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Bunmi Laditan, The Honest Toddler Creator, On Her Twitter Success And Real Life As A Mom

Bunmi Laditan, The Honest Toddler Creator, On Her Twitter Success And Real Life As A Mom

Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 21:16:19 in Parents

“And the Honest Toddler is....brilliant! Bunmi, you are hilarious! Every single tweet is a sound bite, and you never ever miss. Always deliver, and always have me laughing!”
How One Community Changed Everything

How One Community Changed Everything

Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 17:22:03 in Impact

“You are phenomenal and I love every word of this!!!”

hp blogger Jessica Watson on Mar 4, 2014 at 18:17:02

“You are so good to me but truly the kids were amazing.”
Self, Easy

Self, Easy

Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 18:52:36 in Women

“Amanda, this rings so true for me. My friends have been warning me that, by 40, you have no time or energy for the people who aren't authentic. I'm three months shy, but I feel it more than ever. A need to cut the toxic and move deliberately toward happiness. XO”

palisadeshomme310 on Feb 11, 2014 at 02:07:44

“I don't have time for inauthentic people and I'm 23. I probably have gone through more hardship than a lot of people have by 40, though. Fortunately, I feel somewhat better off for it, as those incredibly difficult times are now mostly in the past. But I wouldn't wish it on anyone.”

hp blogger Amanda Magee on Feb 10, 2014 at 05:54:59

“Kind of a bummer that it comes so late (for some), but I am enjoying the clarity. xo”
The Best of Mothers

The Best of Mothers

Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 13:55:03 in Parents

“Love, love, love. Another homerun, girlfriend. Katy's Lord of the Rings is our Harry Potter! Sometimes, for me, it's as simple as putting the brakes on whatever is going on in my head when one of my kids walks into the room so that I can be present and smile at him. I want them to know I'm always happy to see them. Life is so crazy that sometimes I forget. Thank you for the beautiful reminder!”
Why I Write: My Subject Chose Me

Why I Write: My Subject Chose Me

Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 09:16:12 in Parents

“Simply beautiful.”
Why I Let My Kid Quit

Why I Let My Kid Quit

Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 07:45:35 in Parents

“Kristen, it sounds like you handled yourself wonderfully. Thanks for writing about something so challenging. It's sweet to see the kids playing soccer when they are little...and really into it. If they're not into it...and 3 of my 4 are not into it...it becomes just another place you have to be on a Saturday afternoon. And torture for you and Danny. These lessons were less important for my kids at such a young age, and more important for my husband and me.”

hp blogger Kristen Levithan on Aug 18, 2013 at 12:13:31

“Such wisdom! I have taken a big lesson away from this experience - and the effects of it were in evidence just this week when I saw a sign advertising fall sports sign-ups. Since none of my kids have mentioned wanting to do any activities, I decided that I didn't need to mention anything either. (I suspect I'll be glad for this every Saturday afternoon this fall.) :)”
Cartwheeling Into Fall

Cartwheeling Into Fall

Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 07:28:38 in Parents

“Amanda, this time of year does the same for me as it does for you. I find myself reflecting...not just on this summer, but on my summers as a little girl. There's something about that shift of the sun, that change in the humidity, that works like a time machine. So beautifully written and so perfectly captures exactly what I'm feeling right now. Thank you!”

hp blogger Amanda Magee on Aug 19, 2013 at 17:07:32

“Yes, a time machine!”
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The Last Days of School: A Teacher's Perspective

Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 21:45:55 in Impact

“Amy, I love reading you here! This is so beautifully written and, as a parent, you are the type of teacher I hope my sons are fortunate enough to have. Your love for teaching and for your students shines through every line, and you had me in tears. Bravo, girlfriend!”
This Is 38. This Is Midlife.

This Is 38. This Is Midlife.

Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 21:35:30 in Women

“Lindsey, this is beautiful and straight from your heart. I can relate to so many aspects of it, but I smiled most broadly at your reference to friends. I love that about my friendships now that I'm 38 (+1). Different people bring unique things to my life, and they blend together to create the beautiful tapestry of friendship. XO”
A Letter From Your Dance Teacher

A Letter From Your Dance Teacher

Commented May 23, 2013 at 10:12:42 in Arts

“Keesha, love it! A valuable lesson for students both inside and outside the dance studio.”
A Third Child

A Third Child

Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 19:44:21 in Parents

“Lindsey, there is nothing like the magic of holding a new baby in your arms. Letting his fingers wrap around yours...the first hand he's ever held. It felt like a clean slate every time I gave birth. So much hope and wonder at who this baby would become. I miss the smell of a baby's head against my chest. I don't want anymore kids. But I still miss those things.

You are such a beautiful writer. XO”

hp blogger Lindsey Mead on Apr 10, 2013 at 21:25:13

“Thank you. Just reading your description brings tears to my eyes. Yes, yes, and yes. That's what I want again. Sigh.”
'She Looks Just Like You'

'She Looks Just Like You'

Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 19:59:13 in Parents

“Woman! I love your writing. I love your heart. I love that you have the courage to write this. I love you. You nailed it again. XO”
Even Still

Even Still

Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 21:32:32 in Women

“Oh, Amanda, what a gut-wrenchingly beautiful piece. I'm so sorry for your loss. My Grandmother died of lung cancer, and I still get angry about it now and then. She would have loved my husband and adored my boys, but she died before any of them were in my life. My Dad is a cancer survivor. And, most recently, my sister is a cancer survivor. Malignant melanoma. Dawn would be happy that my sister checked her skin and found that mole early.”

