been to many of these events. I also used to do stand-up comedy and got married at The Friars Club. Still, I had no idea what to expect. This...

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