hp blogger Amanda Magee on Apr 4, 2013 at 07:13:10

“Oh, yes, yes she really would be! Thank you Bethany, for sharing that. My husband and I are going to have our skin checked as a result of Dawn's advocacy.”
This Is Childhood: Nine

This Is Childhood: Nine

Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 16:04:49 in Parents

“Love reading you on HuffPost!!!! I love your portrait of 9. That halfway through part...absolutely kills me. And I miss the "intense physicality" of the younger years when I stop to think about it. Which is probably why I still call the 4 year old my baby. Which is probably why I'll never stop calling him my baby...XO”

hp blogger Denise Ullem on Mar 15, 2013 at 17:59:41

“Thank you, dear Bethany. Now that I understand how quickly we travel through these years , I also understand why "the baby" of the family becomes The Baby. My six-year-old is the baby and will always be so. So glad to be writing along side you in this series! xo”
This Is Childhood: Eight

This Is Childhood: Eight

Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 12:22:33 in Parents

“Amanda, recognizing when our children need our silence because it's their turn to sound the words out is such a challenge...yet such a gift. Briar is lucky that you realize how important those milestones are in your relationship.

Such gorgeous writing!!!”
More Kids? Heck, No!

More Kids? Heck, No!

Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 17:19:49 in Parents

“Meredith, I hear you. I have 4 kids. The oldest is 11, youngest is 4. We are maybe *crosses fingers* approaching a point that taking them to the beach isn't more exhausting than running a half marathon. Mama's tired.”

hp blogger Meredith Gordon-Hochberg on Mar 9, 2013 at 17:07:46

“Bethany--
This made me laugh out loud. Ages 11 to 4 IS a marathon. Congratulations to you. I hope you get a much deserved nap.
Thanks for writing.
Meredith”
Here's Why I Freak Out For a Few Days Every Month

Here's Why I Freak Out For a Few Days Every Month

Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 19:56:31 in Parents

“So happy to see you on here, JD, addressing such an important issue. I applaud you for being so brave and honest...and for wanting more for yourself and your family...and for opening your mind to all the available options. XO”
Force

Force

Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 15:09:44 in Women

“Amanda, I was always afraid to do the penny drop!! We called it the cherry drop. I tried it once when I was 5, and still have the scar in my eyebrow to show for it. You were braver than I.

Your imagery in this piece is spot on. Those falls are not what define us...it's how we recover from the falling that defines us. Sometimes that thought helps me resume breathing.

Thank you for allowing yourself the vulnerability to write this one...beautifully done.

XO”

hp blogger Amanda Magee on Mar 14, 2013 at 13:47:02

“Thank you for coming and standing alongside of me. I think the thing that we forget, is that everyone falters, everyone doubts.”
This Is Childhood: Seven

This Is Childhood: Seven

Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 15:02:00 in Parents

“Tracy, I love how alive Esther is...in your pictures and in your words. I love the vision of her at the end of the school day. And I adore her unsolicited hugs. Maybe because I only get them from my younger guys, so I know they don't last forever in my house. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to 7!”
What To Do When Your Tween Boy Wants To Hold Your Hand

What To Do When Your Tween Boy Wants To Hold Your Hand

Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 22:03:04 in Parents

“Jenny, I'm going through the same thing with my tween. He surprised me last week by asking me to come to a school ice skating party. I acted casual and told him, "Hmm, I'll see if I can move some things around to get there." Meanwhile, I was doing cartwheels the minute he left the room. I figured he would blow me off at the party. He didn't. He skated with me a bunch. And he challenged me to a race. Huge! Similar to your mall outing, this will be a memory I'll hang onto as he continues to grow up and away.”
Why I'm Finally Sharing My Struggle With An Eating Disorder

Why I'm Finally Sharing My Struggle With An Eating Disorder

Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 21:51:20 in Parents

“Jessica, you are brave and strong and beautiful. And you are resilient! Thank you for finding the courage to share your story. XO”
This Is Childhood: Six

This Is Childhood: Six

Commented Feb 24, 2013 at 19:52:53 in Parents

“Oh, Denise, thank you so much! I'm so glad it spoke to you! XO”
This Is Childhood: Six

This Is Childhood: Six

Commented Feb 24, 2013 at 19:48:47 in Parents

“Sheri, I'm so glad you could relate! I love age 6! It's a great mix of independence and innocence. Thank you for reading!”
What to Do With Kids Over Spring Break: Absolutely Nothing

What to Do With Kids Over Spring Break: Absolutely Nothing

Commented Feb 23, 2013 at 19:32:49 in Parents

“I love this. We are huge fans of the stay-ca-tion during my kids' spring break.”
What a Mom Wants for Her Ordinary Kid

What a Mom Wants for Her Ordinary Kid

Commented Feb 23, 2013 at 19:22:53 in Parents

“Gigi, this is beautiful!!!! I was holding my breath and rooting for your son as I read! My husband and I always say we just want our kids to grow up to be kind and happy. But, when I'm watching them from the sidelines, I'm hoping for more than that. I am wishing that they will experience the thrill that comes with scoring a goal or winning an election. Beautifully written! Thank you for sharing!”

Gigi Grabiec Ross on Feb 23, 2013 at 21:07:56

“Thank you for understanding that wanting your kid to be #1 just once doesn't make you over competitive or a bad parent. Good kids deserve good things to happen to them. That is the point of the post. :)”
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